Update 10/28

Happy Friday All!

We have had a productive, fun week here in 4th Grade! Here’s this week’s highlights:

In Math, students finished up Ch. 3 on Data Organization. As a review for the test, they worked in study groups test each other and reinforce concepts. It was so cool seeing students take on the “expert” role for certain skills and help their classmates out. They took the Ch. 3 test today, so I will get a chance to look over their scores this weekend and they should be in Powerschool soon!

In Reading, students explored the concept of Cause & Effect. We watched a Pixar Short Film called “One for the Birds” which helped us identify cause and effect. It was a fun way to engage students in learning!

In Social Studies, we started our unit on Washington Geography and History. Students were able to apply their knowledge of the 5 Themes of Geography to our own state. We have enjoyed getting to study the various regions of Washington!

During STEM time, I introduced students to 2 new websites. Students got to choose between a keyboarding program or a coding website. They loved it and it was so cool to watch them get into it!!

Using a coding website to create emojis!
Using a coding website to create emojis!
Practicing Keyboarding
Practicing Keyboarding

As some of you know, I had a minor medical emergency this week. I had some issues with my eyes and contacts, and luckily, the students were so gracious and understanding! While I was recovering, Ms. Romero and the students made me the sweetest sign! ♥

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Chat soon!

♥Ms. DiGirolamo

Videos to be shown in class

Hello everyone! I wanted to share a list with you of the videos I plan to watch with my Walk To Read class in the following months. The purpose of these videos is to teach students about various reading comprehension strategies in an exciting way! We will then fill out graphic organizers to solidify the learning! You can find the list to the videos here. Thanks!

Update 10/23

Happy Sunday, 4th Grade Families!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend and are ready for another great week of learning. Here are some highlights from last week:

In Math, students continue to work on representing and analyzing data. They learned that to analyze means to look at closely and take apart. Through analyzing, students were able to find the median, mode and outlier of data sets!

In Religion, students also did some analyzing, but this time with the St. Francis prayer. By breaking the prayer apart, students were able to better understand what the prayer means and what we are asking of God when we pray it. It was challenging for the class, but with some time, they were able to make the connections!

In Social Studies, we have excitedly been exploring geography concepts such as maps, cardinal directions, and finally, latitude and longitude. We also began the exciting process of studying our very own state!

Students were able to identify major roads, highways, parks, bodies of water and cities.
Students were able to identify major roads, highways, parks, bodies of water and cities.
Students work together to find various features of Washington.
Students work together to find various features of Washington.

As many of you know, we had to cancel our field trip to the Corn Maze last minute due to weather. The field trip has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct 26 at 10:15. Most of the original drivers are able to attend, but if you’re interested in coming along this time, please let me know! We could always use more chaperone and drivers. 

Upcoming Events: 

-Maggie Lee for Good Day Celebration- Oct 26 at Mass

-SLE Winners announced- Oct 26 at Mass

-Field Trip to the Corn Maze- Oct 26 after Mass

Our Classroom is in Need of:

-A parent to help assemble Scholastic Book Orders (last year I just sent the packets home parents/students put them together)

-Donations of skittles (for an upcoming Math lesson)

-book donations, always

-class plants, always

-a class set of clip boards

 

Please don’t forget…if you signed up to donate or help with the Halloween Party, that date is quickly approaching!

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement! I am so lucky to be your child’s teacher at SMS!

Best,

Ms. DiGirolamo

 

Update 10/13

Hello All!

Thanks for checking in. We had a fabulous week here in 4th Grade. Although it was ITBS Testing week, students showed impressive stamina and dedication! I was thoroughly impressed by their hard work and I look forward to sharing their scores with you during conferences in November.

Here’s what we’ve been learning:

In Social Studies, we started our fun Geography unit. Students learned about the 5 themes of geography and made beautiful foldables to represent their learning. You can see their work hanging in our classroom, so stop on by. We also discussed maps and globes and will continue to explore geography concepts.

We are hoping to receive books from King Country Library soon so that Global Reading Challenge participants can begin reading. Thank you so much for your patience and dedication. Feel free to email me or Ms. Heline (kheline@stmadsophie.org) with any questions.

Do you have any plans for this Friday night? Join SMS staff and parents for the Auction Kick Off Party at 7pm on 10/14! Admission is a $25 bottle of wine or giftcard (each). I hope to see you there!

Our first field trip to the Washington Corn Maze is next Thursday. Students should wear weather appropriate clothes and shoes, but still be in uniform, please. I will send an email out to all drivers with more information. Thanks!

We had an AMAZING hour of STEM stations this week! Below are pictures of activities students were able to do! Enjoy.

 

Have a safe, productive weekend!

♥ Ms. DiGirolamo

STEM Challenge: Build a house.
STEM Challenge: Build a house.
Students working together to problem solve
Students working together to problem solve
Technology Station: Students completed assignments on Google Classroom. They also go to listen to Noisli while they worked!
Technology Station: Students completed assignments on Google Classroom. They also go to listen to Noisli while they worked!
Experimenting with circuits!
Experimenting with circuits!
Students worked in groups to complete circuit projects.
Students worked in groups to complete circuit projects.

 

Update 9/29

Hello 4th Grade Families!

Can you believe that next week is October!? There are so many things to be excited for!

In our classroom, we have been working hard to follow our classroom rules: Work Hard, Be Kind. These 4th Graders are so passionate about life, their school and their learning!

Two helpful students volunteered their recess to help pick up trash on our playground!
Two helpful students volunteered their recess to help pick up trash on our playground!

I have seen so many students trying their hardest to be self directed learners. I catch kids studying and working ahead all the time, and its amazing! I am so proud of the class for their passion for learning!

In Math, we have been working with numbers up to the ten thousands. Students are practicing their estimating and rounding skills. Although these may be skills students are already familiar with, they are important foundations for more complex math to come!

During our Math TIME, students get to participate in the following rotations:

Technology (XtraMath and Front Row in ipads)

Independence (assignments due at the end of the class period, usually a worksheet or task cards)

Making Meaning (playing math games with dice and cards that help them practice their skills)

Extension (Students work on math journal prompts or projects related to the chapter)

In Science, we are wrapping up our Earth Materials unit. Students so far have observed and analyzed mock rocks, performed scratch tests on minerals, tested rocks for calcite using vinegar, and next week they will use all the skills they’ve been acquiring to identify granite in a sample of rocks! We have had so much fun making observations, performing experiments and using real tools that geologists use!

In Religion, students have shown so much growth in their memorization of the St Francis Prayer for Peace! We will continue to take practice tests and eventually students will have an opportunity to show their mastery! We have also been learning about the Old and New Testament and how to read the Bible!

During our STEM time, students learned about technology and were able to access their Google accounts. We played around with Google Classroom and practiced completing assignments online. Please help reinforce that students are to use these accounts for school purposes only!

Please, PLEASE, please, do not forget that the SMS Move-A-Thon will take place next week on October 6th! Its imperative that all families help raise money for pledges to support our school. The top class wins a pizza party!! Please take some time this weekend to ask neighbors and/or family members for donations. It is much appreciated.

There are some items our classroom is in need of: We are looking for…

  • A class set of clipboards (~21)
  • classroom plants, always (houseplants really help make our classroom feel inviting)
  • book donations, always (preferably at 4th Grade level or higher)
  • legos and dominos for our STEM bins

Thank you so much for your continued support and guidance in your child’s education, I am so thankful to be apart of the SMS community and your child’s teacher!

♥Ms. DiGirolamo

Ps. Congrats to Liza for being nominated to “Keep the Quote” from last week! “Don’t wait to be friendly…do it now!”

 

 

Update 9/22

Happy Wednesday! What a great week we’ve had here in 4th Grade! Let me tell you about the highlights:

Our quote of the week: “Don’t wait to be friendly…do it now!”

In Math, I am excited to see our 4th Graders working hard to practice their place value skills. Just this week, they showed mastery in ordering, comparing and rounding numbers up to the millions place!  We are quickly moving past our place value chapter and onto multi-digit addition and subtraction. Please look in your child’s binder today for information going home about a great program called Front Row. This Math (and ELA) program is individualized for students and allows them to work at their own pace and at their own level. We will be using Front Row during Math, and its a great way for each student to be challenged and work at a pace that is best for them. I can give students assignments to practice specific skills and there are games available as well! Please check out the program at home and try to make Front Row a part of your nightly routine, if you can! I would love feedback on how that works for you! Also, please prepare for more math homework to come home each night. Students should be working on math for around 20 minutes at home!

In Science, students have observed crystals and identified the type of salt I used based on the crystal’s characteristic patterns and shapes! Students learned that we will be working with real earth materials (minerals) next week. They will be conducting many tests on the minerals, such as scratch tests and acid tests. We also had our first run at using STEM bins, a hands-on activity where students work in groups and “engineer” structures using various materials. This week, students worked with unifix cubes, index cards or base 10 blocks. It was so much fun and helped students work on their cooperation, compromise and teamwork skills!img_1715-1

In Religion, students took their first round of St. Francis Prayer tests. The tests are fill in the blank, and students worked together to complete the prayer. Its amazing to see how much progress they’ve made already!

Please remember that the Move-A-Thon is quickly approaching, and raising money for our school will benefit all! Please see the Thursday packets for more information.

There are some items our classroom is in need of: We are looking for…

  • A class set of clipboards
  • classroom plants, always
  • book donations, always (preferably at 4th Grade level or higher)
  • legos and dominos for our STEM bins

Did you see that I added some new pages to the website? Check out the following pages for more class info:

  1. Need Homework Help?
  2. Homework (where I talk about what your child should be doing each night)
  3. Your Fourth Grader

Thanks so much for your continued trust and support. I am so lucky to be your child’s teacher!

Ms. DiGirolamo

 

Update 9/16

Hello Fabulous 4th Grade Families,

Welcome back and I hope your school year has been off to a great start. Mine sure has! 🙂

Thanks to all the parents who made it out to Back to School Night yesterday. It was great seeing all of you and having the opportunity to share more about myself and our classroom. If you did not attend B2SN, please look in your student’s binder/backpack for some paperwork that I sent home. Thank you again! We are still looking for a parent to volunteer to be the Art Auction Project Volunteer for our school auction in April. This would be a pretty easy job, and I can give more detail if you’re interested. Last year, 4th Grade made a quilt made by my mom! Check out her website (http://www.fabriccreationsbykathy.com/)  if you’re interested. She specializes in T-Shirt quilts and does an AMAZING JOB!

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This week, we really dove head first into academics. Here’s a brief summary:

In Math, students showed me their amazing place value skills by representing numbers in various ways-standard form, word form, and expanded form. They also practiced comparing numbers into the ten thousands! Next week, onto rounding numbers into the millions!

In Religion, students have been learning the many ways that God has revealed himself to us. First, through Old Testament and the stories of creation and the Covenant. Second, through the Old Testament and Jesus’ life. We are also reflecting on being saints for others, the school theme this year. I also introduced our first 4th Grade prayer–St. Francis’s Prayer for Peace. You can find a copy in your student’s binder!

In Science, our class of geologists have excitedly begun our Earth Materials Unit. We analyzed, observed and eventually took apart our “mock rocks”. We discovered that rocks are Earth materials made up of more than one “ingredient” or mineral. We have been doing lots of experiments regarding separating the ingredients of our mock rocks even further. More to come next week!

This week, our class quote was “lets all be BRAVE.” I wrote the quote on a piece of poster paper and displayed it in the classroom. Throughout the week, students tried to live out the quote, and today, we voted on which 4th Grade student really represented the quote as best as they could. Congratulations to Julie Grace for being our first student to Keep the Quote!

Thank you so much for reading!

Have an amazing weekend,

♥ Ms. DiGirolamo

 

Update 3/16/16

Happy Wednesday!

Since this weekend’s storms, our school has been struggling with our internet connection. Thanks so much for your patience and understanding that we may not be able to respond quickly to emails during the school day. Nonetheless, students have been working hard and learning lots!
In Math, we have been learning about function tables. Students are able to find the rule for input/output tables using their addition/subtraction/multiplication/division skills! Its been so much fun! We are ready, however, to move onto higher level multiplication…so hang on tight 😉
In Writing, students have been learning skills that will help them with their essays. We have learned about topic sentences, outlines and evidence based terminology. 4th Graders learned how to use phrases like, “This proves that…” and “Research shows…” and “For instance…” Its so amazing to watch their writing jump to the next level! We will continue to focus on our essay writing for the next 2 weeks, so please continue to support your child by helping them research, gather information and have a positive attitude for writing!
In Science, students learned that different types of plants have different water tolerances! A very useful thing to know and research when raising houseplants or studying terrariums.
In Religion, students read about their souls, and we learned that God gives us each a soul and creates us in His image. Our souls give us 2 things: Intellect and Free Will. I encourage you to check out our “Souls of Gold” Rainbows hanging in our classroom windows to learn more! 🙂
This month’s focus for our class is cooperation. I encourage you to converse with your child about what that means at school and at home!
Have a safe rest of you week and remember….. less than 2 weeks until Spring Break! 
Ms. DiGirolamo
"What's your best quality?"
“What’s your best quality?”

Weekly Update 3/10

Hello There!

Thanks for checking in on this update! I’d love to see how many parents read this! If you’ve read this update, can you please shoot me a quick email letting me know? Thanks!

4th Graders have been working this week to learn expressions, patterns and function tables in Math. Solving for x is fun!

In Social Studies, students have been working on their government foldable. We are learning about the various types of government.

We took both Reading and Math STAR Assessments this week. Students did an amazing job, and it’s evident we are making gains!

Our next field trip will be to St. Vincent de Paul in April. What a great opportunity for us all to serve! Please donate at least 1 can of food.

Next week is a short week…no school on Friday (Teachers will be here!) Please remember also that this week marks the end of Trimester 2. Can you believe it!?

Please help your child research their essay topic this weekend. I have reserved some books at the library for students, but they will need to find research outside of school as well. Let me know if you have questions! Thank you!

Best,

Ms. DiGirolamo

ps.

Please remember to sell your raffle tickets for the Gala!!!!!