Terrarium Update

As we head into mid-winter break, the students began to worry about their terrariums! I promised them this afternoon that I would take each terrarium home, and care for it based on their instructions. Students were able to write detailed, specific instructions for how I should care for the terrariums while they were away! If you get a chance over break, ask your child some of the questions on the following list. It will be a great conversation starter! 🙂

Terrarium Observations

  • How do the sides and the top of the terrarium look?
  • How does the soil look?
  • Have any seeds sprouted?
  • What kind of seeds sprouted first? What kind of seeds sprouted last?
  • What kind of plant grows best in your terrarium?
    How have the living factors of the environment changed?
  • How have the nonliving factors of the environment changed?
  • Which organisms found your terrarium a favorable environment? Why do you think so?
  • How would you recommend planting seeds in a terrarium? How much soil should be on top of a seed? Do different types of seeds require different planting techniques?
  • How is the environment in your terrarium different that the more common environment for corn, barley, clover, radishes and peas?
  • If you were going to set up a terrarium again, what would you do differently and why?
  • What factors might affect the growth of the plants in your terrarium if you repeated the investigation during a different season? In a different room in the school? In a different part of the country?

Have a wonderful break, SMS Families! 


World Math Day Results


I am so proud of all our hard work and dedication to competing in World Math Day at school and at home. Nice job 4th graders!

Also, a special shout out to the one and only Kelbin, who had the 2nd highest score in the whole school.

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Its Time to Order Scholastic Books!!

Hello families! I am so excited to finally have Scholastic Book orders to send home! Please check your child’s backpack for the forms. The due date and our class code is located on a label on the front page. Its super easy and convenient to order online, and then our class gets extra points, which will earn us prizes and free books!! This is only the October pack, so if you’re looking for Christmas books or potential gifts, that will be coming in early November. If you have any questions about how orders works, please let me know and I can assist you.


I appreciate all your support at home in encouraging the students to explore different genres of books, and to always be READING! A love of literature is a wonderful thing to see in your children.


(In case you lose it, our class code is: PHHW7 and October orders are due Oct 23. Thank you!)


Have a great day!

[bs_icon name=”glyphicon glyphicon-heart”]Ms. DiGirolamo