January 18-20, 2022

le 18 au 20 janvier 2022

No school on Monday or Friday! It’s a three-day week!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 17, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 21, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Grading day

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – Canoe Island virtual Parent meeting (see below)

Friday, January 28, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Staff workday

Le français:

Mme Jana, French & Science kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu

•We speak only French in the French classroom.

•We speak and write in complete sentences.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

•We are respectful to ourselves and to our community.

We have completed the STAMP assessments, and I’ll soon have data to help inform the rest of the year. You will eventually receive your child’s scores. If you’re surprised or confounded, please remember that this assessment relies on technology, and we did have technology problems. Overall, I think your children are doing pretty well, considering all the school we’ve missed. On average, the fourth-grade class is scoring just about a four (4) in each category, which is exactly where we want to be.

We began reading groups this past week. In the morning, Jeanne and I can only do one group each, so students only get one reading group when they have French in the morning. When they have French in the afternoon, I have enough help to do all four groups, so they get two reading instruction sessions per week. It all works out since we switch morning/afternoon weekly. Also, students have comprehension questions to answer after each session.

We began a new “J’observe…” writing project wherein students now have to write a cohesive, six-sentence paragraph. The title of the photo is “La libellule rayée.” The photo is of a banded demoiselle fly sitting on a partially blown dandelion.

Students should have brought home their vocabulary quiz from last week with words containing the word “jour.” There will be no French homework this short week of school. The next French homework will be the first week of February.

Last week, we learned the format for -er verbs, so this week we’ll conjugate both the verb aller (to go) and faire (to make or do). 

Les sciences:

We did our little rock museum to finish up our Soils, Rocks, and Landforms unit on Wednesday. Those kids who forgot were so disappointed that I let them bring in rocks on Thursday as well. It was very interesting, and the students enjoyed it.

The Energy (l’Énergie) science kits have arrived, but we’ll likely begin it in a couple of weeks.

Canoe Island meeting

Dear 4th Grade Parents
We are please to announce that your child, as a member of next year’s 5th grade class, will be attending the Canoe Island French Outdoor School this fall. Parents who have previously attended Canoe Island and are planning this year’s class trip would like to invite you to a virtual information session about the trip on Wednesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. (Look in your email for the Zoom link.)
 

For many years our 5th graders have enjoyed the incredible outdoor learning adventures facilitated by the French speaking staff at Canoe Island French Camp. This year’s fifth graders will be going this May and we are happy to announce that we have received state funding for next year’s 5th grade class to go September 12-16. 

 
Canoe Island is an immersive French language and cultural experience, with French-language outdoor learning, art, environmental science, cooking, theater, fencing, archery, music, kayaking and more.
You can also learn more by watching this 2019 video of the trip and visit www.canoeisland.org
           Sincerely,
           Principal Tom and the 2022 – 2023 Canoe Island Planning Committee.

Personal Safety & Erin’s law Lessons

As mentioned in Principal Tom’s weekly email, this week and next we’ll be doing some lessons on personal safety in Mme Shelli’s English class. Some of lessons are:

  •  Staying safe when you’re alone or with others
  •  Ask your trusted adult first before going or doing anything
  • Unsafe & unwanted touch
  • Your body belongs to you

There are six lessons and only three days of school this week, so some of the discussions will be next week. Each of the lesson comes with a parent letter which you can read here: second steps family-letter-cpu

If you have questions, please contact Mme Shelli or Principal Tom.

Mme Shelli, English & Math
hopper_s@4j.lane.edu

Fractions

•We can make equivalent fractions with models and other strategies.

•We can explain our thinking with words, numbers and pictures.

In class:  The Unit 4 quiz will be sent home with a parent signature page on Tuesday. Please sign it to let me know you received it. Also, by the end of the week, two exit tickets from our current unit should come home in home folders. Exit tickets are scored on a 1-3 scale.

1 – Does not show understanding.

2- Partial understanding

3- Demonstrates understanding.

These short mini quizzes (exit tickets) help assess whether students are understanding what we are learning. When a student gets a 1 or 2, I meet with them individually or in a very small group to revisit concepts.

We continue Unit 5: Understanding Fraction Equivalence & Comparison this week. Students will look at different ways to compare fractions with unlike denominators by using models, comparing numerators and comparing denominators. We will play fraction war and do other activities to get students exploring and discussing their thinking with others.

One strategy that helps students reason mathematically is  comparing to a “benchmark” such as 1/2 to compare fractions. For example, 5/8 > 2/6 because 5/8 is more than half and 2/6 is less than half.  Here’s a video showing some of the concepts we’ll explore.

Math Homework: Math spiral review each night- bring back to school each day for discussion

English Writing

•We explore poetry and what inspires writers.

•We will study the grammar of sentences.

Reading: As part of our the Expeditionary Learning Curriculum we are piloting, we started Unit 1: Poetry, Poets, and Becoming Writers and began reading a short novel called Love that Dog last week. The novel follows the story of Jack who is learning about poetry in school and learning to write poetry, too. Last week, we as we asked, What makes a poem?”, we read “The Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams and “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. Students began to analyze poetry and learned about key poetry vocabulary: stanzas, lines, rhyme scheme and descriptive language.

Wordstudy & Grammar: We will wrap up a mini grammar unit as we look at several uses of quotation marks.

 

 

January 10-14, 2022

le 10 au 14 janvier 2022

 In the United States, people say…   

But in France, people say…      

It’s raining ropes!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 17, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 21, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Grading day

Friday, January 28, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Staff workday

Le français:

Mme Jana, French & Science kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu

•We speak only French in the French classroom.

•We conjugate verbs correctly and use them correctly in sentences.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

As you may know, we had a lot of Internet issues this past week, so we were hindered in working on the STAMP assessment. This week, assuming the technical issues are resolved, the fourth grade will begin our practice STAMP French proficiency assessment. STAMP is the assessment that students normally do in 3rd, 5th, 8th & 10th in language immersion. Since this group didn’t get to do the assessment in third grade, this will help them be familiar with the one that “counts” next year. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be assessed. Not all of the assessments will occur on the same day, and there is some requirement for following a certain order.

I have a bit more help in the morning as of now, so I’m excited that we’ll be able to begin reading groups this week. We’ll do 2-4 groups at least twice a week. I’ll do two groups, and our wonderful educational assistants will do two groups. Mme Jeanne will work with the morning readers, and M. Lucien will work with the afternoon groups. 

Next week we’ll conjugate both the verb aller (to go) and faire (to make or do). Then, we’ll learn the format for conjugating -er verbs (any verbs that end in -er when not conjugated, i.e. 90% of verbs).

Les sciences:

On Wednesday of next week, students are invited to bring in a few rocks they would like to share. We’ll do a little museum to finish up our Soils, Rocks, and Landforms unit. Please make sure not to send anything precious (as if anything is more precious than your children!), as the school cannot be liable for any misplaced or damaged items. I’m asking students not to bring more than five or six stones. 

The Energy (l’Énergie) science kits have arrived, but since we’re beginning reading groups this week, and we’re working on STAMP, and we have a three-day week followed by a four-day week, we’ll likely begin our new science unit in a couple of weeks.

Mme Shelli, English & Math
hopper_s@4j.lane.edu

Fractions

•We can solve problems with addition and subtraction of fractions and can demonstrate our understanding on number lines and area models.

•We can make equivalent fractions with models and other strategies.

•We can explain our thinking with words, numbers and pictures.

In class:

We wrap up Unit 4: Decomposing & Composing Fractions on Tuesday with a short unit quiz. Students should be able to add and subtract fractions with the same denominators and be able to model and clearly explain their strategies. 

On Wednesday, we will be begin Unit 5: Understanding Fraction Equivalence & Comparison. In the first part of this unit we will look at different ways to compare fractions: by using models, comparing numerators and comparing denominators. Then, students will explore using a “benchmark” such as 1/2 to compare fractions. For example, 5/8 > 2/6 because 5/8 is more than half and 2/6 is less than half.  Here’s a video showing some of the concepts we’ll explore.

Math Homework: Math review each night- bring back to school each day

 

English Writing

•We will explore new fiction and non-fiction in our classroom.

•We will study the grammar of sentences.

Reading: As we wait for our new curriculum to arrive this week, I hope, students will continue to read chapter books of their choosing. Students are excited to start giving “book talks” to share and recommend good books to each other. Several students have started reading chapter books that they might not normally know they like to read. Some students have tried new genres as well. It’s been a fun way to start the new year and to get kids excited about reading.

Wordstudy & Grammar: We will continue our unit on grammar of sentence structure. This week students will learn about contractions and the proper use of quotation marks in writing.

NEW curriculum!

Mme Shelli is on a district leadership team to help adopt a new English Language Arts Curriculum to replace Journeys.  As soon as the curriculum arrives, we will pilot one of the potential curricula called Expedition Learning. Next week, we’ll begin Unit 1: Poetry, Poets, and Becoming Writers which includes a study of the short novel called Love that Dog by Sharon Creech as well as various other poems. You can get an overview of the curriculum here.

 

January 4-7, 2022

             le 4 au 7 janvier 

                 We made it!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 3, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Staff workday

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – First day back for students

Monday, January 17, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 21, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Grading day

Friday, January 28, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Staff workday

Le français:

Mme Jana, French & Science kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu

•We speak only French in the French classroom.

•We conjugate verbs correctly and use them correctly in sentences.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

Welcome back! I have finished instructing all of the cursive letters. We have not yet, perhaps, mastered all of the letters, but we’ll keep working on it! We have one final project in cursive, but we’ll continue to write in cursive all year long. We also continue with the French typing program, Tap’Touche. 

This month, next week, in fact, the fourth grade will be doing a practice STAMP French proficiency assessment. STAMP is the assessment that students normally do in 3rd, 5th, 8th & 10th in language immersion. Since this group didn’t get to do the assessment in third grade, this will help them be familiar with the one that “counts” next year. It will take us about two weeks to complete. It will help us assess where students are after our year and a half of Covid restrictions. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be assessed. All of the assessments will not occur on the same day. 

This week’s homework centers on a word family. The word is jour, which means “day.” Our words are un jour (a day), une journée (a day/daytime), bonjour (hello/good day), toujours (always, i.e. all the days), aujourd’hui (today), le journal (journal or newspaper), un séjour ( a stay, like a short vacation), journellement (daily), un/une journaliste (a journalist), and mis à jour (up-to-date).

We’ll also conjugate faire (to make or do), aller (to go) and -er verbs (any verbs that end in -er when not conjugated, i.e. 90% of verbs) this week and next.

Les sciences:

We will do a little bit of follow-up with the Soils, Rock, and Landforms science unit. Sometime this month, we’ll begin Energy (l’Énergie).

Mme Shelli, English & Math
hopper_s@4j.lane.edu

Fractions

•We can decompose fractions in several ways.

•We can solve problems with addition and subtraction of fractions and demonstrate understanding on number lines and area models.

In class:

We continue Unit 4: Decomposing & Composing Fractions.  Students will be solving various complex word problems and will demonstrate their understanding by modeling and explaining their thinking with bar models, number lines and/or area models.

Math Homework: None this week.

English Writing

•We will explore new fiction and non-fiction in our classroom.

•We will study homophones & the grammar of sentences.

Reading: Our class received two grants two replenish outdated English novels and books in our classroom. The French classroom also received some new books. We have already received about 100+ new books and hope to receive several more. Students had a chance to submit titles to add our class library, too! In order to celebrate our new books and to foster time for independent reading, this week’s reading time will be focused on finding new books that pique student interests, sharing with others about good books, and compiling a list of books to read next.

Wordstudy & Grammar: This week we will wrap up a homophone & easily confused word study that we started in December. Then we will begin a unit on grammar of sentence structure. This week students will learn about subjects, predicates, nouns and verbs. They will also begin to identify types of sentences and appropriate end of sentence punctuation.

NEW curriculum!

Mme Shelli is on a district leadership team to help adopt a new English Language Arts Curriculum to replace Journeys.  For the next 8 weeks, we will pilot one of the potential curricula called Expedition Learning. Next week, we’ll begin Unit 1: Poetry, Poets, and Becoming Writers which includes a study of the short novel called Love that Dog by Sharon Creech as well as various other poems. You can get an overview of the curriculum here.

After about 40 district classrooms pilot two finalist curricula, we will give feedback to the district before it selects the a curriculum to be used district wide in 2022-23. Please know that using a new curriculum can be challenging for both students and teachers, but will surely be exciting and refreshing change after using our previous curriculum for several years. If you have any questions, contact Mme Shelli.

After school choir possibility:

Hi families! Is your student interested in singing? In January, we will start an after-school choir dedicated solely to our 4th and 5th-grade students. The choir will meet once a week after school on Tuesdays for 40 minutes. Talk with your student over the break to gauge their interest in joining a choir, and be on the lookout for information and a signup form the first week of January. Thank you! ~Mme Doyle. 

December 13-17, 2021

le 13 au 17 décembre 2021

As we approach the holidays, please make sure to let Bernadette and both teachers know if your child will be missing any regular school days. It helps us with our planning to know, so please email us all! A big MERCI to those parents who have already let us know. 

Kindness Month

To help build a caring classroom and school community, we have been enjoying great discussions and times of caring actions around the theme of “kindness.” Last week, students said, “Thank you,” to our custodian and kitchen staff. They made book marks for 1st graders and life skills students and looked for ways to be kind to classmates.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 20 – Monday, January 3 –  NO SCHOOL, Winter Break!

Monday, January 3, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Staff workday

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – First day back for students

Monday, January 17, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 21, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Grading day

Friday, January 28, 2022 – NO SCHOOL, Staff workday

Le français:

Mme Jana, French & Science kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu

•We speak only French in the French classroom.

•We conjugate verbs correctly and use them correctly in sentences.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

In cursive this past week, we continued with uppercase letters (les majuscules) with the letters T, F, I and J. All we have left are D, L, G, S, E, and Q! We also continue with the French typing program, Tap’Touche. 

The “Moi!” projects went home on Friday. A few students did not complete the project, so f your child didn’t come home with one, that means that he/she didn’t complete it. The “Tubes” project will go home this week. Everyone has begun the new stained glass project, and some have even begun their final copy.

I gave a quiz which consists of two “horrible” sentences, exactly like the sentences we do together every day in class. The kids were allowed to use a translating dictionary and a Bescherelle conjugating dictionary. Unfortunately, most students did not do very well on this quiz. I am a bit disappointed because we’ve been practicing for months. It tells me that we need to spend more time on some topics I thought they understood. We will do so! In any case, don’t be upset with your child if he/she didn’t do well. 

In January, third through fifth grades will be doing a practice STAMP French proficiency assessment. STAMP is the assessment that students normally do in 3rd, 5th, 8th & 10th in language immersion. Since this group didn’t get to do the assessment in third grade, this will help them be familiar with the one that “counts” next year. It will take us about two weeks to complete. It will help us assess where students are after our year and a half of Covid restrictions. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be assessed.

Les sciences:

We will do an assessment next week to finish up the science unit. In January, we’ll begin Energy (l’Énergie).

Mme Shelli, English & Math
hopper_s@4j.lane.edu

 

Math: Fractions

•We can model unit fractions, mixed numbers and non-unit fractions in more than one way.

•We can construct a whole if we know a fractional part.

•We can decompose fractions into unit fractions and non-unit fractions.

In class:

We continue Unit 4: Decomposing & Composing Fractions. This week we will use fraction bar models and number lines to model addition and subtraction of fractions. In addition, we’ll play some games and use fraction pieces to explore and build on the concept of fractions.

Math Homework: None this week.

English Writing

•We will finish a draft a 5+ paragraph essay.

•We will edit, revise and write a final draft of our essay.

Last week, students outlined and began an organized essay about their research about a tribe of indigenous people from the Oregon region. Using the writing process of planning, drafting, revising and editing, students will complete a final draft (hopefully this week) to bring home to share with you.

For word study this week, students will analyze commonly confused homophones such as their/there/ they’re, its/ it’s and others.

December 7-10, 2021

le 7 au 10 décembre 2021

As we approach the holidays, please make sure to let Bernadette and both teachers know if your child will be missing any regular school days. It helps us with our planning to know, so please email us all! A big MERCI to those parents who have already let us know. 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 6 – New NO SCHOOL day, Teacher planning

Monday, December 20 – Monday, January 3 –  NO SCHOOL, Winter Break!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – First day back for students

Le français:

Mme Jana, French & Science kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu

•We speak only French in the French classroom.

•We conjugate verbs correctly and use them correctly in sentences.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

In cursive this past week, we continued with uppercase letters (les majuscules) with the letters H & K. This week, we’ll do T, F, I and J, aka “the hard ones!” We will continue to work on first and last names in cursive. We also continue with the French typing program, Tap’Touche. 

I didn’t have the help I expected this week, so the “Moi” projects did not get taken down, so they will go home at the end of this coming week! The “Tubes” project will also go home before winter break. Nearly everyone has begun the new stained glass project. 

We conjugated the verb être (to be) and reviewed the verb avoir (to have). We also began a new “J’observe…” writing project. It’s called “Une tornade de poissons” or “A Tornado of Fish.” See left. The students always really like this photo. We discussed it and wrote the introductory sentence, and we’ll follow up on Tuesday with the rest.

Les sciences:

We finished up our last science experiment with this unit, but still have a few things to cover before an assessment.  In January, we’ll begin a new science unit, Energy! Blue class has not yet finished their foldable to help understand erosion and deposition more deeply; we will finish it up on Tuesday.

Mme Shelli, English & Math
hopper_s@4j.lane.edu

 

New Math unit!

•We can model unit fractions, mixed numbers and non-unit fractions in more than one way.

•We can construct a whole if we know a fractional part.

•We can decompose fractions into unit fractions and non-unit fractions.

In class:

Goals of our new unit, Unit 4: Decomposing & Composing Fractions, are drawn from Fourth Grade Fraction standards (4.NF.B.3). We start by exploring fraction models and hands-on fraction pieces to review and build understanding of fractions. The concept of unit fraction (a fraction with 1 in the numerator) is introduced as students compose fractions with models including number lines and bar models and circle models.

Math Homework: Practice pages to review fraction models will come home each night this week.

English & Social Studies

•We will use our research notes to plan and outline an essay.

•We will draft a 5+ paragraph essay and will begin to edit for word choice, punctuation, spelling and capitalization.

Last week, students collected information about one of Oregon’s original people groups. This week, they will begin to plan and write an essay about their research. Using the writing process of planning, drafting, revising and editing, students will complete a final draft hopefully before winter break to bring home to share with you. Also, This week students will learn about indigenous languages and other topics from Oregon Department of Educations Tribal History lessons.

For word study this week, students will analyze words identifying their vowel sounds and letter combinations of ou, aw, au, and ow.