November 29 – December 3, 2021

le 29 novembre au 3 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!

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.

Well, we have three nearly full weeks of school before winter break, and we turn the calendar to December (décembre) this week, so here we go! I will be absent on Wednesday, December 1. My guest teacher will be Rebecca Harlan who used to be one of the French immersion teachers at Roosevelt. She has subbed for me many times in past years and will take good care of the students.

The French homework this week is mostly punctuation terms, plus a couple of terms the students misuse:  un alinéa (indent), la virgule (,)(comma), comment (how/what), comme (like, as), un apostrophe (‘)(apostrophe), le sac à dos (backpack), un accent aigu (´)(acute accent), un accent grave (`)(grave accent), un accent circonflexe (ˆ)(circumflex accent), et le tréma (¨)(diaeresis/umlaut). We did not conjugate the verb être last week as I had hoped, so we will this week, and we will also review the verb avoir for homework coming up in January. Normally, I do not give homework the week before holidays, so this may be the last French homework of this year. 

In cursive this past week, we continued with uppercase letters (les majuscules) with the letters N & M. This week, we’ll do H, K, T, and F. We will continue to work on first and last names in cursive. We continue with the French typing program, Tap’Touche. 

This past week, at least one class began our new art project (see model at left), which is an exercise in reflection symmetry with their names that ends up looking like a piece of stained glass (un vitrail). See if you can find the name Jana in the artwork. We will do a sample one, then hopefully will begin our final project late this week. Students who have not completed their  “Tubes” art were asked to finish the project up at home. Most students have completed the “Moi” project. Those students who have not yet completed the project were asked to finish the project up at home over the Thanksgiving break. No further class time will be allotted to completing these two projects. The completed “Moi” projects will go home at the end of next week!

“Moi!” projects in the hallway

“Tubes” projects in the classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les sciences:

A week ago, we did a science experiment that uses stream tables to demonstrate the actions of erosion (l’érosion) and deposition (la déposition). The kids got to see how pieces of rock move from one area to another with normal water flow. This week, we’ll do the same experiment with a flood simulation. Students also read our science unit in English in Mme Shelli’s class. We hope this will help solidify comprehension of the material. Last week, we didn’t do an experiment, but we did learn some landform terminology like un canyon (canyon), une plaine inondable (floodplain), and une sinuosité (a curve). This week, we will also do a foldable to help understand erosion and deposition more deeply.

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

 

This week:

•We can multiply multi-digit numbers using mental math and area model strategies.

•We can use our knowledge of multiplication and division to solve probems of area and perimeter.

In class: We wrap up unit 3: Multiplication & Division Stories with Larger Numbers. Next, we are building conceptual understanding of division & multiplication to solve area and perimeter problems. The goal of the unit is for students to build on the concept of inverse of multiplication, division, NOT to simply learn the traditional algorithm of division, so please do not press your child into learning the algorithm of “long division.” Don’t worry, though, this will be taught in 5th grade after multiple division strategies are experienced in 4th grade. Students will learn the standard algorithm for multiplication, but at this point, we encourage students to draw models and explore what happens when we multiply.

Math Homework: No regular math homework this week. There will be an optional multiplication game for students and families to play during the week.  Students who bring it back signed will be entered into a prize drawing on Friday, December 3rd.

English & Social Studies

•We will learn about Oregon’s indigenous people and how they historically lived in Oregon’s varied geography.

•We will read non-fiction articles and books to determine the key details to include in notes.

Following Oregon’s new curriculum about Tribal History/ Shared history  which include  presentations created by the Grand Rond Tribe of Oregon and other federally recognized tribes, students will will learn about Oregon’s first people’s traditional way of life. You can learn more about the state’s new curriculum here. Students will select a tribe to research and will begin collecting information about how that tribe lived in a region of Oregon before European arrival. The students’ research notes will guide their writing a 5+ paragraph essay next week.

For word study this week, students will  analyze words identifying their base words, prefixes and suffixes. We will continue our focus on the suffix endings of -ible & -able this week.

Other News

Clothing & footwear

The district has installed large, outdoor tents to cover our outdoor eating area. Yay! Recess and lunchtimes are spent outdoors, so please send your children to school in weather-appropriate layers and footwear. Lots of kids are coming to school without coats, especially without raincoats. If your child has lost something, the lost and found is available outside and behind the cafeteria so that parents can help their child look for lost items outside of the school.

November 22-24, 2021

le 22 au 24 novembre 2021

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

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26 –  NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving!

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 write four-sentence paragraphs in French using sentence starters.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

There is no French homework this three-day week. We will continue to reinforce last week’s vocabulary. We will also conjugate the verb être, and will also review the verb avoir for next week’s vocabulary, which centers on expressions that use avoir. Students who haven’t yet completed their “J’observe…” writing activity will do so this short week.

In cursive this past week, we continued with uppercase letters (les majuscules) with the letters  Y,  Z, P, B, and R. Next, we’ll do N, M, H, and K. We have been working on first and last names in cursive. We continue with the French typing program, Tap’Touche. 

This week, students will either complete their “Tubes” art, or they will have to finish the project up at home. A number of students have now completed the “Moi” project. Those students who have not yet completed the project will be able to take parts of it home over the Thanksgiving break to finish up. We will begin a new art project next week.

Les sciences:

This week, we did a science experiment that uses stream tables to demonstrate the concepts of erosion (l’érosion) and deposition (le dépôt). The kids got to see how pieces of rock move from one area to another with normal water flow. Next week, we’ll do the same experiment with a flood simulation. Students are also reading about our science unit in English in Mme Shelli’s class. We hope this will help solidify comprehension of the material.

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

 

This week:

•We can multiply multi-digit numbers using mental math and area model strategies.

•We can use our knowledge of multiplication to solve division problems using an area model and “partial quotients” strategy.

In class: We continue unit 3: Multiplication & Division Stories with Larger Numbers. Next, we start building conceptual understanding of division. The goal of the unit is for students to build on the concept of inverse of multiplication, division, NOT to simply learn the traditional algorithm of division, so please do not press your child into learning the algorithm of “long division.” Don’t worry, though, this will be taught in 5th grade after multiple division strategies are experienced in 4th grade. Students will learn the standard algorithm for multiplication, but at this point, we encourage students to draw models and explore what happens when we multiply.

We will come back to multiplication & division concepts later in the year, so students who don’t quite get the concepts now will get to experience it again in spring. 

Math Homework: There will be two nights of spiral review homework this week. On the back of the homework is an optional game for students and families to play over the week or long weekend to review multiplication. Students who bring it back signed will be entered into a prize drawing on Tuesday, November 30.

English & Social Studies

•We will describe Earth’s major land forms, erosion, chemical & physical weathering, and a little about fossils.

Students completed their Oregon regions  multi-paragraph mini-books last week. This week, students will read from our FOSS science textbook to support Earth Science studies happening in French class. To wrap up the week, we’ll play a fun game to review the concepts.

For word study this week, students will analyze words identifying their base words, prefixes and suffixes. We will focus on the suffix endings of -ible & -able this week.

Other News

Clothing & footwear

The district has installed large, outdoor tents to cover our outdoor eating area. Yay! Recess and lunchtimes are spent outdoors, so please send your children to school in weather-appropriate layers and footwear. Lots of kids are coming to school without coats, especially without raincoats. If your child has lost something, the lost and found is available outside and behind the cafeteria so that parents can help their child look for lost items outside of the school.

November 15-19, 2021

 le 15 au 19 novembre 2021

Parent-teacher conferences

Thank you so much for coming to your meeting! It was a pleasure to speak with you all. It is wonderful to hear that so many students are enjoying fourth grade.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, November 18Picture Retakes

Friday, November 19Health Screening – dental

Thursday, November 25, & Friday, November 26 –  NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving!

Le français:

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

•We speak only French in the French classroom.

•We write four-sentence paragraphs in French using sentence starters.

•We improve in accessing our translating dictionaries.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

The kids are doing a great job remaining in French, and those that try to sneak it usually get reported. Most kids are persevering even though it’s challenging. 

This week’s lavender French homework will be going from school to home and back every day, Monday through Friday. We will have a quiz on Friday where the student will have to fill in the blank, i.e. will need to think of the word her/himself and write it correctly. Therefore, it’s important that students study not only the spelling of the vocab, but that they understand the meaning of each vocabulary word. This week’s words are common and commonly misspelled/mispronounced by students: quarante (forty), le goûter (snack), le début (the beginning), la fin (the end), corriger (to correct), la bouteille d’eau (water bottle), une majuscule (capital letter), un peu (a little), parce que (because), un infinitif (an infinitive), and très (very).

A number of students have finished with their most recent “J’observe…” writing activity, so we’ll try to squeeze in another one this week. 

In cursive this past week, we continued with uppercase letters (les majuscules) with the letters V, W, and X. Our next letters will be Y & Z, then P, B, and R. We will also be working on first names in cursive. We continue with the French typing program, Tap’Touche. 

Many students have completed their “Tubes” art, and we’re hanging them on the wall in the classroom (see below). A number of students have now completed the “Moi” project, and they are being hung in the hallway (see below).

 

Les sciences:

This week, we’ll begin a new science experiment that uses stream tables to demonstrate the concepts of erosion (l’érosion) and deposition (le dépôt). There will be soil, dripping water, and other delightfully messy hands-on science. These photos are from a few years ago.

 

 

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

 

This week:

• We can solve problems that involve multiplication of larger numbers using models.

•We can multiply multi-digit numbers using mental math and modeling strategies.

In class: We begin unit 3: Multiplication & Division Stories with Larger Numbers. This unit will continue the next 3 weeks.

Students will continue to work on basic multiplication fact fluency through x1- x 12, learning most from memory and having strategies for trickier facts. At home or in the car, consider reviewing facts every day for a few minutes until your child has mastered most facts. Then, try turning those around to be division problems. (Ex. 6 x 7 = 42 so 42 ÷ 6=7)

For larger numbers, students will use a variety of strategies to multiply and divide in class, building a conceptual understanding. Students will learn the standard algorithm for multiplication, but at this point, we encourage students to draw models and explore what is happening when we multiplying.

Math Homework: An optional multiplication fact fluency game went home last week. Students who bring the optional homework game signed by a parent confirming they played at least once by Monday 11/15  will be entered into a prize drawing.

English & Social Studies

•We can use our research notes to write a short report about our state’s regions.

•We can describe Earth’s major land forms, erosion, and chemical & physical weathering.

Last week, small groups of students gave short presentations about one of Oregon’s regions and took notes while they listened to others present. This week, they will use their notes to write a multi-paragraph mini-books. These booklets will become part of a project that continues through December. At the end of the week and into next week, in English class we will do non-fiction reading to support our Earth Science studies about land forms which happens during French class.

For word study over the next several weeks, students will analyze words identifying their base words, prefixes and suffixes. We will focus on the prefixes un-  non- & dis- this week.

Other News

Clothing & footwear

The district has installed large, outdoor tents to cover our outdoor eating area. Yay! Recess and lunchtimes are spent outdoors, so please send your children to school in weather-appropriate layers and footwear. Lots of kids are coming to school without coats, especially without raincoats. If your child has lost something, the lost and found is available outside and behind the cafeteria so that parents can help their child look for lost items outside of the school.

November 8-10, 2021

le 8 au 10 novembre 2021

Clothing & footwear

The district has just installed large outdoor tents to cover our outdoor eating area. Yay! Recess and lunchtimes are spent outdoors, so please send your children to school in weather-appropriate layers and footwear. Lots of kids are coming to school without coats, especially without raincoats. If your child has lost something, the lost and found is available outside and behind the cafeteria so that parents can help their child look for lost items outside of the school.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 9 -Regular school day & Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 p.m. (via Zoom)

Wednesday, November 10 – No students at school; Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (via Zoom)

Thursday & Friday, November 11-12  – NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day

Thursday, November 18Picture Retakes

Friday, November 19Health Screening – vision & dental

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Here are the links to the schedules. See you on Tuesday or Wednesday on Zoom!

Mme Jana/Blue class Fall conference sign-up blue class 

Mme Shelli/Red class: Fall conference sign-up red class

Students will create a Seesaw post to be shared at parent teacher conferences that will include samples of French, English, Math, Art and Social Studies projects they are doing in class.

  • If you wish to conference with PE – Erinmarie Langsdorf, or Music – Kelli Doyle, please email them at langsdorf_e@4j.lane.edu (PE) or doyle_k@4j.lane.edu (Music) so they can add you to their schedule.

Le français:

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

•We do our best to express ourselves in French.

•We will write a four-sentence paragraph in French using sentence starters.

•We continue to learn how to use a translating dictionary.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

I only gave one dommage this first week of only speaking French in the French classroom. Go us!

We did our second “J’observe…” (finally) this week, and the kids are working on forming proper, interesting sentences in French. We will spend a lot of time on the writing process this year.

No French homework this week; the week is too short. In class, we’re working regularly on grammar and on conjugating verbs. There will be French homework next week.

In cursive this past week, we began the uppercase letters (les majuscules) with the letters A, C, O & U. We will also begin working on first names in cursive. We continue with the French typing program, Tap’Touche. 

Several students have completed their “Tubes” art, and we’re hanging them on the wall in the classroom (see below). Several students have now completed the “Moi” project, and they are being hung in the hallway (see below). I also included some samples of students who have completed the assignment.

Les sciences:

This past week, we began the chemical weathering (l’usure chimique) discussion. We are weathering four different kinds of rocks, marble (le marbre), basalt (le basalte), limestone (le calcaire), and sandstone (le grès), in vinegar to mimic the effects of acid rain. Fun stuff even though our room stinks of vinegar (le vinaigre). The masks are coming in handy now! Once the vinegar evaporates, we’ll move on to the next experiment. We’re enjoying observing what’s happening with some of the stones as the vinegar evaporates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

This week:

  • We can model multiplication of larger numbers in arrays.
  • We can multiply multi-digit numbers using mental math and modeling strategies.
 

In class: We begin unit 3: Multiplication & Division Stories with Larger Numbers. This unit will continue the next 3 weeks.

Students will continue to work on basic multiplication fact fluency through x1- x 12, learning most from memory and having strategies for trickier facts. At home or in the car, consider reviewing facts every day for a few minutes until your child has mastered most facts. Then, try turning those around to be division problems. (Ex. 6 x 7 = 42 so 42 ÷ 6=7)

For larger numbers, students will use a variety of strategies to multiply and divide in class, building a conceptual understanding. Students will eventually learn the standard algorithm for multiplication, but at this point, we encourage students to draw models and explore.

Math Homework: An optional multiplication  fact fluency game will come home to play with your child. Students who bring the optional homework game signed by a parent confirming they played at least once by Monday 11/15  will be entered into a prize drawing.

English & Social Studies

•We can identify Oregon’s boarder states, major rivers and cities.

•We can research, do a presentation and write a report about our state’s regions.

Students made cover art for their Oregon geography and history booklets last week and started a labeled a map of key geographical locations and cities. This week, students will become “experts” on one of Oregon’s regions and will teach the class what they learned. Students will take notes during peer presentations and will use these the following week to write a multi-paragraph report for their booklets. These booklets will become part of a project that continues through December.

November 1 -5, 2021

le 1er au 5 novembre 2021

Clothing & footwear

The district has just installed large outdoor tents to cover our outdoor eating area. Yay! Recess and lunchtimes are spent outdoors, so please continue to remind students to dress in weather-appropriate layers and footwear. If your child has lost something, the lost and found is available outside and behind the cafeteria so that parents can help their child look for lost items outside of the school.

Friendly post-Halloween reminder:  Candy does not make a good snack. Please try to resist!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 9 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 p.m. (via Zoom)

Wednesday, November 10Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (via Zoom)

Thursday & Friday, November 11-12  – NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Here are the links to the schedules. See you next week on Zoom!

Mme Jana/Blue class Fall conference sign-up blue class 

Mme Shelli/Red class: Fall conference sign-up red class

  • If you wish to conference with PE – Erinmarie Langsdorf, or Music – Kelli Doyle, please email them at langsdorf_e@4j.lane.edu (PE) or doyle_k@4j.lane.edu (Music) so they can add you to their schedule. After emailing Erinmarie or Kelli, they will reach out to you to confirm details, such as conference time, date, and the Zoom link. Thank you!

Le français:

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

•We do our best to express ourselves in French.

•We will write a four-sentence paragraph in French using sentence starters.

•We continue to learn how to use a translating dictionary.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

Parents! If your child brings home a paper with a stamp or a star, it has been graded and recorded, and you may process it at home. If there is no stamp or no star, the paper should still be at school and your child has not yet received credit for it! I hope this helps with the question, “Is it safe to recycle this paper?”

This week, beginning on Monday, November 1, we will be moving to a French ONLY classroom. If a child speaks English three times during the day with me, I will issue a dommage. I will, of course, not expect students to be able to do things I know they cannot yet do, French-wise, so please bear with my discretion. I promise you that it works.

No French homework this week. In class, we’re working regularly on grammar and on conjugating verbs.

In cursive this past week, we finished up the lowercase letters with x, z & q. Since we have completed the lowercase letters (les minuscules), we’ll begin the uppercase letters (les majuscules) this week with the letters A, C, O & U. We will also begin working on first names in cursive. We began the French typing program, Tap’Touche, this week, and it was a bit chaotic at first, but we’ll get it down. I plan to have them typing for 20 minutes twice a week. I’m working on them using the “home” keys (asdfjkl:) so they can type efficiently. They will also be learning how to do French accents using the option key. 

Several students have completed their “Tubes” art, and we’re beginning to hang them on the wall in the classroom. Several students have now completed the “Moi” project, but it will take us a few more weeks to completely finish. 

Les sciences:

This past week, we began discussing physical weathering (l’usure physique), which we’ll continue to discuss during this unit. Our next experiment (une expérience) models chemical weathering (l’usure chimique). We are weathering four different kinds of rocks in vinegar to mimic the effects of acid rain. Fun stuff!

Math & English:

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

This week:

  • We can become more fluent with basic multiplication facts x 1 through x 12.
  • We can model multiplication of larger numbers in arrays.
  • We can multiply multi-digit numbers using mental math and modeling strategies.

In class:  We continue to explore multiplication by reviewing basic multiplication facts through x 12. Students will have daily games in class to become more fluent with basic multiplication facts. Our explorations this week include modeling multiplication of larger 2 & 3 digit numbers using an area model to represent what happens when we multiply hundreds, tens and ones. Students will eventually learn the standard algorithm for multiplication, but at this point, students should build a strong understanding of how and why multiplication works. (See below for some pictures of last week’s hands-on investigations of factors, multiples and multiplicative comparison.)

Math Homework: In addition to our weekly spiral review homework this week, please  help your child practice multiplication facts daily at home (if they do not have them already committed to memory.) Flash cards, songs, quizzes in the car, or games are great ways to daily practice. Here are some practice games online.

English & Social Studies

•We can read maps.

•We can identify Oregon’s boarder states, major rivers and cities.

•We can describe geographical regions of our state.

We wrap up our three week study of traditional fiction this week by performing short readers’ theater plays for classmates based on Native American myths and legends. Then students will begin reading about Oregon’s geographical regions and will report their findings back to classmates. They will take notes and will write their first multi-paragraph report about the geography of each region. This week’s project kicks off our next unit about our state.

Photos from our math investigations last week: