MAP TESTING IS OVER!!! We're so excited to move into the rest of the year with some amazing opportunities for hands on application in new ways for us!
We're finishing the year! 15 more school days to learn and grow before 5th Grade! Just wanted to give you all an overview of where we're headed
Reading: We started book clubs today to give students an opportunity to use all they know about Reading. They're loving it so far!! This week they chose their books, researched their authors, and began reading and discussing. DRA season is also here where we check in on students' reading progress. Look for their numbers in their progress reports at the end of the year!
Writing: Next week we'll start shared research with a second grade class! Miss Schmidt and I had students choose a topic then paired a second and fourth grader. We're so excited to teach these second grade friends how to dig through resources to find the best things to share!
Math: Geometry is next on the schedule which if fun since we get to do more hands on and creative projects.
Science: We love force and motion! We've been able to do a lot of experiments, which they have been really enjoying.
Check it out!
Make sure to check out our shared folder with our pictures from over the year!
We'll be going to see our Reading Buddies next Friday and will be needing cookies (or snack cakes of some kind) and juice boxes. If you would be able to send in either (enough for about 50 students) that would be awesome!!
We had a parent come in and share their expertise this week! If any other parent would like to share, please let me know so we can get the details worked out!
May 5: Reading Buddies, Permission forms due for the Field Trip
May 11: Transition Day in the AM, Field day PM. Yearbooks will be distributed on Field Day. Students will also have the opportunity to sign shirts that day. If you'd like to have lunch with your student on Field Day, please let me know so I know to be expecting you!
May 17: Field Trip to Jeff City. Leave from the school at 7:30 AM and return to school to be picked up at 8:00 PM. Please send their permission form, bus money, and money for their dinner anytime between now and field trip day! Here is a link to the field trip permission form for more information!
Motivation: Posters should be turned in as soon as possible! I'll be hanging them up before testing! Look back at last week's post for more information and email me with any questions.
Letters: Letters of encouragement should be returned to me before April 19! Look back at the earlier post for more information.
Donations: Lemon drops, #2 pencils, pine or cedar for the Scentsy
Reminders about dates and habits: Get plenty of rest! Eat a breakfast that will stick with you! You're welcome to send a individual or class brain snack and/or water bottle. Most importantly: Give your student more than plenty of affirmation that they have value and purpose no matter their score. Encourage them to do their best in everything to show their best and brightest character!!
MAP testing is on it’s way!
We’re in full swing of preparing our minds and mindsets for MAP testing! Students have been working hard all year to grow in their reading, writing and math thinking skills and strategies. I’m so proud of where we’ve traveled in our learning as fourth graders and I’m so excited to see what they’ve remembered on the state test.
As with everything that I’ve taught the students this year, we can’t always choose what’s put in front of us but we can choose our attitude and effort! There are a couple of traditions that I have to help students with that mindset. Please read on to know how YOU can support YOUR student!!
Testing dates for 4th Grade are scheduled for April 19, 21, 25, 26.
Letters of Encouragement
Paper and envelopes will be coming home for you to write a letter, card, or note of encouragement to your child that I will pass along to them on the first morning of testing. Sometimes all they need before settling into their seat to get started is one little reminder of the people that care most for them. I will also be writing a note to each student!
If you would like to send a card, note, or letter to your child for that day, please send it to me in a sealed envelope. You may either send it with your child to return to me or you may mail it to me at school (Miss Kayla Bobeen, 518 E Kime St, Willard, MO 65781). Please have it back to me no later than April 18th for organizational purposes.
Students should have come home with 2 pieces of Candyland style paper and 2 envelopes to pass onto you the parents. The goal of sending 2 is that every parent or other family member would have a chance to send a letter!
“What Motivates You?” Poster
Today we discussed what or who motivates us to do our best. Before testing occurs in our classroom, we’ll be hanging posters around the room that students can create to remind them of something or someone who motivates them! The goal is that when students are testing, they will have a little piece of their heart around the room to look up at when they’re needing encouragement to keep going!
This is where you come in! I’ll send home a paper for your student to create a collage or paste a picture (or 2!) of the things that motivate them! The only guiding points (THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE LETTER I SENT TODAY) they need is that it must fit on the construction paper and it must any words they include cannot be academic related. Other than that, the poster may be as detailed or as simple as your student desires in order to feel motivated! Please have these returned to school no later than April 18th (sooner is better!) If a student does not have one sent back by then, I’ll have them draw/create a poster at school (after learning time). As these start coming back, they’ll be displayed around the room!
Last week we set goals for academic standards, question strategies, or time management! Ask your student about their goal! I’m so proud of how reflective they were in identifying the best place for them to grow. Multiplication facts are a BIG DEAL in supporting what they know in 4th grade Math!! The best way you can support their reading is by having them read for 20 minutes or more at home and asking them deep thinking questions as often as you can. Ask them to look back when they’re answering. Read with your student!!
Habits for the week of testing:
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Wednesday, May 17th, our Fourth Grade team will be traveling to Jefferson City, Missouri for our field trip!! The day will be filled with the following activities:
We are SO excited about this educational field trip!! We will be renting two coach buses and leaving Willard East promptly at 7:30 am and returning to school approximately at 8 pm. Please be here a few minutes early as it’s difficult to give an exact time of return.
The cost of the trip is $10 per student to cover the cost of their seat on the bus. Lunch needs to be sent from home (or bought from the school cafeteria). On the way home we will be stopping at McDonald’s in Lebanon for dinner. Students will need to send in $5-10 for their dinner.
Each class will have 7 seats available for parents at $10 each. These will be reserved on a first come-first serve basis. If you are a parent who would rather drive yourself, carpool, or the seats fill up before you are able to commit, you are more than welcome to follow the buses yourself!
Students are able to bring books, snacks, and/or electronics (no more than 3) for entertainment on the bus ride. The school is not liable for their devices. Additionally, students will be expected to leave their devices on the bus during the day of the field trip. To take pictures, they may bring a digital or disposable camera--no phones or tablets will be able to come into the capitol building with us.
Please complete and return the permission slip to your student’s teacher before Friday, May 5th. If you are paying with a check, please make it payable to Willard East (dinner money will need to be sent in cash). Please keep in mind that this is a fast paced trip and there is a huge amount of walking!
Just a reminder to follow this link to the Google Folder that has our pictures from the year!
Miss Kayla Bobeen
I love learning and am always looking for a new adventure! My favorite adventures are in great books and with family and friends.