St. Mary's School will start 2 hours late on Feb 21.
Grade 4 – Mrs. Fischer
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Spelling words for Feb. 18-22, 2019:
Some words have three consonant clusters.
munch, crunchy, lunch, thrilled, threatening, thrive, healthy, wealthy, Christmas, chronological, shredded, shrieked, spread, sprinkled, through, filthy, christian, sprained
In math we have started Unit 5 – Measurement. We are starting off learning/working with metric units of measurement.
In science we are learning about the water cycle.
In reading we have officially started our Beverly Cleary Author Study Unit. We started the unit off by having a Beverly Cleary Scavenger Hunt. The students were provided some website links and given some questions they needed to answer by reading information on the websites they visited. They learned that Beverly Cleary wrote over 40 books. Her first job was a librarian. She almost did not pass the first grade. In third grade, Beverly Clearly’s favorite place was the library and she fell in love with books and reading. The students are in groups and each group is reading a different Beverly Cleary book. Through book discussions, the students will compare and contrast characters in the different books. They will also compare and contrast the story settings. Students will also work on identifying any common themes in the different books.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK PHOTOS:
Compliment Bags: For Valentine’s Day, we focused on spreading love and kindness not just outside our classroom, but also in our own class. The students got to write a compliment to each one of their classmates on a white bag. These bags were then the students’ bags that their Valentine treats got put in. The students were very thoughtful and intentional in their compliments to their classmates. They are learning quickly that how we treat one another matters and it is far better to build each other up that tear each other down. Many commented on what a good feeling it was after we finished. I am pretty proud of these kids!
ADOPT A SOLDIER UPDATES:
Our second set of care packages have made their way to our soldiers! They are very thankful that we have thought of them!
Our first set of care packages made it to our two soldiers before Christmas. We heard from both of them and they are both extremely grateful for the packages! We are preparing to send another set of care packages on Friday, January 11. Here are some photos from one of our soldiers and a post card from the other! The 4th graders are pretty proud of this project!
ADOPT A SOLDER PACKING DAY # 3 – Happy Valentine’s Day
On Monday, February 11, 2019, the 4th graders packed our third set of care packages for our two soldiers. We included homemade Valentine’s Day cards, Valentine treats, some toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, lotion, and lots of snacks for them to enjoy.
4th Grade Dinner Auction Project # 1 Complete
The 4th graders finished one of their projects for the upcoming dinner auction. Thanks to Ryan and Christina Pederson for their creativity in helping the 4th graders put this Nativity Set together.
5th Grade Science – Wrapping up our Forces and Motion Unit with Escape Boxes
The 5th grade science class has been busy learning about forces and motion. They got to do a few labs/experiments to learn about mass and how its affects on force and acceleration. They also learned about Newton’s Laws of Motion. To wrap up our unit, they completed a unit review and used it to help them solve some clues to open the BREAKOUT EDU escape boxes. They had wonderful teamwork and have proved to be well prepared for the test on forces and motion.
4th Grade Science – Breakout EDU Escape Boxes
This week in 4th grade science, the students were working on reviewing what they have learned about natural resources, taking care of the environment and about ecosystems. As a review in preparation for their test on this unit, they used their unit reviews to help them solve clues. Solving the clues helped give them the combinations to three different locks that opened two escape boxes. Inside the boxes were some treats, but before they got to try the treats, they had to name at least 2 different natural resources used in making the treats. They displayed some great team work in this activity!
ADOPT A SOLDIER PACKING DAY – Second Set of Care Packages – Happy New Year
On January 11, we packed our second set of care packages to our two soldiers. The students made Happy New Year cards for each of them. We had two nice and full boxes to send to our soldiers again.
BONANZA FIELD TRIP
Our class went on a field trip to the Bonanza Environmental Learning Center on Big Stone Lake. We went on December 20, 2018. We had a great time doing many activities including Dutch Oven Baking, Nature Hikes, learning about beavers and doing the Escape Boxes, in which we had to work together to solve clues so we could unlock them.
INVENTION CONVENTION – 4th Grade Science
4th graders had to research a significant invention. They needed to learn who the inventor was, where and when it was invented, what exactly the invention did/how it works and discuss the impact of the invention on themselves and on society. They then had to come up with a way to present their research. They all did a fabulous job and I am so proud of all of them!
ADOPT A SOLDIER
My class has been awarded a $250 Action Team Grant from Thrivent Financial. With this grant we have adopted 2 active military members who are currently deployed. We will be sending them care packages throughout the remainder of the school year. We packed our first boxes on Thursday, December 6 (St. Nicholas Day). Our packages included hot cocoa mix, granola bars, trail mix, treats/candy (we even found out some of our soldiers’ favorite treats and included them), toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, kleenex, band aids, extra holiday cards that they can use to send to family members, deodorant, body wash, shampoo and more. The students each made cards for our soldiers and wrapped up some of the treats with wrapping paper for them to enjoy. We wanted them to have some gifts to open for Christmas since they are not able to be with family and friends for the holidays. I am so proud of these kids! I saw great teamwork and such excitement to be able to give to others!
4th Grade Science Egg Drop
4th graders were learning about then engineering and design process. They needed to sketch/plan and create a way to protect an egg from breaking when dropped from 3 meters. Then they tested their prototypes.
5th Grade Science – Boat Design Project
Students had to work in groups to design a boat out of clay that would float and then see how many pennies it would hold before it sank. They also had to take into consideration the placement of the pennies and if that made a difference in how well it did or didn’t float.
ALL SCHOOL TRIP – SCIENCE MUSEUM
Math Partner Games to practice Multiplication