Newsletter 25 – 3/13/15


This week we had a great time showing joy as we spent a “normal” week together. 4th graders took the science ISTEP. We spent a lot of time working on capstone projects. 


We did a LOT of science this week. We started the week by discussing structural and behavioral adaptations of animals. We learned about how animals adapt to different ecosystems. We created our own animals that had multiple adaptations to a variety of ecosystems, such as: desert, tundra, tropical forest, temperature rain forest, and wetlands. Students also experimented with different “bird beaks” (tweezers, toothpicks) by digging through an “ecosystem” (sand) to find “food” (marshmallows, miniwheats, etc.) 


In issues this week we discussed race. We defined race and talked about how our definitions related to work we did last week in google searching different careers and looking for racial characteristics. Students generated questions. We also read an article about high stakes standardized testing and we discussed the pros and cons. 


In Ms. Caitlin’s math group we finished our chapter on using variables to generalize situations and we started working on chapter four projects. 

In Mr. Jim’s math group we worked with probability. We created circle graphs, pictographs and worked with mean, median, and mode. After generating data sets, we took some standard measurements. 

In Ms. Kalei’s group this week we spent several days working on data sets related to gender on TV. We took a pre-assessment for multiplying and dividing with fractions. We also worked on tesselations for our new fix and finish structure. Ms. Kalei’s group DOES have math homework, which can be found here. 

This week in Ms Kandi’s group, students thought about how probability can be quantified.  Students applied this to an activity with numeral cards and took home a homework about flipping a coin.  Students then analyzed two different pictographs.  They made sense of the data using the descriptive statistics median, mode, and range, as well as experimental probability.  At the end of the week, students were introduced to a game called the 4-Cornered Spinner Game.  They made predictions about the outcomes of the game, played the game in pairs to collect data, and began to summarize that data.

Newsletter 24 – 3/6/15



This week all the focus was on ISTEP. On Monday we spent time doing “acceptance speeches” to build up positive energy and pep for a week of testing. We watched the Ted Talk on power poses to discuss how our bodies can change our minds and our minds can change our bodies.  We have (mostly) finished the ELA sessions and math, and next week 4th graders will do the science test. Thank you to many of our families who brought in extra snacks throughout the week.  

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we talked about animal adaptations. We learned about behavioral adaptation and structural adaptation. Behavioral adaptations are what animals do to adapt. Structural adaptations are parts of their bodies to help them adapt. We watched a Blue Planet video about the deep sea. We took notes on the animals structural and behavioral adaptations as we watched the video.


This week in issues we did a computer based investigation on race. Students went into google images and tallied the amount of people that fit into a racial category when searching for professions. We discussed their results as a class. Up & coming will be discussions on the words race, prejudice, stereotypes, racism, and anti-racism.

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This week in Capstone we did more computer work.Ms. Kalei taught the students that didn’t know about sharing documents how to share a document.

Book Buddies

This week in book buddies we got to just read. Are book buddies just made non-fiction books. Some of them read their books to us. They were very interesting and made us very proud. They are also making huge progress on their reading.

CARES Update

Cooperation- the classroom cooperates by put up the computers when told

Responsibility-  ⅘ is responsible by cleaning up at room rescue

Self-Control- we had to be silent in line which is unusual.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How do animals adapt to their environment?
  • How are you feeling about ISTEP?

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