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March 18, 2019 

 

We are beginning the 3rd and last trimester of the school year today! I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by. I hope that your children are enjoying this school year as much as I am.

 

 

Today we started a blind experiment with tomato seeds that have been sent to space and returned to Earth. Please ask your child for the letter send home today!

 

Reading & Writing - we are spending the month  of March reading and writing poetry and learning different examples of Figurative Language usage.

 

Math - Fractions, Fractions & more Fractions! The children have been doing really well with their fraction work. I truly hope that they remember our waffle lesson and use what they learned in the future. We had a great time making the waffles and they were pretty tasty too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2019

 

Snow Day- I hope everyone survived our first E-Learning snow day! It was fun for me to interact with the students via Google Docs and emails. Always feel free to email me with any questions during these E-Learning days.

 

Binders & Page Protectors: Please send in a binder and page protectors ASAP for your child's 4th grade memory book!

 

Writing: I am excited about how much the students' writing has improved since the beginning of the year. All writing pieces are on Google Docs so you are able to see their writing in action from your home computer. 

 

Reading: We are subscribed to an awesome online resource: www.storyworks.scholastic.com that your child can always sign on to - even at home. Our classroom code is: exquisite. It is a wealth of information presented in a "child friendly" way. Please use this at home as much as you like when your child is looking for something to do. 

 

Reading Logs: We have transferred our reading logs to a Google Doc. The old fashion paper log was not working so well...so we are know logging everything we read on a doc. Please remind your child to log any reading done at home!

 

Social Studies: Students learned how to create a successful colony by doing a STEM project online, then wrote a delightful piece on  "How to Build A Successful Colony For Dummies" giving much needed advice for new colonists.

 

Math:  Fractions, Fractions and MORE Fractions!!! We will test next Friday, Febraury 22 on Fractions, Fractions and MORE Fractions!

 

January 22, 2019

 

 

 

Please Please Please

Send in a binder and page protectors

for your child's 4th grade memory book!

 

 

 

Storyworks: A letter was sent home last week with information about a new reading activity for our class. Please ask your child for the information if you haven't seen it yet. Storyworks is an internet based reading program by Scholastic that can be used by your child at home and at school. The children are loving the articles and videos so far. Please ask you child what has been his/her favorite article so far!

 

 

Math: We finished Chapter 4 last week - tests will be going home today. We started Chapter 5 which is about multiples, factors and pattern. We will be testing on this Chapter by the end of the week. Then, it's on to fractions. 

 

Science: We completed our solar ovens, but will wait for warmer temps before testing them.

 

Social Studies: A major shout out to Mr. Rotondo for teaching us how the electoral college works in our voting system. The students really enjoyed the lesson. We will be studying Colonial America and the Revolutionary War. The students will be doing a STEM project which entails them creating their very own settlement based on research of four original settlements. This is a computer based project.

 

Reading: Biography research is over! YAY! Time to move on to Historical Fiction - a nice match with our Social Studies unit.

 

Stay Warm,

 

Carol Chalela

 

 

January 2, 2019

 

 

Happy New Year! 

 

 

The students and I had a blast at our end of year party! A major shout out to our room parents and parent volunteers - a good time was had by all. Thank you to for all the cards and gifts - it was very thoughtful of everyone to think of me. 

 

Time to get back in school mode. 

 

Science - we will continue with the designing of our solar ovens...hopefully we will be able to melt chocolate and make s'mores.

 

Math - Continuation of Chapter 4 which deals with division strategies. We have started using stations in math class with great success. Please ask your child his/her favorite station so far.

 

Reading/Writing - continuation of biography research and speech writing.

 

Supplies Needed!!!! - please send in a binder and page protectors for your child's 4th grade memory book.. We will start compiling the book next week! If you are unable to send it in, please send me an email.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol Chalela

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 16, 2018

 

Last week's Winter Concert was spectacular! I am amazed at how far the children progressed since the beginning of the year.

 

Science: We started the lessons on the Solar Oven - we probably will not be finished before winter break, however. But we will learn what is the best insulator to keep foods warm.

 

Math: We are still working with division. We have been working with estimations and the distributive property. Some students are struggling with these concepts, but it should help when we start traditional long division this week. If you child struggles with the homework, please just sign the assignment and I will go over in more depth the next day at school.

 

Reading/Writing: We have watched some pretty powerful speeches the last several days in preparation for a persuasive speech writing. We will continue to explore subjects for biography reports. If you have a few minutes, I highly recommend that you click or copy the link below and watch an incredible speech by a 12 year old girl. The students were mesmerized while watching this speech.

 

 

The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQmz6Rbpnu0

 

 

Tomorrow (Monday, December 17) is Ugly Sweater Day at Bear Tavern!

 

 

 

Holiday Party: Friday, December 21 at 10:00 we will have our class New Year's Eve themed pajama party! Should be a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 10, 2018

 

 

Is it really December already? Um, yes it is. Just stop by our school any day and see how excited the students are!  A major shout out to the students for being so kind for my birthday! The cards, socks, Whoppers, cupcakes, cookies and other gifts are so much appreciated. Absolutely made my day!

 

Math: We finished Chapter 3 last week, the tests will be coming home tomorrow (Tuesday). We are now delving into division. So far so good! We will probably not finish Chapter 4 until after the winter break. 

 

Science: We have finished our lessons with Hot Wheel Force and Motion. I think the students really enjoyed playing with the cars and tracks while learning about potential and kinetic energy. For the next two weeks we will be working in conjunction with Mrs. Overman, our STEM facilitator, to make a solar oven. We are in need of supplies and would appreciate anything that you may be able to send in to school asap:

 

Supplies Needed for Solar Oven Project:

 

aluminum foil 

 

newspapers

 

felt

 

foam sheets

 

plastic grocery bags

 

gravel

 

rocks

 

soil

 

hay, straw

 

sand

 

old t-shirts or other fabric scraps

 

cotton balls

 

magazines

 

shredded paper

 

packing peanuts

 

 

Reading/Writing: We have moved on to Biographies of people who have made an impact on our nation. Pourquoi you ask? Because all good things must come to an end. We will read biographies and study the art of speech writing. Students will eventually write their own persuasive writing piece.

 

Finally, our winter party (New Year's Eve PJ themed) will be on Friday, December 21 at 10:00 am. 

 

Fondly,

Carol Chalela

 

 

November 29, 2018

 

It was so nice to meet everyone at conferences last week. I hope that you enjoyed visiting your child's classroom and your questions were answered.

 

We had a wonderful time at our Thanksgiving Day feast - students brought in lots of traditional foods and everyone had a great time. It was a great way to start off everyone's Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Math: We are almost done with Chapter Three - the final test will be Tuesday, December 4. Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child. Next Chapter will investigate division.

 

Science: Please ask your child about potential and kinetic energy. We are experimenting with Hot Wheels and having a blast! This unit will continue for most of December.

 

Reading/Writing: Students are learning about pourquois and myths. Please ask them the defining characteristic of each...answer key: pourquoi is French for why. Pourquoi stories try to explain why a natural phenomenon occurs (such as why a tiger has stripes). Myths typically have a character with supernatural qualities and teaches a lesson.  Ask your child about our song for this unit! Just try to get them to stop singing it, then try to get it out of your head! Today they began to write their own pourquoi and am excited to read them. Also, ask them about being stuck in a snow globe...oh my.

 

I continue to enjoy spending my days with your children. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Fondly,

Carol Chalela

 

 

November 16, 2018

 

Did it really snow yesterday? Archie & Ethan N. were the last students standing in our classroom waiting for their buses to arrive. Ethan's came at 4:30 and Archie's came at 4:40!! Wow! That was a long day at school, but thankfully everyone got home safely.

 

We are well into Chapter 3 and double digit multiplication in math...so please continue to practice at home. 

 

Science: We have been reading about forces and motion and will continue to explore physical science and energy until after the new year. 

 

Reading/Writing: We have been reading lots of pouquois and myths - please ask your child what his/her favorite story is. In writing we will be starting to write our own pourquois about a natural phenomenon of his/her choice. I am excited to see what the children write. 

 

Next Wednesday we will have a Thanksgiving Feast in our classroom. If you would like to send an item in, please make sure that it is something authentic that the Native Americans and Pilgrims had for their feast. Please feel free to join us, but it's not necessary. Students have a sign up sheet in the classroom. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Have a great weekend & Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 11, 2018

 

So hard to believe how fast time flies! We are having such a great year and so much more to look forward to. Halloween was a great success - shout out to our room parents for hosting a fun party for the students. 

 

Math: Students took the Chapter Two test last week and we will begin Chapter Three on Monday. Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child at home! 

 

Reading/Writing: We having completed our non-fiction unit and will begin the study of Pourquois & Myths. 

 

Social Studies/Science: We are winding down our New Jersey/Native American lessons and will start a study of Forces and Energy in Science.

 

Our garlic is growing exponentially, but will slow down with the cooler weather. Then it will fall into a state of dormancy during the cold winter months, but spring will rejuvenate the cloves and by the last day of school all should have a full garlic bulb to take home!

 

We planted milkweed seed, lemon balm, mint, lamb's ear, and cone flowers in the other garden beds. Indoors we are growing rosemary, dill, thyme, lettuce and cherry tomatoes.  Other students and teachers stop by our room just to smell the herbs!

 

A shout out to Shannon Davila for coming to our class to teach a lesson on proper hand washing. Students learned a lot about how germs stay on our hands even after what we think is good hand washing.

 

Students enjoyed yummy pumpkin cookies made from the pumpkins we used for our pumpkin math lessons. A few students asked for the recipe so here it is:

 

 

Lindsay's Favorite Pumpkin Cookies

  • 2 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 cup sugar, 1 stick butter, 1 cup fresh pumpkin, 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla.
  • Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Gradually add mixed dry ingredients. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet. 
  • Bake at 350 degreesF for 15-18 minutes. Cool on baking rack.
  • Drizzle glaze and add sprinkles if desired.
  • Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tbs. milk, 1 tbs. melted butter, 1 tsp. vanilla. Combine in bowl until smooth.

 

Please continue to check our classroom shutterfly page and/or my Twitter feed for pictures of our class activities.

 

I look forward to meeting discussing your child's progress at conferences this Friday and next Monday.

 

 

 

October 28, 2018

 

Wow! What an amazing week we had last week! So many activities and learning opportunities. On Tuesday we had a butterfly celebration with pizza and many food items donated by the parents and students. We celebrated in our classroom and had lots of leftovers for snacks throughout the week. A special shout out to our room parents for ordering and paying for our pizza. Much fun was had by all.

 

We will finish Chapter 2 in math by the end of the week. Please continue to practice multiplication with your child at home. The more exposure the better!

 

 

On Thursday we went on our first field trip to Pennsbury Manor. I cannot express how awesome all of the children were on this trip. We received many compliments from the docents as they were impressed with the students' behavior as well as their thoughtful questions. We learned about colonial life in our area and we will be planting some of of the colonial plants in our brand new garden beds.

 

On Friday, thanks to an incredibly talented and generous group of parents, we had five awesome garden beds installed right outside our class room! These beds are made of cedar and were built by Mr. Boyarsky and Mr. Granzow and filled with organic soil donated by Ed "Jack" Jackowski. The children have already planted their garlic cloves in one the beds. These cloves will begin to grow, then winter over and regrow again in the spring. Each student will have a full garlic bulb to take home in June.  Another bed will be filled with colonial plants; such as mint, lemon balm, lavender, and lambs ear. And finally, on Wednesday, we will plant milkweed for the monarchs to use next spring. The remaining two beds will be used for herbs including dill, parsley and fennel that will be grown from seed in the classroom, then planted outdoors in the spring. These herbs are for the black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars to enjoy.

 

 

I look forward to another great week with your children. If you are planning to come to the Halloween party on Wednesday, please let me know in an email or note so I may notify the office. 

 

Thanks again for everything!

 

Fondly,

Carol Chalela

 

 

October 19, 2018

 

We said goodbye to our last butterfly this week. We hope that someone will find at least one of our tagged friends and report it. It was a fun experience for the students - each child was able to release at least one butterfly! 

 

TUESDAY, October 23 we will have a farewell to our monarchs pizza party in our classroom during lunch time! Our room mothers will have the pizza delivered to school and all are welcome to send in any butterfly themed food item to add to the celebration. Please do not send a lunch in for your child on Tuesday (unless he/she does not want pizza). We do have a student with a nut allergy, so we ask for consideration in not sending in items with nuts.

 

Now we will move on to growing our own food. We are starting with growing lettuce using the indoor hydroponics method. We have lettuce that has germinated in only 3 days. The students are super excited to actually eat the salad that we grow.

 

A huge shout out thank you to parents who attended today's garden bed planning meeting. We are so excited to be able to grow milkweed, dill, parsley, fennel for the butterflies, as well garlic and other orgranic foods for ourselves. How exciting for the children to just look out the classroom window and watch the growth of the plants! Please contact me if you would like to help with our garden beds - there is always room for more!

 

MATH - The students took the Chapter 2 Mid-Chapter Checkpoint assessment today. It was sent home today for your review and signature. We are currently working on 2-3 digit multiplication by 1 digit. We will move on to  2-3 digit by 2 digit next week. It is so important for the students to have a strong recall of multiplication facts. Please continue to help your child at home with the practice of the basic facts. 

 

READING/WRITING: Our current unit is Non-Fiction reading, and informational writing. The umbrella topic for the writing is New Jersey. Students are able to choose any aspect of New Jersey that is of interest to them. We have been brainstorming and thinking of topics for the last few days, final decisions will need to be secured by Monday or Tuesday. 

 

Field Trip to Pennsbury Manor - Thursday, October 25. Please send in a bagged lunch and drink for your child. 

 

Be sure to check our Twitter feed and the Shutterfly account for pictures of your child's day.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Fondly,

 

Carol Chalela

 

 

 

 

 

October 12, 2018

 

 

We are almost done with our monarch project.  We released 3 butterflies today and we have just a few more to go. We will soon transition into our garden building and garlic planting. 

 

Math: We finished Chapter 1 in GoMath with great success. I am really proud of how well the children performed on the assessment. We will now move on to multiplication activities - please continue to practice the basic multtiplication facts with you child at home!

 

Field Trip:October 25 is our field trip to Pennsbury Manor (William Penn's Country Estate). The children and I are super excited for this excursion. This trip will coincide with our Social Studies curriculum.

 

Social Studies: Next week we will begin our study of the first people of New Jersey.

 

Reading/Writing: Social Studies connected research and writing; creating informational texts to teach others.

 

Supplies Needed: I spoke to the children today about an year-long scrapbook project that we will create this school year. If you could please supply your child with a scrapbook or binder so he/she may complete this project. It can be any type of scrapbook as long as it has at least 50 pages.  The best scrapbooks are the types in which you can add more pages (best, but not necessary). If you are unable to provide a scrapbook please email me and I will provide a binder for your child. We will include pictures and writing pieces throughout the year in this scrapbook. It's a great way to remember 4th grade in future years. The only thing that I remember from 4th grade is that "a lot" is two words! I wish your children to remember more than that! 

 

 

 

 

 

October 5, 2018

 

Wow! An entire month of school has passed us by. I am still amazed at how fast time flies. This month has been full of fun, educational activities. I hope that your child is enjoying our class as much as I am.  We reared, tagged and released many butterflies this month as well has learning about their life cycle. On Sunday, October 7, Cape May is hosting a tagging event. Please see the link below for more information.

 

As we move into October, in addition to our standard curriculum, we will continue to release our last few butterflies (once they emerge) and learn about how to grow garlic. As I stated at Back to School Night, I chose to grow garlic because it is something that the students can watch all school year long, and harvest on the last day of school in June. It is the perfect school year item to grow.  I showed them what the bulb and cloves look like and started to explain the growth process. We will plant before the end of the month.

 

On October 19 at 3:00 we will have a parent/student garden bed planning meeting. All parents are welcome to join! We hope to have a garden bed (or two) built outside our classroom so the children can monitor the growth of milkweed (for next year's monarchs) and possibly a bed for the garlic!

 

Finally, we have found that we are in need of a few extra supplies. These are not mandatory, but would make our classroom run more smoothly. Items needed are as follows:  a clip board, a ruler and a highlighter pen. 

 

Thank you for all of your support and sharing your children with me.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol Chalela

 

 

https://capemaymonarchs.blogspot.com/2018/

 

https://www.growveg.com/guides/growing-garlic-from-planting-to-harvest/

 

 

 

 

 

 Welcome Letter 2018-2019 Final.pdf 

 

 

Picture Day - Wednesday, October 3 - 2:20 pm

 

 

 

Social Studies Map Link:

 

https://nationalmap.gov/