• Message to 4th Grade Parents (Re: 5th Grade Camping Experience)

    Dear Fourth Grade Families:

     

    Throughout the last two years, many parents have expressed to me that they would like us to provide a camp experience for Discovery’s fifth grade students.  So, I am very pleased to let you know that we are planning to do just that.

     

    Next Fall, your current fourth grade student, will have the opportunity to attend YMCA’s Camp Coleman for three days/two nights.  To provide you the…

    • 16 Apr 2018
  • Writing Genres: Narrative - Realistic Fiction

    Dear Parents,

    In our first narrative writing unit, our focus is on constructing realistic fiction narratives.  At the start of the unit, we let the students know that fiction writers get their ideas from paying attention to the moments and issues in their lives - particularly ones that generate strong emotions.  We've collected seed ideas, and have begun to develop our characters internal and external traits, as well as…

    • 21 Sep 2017
  • Great First Day of School

    Dear Parents, 

    We had a wonderful first day of school today.  We started the day with a morning math problem, which was the application problem from our first math lesson.  The purpose was to get the students into the routine of putting their things away and becoming productive right away.  They did a wonderful job of demonstrating their math knowledge, and we discussed ways we can improve our math practices.  We also emphasized…

    • 8 Sep 2017
  • Eureka Math - Module 4 - Angle Measures and Plane Figures

    We just began a new module this week.  This module introduces points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles, as well as the relationships between them.  Students construct, recognize, and define these geometric objects before using their new knowledge and understanding to classify figures and solve problems.  With angle measure playing a key role in the work throughout the module, students learn how to create and measure…

    • 2 May 2017
  • Eureka Math: Module 6: Decimal Fractions

    We are going to begin Module 6 today, and I wanted to share the tip sheet with you, so you can understand the key vocabulary, models being used, and standards being addressed.  

    Topic A: Students use their understanding of fractions to explore tenths.

    Topic B: Students decompose tenths into ten equal parts to make hundredths.

    Topic C: Comparison of decimal numbers

    Topic D: Introduction to addition of decimals by finding…

    • 27 Mar 2017
  • New Writing Unit: Literary Essay

    Dear Parents,

     

    We are about to begin a new writing unit.  I’m so pleased with the final information writing pieces that your children produced.  Our next unit of writing is Literary Essay.  In this unit, students will learn to read literature closely – and write about the literature they are reading.  They’ll learn to notice the details in a text, to appreciate that authors choose the setting, objects, word choices…

    • 23 Mar 2017
  • Grade 4 Module 3 Parent Tip Sheet

    Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

    How you can help at home:

     
    Become familiar with the area model, a different method of multiplying than you may have learned

    • Continue to review the place value system with your student
    • Discuss mathematical patterns, such as 5 x 9,5 x 90, 50 x 90, 50 x900, etc.


    In this module, we will start with applying multiplication and division to contexts such as area and perimeter to set the…

    • 25 Oct 2016
  • Grade 4 Module 3 Parent Tip Sheet

    Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

    How you can help at home:

     
    Become familiar with the area model, a different method of multiplying than you may have learned

    • Continue to review the place value system with your student
    • Discuss mathematical patterns, such as 5 x 9,5 x 90, 50 x 90, 50 x900, etc.


    In this module, we will start with applying multiplication and division to contexts such as area and perimeter to set the…

    • 25 Oct 2016
  • Blog Post by Ellie and Jason

    In math, we have been rounding to any place value without a number line. But we also learned how to round with a number line. We practiced with thousands, ten thousands, and hundred thousands. Then, we do it on our own in our problem set books.

    In writing, we have been learning to build stamina and beginning to draft our realistic fiction stories. We also have been using an arc to help us plan our story. We have also been…

    • 16 Sep 2016
  • Blog Post by Mr. Schenkman - Week ending September 9, 2016

    We had a wonderful first "almost" full week of school.  We have been getting used to the routines of the class and completing pre-assessments, so we can accurately measure growth at the end of the year.  I've been so impressed by your children's focus, effort, and positive attitude.

    In math this week, we are focusing on place value.  We've learned to name numbers in standard form, unit form, word form,…

    • 9 Sep 2016
  • Class Blog by Hailey and Maya

    Monday- no school memorial day! Enjoy your three day weekend!  

    Tuesday- Our trivia question today was who is a scientist that studies motion (physicist). In math we worked on our 3 dimensional solids unit. We found different three dimensional shapes in the classroom. In social studies the James Cook group learned about James Cook while the rest worked on their Seaman’s Journal. In writing we started our final drafts on…

    • 6 Jun 2016
  • Class Blog - Tanvi and Isabella

    Bonjour Eagles!

    On Monday, in math, we reviewed for our Unit 10 test. In social studies, our John Mears experts are sharing their knowledge with their table groups. In reading, we just started reading Coming to America. We talked about immigrants. In writing, we are starting to draft our literary essays. We talked about a good lead and ending.

    On Tuesday, in math, we took our Unit 10 test, which was about symmetry.…

    • 2 Jun 2016
  • Class Blog - Ashley and Avani

    Howdy Eagles!

    This week in math we have started our new symmetry unit. We are experimenting with transparent purple mirrors to find lines of symmetry.   

    In reading, we are making inferences about Peppe the lamp lighter by Elisa Bartone. Peppe has seven sisters and his mom is dead and his dad is sick so Peppe needs to get a job to help his family. 

    In writing we are working on our literary essay. We are working…

    • 23 May 2016
  • Class Blog By $avannah and Maya

    Aloha Eagles!

    This week in math we were working on area and perimeter. On Monday we started designing a playground on graph paper. We also had a math test today.

    In reading we finished the book AMELIA’S ROAD by Linda Jacobs Altman. It was about a girl who finds a place that she calls home. Now we are reading PEPPE THE LAMPLIGHTER by Elisa Bartone. We also finished our last reading response, and our new read out…

    • 13 May 2016
  • Weekly Class Blog by Emer$on and Grant

    Dear Eagles,

     

    In writing, we worked on revising and editing our writing pieces. We also continued typing our Informational writing pieces and finished them.   

    In reading, we continued doing our IDR Reading Responses. We also started reading the book Hurricane which is written by David Wiesner. We used questioning and inferences to help us understand the text we read.

    In math, we worked on adding and subtracting fractions…

    • 25 Mar 2016
  • Weekly Class Blog by Saanvi and Shriya

    Dear Eagles,

    This week in math, we started Unit 7, which is about fractions. On Monday, we learned how to find a fraction of a whole number. We used pennies as an example. Later in the week , we modeled fractions using pattern blocks.                         

    In writing, a majority of the class started typing their Information Books, which are now due on Monday, March 28th. On Thursday, we discussed how to add transitions to our…

    • 18 Mar 2016
  • Weekly Class Blog by: Shriya and Saanvi

    Dear Eagles,

    This week in math, we started adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying decimals. We also learned about metric units and US customary units. On Wednesday and Thursday we reviewed Unit 4 for our upcoming math test. On Friday we had our math test.

    In writing we continued to write our historical information books. We learned how to write Micro-Stories and Micro-Essays. We also finished our Table of Contents…

    • 15 Mar 2016
  • Weekly Blog Post by Namitha and Tanvi

    Dear Eagles,

    This week, in math, we learned to order and compare decimals. We learned to estimate with decimals, by rounding the decimal number to a whole number and we learned to add and subtract decimal numbers. We even learned to use decimals in money.  

    In science, we learned to order density. We are working on answering the question: Can you order rank the density of different objects? We must have a claim and evidence…

    • 7 Mar 2016
  • Weekly Blog Post by Tanvi & Namitha

    Dear Eagles,

    This week, in math we did Exemplars on Monday. Our learning targets were 1) Problem Solving 2) Communication 3) Reasoning and Proof. On Tuesday, we learned about decimal place values. The rest of the week, we compared decimals with fractions.

    In Reading, on Monday, we read The Bat Boy & His Violin by Gavin Curtis, illustrated by E.B. Lewis. It’s about a boy, named Reginald, who likes to play the …

    • 29 Feb 2016
  • Blog By Tanvi And Savannah - 2/5/16

       Dear Eagles,

             This week, in math, we learned to interpret our remainders. For homework, we had to decide to ignore the remainder, report it as a fraction or decimal, or to round the answer up. We even learned to identify and measure angles.

                For science, we did experiments on solids, liquids and gases. We used salt/flour, water, rice and air. The materials we used were a syringe, a magnifying glass, and 2 see-though…

    • 5 Feb 2016
  • Blog Post by: Hailey, Shriya, Namitha - 1/22/16

    Dear Eagles,

    This week in reading our learning target was to find character, plot, and setting. We read The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane and Herm Auch.

    In math we had our mid-year assessment. Our learning target was to do division by the multiples of tens strategy.

    In writing, we were working on revising and editing.

    In science, we started our matter unit; we had our matter pretest on Tuesday.

     

    Sincerely…

    • 25 Jan 2016
  • Blog Post by Avani and Siri - 1/15/16

    January 15, 2016

    Dear Eagles,

    In writing, we focused on completing the ending of our realistic fiction writing pieces. We also started working on elaboration and learnt how to find the heart of our stories.

    In reading, we started our new non-fiction reading response. We also read a realistic fiction book called Thunder Cake. It’s about a girl who is scared of thunder, and she became brave after her grandma taught her…

    • 15 Jan 2016
  • Blog Post by Avani and Siri - 1/8/16

    January 8, 2016

    Dear Eagles,

    In writing, we focused on starting the lead (beginning) for our realistic fiction writing pieces.

    In reading, we focused on learning how to complete our non-fiction reading responses. In the reading response we picked a topic from the book our class read “Animal Senses” and supporting it with details .

    In math, we focused on estimating products (the answer to a multiplication…

    • 11 Jan 2016
  • Blog Post by Ananya and Saanvi - 12/18/15

    December 18, 2015

    Dear Eagles,

    In writing we developed our characters by writing their internal and external character traits (internal = inner traits, external = outer traits). We also made story arcs based on themes.

    In reading we focused on questioning to help us better understand the text. We are also focusing on a new book called; Animal senses. The author of the book was Pamela Hickman. The illustrator was…

    • 4 Jan 2016
  • Blog Post by Ananya and Saanvi - 12/11/15

    December 11, 2015

    Dear Eagles,

    In writing this week we focused on generating realistic fiction ideas using small moments of our lives as examples. We also started referring themes to books for an example and a guide for our realistic fiction pieces.

    In reading this week we focused on questioning strategies to understand the book; SLINKY, SCALY, SLITHERY, SNAKES. The book was about different types of snakes, how they…

    • 14 Dec 2015