August 28-31

“When choosing between being right or being kind, be kind.” 
-Mr. Browne’s September Precept (Wonder by R.J. Polacio)

4D has been very busy establishing ‘norms’ of our classroom learning community. We’ve had a lot of discussion about how we can make the PYP Attitudes and IB Learner Profile part of who we are every day. As we read aloud Wonder, we reflect on the characters, the choices they make and how they demonstrate positive characteristics that we can learn from.  We have begun to “Spy” each other showing these positive charecteristics and we are giving each other “I Spy” awards for what we notice.  So far we have “spied” students staying in to clean up, take risks to answer questions, sit next to students who were alone, return lost items and cheer other students up when they feel sad. 

Week in Review:

  • Math: Exploring patterns, their relationships, what it means to be a mathematician and setting up Math routines and expectations including Math games and number talks.
  • English: Setting up routines and expectations, including Independent Reading and Writing Responses.
  • UOI: Introducing our Unit of Inquiry “How the World Works,” which is an inquiry into Earth’s surface and how it changes over time as a result of natural processes and our activity
  • I-Time: Build a balloon-powered: Students worked in small groups with the same materials to create a balloon powered car. They learned a bit about data collection and fair testing, but even more about team work and solving problems.IMG_0075-1r6xf5c
  • Buddies: We met with our K2 buddies (Ms. Cathies Class) interviewed each other and got to know each other.
  • Other: Setting up and learning to use Chromebooks and Ipads and how to write a blog.




Here is a video of how to play one of the Math games we learned this week.  

* Please see Curriculum section for curriculum details for each unit if you would like to know more about what is next.

Important Notices:

  • No school Monday September 4
  • Field trip to Soc Son- September 8- to study landforms.  A permission slip with more information will go home this Friday.
  • Back to School Night- September 7

Building Community in 4D

We are off to a great start in 4D. It has been a delightful week getting to know each other. While it may look and feel like fun and games to the students, the first weeks of school are actually important building blocks for the rest of the year. Not only are students learning classroom routines, building community and establishing agreements but I am also busy gathering information on how to best meet the needs of each individual student.

Each week students from 4D will be asked to tell a little bit about what happened that week in school. Here is our first video of several students telling about the first week and a half in 4th grade.

4D Classroom Agreements:

  • Help each other learn
  • Be kind
  • Treat the class as a learning space
  • Take risks
  • One person talk at a time
  • Treat mistakes as opportunities to learn

A look ahead to next week:

Next week we will be focused on the following…

Reading: Building reading stamina and practicing reading comprehension strategies

Writing: Writing poems about our street and learning how to write blog reflections

Math: Number sense and learning Math routines

UOI: Changes to the earth’s surface (Geology)


  • Class Photos on Monday, August 28th!
  • Back-to-School Night, September 7th @ 6:00pm
  • Students should have a hat and water bottle every day.
  • Students should have a pair of headphones to keep at school.