Monday, January 31, 2011

January Excitement

Winter Greenhouses
By A'lia and Mia

In Mrs. Kurth's 4th grade, we are doing Winter Greenhouses with the help of Mrs. Tollenaere. First, we got empty milk and water cartons. Then, we cut around the carton but we did not cut the handle. Next, we put dirt in the carton and planted our plants in the dirt. Mrs. Kurth wrote our plants names and our name on the carton. Thanks for coming Mrs. Tollenaere.

A little about Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Blair

Martin Luther King, Jr. helped white and black people go to school together and he helped black people go in restaurants where they couldn't before. Martin Luther King, Jr. said a speech about what one of his dreams were. After that it was joyful for the black people. This is what Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he did to help the United States.

What to do during an Inside Recess
By Madison

Even though inside recess might seem boring, there are still many things to do. Such as playing games, playing on the computers and iPods, drawing and talking with friends.

Book Talk
By A'lia

George's Secret Key To the Universe
When George follows his pig, Freddy into his neighbor's house, he meets his neighbors, Eric, Annie, and their computer Cosmos. Soon, Annie and George are on an adventure that will lead them into danger.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Madison Receives Respect Award

Our own Madison received an award for showing respect at our 2nd Quarter Assembly! Congratulations to Madison for this great award!
Madison is a perfect example of being a respectful student. Although she is soft spoken, she is very well respected by the students in our classroom. She sets a wonderful example for what it means to be respectful. She is respectful to all adults and students in our school. I am very proud that she can be honored with an award for being Respectful!

Winter "Mini" Greenhouses!

What a fantastic day we had in fourth grade! We had special guest today. Kathy Tollenaere, a former second grade teacher came to make winter "mini" greenhouses with our class. I created a photo peach slide show! Please enjoy! It puts into a nutshell how we created our greenhouses today. On the right side of the blog post here, you should see a heading entitled, Kidblog Pages. Students have started blogging about their experience today. Keep looking back to see if your child has posted about the winter greenhouses. When they have, please try to comment on their blog to give encourgagement to their writing! Thanks for letting me work with your kids everyday!

Winter "Mini" Greenhouses on PhotoPeach

More pictures courtesy of Julie Johnston from The Fairfield Ledger! Check the paper, you may get to see kids from our class! Thanks Julie for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's a new year!

Happy New Year! We are off to quick start even though 2 snow days have already gotten us! The fourth graders will really be movin' and groovin' through third quarter. We have a lot of learning in store and some really exciting activities.

Winter Greenhouses
Kathy Tollenaere, a former second grade teacher at Libertyville,will be visiting our classroom this week to help us create "Winter Greenhouses" We finally get to use those milk jugs we collected so long ago! She will be helping us to turn those milk jugs into a greenhouse for seeds to grow during these winter months. Students will be placing their greenhouses outside and we will be checking on them throughout the winter. Mrs. Tolleneare will come back in the spring to see what has grown in our greenhouses. This will be a great activity for students to grow something in the winter. We appreciate Mrs. Tollenaere giving of her time and talents to us.

Reading and Spelling
Please continue to read at home each night and bring back Reading Logs every Monday. Bringing back a reading log each week IS an expectation that I have for each fourth grader. They will begin losing recesses for not bringing their reading logs back each week. Reading at home is one of the best ways to improve reading and comprehension. Please remember to study spelling words. I expect students to return spelling homework each Tuesday and study words throughout the week!

Math is getting a little bit harder and I am going to start slowing down in order to keep everyone on track. However, it IS my expectation that all fourth graders are practicing their multiplication facts and really learning them. Students who do not know their facts will really struggle in math the rest of the school year if they are not already struggling now. I want each fourth grader to see success in Math, but I also need each fourth grader to put the effort into math to be better.

Social Studies
We are beginning the Middle West Region! This is an exciting region because it is our region! Students will enjoy learning about their state as well as other states they may have visited! Please take time to practice states and capitals with your child!

We are beginning our unit on the Human Body. Student will be learning everything it takes for our human body to function. We will be doing some interesting activities to show how the human body functions.

I hope to have a great 3rd Quarter. Students will be back next time narrating our blog! Please look for the great things they are doing.
Mrs. Kurth