Classroom News

  • Updated January 2023

    Be sure to scroll all the way down - this table formats in an odd way.

    Please be sure to read the Housekeeping and Parent Info sections of our Website as well.

    Housekeeping Page Link


    Math Minute 

    We are starting out January working with factors and multiples. We will be able to identify prime and composite numbers, and find equivalent fractions. We will also


    Math facts are a must! 

    Knowing math facts for all four operations from memory is important for success in fourth grade. Practice them daily to improve memory and fluency. 




    Reading Round-UP

    We started the month with a study of Snowflake Bentley, a farner from Vermont who developed a method of photographing snowflakes. We evaluated many sources about Mr. Bentley, deciding whether they were primary or secondary sources. We then created a bulletin board with a "flurry of facts" about Mr. Bentley and his work.

    (Sadly, the weather did not cooperate and give us that nice snowy ambiance I was hoping for to go with this unit!).

    The remaining weeks in January we will read 2 plays and 2 books that tie into our Revolutionary War unit. One of the books is George vs. George. This will be read at home and include a project. More info coming soon!


    Writing Wrap-up

    Continuing with our snow theme, we are writing fantasy stories about being trapped in a snowglobe! We are focusing on plot as we develop our stories. We also created our own version of a snowglobe, showing us trapped inside!

    Thanks for the photos!


    The Israeli Teacher Delegation visited us on 12/15, and then Miss Dana, the principal of Asif school, spent two days at TRE. Our class was part of the welcome ceremony, where we sang a song in Hebrew, and "You've Got A Friend In Me" with the other classes in the Partnership. Miss Dana came to our room and did a presentation about Asif and Modi'in. The best part - she handed out the letters our partners wrote to us! She packed our letters to take back to Israel with her.



    Community Partnerships

    All of our Veteran interviews are complete. We started drafting our write-ups this week.


     Social Studies Sound-Bite 

    We wrapped up our studies of explorers and the colony of New Netherlands/New York. We will move on to the Revolutionary War. Don't be surprised if you hear your fourth grade chanting, "No taxation, without representation!!" very soon!








    Project Based Learning

    Our project for the 2022-2023 school year will involve the Erie Canal in Pittsford. On 4 October, we took a walk to Pittsford Cemetery where we "met" many of the Pittsford folks who worked on the canal. They will become a part of our project. Pittsford Town Deputy Historian, Vicki Master-Profitt was our guide.






    Donation Request

    If you do a winter clean out and find any small toys, books, crafts supplies, etc. that you are getting rid of, we would love them for our prize box.

    One kid's trash is another kid's treasure!

    treasure chest