Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Passion Projects

Snakes, dolphins, Mount Rushmore, and Neptune! Students have worked so hard researching for their passion projects.  We have learned how to research and take notes using books and the internet.  Several students even started writing their first drafts this afternoon.  We will continue to work on our writing pieces for the rest of this week.  Next week, students will start working on their projects.  If your child is working on their project at home, they should also have a plan of some things that they can do here at school next week. 

The lighthouse 4th grade will be presenting our passion projects next Friday, March 30th from 9:00-10:00am.  Students will be spread out in all four of the lighthouse 4th grade classrooms.  We hope you can come!   

Friday, February 16, 2018

February News

Carney’s Crew News and Updates  

Hi All,

It’s hard to believe that February break is just a week away.  Like always, we have been so busy with new learning in our classroom.  

We have been enjoying clips from the Olympics in the morning after students get checked in and then again during snack time.  So far we have been able to watch snowboarding, hockey, skiing, figure skating, luge, and the skeleton!  It has been such a great opportunity to further connect our learning in the classroom to the real world. The Olympics have also been a great connection to all of the work we have been doing on growth mindset and perseverance.  

Here are some of the things happening in our classroom:  

Math- We wrote down the fastest times from the skeleton and luge races as fractions to help us learn about tenths and hundredths of a second.  We also converted the distance that the racer runs at the start of the race from meters to centimeters.  In addition, we discussed how the luge track was divided up into segments, and the racers times were being reported for each segment.  Students very quickly made the connection to fractions and recognized the track as the whole! They begged me to do “Olympic Math” all day!  

Along with “Olympic Math” we have learned about unit fractions, parts of a whole, and how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators.  

Writing- Students have been so focused on writing their “hamburger” paragraphs which include a topic sentence, four supporting details/facts/examples, and a closing sentence.  We have also worked hard to learn and apply new strategies to our introductions and conclusions, and add text features to our writing. Next week we will peer edit, revise, and then have a small author celebration.  

Reading- We have been focusing very heavily on distinguishing between the topic and main idea of an article and/or text.  Students have enjoyed reading from Newsela.com, an online current news site for kids.  We are also practicing writing about the main idea using supporting details and evidence from the text.  

Science- We started our Land and Water science unit and have begun to learn about some of the ways that land and water interact.  We completed our first Mystery Science lesson on volcanoes. Students did a coordinate grid mapping activity to look at the patterns of volcanoes and determined whether or not a volcano could pop up in their backyard.  Next week we will learn about weathering and erosion.  

Unified Arts 3rd Quarter Schedule-
Monday- PE (sneakers please!)
Tuesday- Art
Wednesday- PE (sneakers please!)
Thursday- Art AND book exchange 
Friday- Guidance

Other News and Upcoming Dates-
Conferences- March 5th and 6th.  Visit the MBS homepage to sign up
February Break- February 26th -March 6th.  Students return Wednesday, March 7th.

Please feel free to contact me anytime by email- kari.carney@colchestersd.org and/or school phone- 264-5867. 

Happy Friday!   

Mrs. Carney 

Happy Valentine's Day

Enjoying Fort Day

Check out our pictures from fort day last week.  Students enjoyed some quiet, mindfulness time in their forts!



Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fort Day

Hi All!

We will be having a fort/mindfulness/read-a-thon day tomorrow to celebrate everyone's hard work in filling our fish bowl. Students have shown so many ways of being safe, respectful, and responsible both inside and outside of the classroom.  Great job everyone!

Students may bring a clean blanket or a sheet and a small stuffed animal to use for their fort.  In addition, we will be doing mindfulness activities along with a mini read-a-thon.

Please email with any questions.  kari.carney@colchestersd.org

Enjoy the sunshine!
Mrs. Carney

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Genius Hour Fun

3D printing, 3D pens, coding, circuit building, and recycled materials projects in action!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

January Updates

Carney’s Crew News and Updates  

Hi Everyone!

It has been a busy few weeks getting ourselves back into a routine after winter break and other days off.  It was nice to finally have a full week of school without any interruptions.

Here are some things happening in our classroom:

Math- We have been focusing on multiplication, multiplication, and more multiplication in unit 4! We have also learned about metric conversions (milliliters/liters, and grams/kilograms), and finding the area and perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes. We will be taking our unit 4 assessment next Wednesday.  Unit 5 will focus on fractions and mixed-number computation.

Writing- We started our informational writing unit by brainstorming all of the characteristics that informational writing should have. Students came up with an amazing list full of expectations that they created for themselves to use throughout the writing unit. Then, we created expert lists full of topics that we know a lot about.  Students had to choose a topic from their expert lists and are currently in the process of making chapter plains for their big topics.  Next week we will discuss paragraph writing, introductions, and conclusions.

Reading- We started our informational unit in reading as well and learned all about text features and how they help us better understand the text we are reading.  Students used Scholastic News Magazines and did a text feature scavenger hunt to help with their understanding. This week we discussed how to “scan and plan” when reading an informational text.  Next week we will learn about main idea and then move into learning about text structures.

Social Studies- We are currently learning about the six physiographic regions of Vermont.  This week we learned where the region is located, the natural resources found in that region, and what the landscape is like. Students partnered up and each read about a different region and then had to present their new learning to the class. Next week we will learn about some of our state symbols and products and their importance to our state.   

Unified Arts 3rd Quarter Schedule-
Monday- PE
Tuesday- Art
Wednesday- PE
Thursday- Art AND book exchange
Friday- Guidance

Other News and Upcoming Dates-
Yearbooks- Visit the MBS homepage to order a yearbook!
District Wide Early Release Day- February 7th Students dismissed at 12:45pm
Book Orders- Book order forms are due by Wednesday, January 31st.  Visit the link on our class blog to place an order online.  
Recyclable Materials- MBS is looking to collect clean, safe, and recycled items as well as some crafting materials for an upcoming school-wide project in January.  You can start sending in materials next week. Please see the yellow handout that went home yesterday for more information.  

Please feel free to contact me anytime by email- kari.carney@colchestersd.org and/or school phone- 264-5867.

Happy Friday!   

Mrs. Carney