Weekend Buzz

This weekend, please have a chat about the following:

 * Writing Project Presentations (I must insert my two cents here: I am extremely proud of the students for their hard work and dedication in crafting such well though-out pieces which showcased high-quality writing and deep connections to their understandings about child rights)

* CSI changes in thinking

* Comparing and ordering fractions

* Equivalent fractions

* This video: (please be prepared to give feedback on Monday)

Have a great weekend – four more days until vacation!

Today is…


Check out the link and we’ll talk tomorrow!

There was meant to be a video posted on the blog today as well, but I had technical difficulties. It will be posted tomorrow instead. Sorry about that!

PCF Trip

Dear Fourth Graders,

If you are reading this, I appreciate it. You have done what I had hoped you would do: be responsible to check the blog and think about our field trip on Friday, which was more than just a field trip. I purposefully have not posted any pictures of the trip because I would like for you to describe the visit to your parents. Using your powers of observation and your five senses, explain what you saw, heard, smelled and felt while visiting PCF school and reconnecting with your buddies. On Monday, please be prepared to share some insights into what the trip truly meant to you and what you think it may have meant to them.

I hope you have a restful weekend. Please be sure to get your z’s on Sunday night because you will have your last MAP testing session first thing on Monday morning: Math.

Thanks and all the best,

Ms. P

Classroom Buzz

What a week! A field trip to GK, student-led conferences and all the learning in between. Please find some time to share some words about any or all of the following questions:

* Which Child Rights statement/quotation did you connect with this week and why?

* What is the status of your writing project? How are you demonstrating your understanding of a right? What type of writing are you doing?

* What else deserves rights? Why?

* What do fractions and the book/video “If the World Were a Village” have to do with each other?

* Why were you using balloons on Friday afternoon?

Just a quick note, the results of the ERB writing test that students took in November have been sent home today. Please look over and discuss the results together, keeping in mind that A LOT of growth has taken place between then and now. Use it as a guide, as a piece of the puzzle or as a snapshot of the overall writing ability of your child. If you have any questions, just pop me an email.

Also, MAP testing begins next week. Our schedule is as follows:



MONDAY MARCH 19; 7:40-8:40 MATH

Plenty of sleep the night before, healthy meals and supportive encouragement to use time effectively and to think logically would help contribute to success.

One last thing: what’s a floating book fair? Check out this link! And have a great weekend.


As you already know, our class had the opportunity to visit a Gawad Kalinga site yesterday, in connection with our discovery of ways to help uphold rights. I hope you’ve had some meaningful conversations at home about what it means to truly feel empathy towards others and to demonstrate actions which display that understanding. Here are some photos from the day:


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Literacy this year will involve: Thinking like an author, book clubs, genre studies, creating or maintaining a passion for reading, reading responses, developing effective communication skills, planning presentations, using appropriate resources, developing interesting vocabulary, enriching voice, finding purpose within reading and writing, and integrating IT skills.


Numeracy this year will revolve around: Core concepts from Investigations and Erma Andersen, Marcy Cook critical thinking and exploratory games, inquiry-based projects and integrating IT skills.

Units of Inquiry

Our units this year will include: Learning to Learn Together: Creating a Classroom Community, Media Literacy, Migration, Child Rights and Thinking Like a Scientist.