4th Grade- Mrs. Wiepert


     During January, Catholic Schools Week was celebrated.  The theme this year focused on how we value ourselves and others when we work together. During Catholic Schools Week there were many wonderful activities planned.  One of these activities was when the fourth grade acted out the book Zero, by Kathryn Otoshi, for the school.  This book followed the theme of finding value in ourselves and others when we work together.  The book told the story of the number Zero, and how she found value in herself and others. The students did a great job acting out the story!
     As part of their Science studies the students worked in groups to plan and build straw models of buildings.  They were given a certain number of materials to use.  A very important part of the lab was that the students shared their ideas, listened to each other's suggestions and worked together to complete their models.  After their models were completed the students measured how many gram weights their models could support. Part of the lab was rebuilding and revising their models if the group thought another design would work better.  Following the model building the students presented their models to the class.  The groups explained how they came up with their ideas and the revisions they made in their designs.  In addition, the students completed a writing assignment where they wrote about why it was important for them to share their ideas with the group before they began constructing their models and what they learned about building a building through building their models.

November and December

     November and December were busy months for the fourth grade.  In November the fourth grade, along with the fifth grade, planned the school liturgy.  As this is a time to be thankful for all the blessings God has given us in our lives, the students wanted to share with others.  The students brought in new winter hats, scarves and gloves that were then donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for those in need.  In addition, the students also enjoyed the annual Thanksgiving Feast where the whole school gets together to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
      During Advent, as the students prepared to celebrate Jesus' birth, they thought about the ways they could build a world of peace and how they could live their lives the way God wants us to live.  In addition, the students created some fun Christmas crafts.  They made paper bag Christmas stockings and stuffed paper bag Santa Bears.
     The students continue to work on their Close Reading skills.  They read the novel, The Light at Tern Rock, by Julia L. Sauer.  This story talks about getting your heart ready  to celebrate Jesus' birth at Christmas.  The fourth grade looks forward to the new year and all the fun and  interesting things we will be learning.

October 2018

     The fourth grade students have been busy this October.  They created happy, cheerful, stuffed, paper bag Fall pumpkins.  They will be writing informative paragraphs outlining how they created their pumpkins. They will be including sequencing words such as first, then, after, next and finally in the writing of their paragraphs. 
     As part of their Science studies the students participated in a Rock Lab.  They brought in a variety of rocks to observe.  They looked at and drew pictures of their rocks both with and without the use of a hand lens.  The students identified the properties of the rocks.  Using a variety of sources the students worked on identifying their rocks and determined if the rocks were igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary rocks.
     The students continue to work on their Close Reading skills as part of their ELA studies.  Reading selections are read that connect to all areas of the curriculum.  The students then use various strategies such as reading the reading selection numerous times, hilighting important information, circling important dates and words, making connections to the material being read and asking questions about the reading selection. These strategies help strengthen the student's reading comprehension of the material being read.
     The students have been studying the geography of New York State.  They have learned about the landforms of New York, New York's natural wonders and the different regions of New York State.  There is always something interesting happening in Fourth grade!

 4th Grade News!

     Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!  The students will begin their Religion studies talking about God's wonderful creation, our Earth.  They will talk about ways we can take care of the Earth and they will write prayers thanking God for this great gift, the Earth.
     In ELA this year the students will be doing narrative writing, informational writing and opinion writing.  Literature of different genres and connected to different areas of the curriculum will be read and enjoyed.
     The students will study the landforms, natural wonders and regions of New York State.  They will study the locations of the continents and learn to read maps through the use of map features and a map grid.
     Some of the topics that will be studied in Science are the states of matter, electricity, magnets and simple machines. The students will be completing Science labs connected to the topics being studied.  In addition, the students learn ways we can take care of our environment and use alternate forms of energy.
     The students complete fun, creative projects throughout the year.  The first project they will be doing are stuffed paper bag pumpkins.  There is always something fun and interesting happening in fourth grade!
     Again, welcome to fourth grade!