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Friday May 7 — Welcome to Half Group Central

Humanities with Hilary Dear Families, Can you believe that we have 22 more days of school, and we FINALLY get to feel like we’re a bit back to normal by having half groups?! Today was the big switch. In room 117, we have the 4A Fish Squad🐟🐠🐡, and in room 116 we have the 4B Bulls. There was definitely some nervous energy as they returned from lunch, and slowly went their way to their new (or the same) classroom. When asked how they felt about this change, some responses were It feels abnormal I feel happy It feels weird …...
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Friday, April 23 — April Showers Bring ….

Hebrew Heritage with Tomer The 4th grade heritage strengthened their vocabulary and how to use keywords in past tense. We are also getting ready to Lag Bomer and learning about the history that led to that event. Judaic Studies with Phyllis After learning the stories about the upstanding communities in Billings, Montana (Not in Our Town) and Denmark during World War Two The fourth graders delved deep into the moral question of whether  “good people’s silence” can be “as damaging as the bad people’s actions.” They reinforced their understanding of the vocabulary “perpetrator, victim, bystander and upstander” by creating visual representations of the different roles in a...
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Friday April 16 — Happy Birthday, Israel!

Humanities with Hilary Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel! We’re excited to celebrate you today 🥳 Fourth Graders have been learning a LOT since we last updated you 😱 In ELA, we have worked on: persuading an audience that one of the amendments from the Bill of Rights is THE most important most students chose the following amendments: First Amendment –> freedom of speech/protest/religion/press Third Amendment –> the assurance that the government or military will never force you to have the military live in your home Ninth Amendment –> the right for humans to have rights NOT specifically stated in the Constitution Tenth...
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Friday, March 12 — WELCOME BACK TO IN PERSON SCHOOL!

Humanities with Hilary Dear 4th Grade Families, Wow. Today marks one year since our last day of in-person teaching for 3rd Grade …. What a year this has been! Our classroom community has been through so much, but since day 1 of Zoom teaching (March 23rd, to be exact) we have had some mega stars in our midst who adapted to and learned technology so quickly I was bragging about them to everyone I knew. Thank you all for being a great support in helping us get through this year, and please remember to keep being safe (and following protocols)...
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February 5 2021 — Walking in a Winter Wonderland …

Hebrew Heritage with Tomer The beautiful snow and being at home allowed the 4th grade Heritage students reflect and explore winter. They wrote of their different experiences such as building a snow man with their family, wrote poems the winter they can observe from their windows, and of the experience of studying from home.   Judaic Studies with Phyllis The fourth graders are becoming quite the Chumash scholars!  This week we began the story about when Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of soup.  Not only did the students breeze through the new verb vocabulary, but they are now...
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Fourth Grade Blog 1/22

Math with Justin Our Fourth Graders are wrapping up their unit on fractions. Students have learned how about mixed numbers and improper fractions and how to convert between the two. They have learned how to add, subtract and multiply fractions with like-denominators. They have also been working on simplifying fractions and solving fraction word problems. Try some fraction fun yourself with these virtual cuisenaire rods. Students have also been solving ‘fraction splats’ like this one:   If there are 7 wholes total, can you figure out what is covered by the splat? All of this fraction expertise will come in...
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December 11 — Miracle of Lights

Humanities with Hilary Dear Fourth Grade Families, Can you believe it’s almost 2021? This year is speeding by so quickly! We have our fall publishing party on Thursday, December 17 where this grade will be showing off what they have learned in Hebrew, Judaic Studies, humanities, art and music. They are such rock stars! 🤩 4A — 11:00-11:45 4B — 1:00-1:45 4C — 10:00-10:45 Now let’s find out what the kiddos have been learning these past few weeks! In reading, we are almost done with our book club books. Students have been focusing a lot on the skill of figuring...
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November 20, 2020 — Chilly Weather Reminder

** REMINDER ** As it is getting colder, it is important for students to bring in their jackets, mittens/gloves, and/or hats EVERY. DAY. It is easier to bring it with you and either unzip it or take it off during outside time, than it is to be outside shaking and shivering from the cold. Please support your student by reminding them to wear it when they come to school. As well … the windows are open every day, so cold air does blow in ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Judaics Studies with Phyllis This past Monday was Sigd, the holiday of Beta Israel or Ethiopian...
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November 6, 2020 — History in the Making

Math with Justin Fourth graders have been working hard on their multiplication and division skills. As students work to master multi-digit multiplication, and long division with remainders, they also have started to learn about factors and multiples. Understanding of factors and multiples will not only deepen our students understanding of multiplication of division but it will also help inform our future work on fractions. Looking forward, our learners will be taking what they have learned and start applying it to real world problems including multiple steps and bar models for visualization. If you’re child is looking for a fun way to practice...
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October 23, 2020 — “… From the 13 Original Colonies ….”

General Studies with Hilary Dear 4th Grade Families, I want to start with an important reminder: We will close earlier beginning Friday, Nov. 6 until Friday, Jan 29 Kindergarten-1st grade – school ends at 1:45 pm 2nd-8th grade – school ends at 1:30 pm  As well, please remember that Early Voting starts THIS Saturday, October 24! If you are able to vote in this election, talk with your 4th Grade about your voting plan. You can use this site to find your voting location (https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/) 😊 Okay — to academics: Your kids are just amazing! I cannot believe what we...
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