Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fourth Grade T-Shirts!

Hello Fourth Grade Parents,

It's been a long standing tradition that fourth graders get the signatures of their classmates on a t-shirt. This spring your child will receive a t-shirt that says Yarmouth School Class of 2023.  These t-shirts are being generously donated by two Fourth Grade Families, Christina and Nick Powell, and Anne Ball and Dennis Welsh.  Many thanks to them for providing our students with this awesome gift!

Warmly,
Fourth Grade Teachers

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Field Day

Hello once again!

Next Friday afternoon is field day and I am quite excited about the day myself, so I am SURE the kids are looking forward to it! Here are some quick details about the day:

  • Step-up day is in the morning
  • We will have a quick break afterwards before beginning our fun afternoon
  • Our class color: RED
  • Please apply sunscreen for your child BEFORE they arrive to school, but send them with extra so that we can reapply as needed
  • There are a few stations we may get wet (so plan accordingly for that)
  • We have two parents joining us through each activity, but be sure to check-in with the PTO to inquire if they still need volunteers to make the day special for the kids

Math Groups

Hi Families,

It came to my attention that as a whole class, we needed some more practice around place value, including whole number and decimal awareness.  Here was this week's group math task:

  • The kids received a list of place value terms in a random order
  • Together they had to organize these terms in a way that made sense to them
  • The caveat: 
    • For the first five minutes, no one could talk
    • After some time, I required some student to sit back completely and only observe their group working
    • Finally, I let them talk through it :)
As per usual in math groups, students were engaged the entire time! After they organized their thinking, we reported out not only on what they found, but also what the experience was like for them because this activity not only addressed math standards, but also added different elements to it.  

Here is what they told me:
  • Not being able to talk was challenging
  • Not being able to talk decreased arguing if that was something that their group had experienced in the past
  • Having to sit back and not do anything felt like they were in trouble
  • Sitting back helped us understand kids who are more quiet (they aren't doing nothing, they are observing their group)
We had SUCH great learning through this activity.  What a great group of students!




Norton Financial

Below is the article that Norton published about our awesome class of students here at YES!

http://www.nortonne.com/news/news-norton-goes-to-the-head-of-the-class-at-yarmouth-elementary-school/