Second Week Success!

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Thank you to all of the parents who attended BTSN on Wednesday. I truly enjoyed sharing my passion for fourth grade and hope that I was able to shed some light on the upcoming year. If you were not able to attend, please let me know if you are interested in a “make up” session. I will gladly put something together if enough parents are interested. I find that it is truly beneficial for families to have  a clear understanding of the expectations and highlights of fourth grade at the outset of the year.


In the first math unit, Geometry, the children are exposed to A LOT of new vocabulary. Here they are working together to construct shapes with string.  This week we will begin the Geometry Scavenger Hunt project.

Bethany, Kate, and Layla construct a polygon.
Aaron, Nir, and Madison create a concave polygon.












The foundation for the study of the human body is laid, as the students construct their understanding of animal cells. Using yeast, a one celled organism, the kids  experimented with the notion that all living things use energy, respire, create waste, react to their environment, grow, and reproduce. We also explored osmosis – water molecules passing through a semi-permeable membrane into the cell.

The yeast is growing and respiring!
The Yeastie Boys!












“If you don’t know where your from, you’ll have a hard time saying where your going.” The students are introduced to the writing process via the Where I am From poem. These poems are a wonderful exploration in belonging and allow the children to create and share something of themselves with each other and their families. We will publish our poems this week on our Glogs to share with you!




The fourth graders began their first class novel, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume. This heartwarming story focuses on a nine-year-old boy and his relationship with his two-year-old brother, Fudge. The students shared their connections with the characters in our literature circles.


Lue engages with the text. ÂÂ
Kate looks for context clues in her book.














This week, the teams were challenge with building a bridge from 6 pieces of newspaper and six paper clips.  The children discovered that rolled or folded paper created the strongest bridge.  Team YIK  Longhorn (Yael, Isaac, Kate) was victorious!

Yael and Kate work together to build the bridge. ÂÂ


Layla, Madison and Idan discuss bridge designs.










Kabbalat Shabbat

On Friday our students prepared for Rosh Hashana by decorating their honey jars with apples and stickers. We look forward to a sweet New Year!

Shira looks forward to the holiday!



Isaac and Bethany LOVE honey:)