Class News – Grades 3 & 4 – 12/1/17

It’s amazing that we’ve already gotten to the month of December. Happy new church year! The 3rd and 4th graders are quite busy learning more and more as 2017 gets shorter and shorter. In Religion we are learning even more about Martin Luther and his Reformation of the Christian Church. In Math, the 3rd graders are just starting learning about multiplication while the 4th graders are refreshing their addition and subtraction skills. In ELA, both the 3rd and 4th graders are working on studying folktales.

In Science, we are starting to learn about electricity and magnets and we are even using a Gizmo to discover more about how electrical circuits work. December is going to be an interesting and exciting month!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

Class News 3/4 – 10/27/17

Wow! How are we already to the last full week of October? We are working hard in 3rd and 4th grade now that the routines and procedures are completely nailed down. In Religion, we have been talking about tools like Bible concordances and atlases that we can use to learn even more about God’s Word. In Math, both the 3rd and 4th graders are working with place value. The 3rd graders are using it to add and subtract 3-digit numbers by separating problems into hundred, tens, and ones, while the 4th graders are using it to review comparing and ordering numbers. In Reading, the 3rd graders are learning about narrative nonfiction and biographies, while the 4th graders are working on just narrative nonfiction. Both grades’ stories had science as their theme – 3rd grade was inventions, while 4th grade was about forces such as friction.

In Science, we are talking about almost exactly the same thing as 4th grade Reading – forces and how they affect how things move. In Social Studies, we are starting to talk about the five themes of geography and will be starting to talk about features of our world that we can see on a globe!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

3/4 Class News – 10/13/17

It may have been a short week, but we are still plenty busy in the 3rd & 4th grades. In Religion, we are rediscovering the books of the Bible and how the Bible is organized. In Math, the 3rd graders are learning about rounding and estimating while the 4th graders are studying how to recognize patterns and fill in missing pieces of the pattern. In ELA, the 3rd graders are talking about traditions while the 4th graders are discussing how someone’s words or actions can impact others.

In Science and Social Studies, we are continuing our studies of motion and New York geography, respectively. We do have a really awesome learning opportunity coming up next Friday. We are going to the Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve in Blasdell along with the 1st and 2nd graders. We will be digging through the former cement quarry there to discover fossils – even trilobites!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

Class News 3/4 – 10/6/17

A new month is upon us! The leaves are falling, the temperatures are getting lower and lower (sort of), and we’re getting better and better at our routines here in 3rd and 4th grades. In Religion, we are diving even further into who our God is. In Math, the 3rd graders are brushing up their addition and subtraction skills while the 4th graders are just starting to learn about repeating patterns. In ELA, we are reading fantasy stories and fairy tales to practice our skills of visualizing stories – is there a better type of stories to practice that skill with?

In Science, we are learning more about the forces that God created to govern our world such as gravity. In Social Studies, we are just about to start discovering move about our state’s geography and exploring our Native American heritage. It’s an exciting time to be in 3rd and 4th grade!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

3/4 Class News – 9/29/17

Thank the Lord that we have finally entered fall! We had a few extra-summery days in a row so the past few days have been a relief. We’re enjoying being able to learn with it being a bit more tolerable in the classroom. Our Religion classes have been talking about different ways to describe God and focusing on our memory verse for the week – “I the Lord do not change.” (Malachi 3:6). The 3rd graders just had their first test of the year with their Math test today about place value and different ways to express numbers. The 4th graders will have their test on Multiplication next Tuesday. In ELA, we have been working on our creative writing skills with Scholastic Story Starters while learning what the procedures are for listening, speaking, and learning about vocabulary.

In Science, we are still discussing how things move and how to record motion. We also have had a few surprises to look at underneath the microscope, a European hornet and a monarch butterfly wing! In Social Studies, we are gearing up for an inquiry into the geography of New York State that also will give us an opportunity to learn about our state’s Native American history. It’s been an super year so far in 3rd and 4th grade and there’s only one way to go – up, up, and away!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

3/4 Class News – 9/22/17

Wow! I can’t believe it has already been two weeks since we started school this year. I guess time flies when you’re learning and having fun at the same time. 3rd and 4th grade have almost got their routines down perfectly so it’s time to dive even deeper into our studies. In Math, the 3rd graders are learning about the different forms numbers can take, like expanded, word, and good old standard form. They’re also becoming very accomplished at recognizing patterns, especially on number lines! The 4th graders are dusting off their multiplication skills by recognizing patterns in products and by learning how to break apart multiplication problems into smaller, more manageable facts. It’s always better to take small bites at first anyway, right?

In ELA, we have been working on our writing skills by working on Story Starters, a great website provided by Scholastic. They can pick either adventure, science fiction, fantasy stories, or jumble them all together in the Scrambler. What great creative fun! We’re also starting to talk about our Summer Reading project book, the first Boxcar Children book by Gertrude Chandler Warren. In Science, we’re starting to learn about how things move and why they move in certain directions and certain speeds. There’s even more learning and fun to come!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

Grades 3/4 Class News – 9/15/17

We have been hard at work learning our routines like morning work, jobs, and filling in our assignment books. Next week, we’re going to start going over our Summer Reading Packets and starting our studies in all our subjects. Don’t forget to come out and support our Hawks soccer team! Their first game is this coming Thursday at 4:00 here at Trinity versus Holy Ghost. Go Hawks go!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

3 and 4 Class News 6/9/17

My goodness! How can it be the last Friday of the school year already? We have had an exciting week here in the 3rd and 4th grades. In Religion class, we are deeply discussing the sacrament of Holy Baptism. We’ve talked about whether or not it saves, whether babies or adults should get baptized, and most importantly of all, what a wonderful gift it is from our loving heavenly Father. In Science, we just finished up our last chapter of the school year on ecosystems. We talked about how God has placed all of the organisms in an ecosystem together and what we can do to be good stewards of His creation. In Social Studies, the 3rd graders just took their last test of the school year on how ecosystems affect communities, while the 4th graders are just about to take their last test covering the American Revolution.

The rest of our time has mainly been occupied by taking our battery of Stanford tests. They include such topics as Reading Comprehension, Listening, Language Skills, Word Study Skills, Spelling,  Mathematical Procedures, Mathematical Problem Solving, as well as Social Science and Science. These tests do not count toward any report card grade but instead allow us to better gauge what a student’s strengths and weaknesses are, as well as determining whether additional help is necessary in a particular area. They are a wonderful opportunity for each and every student to demonstrate the knowledge that they have attained throughout the year!

In closing, I would just like to say that it has been a pleasure teaching here at Trinity. I am incredibly blessed to be able to teach at such a supportive, caring, and Christ-like school and I thank everyone for all of their kind words and encouragement.

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

3 and 4 Class News – 5/12/17

Wow! It’s another week down and another week closer to completing a great year in 3rd and 4th Grade. In Religion, the students are learning all about the way that we worship and are starting a project investigating some hymns out of the Lutheran Service Book. They’ll be learning about the authors, the composers, the tunes, and the background of what was happening around the time each hymn was written. In Math, the 3rd graders are learning how to compare fractions whether they have the same numerator, denominator, or neither. The 4th graders are learning about how to add and subtract improper fractions and mixed numbers. In ELA, the 3rd graders are learning about devices that humans have invented that allow us to fly and using that knowledge to work on their skills of identifying cause and effect. The 4th graders are investigating different phenomena in the night sky and using their findings to work on their cause and effect identifying skills as well.

In Science, we are continuing our study of ecosystems and are now focusing on how humans can affect them in both positive and negative ways. In Social Studies, the 3rd graders are learning about how living in different climates can affect how people live while the 4th graders are starting to study the American Revolution. In closing, here are some dates to keep in mind as we draw closer to the end of this school year…

  • May 12 (TODAY!) Nic at Night Musical – Performances @ 1 pm & 7 pm
  • Thursday, May 25 – Walk-a-Thon
  • Friday, June 2 – Field Day @ Fairmount Park in Wheatfield; Class Night & Sports Banquet
  • Wednesday, June 7 – Picnic @ Camp Pioneer
  • Wednesday, June 14 – Fathers’ Day Donuts @ 8:30 am in the gym / Chapel @ 9:15 am
  • Thursday, June 15 – Last Day! Early Dismissal after Awards & Devotion; Moving-Up Day Celebration @ 7 pm

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

 

3 and 4 Class News – 5/5/17

Wow, can you believe we are already half way through the fourth quarter! The 3rd and 4th graders are all excited for the activities that are coming these last few weeks, but we’re also still hard at work on our studies. In Religion, we have been discussing the different parts of a worship service. We’ve talked about how the liturgy is God’s Word in a specific order, how the liturgy has its roots in Biblical worship, and even what the significance is of the paraments on the lecturn, pulpit, and altar in church. In Math, the 3rd and 4th graders are still deep into their studies of fractions. The 3rd graders just had their test on the first topic having to do with fractions, while the 4th graders are just starting to take a look at improper fractions and mixed numbers. In ELA, the 3rd graders are talking about how animals adapt to their environments and using that knowledge to work on their skills of comparing and contrasting two different pieces of information. The 4th graders are learning about technology’s impact on society and also further sharpening their skills of identifying an author’s point of view in a writing piece. Both graders are also continuing to become better writers and peer editors by getting daily practice in shorter and longer writing pieces.

In Social Studies, the 3rd graders are in the middle of learning how our physical environment affects the communities that we create while the 4th graders are just starting a chapter on the American Revolution. In Science, we are learning about ecosystems and just completed a lab that focused on how erosion can affect a landscape. In closing, here are some important dates to remember as we quickly approach the end of the year.

  • May 10 (next Wednesday) – Mothers’ Day Brunch – 8:30 – 10:00 am
  • May 12 (next Friday) – Nic at Night Musical – 1:00 & 7:00 pm
  • May 12 – 4th Quarter Progress Reports go home
  • Friday, May 26 – Walk-A-Thon

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

 

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