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

 

3 and 4 Grade Class News – 4/28/17

Happy Open House Week! The 3rd and 4th graders continue to be hard at work and quickly approaching the end of the school year. In Religion, we just finished talking about Confession and Absolution and talking about what exactly a Pastor does. In Math, we are hard at work still sharpening up our fraction skills. The 3rd graders are almost done with their introduction to fractions, while the 4th graders are just starting learning how to add and subtract them. In ELA, the 3rd graders are using making smart choices as a way to learn even more about realistic fiction and determining the point of view of a piece of writing. The 4th graders are thinking about what they would do if they were mayors of their towns and also discussing fantasy writing, as they got to read about a dog that ran for mayor and special glasses that could time travel!

In Social Studies, the 3rd graders just finished working on their “Create A Community” Projects (which they did a fantastic job with) and are starting a chapter on how the environment affect communities. The 4th graders have just completed their chapter about life in colonial New York. In Science, we used the excellent Gizmos website to investigate the interactions between trees, bears, deer, and mushrooms in a forest ecosystem. In closing, here are some important dates to keep in mind as we steamroll toward the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

  • TODAY! (April 28) – Open House/Curriculum Fair/Food Trucks/Spring Fling Dance – starts at 4:30 pm
  • May 10 @ 8:30 am – Mothers’ Day Celebration
  • May 12 @ 1 & 7 pm – Nic at Night Musical

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

3 and 4 Class News – 4/21/17

Wow! It’s been another super quick week with the 3rd and 4th grades! It seems incredible that we have already passed Easter and are well on our way to finishing up the whole entire year. In Religion, we have just started talking about Confession and Absolution, where we tell God we are sorry for our sins and receive his free gift of forgiveness. In Math, both the third and fourth graders are studying fractions. The 4th graders are sharpening up their skills of finding common denominators, while the 3rd graders have just started their studies and are hard at work keeping their numerators and denominators straight! In ELA, the 3rd graders had a week of talking about making smart, healthful choices and reviewing folktales, and the 4th graders are studying rules and government and exploring narrative nonfiction.

In Social Studies, the 3rd graders are working on their “Create A Community” project, where they use household supplies or Legos to create a community, plot a map of it, and write an essay about it. The 4th graders are studying colonial New York, and are quickly approaching a test covering life in the colony after Dutch rule ended. In Science, we are using the Gizmos website to learn about how the biotic and abiotic factors interact in an ecosystem and how the different biotic factors can also influence each other. In closing, I would like to include some important dates coming up that everyone should pay special attention to:

  • NEXT FRIDAY – Open House, Curriculum Fair, & Spring Fling Dance
  • May 10 – Special Mothers’ Day Chapel
  • May 12 – Nic at Night Musical
  • May 26 – Walk-A-Thon

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

 

3 and 4 Class News – 3/24/17

It feels a bit odd to have a full week after only having three school days last week! The third and fourth graders are continuing their study of the Lord’s Prayer in Religion class. We have been breaking down the Prayer into its individual petitions and just completed the Fourth (“Give us this day our daily bread”) and Fifth (“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”) Petitions. In Math, both classes are finishing up their final topics on division for the year and will be starting their own individual topics on fractions next week. In ELA, both classes have been working on writing opinion pieces. The 3rd graders are writing letters, while the 4th graders are writing essays.

In Social Studies, the 3rd graders have just taken a test on celebrations in a community while the 4th graders are just starting out learning about colonial New York under English rule. In Science, we are just completing our first lesson about ecosystems and have learned about the different between a population and a community. In closing, here are some important dates to keep track of that are coming up quickly!

  • March 31 (next Friday) – 3rd Marking Period ends
  • April 7 (2 weeks from today) – 3rd Marking Period reports cards go home
  • April 9 (Palm Sunday) – children sing in church & Community Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 10-14 (Holy Week) & April 17 (Easter Monday) – no school
  • Friday, April 28 – Food Truck, Open House, & Curriculum Fair

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

 

3 and 4 Class News – 3/10/17

Wow, it’s crazy that the year is almost three-quarters of the way over! Progress reports just went home and grades close at the end of the month. The 3rd and 4th graders continue to be hard at work and amazing me with their love for learning and generosity toward each other. In Religion, we have just started a unit on prayer where we will be taking a closer look at the Lord’s Prayer. It works out quite nicely that prayer is our monthly theme for Chapel as well! In Math, both grades continue their studies on division, and fractions will be coming up soon. In ELA, the third graders just had a week of learning about how our American history events make our country unique, with the Gold Rush as just one example. The fourth graders had a very thought-provoking week of investigating whether scientific advancements are always positive, or whether there are some aspects of them that can be negative.

In Science, we are just starting a chapter on ecosystems after taking our test on adaptations. We will be focusing on how God has placed many different types of organisms together in a way where they all work together. In Social Studies, the third graders will soon be finishing up a chapter on celebrations. We have talked about how celebrations can be a part of a religious community, an ethnic community, a local community, or a national community. The fourth graders have just finished their chapter on the transition from New York being the Dutch colony New Netherland to the English colony of New York. They will soon be studying colonial life in New York. In closing, here are some important dates to mark in your calendars:

  • Saturday, March 18: Spaghetti Dinner (4:00-7:00 pm)
  • Friday, March 31: Grades close for the 3rd marking period
  • Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday): Children singing in the 10:30 church service AND Community Easter Egg Hunt at 12:15
  • April 10-17: No school for Holy Week and Easter Monday
  • Friday, April 28: Open House, Curriculum Fair, & Food Truck Extravaganza

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

Grades 3 and 4 Class News – 3/3/17

It’s amazing to think it is already March! It seems like only a few weks ago that I was starting here in Ovember. The 3rd and 4th graders are definitely working hard and are learning so much. In Religion, we just finished our unit on the different roles of Christ and are now starting a unit on prayer. In Math, both the 3rd and 4th graders are still working on polishing up their division skills. Both classes will soon be starting to work with fractions. In Science, we are having our test on adaptations today and will be starting a chapter on ecosystems next week.

In ELA, the 3rd graders have been using scientists’ inventions as inspired by nature as a lens to explore how to determine the main idea and the key details that support it. The 4th graders have been exploring determining an author’s point of view by studying ways that people’s words have changed history, such as Thomas Gallaudet, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Abraham Lincoln. In closing, here are some important upcoming dates:

March 3: Character Carnival at the HUB in Hamburg

March 18: Spaghetti Dinner

March 31: Grades Close for 3rd Quarter

 

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

 

 

3 and 4 Class News – 2/17/17

Wow, has this been a crazy week! We started out on Monday with our celebration of the 100th day of school. The 3rd and 4th graders spent time in our room, in Ms. Harris’ room, and in Mrs. Gabel’s room throughout the day. They were busy building, writing, and counting all day. In our room, they rolled dice 100 times and flipped a quarter 100 times and tried to guess which number or side would come up the most. Lastly, they all got to answer the ages old question of “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?” The biggest answer so far is about 1,500! Here’s a picture of Shawn hard at work…

Shawn hard at “work”!

This Tuesday afternoon, we had our Valentine’s Day celebration. Everybody received valentines, we got a chance to play hoop toss with a Valentine’s octopus with Mrs. Szrama, and even decorate our own cookies with Mrs. Barnas. What a day!

In Religion, we are continuing to learn about all the different ways that Jesus is active in our lives. This week we discussed His role as a Prophet and as a Priest. We’re getting close to the end of the unit, so expect a Religion test on Thursday when we return to school after Winter Break. In Math, both classes are continuing to learn about division – the 3rd graders are finding out about the relationship between their multiplication facts and division, while the 4th graders are starting to learn about dividing with remainders. In ELA, we have been talking about space with the 3rd graders and everyday heroes with the 4th graders.

In Social Studies, the 3rd graders are starting their new chapter on celebrations and got to talk a bit in class about their family’s traditions. The 4th graders are still studying the colonial history of New York and are also still hard at work on their Native American projects. In Science, we are studying the gifts that God has given to different types of animals to help them survive and meet their basic needs. Here are some important dates that are coming up to keep an eye out for:

  • March 3 – 3rd Quarter Progress Reports – if necessary
  • March 4 – Character Carnival at the Hub in Hamburg (4999 McKinley Parkway), 10 am – 3 pm
  • March 10 – No School, Teacher Professional Development Day
  • March 18 – Spaghetti Dinner

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

 

3 and 4 Grade News – 2/10/17

Our 3rd and 4th graders are hard at work on all their subject. In Religion we are learning about all of the different functions of Jesus – this week we have talked about his role as our Redeemer and our greatest Prophet. In Math, both classes have completed their studies of multiplication and are just diving into division. In ELA, the 3rd graders are taking a look at historical fiction and how one person has the ability to change what people think. The 4th graders are reading some pieces of realistic fiction that discuss ways to help their community. As a combined group we are also starting to read Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieczka.

In Social Studies, the 3rd graders are continuing their year-long study of communities by talking about how different types of celebrations are connected to certain religious and ethnic groups. The 4th graders are in the midst of discussing the colonial history of New York State. In Science, we have started our study of adaptations by talking about how God has given different animals special traits and skills in order to survive.

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

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