3/4 Class News – 2/16/18

Wow! It’s crazy how this school year continues to speed by. It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating Jesus’ arrival into this sinful world at Christmas and now we’ve already entered the season of Lent. Even though the year seems to be flying, we are still hard at work in Grades 3 & 4. In Religion, we talked this week about what the word “hallowed” means in the Lord’s Prayer. We also discussed God the father’s special name, Yahweh. In Science, we are continuing to study ecosystems. We know how each organism that God created has a special place to live called a habitat and how He provides everything they need to survive in that habitat. In Social Studies, we are talking about the difference between weather and climate and how different regions of the United States experience different types of weather based on their location and elevation.

In 4th grade Math, we are continuing to develop our skills of multiplying 2-digit numbers by other 2-digit numbers. We started with using arrays, progressed to using grids to record partial products, and now we are connecting those grids to the standard algorithm so we can tackle even larger problems! In ELA, we are talking about how words that people use can help people fight for change. We’ve read about reformers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and influential people like Abraham Lincoln who used speeches and written works to motivate change. We are also using this topic to continue to develop our skills of recognizing an author’s point of view and citing details to support our findings.

 

3/4 Class News – 2/9/18

It’s amazing that we are almost halfway through the 3rd quarter already! The 3rd and 4th graders are hard at work learning about prayer in Religion. We’ve talked about how God always answers prayers, but sometimes He does it in ways we don’t understand. In Science, we are talking about ecosystems and how all of God’s creatures interact in many wonderful and unique ways. In Social Studies, we are starting to take a look at the all of the different regions in the United States and how they are similar and different.
The 4th graders are continuing to sharpen their multiplication skills in Math class. We have talked about how to multiply 1-digit numbers by all the way up to 3-digit numbers. Now, we’re developing our skills even more by learning how to multiply 2-digit numbers by other 2-digit numbers using arrays, the extended algorithm, and the standard algorithm. In ELA, we have been talking all about ways that people can make a difference in their communities. We’ve used that as a lens to develop our skills of determining an author’s point of view and using context clues to determine definition, synonyms, and antonyms for unfamiliar words.
Wow!  Our first 2 weeks of splitting into 2 different classes are complete!  The students were wonderful and are slowly getting into the groove of the different schedule.  In ELA the third grade has started a literature unit on the Newbery winner Sarah, Plain and Tall.  We are reading the chapter book together in class and working on comprehension questions, story journals and spelling/vocabulary words from the story.  We are also writing Friend Wanted Ads – check them out in the main hall outside 3/4 class.  One theme of the story is Change can be difficult, but good.  This is certainly perfect as we have a change in routine during the last half of the year.
  Everyone has an autobiography/biography book picked for your February Book of the Month.  Don’t forget to read!  Keep it in your backpack! Third grade book presentations will be due at the end of February.  These will be graded based on the outline sent home. In math we will be starting Topic 7 on Division.  Two good websites for Math Games are:
On Fridays we will begin some timed multiplication tests so make sure you practice your flashcards at home.  We’ll start with 0-3.
Monday is 100th Day – You may dress like you’re 100.  Wednesday is Valentine’s Day – Don’t forget to bring in Valentine’s for the entire class.
In Christ,
Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Robinson

3/4 Class News – 1/19/18

Welcome to another week in the 3rd and 4th grade! In Religion, we are continuing to learn about all the good gifts our Heavenly Father gives us and how we can use them to glorify God. In Math, the 3rd and 4th graders are both studying multiplication. The 3rd graders are learning patterns that make memorizing their multiplication facts easier and the 4th graders are working on their multiplication skills by multiplying one digit numbers by three and four digit numbers. In ELA, both classes have been working on essays – mostly about what they want to do when they grow up.

In Science, we have been talking about magnets, electricity, and how the two are combined in electromagnets and generators. In Social Studies, we have been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and how important his contributions were to our world today. We all can’t wait until Lutheran Schools Week where we get to compete against the other Superfamilies and keep our eyes on Christ the whole time!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

3/4 Class News – 1/12/18

The weather was a little more seasonable this week, but we’re always warmed by the Light in 3rd and 4th grade. In Religion, we are continuing to learn about all the wonderful things God the Father has given us and how we should thank Him constantly. We also have talked about how worrying is a sin and how we should trust God to provide exactly what we need when we truly need it. In Math, the 3rd graders are discovering the patterns that govern multiplication facts and how they can use those patterns to make their multiplication computations easier. The 4th graders are continuing to sharpen their multiplication skills by using both the expanded and standard (the “old-fashioned” way) algorithms to multiply 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. As we near the end of the 2nd quarter, they are all working hard!

In ELA, we have taken this whole week to work through the writing process. The 3rd and 4th graders brainstormed topics to write about, picked one that appealed to them the most, then crafted a rough draft. We are currently in the editing phase and taking their excellent starts and helping to create some even better writing pieces! In Science, we have been discussing magnets. One of our students even brought in a magnet experiment and allowed us the chance to deduce how it worked based on our knowledge gained in class. How awesome is that! In Social Studies, we are talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and why his contributions are important enough to be remembered today.

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

Grades 3/4 Class News – 1/5/18

The weather outside may be very chilly, but we’re back to school and hot on the trail of learning! We are continuing to study The First Article of the Apostles’ Creed in Religion and learning about how our Heavenly Father provides for our every need. In Math, both the 3rd and 4th graders are continuing learning about multiplication. The 3rd graders are learning patterns that make memorizing their multiplication facts easier, while the 4th graders are brushing up on their basic facts in preparation for multiplying 1-digit numbers by 3 and 4 digit numbers. In ELA, the 3rd and 4th graders are learning about poetry. The 3rd graders have been talking about free verse and a special type of poem called a limerick. The 4th graders have been talking about what a poem’s meter is and the very special type of poem called a haiku. In Science, we are using a Gizmo to start talking about magnetism. We have learned what substance makes something magnetic and also learned a small bit about magnetic fields.

It’s an absolute joy to be able to teach here at Trinity now in my third calendar year (second school year) and I pray that everyone had a fantastic Christmas season and I hope everyone has an equally fantastic 2018!

God bless,

Mr. Robinson

3/4 Class News – 12/22/17

The weather outside may not be as frightful as it was the past few weeks, but the mood in 3rd and 4th grade is still delightful! We have been hard at work this last week before vacation making sure that all the great knowledge that we’ve learned so far doesn’t evaporate over Christmas vacation. In Religion class, we’re learning about the many different ways our Heavenly Father cares for us, most of all sending His Son on the First Christmas. We even made birthday cards for Jesus that will be hanging outside our classroom door! In Math, the 3rd graders have made it all the way to their first benchmark test, having finished Topics 1-4. The 4th graders are brushing up on their multiplication skills and are just about to take their Topic 5 test.

In ELA, we are continuing to work on our creativity with Story Starters but we’re also continuing to learn more and more different genres and reading comprehension techniques. The 3rd graders are learning about how people can help animals survive while also learning how to reread difficult passages and determine an author’s point of view. The 4th graders are learning how animals survive in addition to reviewing how to summarize and determine the main idea and key details of a passage. In science, we are continuing to discuss electricity.

Parents, please take some time this Christmas season to talk with your children about the real reason for the season, Jesus. He truly is the greatest gift that we have ever been given and we shouldn’t keep Him to ourselves!

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

3/4 Class News – 12/15/17

It’s been another awesome week in 3rd and 4th grade. In Religion, we are learning more about God the Father and the awesome ways that He loves us and provides for us. In Math, the 3rd graders are working on reviewing for the Topics 1-4 Test that covers everything they’ve learned about so far this school year. They just finished their first topic about multiplication. The 4th graders are continuing refreshing their skills from 3rd grade by going over their multiplication skills and making problems easier through mental math, breaking apart, and rounding strategies. In Science, we are starting our studies of electricity.

Parents, please make sure that your student brings in their classroom gift exchange next Friday. It would be awesome if everyone had a chance to participate and it would be a shame if one student didn’t have a gift to open.

In Christ,

Mr. Robinson

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

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