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Mrs. Laura Kovatch, Fourth Grade

Hi! My name is Laura Kovatch and I teach fourth grade Language Arts and Science. This is my tenth year here at St. John Fisher, and I feel so lucky to be part of such a wonderful school community. Outside of school, I love to travel and spend time with my family, especially my beautiful daughter Katelyn. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together! 

Week of March 18th

Posted on Mar 19, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed their St. Patrick's Day and South Side Parade weekend!  I know that the kids were really excited and looking forward to the weekend on Friday.  We got to wear our "touch of green" and enjoy a show from the Dennehy Irish Dancers, which included some of our very own classmates!

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Here's a look at this week:

Language Arts-We will continue working on some timed writing assignments this week in preparation for the upcoming Aspire test, and we will be sharing the pieces we wrote last week.  Also, we will begin our Women's History Month Google Slide Presentations this week.  

Science-We will begin learning about thermal energy and heat this week. On Thursday we will be doing an egg drop activity.  The students will be working in groups to design a solution that prevents their egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 2 meters.  The students have already worked with groups to plan what supplies they want to use.  We will be building and testing our designs on Thursday, so students should have their supplies ready for then!

Spelling-We are on Unit 27 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

*The Fourth Grade will being having some fun with the March Madness NCAA Tournament!  If students would like to participate, please bring in a full size candy to school by Wednesday.

Have a great week!

Week of March 11th

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! We are definitely looking forward to some warmer weather this week, so that we can get outside for recess!

Language Arts-We have completed our adverbs unit.  Our test will be on Thursday.  We will also have our unit 9 vocabulary quiz on Friday.  In writing, we will do a timed writing piece to help us prepare for our upcoming Aspire test.  

Science-We will continue learning about forces and energy.  This week we will discuss energy transfer and energy transformation.

Spelling-We are on Unit 26 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

Have a wonderful week!

 

Here are some pictures from Science last week.  We completed an activity called "The Moving Marble".  Students had to make a prediction, conduct an investigation, record data, and explain their findings.  

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Week of March 4th

Posted on Mar 04, 2019

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  I can't believe we are starting the third trimester! Report cards go home on Wednesday.  Please be sure to sign the envelope and return it to school on Thursday. 

Language Arts-We will start learning about prepositions and prepositional phrases this week in grammar.  We will also begin unit 9 in our vocabulary books.  The students will be working on their Women's History Month writing piece as well.

Science-We will continue discussing potential and kinetic energy this week.  We will also learn about force and acceleration.  We have a speed and energy quiz on Tuesday.

Spelling-We are on unit 25, and our test will be on Friday. 

We also have some important events this week:

-Tuesday: Mardi Gras Out of Uniform and Dancing 

-Wednesday:  Ash Wednesday Mass

                       Special Lunch~Barraco's

                       Report Cards go home

-Friday: Out of Uniform for St. Baldrick's

Have a wonderful week!

 

Week of February 25th

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  I can't believe the second trimester ends this week!  The last day of the trimester is this Friday, and report cards will be distributed next Wednesday. The year is certainly flying by! 

Language Arts-This week we will discuss negatives and begin learning about prepositions.  Our unit 8 vocabulary quiz is on Tuesday.  We will also do a timed writing prompt this week, and we will begin researching for our Women' History Month assignment.  

Science-We will begin our unit on energy and motion this week.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 24 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

*Special Lunch forms are due on Wednesday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  

Human Body Shirts 2019

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

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Week of February 18th

Posted on Feb 20, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed their President's Day weekend!

Language Arts-We will continue learning about adverbs this week and practice using them to compare.  We will also discuss how to use good and well correctly.  We will work on unit 7 in our vocabulary books as well. Our unit 7 vocabulary quiz will be next Tuesday, the 26th.  The students did a wonderful job on their President's Day opinion pieces.  They were so passionate about the side they took!  It was great to see them so engaged in their writing.  Our next major writing assignment will center around Women's History Month.  

Science-We have completed our study of the human body.  Our test will be on Thursday.  Please study the review sheet that was sent home last week!  We will be making our human body shirts on Wednesday.  This is a favorite fourth grade activity!  The kids love wearing them for the rest of the school to see, and they are ready to share their knowledge with anyone who asks! The students will keep them at school to wear for the remainder of the week, and then they can bring them home on Friday.   Remember not to wash it if Crayola washable markers were used :)  I will post pictures of the students in their shirts later this week!  

Spelling-We are on Unit 23 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

Have a terrific week!

Week of February 11th

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  I can't believe that we will be celebrating Valentine's Day this week!  The year is certainly flying by.  Students can bring in a wrapped treat and/or valentines on Thursday if they would like.  We have 20 students in Room 212.  On Valentine's Day we will also be collecting donations for Special Olympics. Students can be out of uniform on Valentine's Day with a $2.00 donation. 

Language Arts-We will continue our study of adverbs.  We will practice identifying them in sentences and using them to compare.  We will also continue to work on our President's Day opinion pieces.  On Wednesday we will have our unit 7 vocabulary quiz. 

Science-We are wrapping up our study of the human body.  This week we will discuss our last system; the muscular system.  I have decided to reschedule the human body test until next Thursday, the 21st.  A note about our human body t-shirts project will be coming home this week.  Please bring your plain white shirts in by Tuesday, the 18th.  This is always an activity that the students really enjoy, and I know that they are already looking forward to it!

Spelling-We are on Unit 22 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

Remember, in honor of President's Day there is no school next Monday, the 18th.  

Have a terrific week!

Week of February 4th

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  We will be getting back to work this week after last week's crazy winter weather!

Language Arts-We will begin our unit on adverbs this week.  We will also begin unit 7 in our vocabulary books.  In writing, we will begin planning and drafting our President's Day opinion paper.

Science-Our respiratory system quiz is on Tuesday.  We will then move on to study our last two systems, the skeletal and muscular systems. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 21 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

 

Week of January 28th

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

I can't believe it is the end of January already!  

Here is a look at this week:

Language Arts: We have completed our adjective unit.  A review will be coming home on Monday.  Our test will be on Wednesday.  We will also begin our next vocabulary unit and writing assignment this week.  

Science-This week we will begin learning about the respiratory system.

Spelling-We are on Unit 20, and our test will be on Friday.  

 

We also have some fun activities planned for Catholic Schools Week!

Monday-We will be doing a STEM activity with our prayer partners. 

Tuesday-We will be playing some fun carnival games in the gym.

Wednesday-We will be collecting for Ronald McDonald House.  Students that bring in a donation can be out of uniform.  Fourth grade's assigned donation item is canned chicken or tuna.  The St. Rita Band will also be performing for us in the afternoon.

Thursday-We will be making Valentine's Day cards for Hope Hospital with our prayer partners.

Friday-Students can dress down in SJF spirit wear for the Faculty vs. SOAR volleyball game.

Thanks to all who were able to stop by Open House yesterday.  It was wonderful to see everyone! Reflecting on Catholic Schools Week and Mrs. Nash's homily from mass, I want to thank all of you for choosing SJF.  I feel so privileged to be your child's teacher and to be part of this wonderful school and community.  Have a wonderful week! Stay warm!

 

 

Blood Models Moved to Thursday

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Due to the icy weather we are predicted to have this afternoon and tonight, we will move our blood models until Thursday.  I don't want anyone who still needs supplies to be worried about getting them or not having them for tomorrow.  Thanks!

Week of January 21st

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

This will be a short, but busy week! 

Language Arts-We will finish our unit on adjectives this week.  We will have a unit test on Wednesday, January 30th.  Final copies of our Martin Luther Jr. papers are due this Wednesday, the 23rd.

Science-We will complete our study of the circulatory system this week, and then we will move on to the respiratory system.  On Wednesday we will be making our own models of blood.  The students worked with their groups last week to plan out their models.  All students will need to bring an empty water bottle and whatever supplies they planned for with their group.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 19 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

*Wednesday, the 23rd, is an out of uniform day. Students can dress as a scholar, their favorite teacher, or in their favorite high school/college gear.  All donations will go toward the Scholastic Team. 

**Our Catholic Schools Week celebration begins on Sunday at the 10 o'clock mass. Following mass, you can come visit the school and see all of the great things that are happening at SJF. Come stop by and see what the kids have been working on!  I hope to see you on Sunday!

Have a great week!

Week of January 14th

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Language Arts-We will continue our study of adjectives this week, and we will discuss using adjectives to compare.  On Tuesday we have our unit 6 vocabulary quiz.  We will also be writing our Martin Luther King Jr. papers this week.  The students have done a really good job researching and gathering information to use in their pieces.  

Science-We will continue our study of the circulatory system.  We will have an open-notebook quiz on Friday.  Next week we will be making our own models of blood.  The students will work with their groups this week to plan out their models.  We will be making our models on Wednesday, the 23rd, and all students will need to bring an empty water bottle and whatever supplies they planned for with their group.  The students have really enjoyed learning about what makes up our blood, and I know they will enjoy creating their models! 

Spelling-We are on Unit 18 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week, and remember there is no school next Monday, the 21st.

Week of January 7th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

 Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed some terrific times making memories with family and friends!  The kids were all so excited to share some tidbits from their holiday break.  It seems like great times were had by all! 

We will be getting right back to work in our classes this week!

Language Arts-We will begin our new unit on adjectives.  We will also begin working with our unit 6 vocabulary words.  This week we will also begin researching and learning more about Martin Luther King Jr. for our next writing assignment. 

Science-We will start learning about the circulatory system this week. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 17 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

This week we will also be discussing New Year’s resolutions.  The students will be thinking about some goals they have for 2019 and for the rest of the school year.  We will also be working on a school resolution this year to “Be the Nice Kid.”  Over break, a group of 8th graders painted a mural in the main hallway near the gym which will serve as the inspiration for this resolution.  It reads:

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Finally, I want to thank everyone for the thoughtful and generous Christmas gifts! I really appreciate it, and I am so grateful to work with such wonderful students and families every day. Have a terrific week!

 

Here is our class picture from our Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

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Week of December 17th

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

I can't believe this our last week of school before Christmas!  We have an extremely busy and fun-filled week ahead of us!

Language Arts-We will be finishing up our Christmas Around the World reports.  Final copies are due on Thursday.  We have completed our unit on verbs, and our test will be on Thursday.  Reviews will be sent home on Tuesday and need to be completed for class on Wednesday.  

Science-We will finish up our study of the digestive system this week!  We will have an open-notebook quiz on the digestive system on Wednesday.  After break we will move on to study the circulatory system! 

Spelling-We are on Unit 16 this week, and we will have a test on Friday.  

*Christmas break would be a good time to replenish any school supplies that may have run out or been lost.  

 

This week we also have some fun events that will certainly get us into the Christmas spirit!

-On Monday we will enjoy a performance by the McAuley Acapella Choir.  

-Get your festive gear ready for Thursday! Students can be out of uniform in their favorite ugly Christmas sweater! We will also get to see the kindergarten Christmas play this afternoon.  

-On Friday students should dress in their Sunday best.  Students will enjoy their milk and cookies in the morning, but they can also bring an additional snack/light lunch for later in the morning if needed.  We will attend our school prayer service at 11:30, and then dismissal is at 12:30.  

-We will also do our Secret Santa gift exchange on Friday.  Please remember to bring your present for the exchange!  

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I hope everyone enjoys some rest and relaxation and makes some terrific new memories with family and friends! 

 

Week of December 10th

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

Excitement is filling the air, as the countdown to Christmas begins!  I hope everyone had a great weekend, and I'm sure the students enjoyed their Friday off! 

Language Arts-This week we will finish up helping and main verbs, and will move on to progressive forms of verbs and irregular verbs.  Our test on our verb unit will be next Thursday, December 20th.  We will also be writing our Christmas Around the World rough drafts this week.  The students began researching their assigned country last week, and we will now organize all of that information into a paper and presentation.  

Science-We have finished our study of the nervous system.  There will be an open-notebook quiz on Wednesday.  We move on to study the digestive system next!

Spelling-We are on Unit 15 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

*The students in Room 212 will have a chance to participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange.  Each student will pick a classmate's name and buy a $5.00 gift for that person.  We will do the exchange on Friday, the 21st.  A note giving permission to participate is being sent home today.  Please sign the form if you agree to let your child participate.  Thank you!

**We had a wonderful time on our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry last week!  The students got to find the tree that represents their country in the Christmas Around the World exhibit.  They also loved seeing the baby chicks, learning about tornadoes, and exploring all about the human body. Thank you to all of the chaperones who joined us and helped the kids have a great time!  

Here are some pictures from the trip!

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Week of December 3rd

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

I can't believe that it is already December!  Our year is certainly moving along quickly.  We have a short, but busy week!

Language Arts-We will continue our study of verbs.  This week we will review our verb tenses and discuss linking verbs. We will complete unit 5 in our vocabulary books, and our quiz will be on Thursday.  Final copies of our prompts from last week are due on Wednesday.  Our next writing assignment will be writing our Christmas Around the World reports.  

Science-We will be learning all about the nervous system this week!

Spelling-We are on Unit 14, and our test will be on Thursday.  

*Our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is Tuesday.  As a reminder, students need to bring a brown-bag lunch and wear their gym uniforms. 

Parents who are chaperoning should be at the office by 8:30.  Thank you!

**There is no school on Friday due to a teacher institute day.  

 

Week of November 26th

Posted on Nov 28, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a relaxing extended weekend.  I can't believe that we have a winter wonderland outside, and it is not December yet!  The snow has definitely put the students in the Christmas spirit!

I want to thank everyone for attending parent-teacher conferences last week.  It was so nice to talk with and get to know everyone better.  Thank you for your support and for your commitment to working together to ensure a successful year.  

We have a surprise four-day week, and we will certainly be keeping busy...

Language Arts-We will continue learning about verbs.  This week we will be focusing on verbs in the past and future tenses. We will also begin unit 5 in our Vocabulary books and write an essay from our prompt of the week.  

Science-We are beginning our study of the human body.  This week we will learn all about cells!

Spelling-We are on Unit 13 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

*Our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is next Tuesday, December 4th.  Thank you to all who volunteered to chaperone. I wish that we could take all who volunteered, but unfortunately it is not possible for this trip.  Notes were sent home to the parents who will chaperoning the trip.  If anything changes with your availability, please let me know.  Students should wear their gym uniforms that day, and will need to bring a lunch.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  

Have a terrific week!

Pictures Of Our Recent Work

Posted on Nov 19, 2018

 

At the end of our animal adaptation unit, students camouflaged butterflies around the room. Fellow students and teachers tried to find them all.  The kids did a great job!

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See if you notice some of our creations in these pictures!  

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Today the students used Thanksgiving facts to review different parts of speech.  It was fun to move around the room, learn some facts about the holiday, and identify different parts of speech, including adverbs and prepositions!  I was very impressed with the conversations the kids had during the activity.  

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Week of November 19th-Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on Nov 19, 2018

I can't believe that it is time for Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for all of my wonderful students and their families! I look forward to talking with many of you at Parent Teacher Conferences.

We have an extremely short, but busy week.  

In Language Arts, we will review parts of speech.  We also have our Unit 4 vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.  We will also read "Balloons Over Broadway" by Melissa Sweet.  The book tells the story of Tony Sarg, the original puppeteer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

In Science, we will finish up our work with the "Extraordinary Eyes" article. Students will also be working on drawing diagrams of the eye, writing about how our eye works, and describing some of the incredible eye adaptations animals have!

On Tuesday we have our Thanksgiving prayer service at 10:30.  All are welcome to join us!  Students will then be dismissed at 11:30.

Have a wonderful week.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Week of November 12th

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  This is the first week of the second trimester.  I can't believe how fast the year is going!  Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday.  Please sign and return the envelope on Thursday.  We will definitely be keeping busy this week and getting lots of learning in before Thanksgiving break begins next Tuesday. 

Language Arts-This week we will continue our unit on verbs.  We will be discussing present tense verbs this week.  We will also be working on Unit 4 in our vocabulary books.  This week we will also be writing letters of thanksgiving to important people in our lives.  

Science-This week we will be studying how the structures of animals' eyes help them survive.  We will be reading and analyzing an article in our Scholastic Super Science magazine entitled, "Extraordinary Eyes." The students will also be conducting a short research project on different animal eyes during computer class this week.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 12 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

Have a wonderful week!

Week of November 5th

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I can't believe how fast the year is going!  Our first trimester ends this Friday!  Report cards will be distributed next Wednesday. 

Language Arts-We will begin learning about verbs this week.  We will also begin unit 4 in our vocabulary books.

Science-We have our animal characteristics and adaptations test on Thursday.  We will be doing some review activities throughout the week.

Spelling-We are on Unit 11 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

*Wednesday is Special Lunch.

**On Friday we will be attending our all-school Veterans Day prayer service at 1:15.  All are invited to join us and honor our country's veterans.  Also on Friday, we will be collecting money for Honor Flight Chicago.  Students are asked to bring in $1 to dress down in red, white, and blue.  

Thanks to everyone for bringing in Halloween treats for the kids to enjoy! Have a terrific week!

Here are some pictures from Halloween.  In Language Arts we worked on our descriptive writing skills and created our own monsters.  The students wrote descriptions and then read their pieces to other students, who drew a picture based on the description.  The students had a ton of fun sharing their descriptions and creating their drawings!  We also enjoyed some Halloween treats and played Halloween Science Bingo!

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Week of October 29th

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend!  We have a busy and fun-filled week this week in 4th grade!

Language Arts-We have completed our unit on nouns, and we will be reviewing these concepts this week.  Our test is on Friday.  This week we will also be practicing our descriptive writing skills by creating monsters.  Final copies of favorite holiday pieces from last week are due on Tuesday. 

Science-We are continuing our study of animal structures and adaptations.  Our test on this unit will be Thursday, November 8th.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 10 this week, and we will have a test on Friday.

*On Wednesday we will celebrate Halloween.  4th graders can be in costume that day and can bring a treat to pass out to the class.

**Special Lunch forms are due by Wednesday, the 31st.

***On Thursday we have our All Saints Day Mass at 1:00.  All are welcome to join us.

Have a great week! Happy Halloween!

Week of October 22nd

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! 

This week:

Language Arts-We will continue working on possessive nouns this week.  We will also learn about abbreviations.  We have a vocabulary quiz on our Unit 3 words on Thursday.  Our Halloween opinion pieces that we have been working on in writing turned out great!  I was really proud to see how much work the students put into writing their papers!  In writing this week, we will work through the writing process and create a piece describing our favorite holidays. 

Science-We are just beginning our unit on the structures and functions of animals. This week we will discuss how animals meet their needs in different ways.  We will then move on to discuss structural and behavioral adaptations of different animals.

Spelling-We are on Unit 9 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

Have a wonderful week!

Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  It seems like the Fall weather has finally arrived!   

Language Arts-We will continue our study of nouns this week.  We will finish discussing plural nouns and will then move on to possessive nouns.  This week we will also begin unit 3 in our vocabulary books.  Finally, we will be finishing our Halloween opinion writing pieces this week.  The students seem to have really enjoyed taking a side and backing their side up with evidence.  

Science-We have finished our study of the structures and functions of plants.  Our test will be on Wednesday.  We will then move on to study animal adaptations. 

We also have some important events this week:

-Tuesday, October 16th is Picture Day.  Please wear your Sunday best and have your smiles ready!

-On Friday, the 19th, we have an all-school mass.  We will be celebrating mass with our prayer partners.  Mass is at 1:00, and all are welcome to join us!

Have a wonderful week!

 

Week of October 8th

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed their three-day weekend.  

Language Arts-This week we will begin our unit on nouns.  We will also finish unit 2 in our vocabulary books. There will be a vocabulary quiz this Friday, the 12th. In writing we will begin putting together the first draft of our Halloween opinion pieces.  

Science-We will continue learning about plant adaptations. We will have a test next Wednesday, October 17th.

Spelling-We are on Unit 7 this week, and we will have a test on Friday.  

Have a wonderful week!

 

Here are some pictures from science class last week!  Students worked in groups and read about different plants and how they survived in their specific environments.  They then chose one of the plants they learned about and made a poster all about it.

 

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Week of October 1st

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

I hope everyone had a terrific Homecoming weekend!  The students had a wonderful time at the pep rally on Friday!

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This week:

Language Arts-We have completed our first unit in our grammar book. Our test will be on Thursday.  Reviews will be going home on Tuesday and are due on Wednesday.  This week we will also be discussing how to write good leads, and we will start planning for our first paper.

Science-We will continue learning about plant adaptations.  We will have a quiz on Tuesday.  Students should study their vocabulary words and the parts of plants and their jobs.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 6 this week.  Unit 6 is a review unit, and our test will include words from each of our previous units. Students have marked the tested words in their Spelling books.  We will have our test on Friday.  

*Our first special lunch is on Wednesday.

Have a great week!

Week of September 24th

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I know the students and I are excited to finally have some cooler weather this week. 

Language Arts-This week we will be discussing compound and complex sentences.  We have completed the first unit in our vocabulary book.  We will have a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.  Students will also be finishing up their writing pieces about their favorite place to visit.  Final copies are due on Wednesday.  

Science-This week we will begin learning about plant structures and their functions.  We will then discuss how these structures help plants survive in their different environments. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 5 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

 

Week of September 17th

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed Fisher Fest this weekend!  We have a full week of school this week, and as usual we will be working hard in 4th grade!

Language Arts-This week we will be learning about simple and compound subjects and predicates.  We will also be working on our writing skills, and we will be writing about our favorite places to visit.  

Science-We have finished our unit on graphing, but we will continue analyzing graphs throughout the course of the year.  We will now be moving on to learn about plant and animal adaptations.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 4 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

Last week, we wrote about our favorite subjects.  We worked throughout the week to brainstorm, plan, draft, and then present our pieces.  It was interesting to hear all about everyone's favorite subjects and why they enjoy them!  We also worked on identifying main ideas and details in pieces of writing.  Here are some pictures from our work last week.IMG_9245

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Finally, thank you for all of your donations to our September 11th collection.  Everyone was so incredibly generous!  On Tuesday September 11th, our class read the book "The Little Chapel That Stood" by A.B. Curtis.  We then reflected on a quote from the book: "It's nice to be big and it's nice to be tall, but sometimes being little doesn't mean being small."  The students wrote about what this quote meant to them and their pledge to do something kind for others in honor of September 11th.  

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Week of September 10th

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  We have another short, but busy week here in 4th grade.  

Language Arts-We will continue learning about subjects and predicates.  We will also continue discussing the parts of a paragraph and the structure of expository writing.  We are also working on color coding paragraphs and writing our own piece about our favorite subject.  

Science-As we finish up our study of graphs, we will continue using data to create our own bar and line graphs this week.  We have our graphing quiz on Tuesday. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 3 this week, and our test will be on Thursday.

*Students who brought in a donation may participate in a red, white, and blue out of uniform day on Tuesday, September 11th.

**There is no school for students on Friday, September 14th.  Enjoy the extended weekend, and have fun at Fisher Fest!

4th Grade: Week of September 4th

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend!  Thank you to everyone who came out to our Back to School Night last week.  It was so nice to meet you and talk about what a wonderful year we are going to have!  

We have a short, but busy, week ahead in 4th Grade! 

Language Arts-This week we will continue to study the four types of sentences.  We will also begin learning about complete subjects and predicates.  There will be a quiz on the types of sentences on Friday.  In Writing we will be discussing the parts of a paragraph and the structure of expository writing.

Science-We will continue learning about how to analyze and create graphs.  We will be using data to make our own bar and line graphs this week!  There will be a graphing quiz next Tuesday, September 11th

Spelling-We are on Unit 2 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

*Our first all school mass will be this Friday, the 7th, at 1:00.  All are welcome to join us!

**Starting this week and continuing until Monday, September 10th, SJF  be doing a collection contest in honor of September 11th.  Contributions are greatly appreciated and can win us a “Patriotic Class Dress Down Day”!

 

In Science last week, students gathered data from their classmates and used it to create different types of graphs.  We collected data on birthdays, favorite subjects, and how many classmates could roll their tongues (just to name a few).  In Language Arts, we discussed the characteristics of the different types of writing, and we looked for clue words and evidence as we analyzed prompts. Here are some pictures from our work last week!

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Week of August 27th

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

This week we will have a regular schedule of switching classes, and we will be getting right to work in all of our subjects!

Language Arts-This week we will begin talking about the different types of writing and how to analyze a prompt.  We will also begin our first grammar unit of the year.

Science-We will begin by learning about the different types of graphs scientists use.  We will also learn how to create and analyze those graphs. 

Thursday is our Back to School Night for K-4th grade parents.  The 4th grade presentation will be in the library.  A note detailing the plans for both Back to School nights went home last week. Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing more about 4th grade with you!

Reminder-There is no school next Monday, September 3rd.  Enjoy the long weekend!

The First Week of 4th Grade

Posted on Aug 24, 2018

Welcome to Room 212!  It was a great first week getting to know everyone in our class and learning together! 

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Also, in Language Arts students presented their "Brown Bag Biographies".  The students did such a good job, and I loved learning some new things about everyone!  Here are some pictures of the students and some of their favorite things.

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Thursday, August 30th is our Back to School Night for K-4th grade parents.  The 4th grade presentation will be in the library.  A note detailing the plans for both Back to School nights will be coming home today. Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing more about 4th grade with you!

Welcome Back! 2018-2019 School Year!

Posted on Aug 21, 2018

Welcome back to another wonderful year at SJF! I am so excited to get the year started and to get to know all the new 4th graders! I'd like to introduce myself. I am Mrs. Kovatch, and I will be teaching Language Arts and Science. This is my 10th year teaching at SJF, and I am so glad to be part of such a great school! This year the 4th graders will be learning many new and exciting things, and I look forward to working together to make this year a great one.  If you ever have any questions please feel free to email me at lkovatch@sjfschool.net, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  I look forward to a wonderful year!

Week of May 29th & Rockets

Posted on May 29, 2018

Our rockets are built and ready for launching.  The students had a great time naming, decorating, and building their rockets.  Thank you so much to our parent volunteers!  I couldn't have done it without you!  Our launch is on Thursday at Beverly Park.  I hope to begin launching at about 9:15.  All are welcome to come and watch the launch. 

On launch day, students may be out of uniform.  According to the forecast it will be very hot, so dress comfortably.  Students are not allowed to wear sandals.  We will be eating lunch at the park, so all students need to bring a bag lunch.  With the high temperatures, it would also be a good idea to bring an extra water bottle. 

Language Arts-We will be reviewing some concepts this week.  We will also be working on writing our "Mission to Mars" Journals. 

Science-Our solar system test is Wednesday.

Spelling-We are on Unit 36 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a wonderful week, and I hope to see you at the launch!

 

Here are some pictures of us building our rockets!

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Week of May 21st

Posted on May 21, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend!  The end of the school year is approaching quickly, and we have a busy week here in 4th grade!

This week is Spirit Week.  In celebration, the students can be out of uniform each day.  The daily themes are as follows: 

Monday-Fisher Blue

Tuesday-Country Day

Wednesday-80s Day

Thursday-Hawaiian Day

Friday-Favorite Artist/Bright Colors Day

This Thursday, is also our rocket building day.  Students need to have liquid glue with them for building.  Any parents who are helping to build, please remember to come to school by 8:30. 

Language Arts-We will complete our last unit this week.  We have our pronouns test on Thursday.  In conjunction with our study of the planets, the students will work on writing their Mission to Mars Journals this week.  We will be using information from our SuperScience article, "Destination: Mars" to create a journal as if we are one of the astronauts chosen to make the first mission to Mars. 

Science-We will complete our study of the outer planets this week.  Our solar system test will be Wednesday, May 30th. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 35 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

There is no school next Monday!  Enjoy you Memorial Day weekend!

 

Week of May 14th

Posted on May 14, 2018

I hope all of our mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day on Sunday!

Language Arts-This week we will continue our unit on pronouns.  We will be discussing possessive pronouns and contractions with pronouns.  Final copies of odes are due on Tuesday.  We also have our unit 9 vocabulary quiz on Tuesday. 

Science-We continue to make our way through the solar system.  This week we will finish learning about the inner planets and move on to start learning about Jupiter and the outer planets. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 34 this week, and our test will be on Thursday.

There is no school on Friday due to teacher planning day.

Have a terrific week!

Week of May 7th

Posted on May 08, 2018

I can't believe that we have turned the calendar over to May!  We are keeping busy and still have a lot of work to do before the year is done!

Language Arts-We will continue our unit on pronouns.  This week we will be learning about subject and object pronouns.  Students will also be working on writing their odes this week.

Science-We will be working our way through the solar system and studying all about the planets.  We will begin learning about the inner planets this week.  There will be a solar system vocabulary quiz on Friday. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 33 this week, and our test is on Friday. 

Notes went home this week about volunteering to help build or launch rockets with us.  In case anyone needs to know for scheduling, both activities will be done in the morning.  We will send a note home later, letting you know if you have been chosen to help.  Even if you can't help out, all are invited to the park to watch the launches.  It really is a favorite day for both kids and parents!

Happy Mother's Day to all our moms!  Have a wonderful day on Sunday!

 

Week of April 30th

Posted on May 01, 2018

  I can't believe that the calendar turns over to May this week!  I know that the rest of the year will fly by, but we still have a lot of exciting things to learn and do.

Language Arts-This week we will begin the next unit in our grammar books, and we will be studying pronouns.  Our unit 8 vocabulary quiz is on Tuesday. 

Science-We have finished our study of the different types of energy.  On Thursday, there is an open packet test on sound.  We will then move on to study our solar system!

Spelling-We are on Unit 32 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

**Notes for this week:

-Wednesday is Special Lunch.

-To show support for "Kids Helping Kids" day and the Special Olympics, students can wear red and be out of uniform for $1 on Thursday.

-Friday is May Crowning and dismissal is at 11:45. 

 

Bring An Idiom To School

Posted on Apr 25, 2018

The students have really enjoyed learning about different types of figurative language.  On Thursday, students brought an idiom to school.  We had a great time trying to figure out the idioms and their meanings!
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Week of April 23rd

Posted on Apr 23, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the nice weather this weekend!  Last week was very busy, but we should be getting back to our normal schedule this week!

Language Arts-We will finish up our study of figurative language this week.  Our test is on Friday.  We will then be using what we have learned to write a type of poem called an ode.  

Science-We finish up our study of electricity this week, and we will start studying our next form of energy, sound.  Circuit posters are due on Tuesday, and we have an electricity quiz on Thursday.

Spelling-We are on Unit 31 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

Have a wonderful week!

Week of April 16th

Posted on Apr 16, 2018

Even though the weather wasn't the best, I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  This week will be a very busy one for us!  Aspire Testing begins tomorrow.  Please be sure to bring in four or five sharpened #2 pencils for testing this week.  In class we have discussed the importance of taking the tests seriously, following directions, and trying our best!  We also have some special activities this week!  We will attend the band concert, a presentation from Marist High School students, and the SJF production of Mary Poppins!  We will continue working in all our subject areas throughout the week as well, but we will have shortened schedules. 

Language Arts- We will continue our study of figurative language.  On Thursday, students will be "bringing an idiom to school."  Students will present their idioms on Thursday, so all materials need to be here and ready that day.  We will have a figurative language test next Friday.

Science-We will continue our study of electricity.

Spelling-We will not have a test on Friday, but we will be working on review unit 29 throughout this week. 

Have a great week! 

Week of April 9th

Posted on Apr 09, 2018

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter and a wonderful break!  I can't believe how fast the year is going!

Language Arts-This week we will begin our figurative language unit. We will be learning about different types of figurative language, and then we will practice using them in our writing. 

Science-We will begin learning about electricity this week!

Spelling-We are on unit 29, and our test will be on Friday.

**Wednesday is Special Lunch.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of March 19th

Posted on Mar 20, 2018

I hope everyone had a nice St. Patrick's Day weekend!

Language Arts-This week we will be discussing prepositions and prepositional phrases.  Our unit test on adverbs is on Friday.  Students will begin presenting their Women's History Month slides at the end of the week, and we will finish presentations  next week. 

Science-We will be discussing thermal energy this week and next week. 

Spelling-We are on unit 28, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a terrific week!

Egg Drop

Posted on Mar 16, 2018

The students had a great time last Friday during our egg drop!  The students had to design a solution that prevented an egg from breaking when dropped.  They worked in groups to design and build their creations.  After testing all of the creations, students worked to explain the energy changes that occurred as the model and the egg hit the floor.  We also compared our design process to that of a real biomechanical engineer. 

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Week of March 12th

Posted on Mar 13, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the parade weekend and their Monday off!

Language Arts-This week we will finishing up our unit on adverbs.  We will have a test on Friday, March 23rd.  Women's History Month final copies and cover pages are due on Thursday.  We will also be writing our own limericks in class this week! 

Science-This week we will begin learning about different types of energy transfer, specifically thermal energy. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 27 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

Week of March 5th

Posted on Mar 05, 2018

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I can't believe that the calendar has changed over to March and that the third trimester is starting!  The year is going so fast!
Report cards will go home on Wednesday.  Please sign the envelope and return it to school on Thursday. 

Language Arts-We will continue our study of adverbs.  We will also begin unit 7 in our vocabulary book.  This week we will also be working on our reports for our Women's History Month writing assignment.  The students have researched on the IPads and will be working on their rough drafts this week.  The students will then create a Google slide in computer class, which they will use in their presentation to the class. 

Science-We will continue discussing the transferring and transforming of energy.  On Friday we will be doing an egg drop activity.  The students will be working in groups to design a solution that prevents their egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 2 meters.  We will be building and testing our designs on Friday. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 26 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week!

Week of February 26th

Posted on Feb 26, 2018

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Language Arts-We will continue working on our adverb unit in our grammar book.  This week in writing we will do a timed writing prompt, and we will begin researching for our Women's History Month project. 

Science-This week we will be discussing how energy is transferred in collisions. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 25 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week!

Week of February 19th

Posted on Feb 20, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed their President's Day weekend!

Language Arts-This week we will be discussing negatives and how to use good and well correctly.  We also have our unit 6 vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.  Final copies of our President's Day writing are due on Wednesday as well. 

Science-We are continuing our study of energy and speed.  On Friday we will have a quiz.  The quiz will include vocabulary, solving speed, distance, and time problems, and explaining how potential and kinetic energy can change. 

Spelling-We are on unit 24 this week, and we will have a test on Friday.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of February 12th

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend and enjoyed the snow day! 

**We will have our classroom Valentine's Day celebration on Tuesday.  Students can bring in treats and/or valentines to pass out to the class.
**Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and we will attend an all-school mass that afternoon. 

Language Arts-This week we will continue our unit on adverbs and unit 6 in our vocabulary books.  We will also be working on our opinion writing pieces. 

Science-We will continue learning about energy and forces.  Last week the students completed an investigation to determine how speed and energy are related.  The students had the opportunity to perform an investigation, collect data, calculate averages, and analyze their results.

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Spelling-We are on Unit 23 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  Since we were not in school this past Friday, we will make-up our unit 22 test on Tuesday. 

Have a wonderful week!

Valentine's Day

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

Since Valentine's Day is also Ash Wednesday, we will have our Valentine celebration on Tuesday.  Students can bring in treats and/or valentines to pass out if they would like.  Thank you!

Week of February 5th

Posted on Feb 05, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend!

We had a terrific time celebrating Catholic Schools Week last week!  The kids had a great time reading and playing trivia with our preschool buddies, watching the St. Rita band perform, and playing games at our carnival.

Language Arts-On Tuesday we have our unit 5 vocabulary quiz.  We will also begin our unit on adverbs this week.

Science-We have finished our study of the human body! This week we will begin our next unit on energy and forces. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 22 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week!

Human Body Shirts!

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

We have finished our study of the human body!  To end our unit, we made human body t-shirts!  The students had a great time, and they were so excited to wear them and show-off their work!  They have really become experts on the systems we have studied!

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Week of January 29th

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

We have some very fun and exciting events planned for Catholic Schools Week!

Monday: We will be partner reading with our preschool buddies. 

Tuesday: We will be playing trivia with our reading buddies.

Wednesday:  We are celebrating a Community of Service with a collection for the Ronald McDonald House.  4th graders have been asked to bring in Kleenex or toilet paper.  Students that bring in a donation can be out of uniform.

Thursday:  The St. Rita Band will be here to perform for us. 

Friday:  Students are out of uniform in Fisher gear, and there will be a Catholic Schools Week Carnival!

 

*In Language Arts we have our adjectives unit test on Tuesday. 

**In Science we have our human body test on Wednesday.

***In Spelling we are on unit 21 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Week of January 22nd

Posted on Jan 22, 2018

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend!

Language Arts-This week we will complete our unit on adjectives.  Our unit test will be on Tuesday, January 30th.  Final copies of Martin Luther King Jr. papers are due on Tuesday. 

Science-We have completed our study of the human body!  This week we will be making our human body t-shirts.  A note explaining the project went home last week.  If anyone forgot their shirt today, please make sure to bring it to class tomorrow.  Our human body test will be next Wednesday, the 31st. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 20 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday with mass at 10:00, followed by our open house!  Please stop by and see some of the exciting things we have been working on!  Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!

Week of January 15th

Posted on Jan 16, 2018

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend!

Language Arts-On Thursday we will have a quiz on adjectives.  We will also finish our Martin Luther King Jr. writing assignment this week. 

Science-On Wednesday there is a quiz on the respiratory system. We will then move on to study our last two systems, the skeletal and muscular systems. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 19 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week!

Circulatory System-Our Blood Models

Posted on Jan 08, 2018

Before Christmas break, we finished our study of the circulatory system.  One of our activities was to make models of blood.  The students learned all about what makes up our blood and the jobs of all of the different parts.  Then they worked in their groups to plan their models.  After making their models, the students created drawings of their models and labeled the different parts.  The students also wrote a paragraph about blood.  We learned a lot and had fun too!

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Week of January 8th

Posted on Jan 08, 2018

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break. Thank you to all for the very generous class Christmas gift!  I really am so grateful! 

Language Arts-This week we will begin our next grammar unit on adjectives.  We will also be researching and writing about Martin Luther King Jr.  this week. 

Science-This week we will begin learning about the respiratory system!

Spelling-We are on Unit 18 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

*Wednesday is Special Lunch.

Have a terrific week!

Week of December 18th

Posted on Dec 18, 2017

I can't believe it is the last week of school before Christmas!  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Enjoy you break, and I look forward to seeing everyone when we come back to school!

Language Arts-We have completed our unit on verbs, and we will have our test on Wednesday.  Reviews were assigned and are due on Tuesday.  Final copies of Christmas Around the World papers are due on Wednesday. 

Science-We are finishing our study of the circulatory system, and we will have a quiz on Thursday.  On Tuesday we will be making our own models of blood.  The students have worked with their groups to plan out their models.  All students need to bring a water bottle and whatever supplies they planned for with their group.  The students have really enjoyed learning about what makes up our blood and are looking forward to creating their models! 

Spelling-We are on Unit 17 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

 

Week of December 11th

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! 

Language Arts-We are continuing our study of verbs.  This week we will wrap-up irregular verbs and begin discussing progressive forms of verbs.  On Tuesday we have our unit 4 vocabulary quiz.  This week we will also work on writing our Christmas Around the World reports. 

Science-We will begin learning about the circulatory system this week. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 16, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a terrific week!

 

Our Trip to the Museum of Science and Industry

Posted on Dec 05, 2017

We had a wonderful time at the Museum of Science and Industry.  The students loved checking out all of the Christmas trees and all of the other cool exhibits the museum has.  Thanks to all of our parent chaperones, who were such a great help.   Here are some pictures from our trip!

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Week of December 4th

Posted on Dec 04, 2017

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  I can't believe that it is December already!  The year is flying by!

Language Arts-This week we are continuing our study of verbs.  We will be working with irregular verbs.  Final copies of last week's prompt writing are due on Wednesday.  Our next writing assignment will be a report on the country and traditions we researched for our "Christmas Around the World" project. 

Science-This week we will finish up our study of the digestive system.  We will have a quiz on Thursday.  The next system we will be studying is the circulatory system. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 15 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

**Reminders- Wednesday is our all-school trip to see "Wonder".  Students should wear gym uniforms, since it is supposed to be cold.  Wednesday is also special lunch.  We will be eating a later lunch than usual due to the movie, so the students may bring a small snack to school that day.  On Thursday the 4th graders will be hosting our all-school mass to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  All are welcome to join us at mass at 1:00.

Week of November 27th

Posted on Nov 27, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a relaxing weekend.

Language Arts-This week we will continue our unit on verbs.  We will be discussing linking verbs and helping verbs this week.  On Tuesday we have a quiz on action verbs and verb tenses. 

Science-We have completed our study of the nervous system and will now move on to learning about the digestive system! 

Spelling-We are on Unit 14 this week, and our test will be on Thursday.

**Reminders:  Thursday is our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.  Students need to wear their gym uniforms and bring a lunch.  There is no school on Friday.

Have a great week!

Week of November 20th

Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Good morning,

   It was nice to see and get to talk with many of you at conferences yesterday. I can't believe how fast the year is going, and that we have begun the second trimester!

Some notes for next week: On Wednesday we will have a quiz on verbs and verb tenses.  Thursday is our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.  Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to chaperone the trip.  We had an abundance of volunteers, but can unfortunately only bring four chaperones per homeroom.  A note will be going home to the those who will be chaperoning the trip.

   I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to teach at such a wonderful school, with such great students and families.  Have a terrific holiday!

 

Week of November 13th

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

The second trimester has begun! Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday.  Please sign and return the envelope to school on Thursday.  Also, permission slips for our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry went home last week.  Please sign and return the permission slip and money by this Wednesday.

Language Arts-We will begin our unit on verbs.  This week we will learn about past, present, and future-tense verbs.  On Wednesday, we will have our unit 3 vocabulary quiz. 

Science-We will continue our study of the human body.  We will be concentrating on the nervous system this week. 

Spelling-We are on unit 13 this week, and our test is on Friday.

Have a terrific week!

 

Halloween Fun!

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

We had a lot of fun celebrating Halloween!  We visited the science lab and tested the physical properties of candy corn.  We found the mass, volume, relative density to water, and solubility of regular candy corn and candy corn pumpkins.  The students had a great time in the lab and seeing whether the candy dissolved in the different liquids we used. 

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Happy Halloween from Room 212!!

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Week of November 6th

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend!

Language Arts-We have our unit 2 grammar test on Tuesday.  This week we will also finish our papers on plant adaptations.  Final copies are due on Friday. 

Science-We have completed our study of the animal kingdom and adaptations.  We will now move on and begin our study of the systems of the human body!

Spelling-We are on Unit 12 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

The first trimester ends on Friday.  Report cards will be distributed next Wednesday, the 15th. 

Have a wonderful week!

Week of October 30th

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Students can dress in costume on Tuesday!  Also, students can bring in treats to pass out to the class. 

Language Arts-This week we will finish up unit 2 in our grammar books.  We will have a test on Tuesday, November 7th.  We will also begin our next writing assignment this week.

Science-We have our test on the Animal Kingdom on Thursday.  The students have a review sheet and chart that they should use to study.

Spelling-This week we are on unit 11, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week! 

Week of October 23rd

Posted on Oct 23, 2017

Language Arts-This week we will finish up our second grammar unit.  We will continue working with possessive nouns and will also learn about abbreviations.  We will have our unit 2 test on Tuesday, November 7th.  This week we will also begin writing some Halloween stories to share with the class next week.

Science-We are finishing up our unit on the animal kingdom and animal adaptations.  Our test will be on Thursday, November 2nd.  This week we will also learn about some interesting plant adaptations through an article in our Scholastic Super Science magazine, entitled "World's Wildest Plants."  We will complete a paired text activity using the article and another article entitled "The Secret Lives of Plants."  We will also use the article as the basis for our next expository writing piece.

Spelling-We are on unit 10 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of October 16th

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, even with all of the rain.

Language Arts-This week we will begin unit 2 in our grammar books.  We will be learning about common and proper nouns and singular and plural nouns.  We will have a unit 2 vocabulary quiz on Thursday.  We have spent the past couple of weeks learning about opinion writing and working on our Halloween writing assignments. The students seemed to really enjoy finding facts to support their sides and writing their arguments.  Final copies of the Halloween opinion writing assignment are due on Wednesday. 

Science-We will continue our study of structural adaptations this week.

Spelling-We are on Unit 9 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Week of October 9th

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

I hope everyone had a fun weekend and enjoyed their Monday off.

Language Arts-We have completed our first grammar unit.  We will have a test on Friday.  A review sheet will be coming home on Tuesday.  This is a great way for the students to practice for the test.  The review sheet is due on Wednesday and will be graded.  We will continue working on unit 2 in our vocabulary books this week as well.  We will also continue working on our Halloween opinion writing assignment. 

Science-This week we will begin learning about animal adaptations.  We will start by learning about how different structural adaptations can help animals survive in their environments. 

Spelling-We are on unit 8 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a terrific week!

Week of October 2nd

Posted on Oct 02, 2017

I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the nice weather!  We are very happy that the heat wave has ended!

Language Arts-  This week we will discuss compound and complex sentences.  We will begin unit 2 in our vocabulary books as well.  This week we will also begin planning and writing our first argumentative piece.  We will be taking a side on whether store-bought or homemade costumes are better for Halloween.  We will put into practice all that we have learned about opinion writing and the importance of backing up our arguments with facts. 

Science-We are continuing our study of the animal kingdom.  We will have a quiz on Thursday. 

Spelling-We are on unit 7 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

**Tuesday is school picture day. 

**Wednesday is our first special lunch. 

**There is no school next Monday, the 9th.

Have a terrific week and enjoy the long weekend!

Week of September 25th

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

We are working through the heat here in Room 212.  The kids have been so good over these hot days!  The students can continue to bring water bottles on Monday and Tuesday.  Hopefully the forecast is correct, and we will be back to cooler temperatures on Wednesday. 

Language Arts-This week we will finish up our study of subjects and predicates.  There will be a quiz on Thursday.  The quiz will cover complete, simple, and compound subjects and predicates.  Last week the students wrote about one of their favorite places to go or visit.  We typed them in the computer lab and shared them with the class. It was interesting to hear all the great descriptions the students wrote!  I need to create a list for myself of their suggested places to go! 

Science-We have finished our study of matter.  There will be an open-packet test on Friday.  This week we will also begin our next unit: the animal kingdom and animal adaptations.  

Spelling- We are on Unit 6 this week.  It is a review unit, so it will cover some words from our previous five units.  The students have the words for the week highlighted in their books.  Our test will be on Friday.

Have a terrific week!

Week of September 18th

Posted on Sep 19, 2017

I hope everyone had a fun-filled Fisher Fest weekend! 

Language Arts-This week we will continue our study of subjects and predicates.  We will finish up learning about simple predicates and start learning about compound subjects and predicates.  This week we will also continue discussing how to write strong paragraphs, and we will be writing about a favorite place that we like to go.  We will even go to the computer lab to type our paragraphs using Google Docs.  

Science-We will be discussing physical and chemical changes this week. Last week we went to the science lab where the students conducted an investigation on how the mass and volume of an object affect its density.  The students had a great time learning and working in their groups.  

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Spelling-This week we are on Unit 5, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of September 11th

Posted on Sep 12, 2017

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend!  We have a short three day week this week, but we will be busy! 

Language Arts-This week we will continue our study of subjects and predicates.  We will review complete subjects and predicates and start learning about simple subjects and predicates.  We will also continue with Unit 1 in our vocabulary book.  We will have our first vocabulary quiz next Tuesday, the 19th.  This week we will also be writing about a time when we made a difference to someone.  This connects to the book we read in class called The Little Chapel That Stood.  We will also continue studying the parts of a strong paragraph. 

Science-We will continue our study of mass, matter, volume, and density.  We will also do an investigation to see how mass affects the density of an object. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 4 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a wonderful Fisher Fest weekend!

 

Week of September 4th

Posted on Sep 05, 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend! 

Language Arts-This week we will continue reviewing the four types of sentences.  We will have a quiz next Tuesday, the 12th.  We will also start discussing complete subjects and predicates. Finally, we will begin our first vocabulary unit this week. 

Science-We will continue our review of matter and the study of mass, volume, and density this week. There will be a quiz on Friday. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 3 this week, and we will have a test on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week!

Last week in science class, the students had the opportunity to go to the science lab.  Here are some pictures of our 4th grade scientists working in the lab.  We learned all about the different equipment and vocabulary that scientists use in their investigations.  The students were so excited to be working in the lab!

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Week of August 28th

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

We completed our first week of 4th grade!  We had a busy, but fun week!  In Language Arts, students presented their "Brown Bag Biographies".  All of the students did such a good job, and I loved learning some new things about everyone!  Here are some pictures of the students and some of their favorite things.

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This week, we will have a regular schedule of switching classes and getting right to work! Wednesday is Meet The Teacher Night.  I hope you can stop in for a visit!  I look forward to seeing everyone!

Language Arts-This week we will begin our first unit and start learning about the different types of sentences. Students will also finish up their Summer Snapshots activity. We will also be writing our first Prompt of the Week assignment. 

Science-We will begin by learning about important vocabulary and tools that scientists use when conducting experiments and investigations.  We will even take a trip to lab this week!

Reminder-There is no school next Monday, September 4th.  Enjoy the long weekend!

First Week of School in Room 212!

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Welcome to Room 212!  It was a great first week getting to know everyone in our class and learning together!  We did lots of fun activities to help us get to know our new classmates.  We also worked in groups and learned all about the solar eclipse on our first day of school!IMG_3764IMG_3765IMG_3762IMG_3763

Welcome Back!!

Posted on Aug 18, 2017

Welcome back to another exciting year at SJF! I am so excited to get the year started and to get to know all the new 4th graders! I'd like to introduce myself. I am Mrs. Kovatch, and I will be teaching Language Arts and Science. This is my 9th year teaching at SJF, and I am so glad to be part of such a great school! This year the 4th graders will be learning many new and exciting things, and I look forward to working together to have a great year!  In the "Important Documents" section of my blog, you will find a letter with some information about 4th grade.  Please take a minute and read the letter.  It gives a great overview of all the 4th grade classes and what you can expect this year! If you ever have any questions please feel free to email me at lkovatch@sjfschool.net and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  I look forward to a wonderful year!

Week of June 5th-Last Week of School!!

Posted on Jun 05, 2017

It is the last week of the year!  I can't believe how fast the year has gone and how much we have accomplished!  Thank you for a wonderful year! 

Today we shared our "Mission to Mars" journals with the class.  The students did a great job and really loved learning about what it would be like to work on the red planet.

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Reminders:

-Students can be out of uniform the rest of the week.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the students should wear comfy clothes and gym shoes, as we will have field day and cleaning day.  Also on Tuesday, we will be having a picnic lunch outside, so students should bring blankets to sit on.  On Thursday students should wear their "Sunday best", and we have a 10:30 dismissal. 

Rocket Day

Posted on May 30, 2017

We will have our rocket launch this Thursday, June 1st!  The students are very excited about it!  Hopefully the weather cooperates with us!  I hope to begin the launch at about 9:15 at Beverly Park.  Parents who were informed that they would be helping to launch, please meet me at the park at 8:45.  After the launch, the students will eat lunch and play.  All students need to bring a lunch to school that day.  Also,students may want to bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen.  Please email me if you have any questions! 

Week of May 29th

Posted on May 30, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  We are in the single digits for days of school left!  I can't believe it!

Language Arts-This week and next week, we will be reviewing grammar concepts we have learned throughout the year.  We will also be finishing our "Mission to Mars" journals this week.  The students read an article in their Super Science magazine called " Destination: Mars" and are using what they learned to create their journals.  They are writing as if they are one of the first astronauts to be sent to work on Mars.  They are combining their creative writing skills and facts they learned from the article in order to create their entries. 

Science-We have finished our journey through the solar system, and we will be having our test on Wednesday. 

Spelling-We are on unit 35 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Last Thursday we built our rockets!  Thanks to all of the parent volunteers who came to help us!  We can't wait to launch them!

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Week of May 22nd

Posted on May 22, 2017

The end of the school is coming quickly, but we are keeping very busy! 

Language Arts-We have completed our unit on pronouns.  Next, we will review skills like correct comma and quotation use.  The students finished their odes, and they turned out awesome!  We shared them with the class, and I was so impressed with them.  The students had a great time hearing each others' poems and picking out the figurative language techniques that were used. 

Science-We are continuing our study of the solar system, and we will finish up our journey through the outer planets this week.  We will have a test on the solar system Wednesday, May 31st. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 34 this week, and we will have a test on Friday. 

We will be building our rockets on Thursday! Our launch will be Thursday, June 1st.  I hope to begin at about 9:15 at Beverly Park.  All are welcome to come and watch the launch. 

Have a wonderful week!

Week of May 15th

Posted on May 16, 2017

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day and a relaxing weekend.  We are getting down to the last few weeks of school!

Language Arts- We have finished our study of figurative language and will have our test on Wednesday.  We have also used what we know about figurative language to write our own odes.  We will be typing them in the lab on Tuesday.  Final copies are due on Thursday.   The students are really looking forward to sharing their poems with the class as well!   We have also completed our last unit on pronouns, and we will have a test this Friday.  Review sheets will be sent home on Wednesday.  Finally, our unit 13 vocabulary quiz will be this Tuesday. 

Science-We are making our way through the solar system!  The students are having a great time learning all about the different characteristics of each planet. You may have even heard your child singing the solar system song we have been playing in class.  We will finish learning about the inner planets this week, and then we will move on to study the outer planets.   The students are also working on a planet IMovie in computer class. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 33 this week, and we will have a test on Friday.

*Friday is May Crowning, and the students will be dismissed at 11:30.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of May 8th

Posted on May 08, 2017

We only have four school days this week, but they will be busy!  There is no school for the students on Friday, May 12th. 

Language Arts-We will finish our grammar unit this week.  We will review types of pronouns and learn about homophones and homographs.  We will have a unit test next Friday, the 19th.  We will also be finishing up our study of figurative language.  This week we will discuss personification and hyperbole. We will then use what we have learned about figurative language to write our own original poems.  We will have a test on figurative language next Wednesday, May 17th.
 

Science-We have begun our study of the solar system!  We will be discussing Mercury, Venus, and Earth this week.  On Tuesday we have a quiz on our solar system vocabulary and the planets in order. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 32 this week, and we will have a test on Thursday.  The unit is on possessives.  It is important that students study how the words are used in sentences, so they know whether the possessives are singular or plural. 

Rocket Day volunteer forms went home last week.  If you would like to help build or launch, please return the volunteer form by this Wednesday.  We will then send a note home next week to those who will be helping us.  Thanks so much! 

Have a terrific week and Mother's Day weekend!  Happy Mother's Day to all of our wonderful moms!

Week of May 1st

Posted on May 01, 2017

It's May!  I can't believe how fast the year is going!  We may not have too much time left in the school year, but we will continue to work hard and learn new things!

Language Arts-This week we will learn about possessive pronouns and using I and me correctly.  We will also continue our study of figurative language.  Last week we learned about similes and metaphors, and this week we will discuss idioms and alliteration. 

Science-We have finished our study of sound.  We will have an open-packet test on Tuesday.  We will also connect our study of sound with an article in our "Super Science" magazine about how students in Paraguay make music with instruments made out of garbage.  Our next unit will be on the solar system.

Spelling-We are on Unit 31 this week, and we will have a test on Friday.

*Rocket Day permission slips went home last week.  Please return the permission slip and $12.00 by this Thursday.  A note to sign-up to help us build and launch will be coming home this week.

*On Tuesday, the students may be out of uniform for a dollar.  The students should wear red to show their support for the Special Olympics and the Choose Kind Campaign. 

Have a wonderful week!

Week of April 24th

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and a relaxing break.  We will be very busy this week, as we have our Aspire testing.  We will be testing Tuesday-Friday.  Students need at least four sharpened #2 pencils and a good eraser for the test.  We have talked about doing our best and using the tests as an opportunity to show what we know! 

Language Arts-This week we will learn about object pronouns.  We will also begin learning about types of figurative language. 

Science-We will continue our study of sound this week. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 30 this week, and we will have a test on Friday. 

Have a terrific week!

Week of April 10th

Posted on Apr 10, 2017

I can't believe it is already time for Easter!  We may have a short week, but we will continue working hard in 4th grade!

Language Arts-We will continue learning about pronouns.  We have covered subject pronouns and will be working on pronoun-verb agreement.  Final copies of Earth Day opinion papers are due on Tuesday.  The students did a great job discussing, planning, and writing for this assignment.  We will complete a timed writing prompt this week as well.

Science-We will continue our study of sound and waves.

Spelling-We will not have a spelling test this week.

Please remember to bring your dimes for our collection!

Have a great week, a wonderful Easter, and a relaxing break.

Happy Easter!

***The week we return from break we have Aspire testing. We will be testing Tuesday-Friday. Each student will need five sharpened number 2 pencils with erasers.  No mechanical pencils can be used.  Thank you!

Week of April 3rd

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Language Arts-We will finish up learning about prepositions and prepositional phrases this week.  We will also begin learning all about pronouns.  We will have a quiz on unit 12 in our vocabulary book on Thursday.   This week we will be practicing our argumentative writing skills.  The students will be picking an issue we have talked about and writing an essay stating the side of the issue they took and why.  Since Earth Day is coming up later this month, the issues we will be writing about have to do with activities that affect our environment.  We have had some great discussions so far! 

Science-We will finish up talking about light this week, and then we will move on to study sound. 

Spelling-We are on unit 29 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

*Special Lunch is on Wednesday.

Last week we had a wonderful presentation by Ann Signorelli from the Pro Labore Dei project.  She talked to the students about our "a dime a day can make a difference" campaign.  She shared stories about the people who we can help through our donations.  I know her talk touched my heart, and the students' hearts as well.  Please remember to bring in your dimes to help make this project a success!

Have a terrific week!

 

Week of March 27th

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

I can't believe we are at the end of March!  The year continues to fly by!

To finish our unit on electricity, the students built circuits.  They worked to put together both a series and a parallel circuit.  They really enjoyed it and were able to see what we have been learning about come to life!

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This Week:

Language Arts-We have completed our unit on adverbs.  We will have a test on Wednesday.  We will also finish presenting our Women's History Month slides.  We will work on a timed writing prompt this week as well. 

Science-We have finished our unit on electricity.  Next, we will talk about light and sound.  We will then review all of the different types of energy we have learned about. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 28 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

*Our class will be going to the Book Fair on Tuesday.

Have a great week!

Week of March 20th

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

I hope everyone had a terrific St. Patrick's Day weekend! 

Language Arts-We will continue our unit on adverbs  We will have a unit test next Wednesday, the 29th.  We have completed our Women's History Month writing project.  The students really enjoyed researching on the IPads and learning about some famous women from history.  Students will finish their Google slides with Mrs. Maxwell on Wednesday.  We will begin our slide presentations on Thursday. 

Science-We have finished our unit on electricity, and we will have a test on Friday.  A review sheet will be going home this week. The students will also have the opportunity to build their own circuits this week, which should really bring our learning to life!  We will also be analyzing a graph about how much electricity the average American home uses per day and writing about smart home gadgets that we learned about in our Super Science article. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 27 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of March 13th

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful parade weekend! 

Language Arts-This week we will continue our unit on adverbs.  We will have a quiz on Tuesday.  We will also work on our Women's History Month essays.  Last week we researched on the IPads, and this week we will finish writing our papers.  We will also use our information to create a Google Slide presentation with Mrs. Maxwell during computer class.

Science-We will continue our study of electricity.  We will be learning about series and parallel circuits this week.

Spelling-We are on Unit 26 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

**On Friday, the students can wear a "touch of green" to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Have a terrific week!

Week of March 6th

Posted on Mar 06, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Language Arts-This week we will continue our unit on adverbs.  We will be comparing with adverbs and discussing when to use good and well. We have completed Unit 10 in our vocabulary books, so we will have a quiz on Thursday.  This week we will also begin our next writing assignment.  March is Women's History Month, and the students will be researching and writing about a famous woman from history.  This will allow us to learn about many important women and practice our research and writing skills. 

Science-We will continue our study of electricity.  We have a quiz on Tuesday.  This week will begin learning about electric current and circuits! 

Spelling-We are on Unit 25 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a terrific week!

Week of February 27th

Posted on Feb 27, 2017

The third trimester has officially begun!  I can't believe how fast the year is going. Report cards go home on Wednesday.  Please sign the envelope and return it to school on Thursday. On Wednesday we have an all-school mass to celebrate Ash Wednesday. The students also have Special Lunch on Wednesday. 

This week in Language Arts, we will begin our next unit on adverbs.  We will also begin unit 10 in our vocabulary books.  We will learn all about limericks and write our own as well! 

In Science this week, we will begin our study of electricity!  We will learn about positive and negative charges and static electricity this week. 

In Spelling, we are on Unit 24 and our test will be on Friday. 

 

 

Week of February 13th

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Language Arts-This week we will continue our unit on adjectives.  We will also begin unit 9 in our vocabulary books.  We will finish up our Valentine's Day writing assignment and will work on a new writing prompt this week. 

Science-We have finished our unit on matter and heat.  We will have a test on Friday.  On Monday, we did an experiment with our preschool buddies.  We made predictions about what would happen to conversation heart candies in three different liquids: water, vinegar, and Sprite.  Then we made observations and recorded our results. 

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Spelling-This week we are on Unit 22, and we will have a test on Friday.

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday.  The students can bring in treats to pass out to their classmates.

Have a great week!

Week of February 6th

Posted on Feb 06, 2017

We had a wonderful time celebrating Catholic Schools Week last week.  We saw a science presentation, the St. Rita Band performed, and we played bingo and read with our preschool buddies.  Thank you for your generosity with the Ronald McDonald supplies and soup collection.

This Week:

Language Arts-This week we will finish unit 8 in our vocabulary books.  We will have a quiz on Thursday.  We are also continuing our unit on adjectives.  We will have a quiz on Friday.  In writing, we are working on a Valentine's Day creative writing assignment. 

Science-We will start our unit on heat this week.  This is the first form of energy that we will be learning about. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 21 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a great week!

 

 

Week of January 30th

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  Thank you to everyone who came to open house.  It was so nice to see everyone, and we hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things we have been working on.  We have some special events this week in honor of Catholic Schools Week.  On Tuesday, we have a science assembly.  Wednesday is roll out of bed day.  Students can bring a breakfast snack, and we will have "Breakfast, Buddies, and Bingo." We will also have a performance by the St. Rita Band that afternoon. On Thursday we will be reading with our preschool buddies.  On Friday we will get ready for the Super Bowl by bringing in a can of soup and wearing our favorite football attire or SJF spirit wear. 

Language Arts-We will start our unit on adjectives this week.  We will also begin unit 8 in our vocabulary books.  Last week we wrote and shared our snowman trait stories.  We had fun listening to the stories and guessing the meaning of the new words we heard.  We will begin a Valentine's writing assignment this week. 

Science-We have been learning about mass, volume, and the three states of matter.  We will have a quiz on Friday. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 20 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a great week!

Week of January 23rd

Posted on Jan 23, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Language Arts-This week we have our unit test on Wednesday.  Review sheets were assigned on Monday.  We will correct them and review on Tuesday in class.  We will also be working on a creative writing assignment this week. 

Science-Last week we studied potential and kinetic energy.  We did an activity to find out how energy can be transferred when objects collide. This week we will start reviewing matter and mass. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 19 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

 

We have Open House this Sunday!  Come by our room to see some of the things we have been working on!  I look forward to seeing everyone there!  Have a great week!

Week of January 16th

Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Last week in science, we did an investigation where the students found how the height of a ramp would affect the speed of a marble.  The students collected data and even calculated the average speeds of their trials. This was the perfect activity to show the relationship between speed and energy, and the kids had a great time. 
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Language Arts-This week we will be finishing our second unit on verbs.  We will have a unit test next Wednesday, the 25th.  We will have our unit 7 vocabulary quiz this Wednesday.  

Yesterday our country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We have been learning all about Martin in class.  The students used the IPads to research Martin and then chose three character traits to describe him.  We then put all of our research together and wrote an essay. Final copies of Martin Luther King papers are due this Wednesday. 

Science-We will continue our study of forces and energy.  We will be discussing the relationship between speed and energy, and we will also learn about potential and kinetic energy. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 18 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a great week!

Week of January 9th

Posted on Jan 09, 2017

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! Thank you to everyone for the lovely Christmas gifts.  I will enjoy everything I received, and I will put the gift cards and class gift to good use.  I am so appreciative of your kindness and generosity. 

Before break we did some fun activities in science and language arts!  In science class we conducted an investigation called "Milk and Cookies.".  The students had to predict which of three different cookies would absorb the most milk.  The students used triple beam balances to measure the mass of the cookies before and after being submerged in milk.  They then recorded, graphed, and analyzed their data.  We had a great time!

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In Language Arts, we learned about similes and metaphors.  We identified examples of each in Christmas sentences.  Then we used the song, "Mr. Grinch", to find other examples of similes and metaphors.  The students then selected their favorite one and created a poster illustrating and explaining their simile or metaphor.  Next, the students wrote their own verses of the song using their own similes and metaphors for the Grinch.  They really enjoyed passing the Grinch around to share their posters and  "sing" their verses with the class.  Finally, before we left on break we wrote Christmas poems and shared those with our classmates as well.

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This week we will be jumping right back to work in all of our subjects!

Language Arts-We will begin learning about linking verbs this week.  We will also begin unit 7 in our vocabulary books and our next writing assignment. 

Science-This week we will work on analyzing scientific articles and graphs using our Super Science magazines.  We will also introduce force and energy.  We will then move on to study different forms of energy more in-depth. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 17 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a great week!

Week of December 19th

Posted on Dec 19, 2016

We had a busy week last week in our science classes.  We had a presentation called "Ag in the Classroom" come and teach us all about agriculture in our state. The kids really enjoyed the presentation.

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We also finished our human body unit by making our human body t-shirts.  The kids really loved making their shirts and wearing them for everyone to see!

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This week will be very busy as well!  We will be working in class and will have some special Christmas activities to attend.

Language Arts-This week we will be learning about similes and metaphors.  We will work to identify them in some Christmas sentences and even a Christmas song! 

Science-We have finished our study of the human body, and we have our test on Tuesday. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 16 this week, and our test will be Friday.

Dismissal is at 11:30 on Friday.  I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! 

Week of December 12th

Posted on Dec 12, 2016

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend!  Winter is definitely here!

Last week the 4th graders hosted our all-school mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  They did a wonderful job!

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This Week:

Language Arts-We have a quiz on irregular verbs on Tuesday.  Our "Christmas Around the World" papers are due on Wednesday.  Please remember to print out two copies.

Science-We are finishing our study of the human body this week.  Remember to bring in a white t-shirt by Wednesday for our human body t-shirt project.  Our human body final test will be on Tuesday, December 20th. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 15 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

This Thursday we have a special presentation by the Cook County Farm Bureau called "Ag in the Classroom".  This will be a great in-school field trip for our fourth graders!

Have a great week!

Field Trip to the Museum of Science and Industry

Posted on Dec 05, 2016

We had a great time at the Museum of Science and Industry last week!  We found the trees of the countries we are researching for our Christmas Around the World project.  We also learned about helping the Earth, storms, space travel, the human body, and many other interesting things!  Here a few pictures from our trip.

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Week of December 5th

Posted on Dec 05, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 

Language Arts-This week we will studying irregular verbs.  We will also complete unit 6 in our vocabulary book.  We will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  We will be researching for our Christmas Around the World project in both Religion and Language Arts, and we hope to begin writing our reports this week as well! 

Science-This week we will complete our study of the respiratory system and begin learning about the skeletal and muscular systems.   There is a respiratory system quiz this Thursday.  These are our last systems of study, and a date for the human body test will be announced later this week. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 14 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a terrific week!

 

Week of November 28th

Posted on Nov 30, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  Thank you to everyone for attending parent-teacher conferences.  It was nice to get a chance to speak with everyone about our year so far.  Second trimester has begun, and we are moving right along in all of our subjects!

Language Arts-We will continue studying verbs.  We will also begin researching for our next writing assignment, our Christmas Around the World project. 

Science-We will begin our next system this week.  We will be learning all about the respiratory system. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 13 this week, and our test will be on Thursday. 

*Reminders-Our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is Wednesday.

                     -There is no school on Friday, December 2nd.

Have a great week!

 

Week of November 14th

Posted on Nov 14, 2016

I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving and that our first trimester has come to an end!  Report cards will go home on Wednesday.  Please sign the envelope and return it to school on Thursday. 

Language Arts-This week will finish up learning about verb tenses, and we will learn about main verbs and helping verbs.  We will have a verb quiz on Friday, the 18th.  We will also finish unit 5 in our vocabulary book this week, and we will have a quiz on those words on Thursday. 

Science-We are continuing our study of the circulatory system.  We will have a quiz on the circulatory system next Tuesday, the 22nd.  We will also continue to read and analyze scientific texts and charts. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 12 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a wonderful week. 

 

Last Friday, we celebrated Veterans Day.  The fourth graders brought in names of veterans, which they put on yellow ribbons and hung in the hall.  We also created a flag with cut-outs of our hands.  We also read about and discussed the meaning and importance of the day.  Thank you to all veterans!

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Week of November 7th

Posted on Nov 07, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Field trip permission slips went home on Friday.  Please sign and return them as soon as possible. 

This Week:

Language Arts-We will continue learning about verbs.  We have also been working on a writing assignment about how animals vote in the wild!  We have connected science and writing with this assignment.  We read an article called "Monkey Majority" in our SuperScience magazines and wrote about what we learned! 

Science-We have finished studying the digestive system, and our next system will be the circulatory system.  We will also continue to read and analyze science articles, graphs, and tables. 

Spelling-We are Unit 11 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a terrific week!

 

Week of October 31st

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!  Thank you to everyone for sending in treats for the kids!  We had a fun time passing out candy and playing Halloween bingo and Bozo Buckets. We also shared our Halloween stories we wrote last week. 

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This Week:

Language Arts-This week we will continue learning about verbs.  We will have a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. 

Science-We will finish up our study of the digestive system this week.  We will have a quiz on Thursday.  Our next system will be the circulatory system.  We will also continue to read and analyze science articles, graphs, and tables.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 10 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a great week!

 

Week of October 24th

Posted on Oct 24, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  October seems to be flying by!

This Week:

Language Arts:  We will begin our next unit on verbs this week.  We will also begin the next unit in our vocabulary book.  Last week we began working on opinion writing.  We used Halloween as a theme, and we planned and wrote about whether we thought candy corn was the ultimate Halloween candy or not.  The students used facts to support their opinions and even learned about about counter-arguments. We will continue to work on opinion writing this week and will write about which type of costume is better, store-bought or homemade. 

Science:  We have a nervous system quiz on Tuesday. We will then move on to our next system, the digestive system.  We will also continue to read science articles and work on reading and interpreting tables and graphs. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 9 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a great week!

Here are some pictures of the students working on their opinion writing assignments.

 

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Week of October 17th

Posted on Oct 17, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

This Week:

Language Arts-We will be finishing up our unit on nouns.  We will have a test on Thursday.  Also, on Wednesday we will have a vocabulary quiz.  We will also be working on opinion writing this week. 

Science-We will finish up our study of the nervous system this week.  There will be a quiz on Friday. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 8 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

Have a great week!

Week of October 10th

Posted on Oct 11, 2016

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

 

Last week, we had the honor of having an author come to visit us!  K.E. Rocha, author of the Secrets of Bearhaven series, came to visit and talk with us about her book series and what it is like to be an author.  The kids got to ask questions and were very inspired about both reading and writing after the visit. 

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Also, in science last week the students used the IPads to research our Scientist of the Month, Jane Goodall. The students enjoyed researching and writing about a real-life scientist!

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This Week:

Language Arts:  On Wednesday there is a quiz on nouns.  The quiz will cover common and proper nouns and singular and plural nouns.  We will be finishing our noun unit this week.  There will be a Unit 2 test next Thursday, the 20th.  This week we will also be working on how to set-up expository and persuasive writing assignments.

Science-We have begun our unit on the human body, by learning about cells.  This week we will start studying our first system, the nervous system. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 7 this week, and we will have a test on Friday. 

Have a great week!

Week of October 3rd

Posted on Oct 03, 2016

Thank you so much for donating to our collection for type 1 diabetes last week! The generosity and support shown were tremendous, and we were able to make a wonderful donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

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Language Arts-This week we will begin our second unit, nouns.  We have a Unit 1 test on Wednesday.  A review sheet will be going home for the students to complete and to use a study guide. 

Science-We have finished our study of the animal kingdom and animal adaptations.  The students have really enjoyed learning all about different animals and their unique adaptations.  On Friday the students got to do an investigation on moth survival and use what they have learned to explain what they saw in their investigation.  We have a test on Thursday.  A review sheet will be going home for the students to complete and use as a study guide.

Spelling-We are on Unit 6 this week, and we have a test on Friday.  Unit 6 is a review unit, and the students have marked which words from each unit they will be tested on. 

There is no school next Monday, the 10th.  Enjoy the long weekend!

Week of September 26th

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful Homecoming weekend!  It looks like it is finally going to cool off this week! 

Language Arts-On Tuesday we have a quiz on subjects and predicates.  The quiz includes: complete subjects and predicates, simple subjects and predicates, and compound subjects and predicates.  We will be finishing up our first grammar unit this week, and we will have a test next Wednesday, October 5th. This week, we will also finish up Unit 2 in our vocabulary books.  We will have a quiz on our Unit 2 words on Thursday. 

Science-We are finishing up our study of the animal kingdom and animal adaptations.  Our unit test will be next Thursday, October 6th. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 5 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Week of September 19th

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful time at Fisher Fest this past weekend!

Language Arts-This week we will continue to learn about subjects and predicates.  We will also be working to respond to a narrative writing prompt this week.  We will continue to work on using leads, making good word choices, and giving detailed descriptions in our writing. 

Science-We are continuing our study of the animal kingdom.  We will be learning about birds and mammals this week.  We will then move on to learning about animal adaptations. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 4 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a terrific week!

Week of September 12th

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I know all of the students are looking forward to the upcoming weekend and Fisher Fest!  Remember there is no school for the students on Friday this week. 

Language Arts-This week we will be learning about simple subjects and predicates.  There is a quiz on Tuesday on the four types of sentences. We will also be working on using good leads in our writing, as we respond to our prompt of the week. 

Science-We will be continuing our study of the animal kingdom.  We will be learning about our first vertebrate group, fish.  On Wednesday we will have a quiz on vertebrates and invertebrates. 

Spelling-We are on Unit 3 this week, and our test will be on Thursday. 

4th Grade Scientists!

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Here are some pictures of our 4th grade scientists working in the science lab.  We learned all about the different equipment and vocabulary that scientists use in their investigations.   We even conducted our own investigation to practice using the vocabulary we learned. 

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Week of September 5th

Posted on Sep 06, 2016

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!  Due to the high temperatures, students can be out of uniform on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Also, please remember to bring a water bottle with you as well.  

Language Arts-This week we will continue our study of the four types of sentences and will begin learning about subjects and predicates.  We will also be working on good leads and word choices for narrative writing.  

Science-This week we will be using the vocabulary terms we have learned while we conduct our own investigation.  We will also begin learning about the animal kingdom.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 2 this week, and our test will be on Friday. 

 

*Last week students presented their "Brown Bag Biographies".  All of the students did such a good job, and I loved learning some new things about everyone!  Here are some pictures of the students and some of their favorite things.

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Week of August 29th

Posted on Aug 29, 2016

It is our first full week of school!  We will be switching classes and getting right to work! Tuesday is Meet The Teacher Night.  I hope you can stop in for a visit!  I look forward to seeing everyone!

Language Arts-This week we will begin our first unit and learn about the different types of sentences.  We will also be working on our "Summer Snapshots" and will present our All About Me Bags.  All About Me presentations will be on Thursday.

Science-We will begin by learning about important vocabulary and tools that scientists use when conducting experiments and investigations.  We will even take a trip to lab this week!

Reminder-There is no school next Monday, September 6th.  Enjoy the long weekend!

First Day of School!

Posted on Aug 25, 2016

Welcome to Room 212!  It was so great to meet everyone today!

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Welcome Back To School!

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

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Welcome back to another exciting year at SJF! I am so excited to get the year started and to get to know all the new 4th graders! I'd like to introduce myself, I am Mrs. Kovatch and I will be teaching Language Arts and Science. This is my 8th year teaching at SJF and I am so glad to be part of such a great school! This year the 4th graders will be learning many new and exciting things, and I look forward to working together to have a great year!  In the "Important Documents" section of my blog, you will find a letter with some information about 4th grade.  Please take a minute and read the letter.  It gives a great overview of all the 4th grade classes and what you can expect this year! If you ever have any questions please feel free to email me at lkovatch@sjfschool.net and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  I look forward to a wonderful year!

 

 

 

 
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