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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 eleventh 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! 

Egg Drop 2019

Posted on Mar 26, 2019

The students had a great time last Thursday 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 25th

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I can't believe it is the last week of March!  The year is certainly flying by!

Language Arts-We will begin Unit 10 in our Vocabulary books this week.  We will also review many of the grammar concepts we have covered so far this year.  We will then be taking a little break from our grammar book to learn about figurative language and poetry.  We will also finish up our Women's History Month presentations this week, and we will complete another timed writing prompt. 

Science-We will continue our study of thermal energy and heat.  We will discuss how heat moves and what makes a material a good conductor or insulator.  

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

*Students can wear their favorite baseball shirts on Thursday in honor of MLB Opening Day!

**Special Lunch forms are due by Friday.

***We will be taking the Aspire test next week (April 2nd – 5th).  Students will need five new #2 sharpened pencils with erasers.  Thank You!

Have a terrific week!

 

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!

 

 
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