Thursday, August 17, 2017

WELCOME to Fourth Grade

Dear Fourth Grader, August 8, 2017

I hope you have been having a wonderful summer.  I am so glad to have you in our class this year.  I know that it will be an exciting, fun, and a learning-filled year for all of us.  I have already been in school getting many things ready for our classroom, but there are some things that you need to get ready too.  I can’t wait to meet you and hear about all your fun summer adventures. See you soon!

Mrs. Bucci

On the first day of school please bring with you:

__1 dozen sharpened pencils *
__1 set of markers- broad or fine lined *
__1 set of colored pencils *
__ 2 or more- Dry Erase Markers *
__1 pair of scissors *
__1 large glue stick *
__1 storage container for your supplies- spacemakers/plastic supply box *   (that can fit in your desk)
__2 (1” capacity) 3-ring binders *     
__6  pocket folders* :
1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 2 blue, 1 of PERSONAL choice for daily take home
( note plastic ones last longer!)
__3  composition notebooks (the kind with the cardboard/marbled cover)
__8 notebook dividers- the kind with the write on tabs works best
__5 or more pads of medium (3”x3”) post it notes
__1 box of tissues    
__1 container of disinfecting wipes   
__ 1 roll of paper towels
__ 1 box of Large Zip Lock Freezer Bags
__ HEADPHONES! To stay at school and be used with ipads and assessments

(For math homework you will need to have the following items at home:
1 protractor- 1 ruler marked in centimeters and eighths or sixteenth inches -1 calculator

* please label the above items clearly with your name

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Friday, January 20, 2017

STEAM- Matter Lessons

Before the holiday break we took a few days to look more closely at our study of MATTER. We read Blueberries for Sal   created some amazing artwork and highlighted one of Maine's great exports! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Bag Projects!

Book Bag Projects

We have shared our book bag projects.  Students went OVER the top creating in depth summarizes of their novels.  There were many creative handmade objects to share that described the characters, plot and setting of each individual book.  We took great pride in our PUBLIC speaking- using good voice, eye contact and responding to student questions. Thank you for all your support at home. What a great way to share some great books students are reading with their peers. 

We then held a BOOK Bag MUSEUM yesterday. Students got to take time to see each project a little more closely. We also shared our thoughts and comments with each student by writing each of our classmates a special sticky note.   Please ask your son/daughter more about our event!  
Thank you for taking the time to view our blog. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Hour of CODE


On Thursday, December 8th-- 5:30-7:30 Coder Express will be held at PC

In preparation for this amazing event- Mr. Chaltray joined our class in introducing the website that allows student to write their own codes- while participating in creative CODE writing activities.  Ask your son/daughter about experiences we had in class today!  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Realistic Fiction!

What a beautiful classroom this afternoon! Students are quietly conferencing, editing and publishing their REALISTIC FICTION writing. 

We began with imagining stories from small moments to those we wish existed in the world. We developed believable characters- with great external and internal characteristics.  We planned our characters struggles, motivations and attempts to get what they want. Next, we plotted with a story arc- or story MOUNTAIN.

During our drafting we focused on "showing- not telling" our scenes. We studied published texts to write our leads and introductions.  We oriented our readers with the setting and wrote powerful endings. 

We are now working on taking it to the next level- after conferencing and editing, we are PUBLISHING our pieces. 

I wanted to capture this moment to share with you all! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Special Letters of Thanks- for our VETERANS

  • Today we made letters of appreciation and thanks for the Veterans at the Scarborough Veterans Home.  

  • They will be delivered Friday by PC Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Marsden.  

  • Students watched a video on two holidays honoring those who have served- Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. 

Below are some photos of the special cards and students working hard to make this day special for the Veteran's in Maine.