• Hello my friend! From now until the end of the school year Morning Messages will be in Google Classroom. See you there! 

    https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/Mzc5ODMzOTY4MTBa

    Class code
    4xbx7r5
     
     

    May 8 

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Friday, May 8, 2020. It’s the only Friday, May 8, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    I am so happy to see more of you participating in the work this week. It's so important that we keep learning and getting smarter every single day. 

    Here is a video of an old song that I think you might like! It always makes me happy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-diB65scQU

    Have a wonderful day! 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

    May 7 

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Thuresday, May 7, 2020. It’s the only Thursday, May 7, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    I look forward to seeing you at our Zoom meeting today at 10:30. The link will be in our Google Classroom.  

    Have a great day! 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

     

    May 6 

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Wednesday, May 6, 2020. It’s the only Wednesday, May 6, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    Tomorrow is our class Zoom meeting. If you have some coloring materials at home, it would be great if you made a sign to hold up thanking Ms. Collentro because this week would have been her last week as our student-teacher. Maybe a THANK YOU or GOOD LUCK or some message for her as she ends her time in college and looks for a classroom of her very own. We will hold them up at the start of the meeting as a surprise for her.

    If you have not started your Native American research for writing, be sure to spend some time on that today. 

    Have a great day! 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

    May 5 

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Tuesday, May 5, 2020. It’s the only Tuesday, May 5, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    Today is Cinco de Mayo. Many people think that it is Mexico's Independence Day, much like our Fourth of July. Follow this link to find out the real story behind the date. https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/mexicanrevolution/ Use the username sharonps1 and the password brainpop  

    There will be an optional Zoom at 10:30 for people who would like some review of this week's math work. The Zoom link is in Google Classroom. 

    If you worked on your Native Ameican research yesterday, I commented on your document. 

    Have a great day. 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

     

    May 4 

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Monday, May 4, 2020. It’s the only Monday, May 4, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! For all you Star Wars fans... May the Fourth be With You! 

    What wonderful weather we had this weekend! I hope you were able to play outside. 

    We have a new learning plan up for the week. Be sure you are signed into your Google account when you are working on it. I am really looking forward to the Museum of Science live lesson at 1:00 on the chemistry of markers. The link is in Google Classroom. I hope you will consider joining me! 

    There is an optional Zoom meeting at 10:30 on Tuesday to work on math. If you sign on, be sure you have something to write with and some paper. 

    Have a great day. 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

    May 1 

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Friday, May 1, 2020. It’s the only Friday, May 1,  2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    It's Friday, my friends! The weekend is almost here. Have you found that weekends don't feel the same as they did before? It is really important to have a schedule every day and for the week that helps you remember what day it is. 

    Thre are FlipGrids up for poetry and any Rube Goldberg machines you have made. You can find the links in the assignments on Google Classroom. It would be fun to see some of your contraptions or hear you read your poetry. 

    Have a wonderful Friday. 

    Be helpful! 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

     

    April 30

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Thursday, April 30, 2020. It’s the only Thursday, April 30, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    I can't wait to see you all on our Zoom meeting at 10:30. The log in link is on Google Classroom.

    If you are using an iPad to do your work most days, it would be very helpful to download the Google Classroom app and log in from there. Also, you will get better results logging into programs if you access them through our Google Classroom Classwork stream. The weekly learning templates are to give you an overview of the week. 

    See you later this morning! 

    ~Mrs. Houle 

     

    April 29

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Wednesday, April 29, 2020. It’s the only Wednesday, April 29, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    It is going to be a great day to get outside to play!!!  I am looking forward to working on my flower beds a bit, what are you going to do? Whatever it is, enjoy it! 

    When working on your math today, remember that in fourth grade we compare fractions using pictures or number lines. Don't worry about doing it mathematically just yet. 

    Mrs. Houle

     

    April 28

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Tuesday, April 28, 2020. It’s the only Tuesday, April 28, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    It is great that you worked so hard on your Haiku poems yesterday. You can share them in FlipGrid any day that you'd like. 

    https://admin.flipgrid.com/manage/grids/3987593   houle5141

    I will be on Zoom at 10:30 for anyone who would like some math help. I will review what you have done in Unit 7 and what is coming up. Please have a paper and pencil ready when you sign on. If you feel secure, you should not feel like you have to come. It is like in school after a lesson when I invite folks to the rug if they would like more help. The link is in Google Classroom. 

    When will the sun come out again???? 

    Have a lovely Tuesday. 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

     

    April 27

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Monday, April 27, 2020. It’s the only Monday, April 27, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    You have a new Learning Template for this week! The language arts lessons focus on reading and writing poetry, math deals with fractions and science and social studies are about food chains and engineering. I hope you enjoy the work you'll be doing and take time to investigate your own interests. On Tuesday morning at 10:30 I will be holding a Zoom meeting for anyone who would like some extra help with fractions. It will be kind of like when I call anyone who wants more help to the rug. You can come if you'd like help and leave when you feel secure! 

    Hopefully you are getting into a good routine of working, helping out at home, playing and relaxing. Be helpful and flexible! 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

    April 24

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Friday, April 24, 2020. It’s the only Friday, April 24, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! 

    It looks like another great day to cozy up and read some books. If you have not tried out Epic yet, log on. You might like it. There are all kinds of books, articles, audiobooks and books that can be read aloud to you. 

    https://www.getepic.com/app/profile-select   Our code is etg1375 Remember to log in with your Google login. 

    I hope you have a great weekend. Remember to be helpful and creative! 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

    April 23

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Thursday, April 23, 2020. It’s the only Thursday, April 23, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day!

    Thursday has always been my favorite school day, but now it is my favorite day of the week because we have our Zoom meetings. 

    Mrs.  Houle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9904449885?pwd=cXpZanBHSld0SThkUkJERG83cUhxZz09 Meeting ID: 990 444 9885 Password: room1

    I'll see you at 10:30, my friends! It seems we have something big to discuss. 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

    April 22

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Wednesday, April 22, 2020. It’s the only Wednesday, April 22, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day!

    Well, we sure did get some big news yesterday. I am sure that lots of us have strong feelings about not learning in Room One for the rest of the year. I am very, very sad about it. However,  I am remembering that we are still a wonderful class. So, even though we will not be learning together IN Room One, we will still learn together AS Room One. Our community has not changed, only our location. We will still communicate and laugh and celebrate and learn together, and it will be a time we never forget. We can talk more about it at our meeting tomorrow. 

    We are trying something different for science today. It might be great, or it might not work so well. But if you are available to learn at 1:00 today, there is a program from the Museum of Science with an oceanographer. You will use this Zoom link to log in. 

    Link to join the Live Webinar on day of event: https://zoom.us/j/92202133845

    Maybe I will see you there. Let's see what happens! 

    ~Mrs. Houle

     

    April 21

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Tuesday, April 21, 2020. It’s the only Tuesday, April 21, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! I hope you enjoy the work this week. Most of this to do with Earth Day. Your writing for the week will use the journal entries that you did last week. Be creative! This piece of writing will be a primary source for people in the future to understand what this very strange time was like for a fourth-grader. 

    Have a good day. Get outside to play before the rain comes in later this afternoon. 

    ~Mrs. Houle

     

    April 17

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Friday, April 17, 2020. It’s the only  Friday, April 17, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! Yesterday's trivia question was "Who were the people of the day for March 13th?" The answer is Chinling and Arav. Guess what our activity was going to be.... ZOOM!! Ha! It sure had a different meaning a month ago! 

    Today you will be doing a response of FlipGrid. There is a link in Google Classroom. You can also record responses to your classmates' posts. I can't wait to see your responses. 

    Don't forget that there is no "school" on Monday because it is Patriot's Day. It has nothing to do with Tom Brady!!! This will explain it to you. 

    https://www.history.com/news/what-is-patriots-day 

    Have a good day. 

    ~Mrs. Houle 

     

     

     

     

    April 16

    Good morning Fourth Graders! Today is Thursday, April 16, 2020. It’s the only  Thursday, April 16, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! I am looking forward to our Zoom meeting today at 10:30. I will put the link in Google Classroom. Today we will have greeting, then news and announcements, then I will be asking you to share something you have done from the learning template for this week. Maybe something you read or heard or wrote or watched...anything that you enjoyed from our work

     

    See you at 10:30!

    ~Mrs. Houle

     

     

    April 15

    Good morning Fourth Graders, today is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. It is the only Wednesday, April 15, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day!

    I have really enjoyed reading your journal entries that are being done online. Check the comments on your document. Today you will be listening to the story The Giving Tree. I wonder how you will feel about it. This is the story that I have a different perspective on than many people, we can talk about it tomorrow at our Zoom meeting.

    If you have time there is a neat investigation from Mystery Science about old trees. 

    Have a great day. I miss you every day! 

    Ms. Houle  

     

     

     

    April 14

    Good morning Fourth Graders, today is Tuesday, April 14, 2020. It is the only Tuesday, April 13, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! Thankfully the weather will be a bit better today! Today would be chorus day at school, do you remember the words to Fifty Nifty? Maybe you could sing it while you do a chore today. 

    One of the activities on the learning plan today is a virtual field trip to appreciate some art inspired by the natural world. I loved looking at it and I hope you do too. Feel free to explore other parts of the museum website, it is really fascinating. 

    Make today the best it can be. 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

    April 13

    Good morning Fourth Graders, today is Monday, April 13, 2020. It is the only Monday, April 13, 2020, you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day!

    A new learning plan is ready for you. As I told you on Thursday at our Zoom meeting, it will be a bit different than last week. We are all learning how to have school in this unusual way. I hope this week's activities are more enjoyable with less time on screens. 

    The weather is going to be windy and rainy today, so you'll probably have to spend extra time indoors. I am sure you have come up with some creative ways to occupy yourselves. 

    Have a good day. Be helpful in your home. 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

     

    April 9

    Good morning Fourth Graders, today is Thursday, April 9, 2020. It is the only Thursday, April 9, 2020 you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day!

    I hope you can join us at 12:30 for a Zoom meeting. We will have the What's the News greeting, then news and announcements, then time for a discussion of the work you have done this week.

    See you this afternoon!

    Mrs. Houle 

     

     

    April 8 

    Good morning Fourth Graders, today is Wednesday, April 8, 2020. It is the only Wednesday, April 8, 2020 you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! I hope that you're getting onto a good routine with your work. I want to hear about it tomorrow when we talk at our Zoom meeting. Hopefully, you are excited to get to know more about Clara Barton. 

    Don't forget to check out EPIC! Just log in with your Google sign in. I can see what you have looked at and I get excited when kids use it. There are many audio books, too. 

    https://www.getepic.com/students  our code is   etg1375

    Many of you have shared riddles, I love them! If you would like to share a riddle at our Zoom meeting tomorrow if you would like. Be sure to practice the riddle before you share it.

    Have a good day. Be the best you that you can be! 

    Mrs. Houle

     

    April 7

     

    ***Reminder, to find the day's assignments click on CLASSWORK on the Google Classroom page. It is located right above the blue banner. ****

    Good morning Fourth Graders, today is Tuesday, April 7, 2020. It is the only Tuesday, April 7, 2020 you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! Thank you and your parents for your work yesterday. I know that it was very frustrating for a lot of you, but I appreciate that you worked through the problems. I wish I could be right with you to help you! I hope today is a little bit easier. If you have any problems, be sure to email me and we will do our best to figure it out.

    Today you will be learning about one of my favorite women, Clara Barton. She was an important and determined woman. There is a lesson from Mrs. Muldowney that I think will be very helpful for you. It is about dealing with emotions. 

    Have a good Tuesday. Enjoy some time outside today! 

    I miss you very much. 

    ~Mrs. Houle 

     

     

    April 6

    Good morning Fourth Graders, today is Monday, April 6, 2020. It is the only Monday, April 6, 2020 you’ll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day! We have a new set of learning activities for the week.  The specialists, Ms. Motyka, Ms. Castro, Mrs. I. and I worked together to create this week’s work for all of our CSS 4th graders. We hope that you will find the work interesting and fun.

    I have scheduled a Zoom meeting or us for this Thursday at 12:30. I hope you can make it!

    Have a great day of learning and fun!

    ~Mrs. Houle

     

    April 3

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Friday, April 3rd, 2020. It's the only Friday, April 3rd, 2020 you'll ever have, so make it a great day. 

    It looks like another great read day and play video games. Next week you will be filling out a reading log, just so that I can see what you are enjoying. You'll also have some work that you will be required to complete. This may be a little different if you have gotten out of the habit of doing school work, but you can do it! It will feel good to accomplish something. 

    Let's have a Zoom meeting again next Thursday at some point. I'll send out another invitation. It was so great to see you all. 

    Happy Friday. Have a good weekend. I think the sun is going to come out! 

    Be the great kid that you are. 

    ~Mrs. Houle

     

    April 2

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Thursday, April 2, 2020. It's the only Thursday, April 2, 2020 you'll ever have, so make it a great day. 

    I can't wait t see your smiling faces on Zoom at 10!!! You will be muted when first you log on. I will give you directions when we get started. I'm SO excited to have a morning meeting! 

    It will be like a regular meeting. We will have a greeting, share, have news and announcements, and play a game (the Warm Wind Blows) 

    See you at 10!  

    Love, Mrs. Houle 

     

    April 1

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. It's the only April 1, 2020 you'll ever have, so make it a great day. 

    It is April Fools Day! Do you have any tricks planned? Be sure that any April Fools jokes you make do not scare or embarrass anyone. It should be funny to them too. 

    Have you played the math games on the Learning Template? I think they are really fun! If you are writing a story on Google docs, I would love to read it. (hgregory@sharonschools.net)

    If you're having trouble logging into anything, send me an email, I can help. 

    Have a good day. I CAN'T WAIT to see you on Zoom tomorrow at 10! 

    ~Mrs. Houle

     

    March 31

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Tuesday, March 31, 2020. It is the only Tuesday, March 31 you'll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day. 

    Maybe you remember on March 1st the greeting said, "There is an old saying that if March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb." We discussed that since the weather is so changeable in March that it can be warm, like a lamb, or cold and raw like a lion. Looks like it might be coming in and going out like a lion. 

    Are there teddy bears in the windows in your neighborhoods? There are in mine. I looked it up to find out why. It's a great idea. You can read about it here. https://newsela.com/assignment/2001542884/?classroom_id=2000639292&return_url=/pro-binder/assignments

    Just log in with your Google account. I have created accounts for you. Feel free to look at other articles on that NewsELA website. 

    Have a good day. Be nice to your parents. 

    ~Mrs. Houle 

     

     

    March 30

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Monday, March 30, 2020. It's the only Monday, March 30, 2020 you'll ever have, so make it a great day! 

    It looks like another great day to snuggle up and read! The learning plan for this week asks you to read and think about characters. You've done this a lot this year, so it will be easy for you to look at what the characters say, think and do. Also, you have the opportunity to use the story arc to write a story. If you want to use Google docs for this, I would love for you to share it with me. hgregory@sharonschools.net

    Have you recorded a message on FlipGrid yet? Your classmates would love to hear from you.  https://flipgrid.com/dae5dfd8

    Be a good helper at home today! 

    Love, 

    Mrs. Houle 

     

    March 27

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Friday, March 27, 2020. It's the only Friday, March 27th, 2020 you'll ever have, so make sure you make it a great day. 

    Do you miss seeing your classmates as much as I do? I have set up a Flip Grid topic for us to use today. If you can, please follow this link:

     https://flipgrid.com/dae5dfd8

    It should take you to our Flip Grid page. Log in with your school Google account. Scroll down the page a bit to find the green square with a plus sign. Hit that, then tell us a little bit about what you have been doing since we have been together.  I really hope that many of you will respond!!! I can't wait to see your Flip Grids later today!
     
    Have a good weekend. Be on the lookout for more learning activities next week. I will also leave a message here each morning. Keep learning, no matter how you are doing it.  
     
    ~Mrs. Houle 

     

    March 26

    Do you need a laugh???? Beautiful Music for your listening pleasure!

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Thursday, March 26, 2020. It's the only Thursday, March 26, 2020 you'll ever have, so make it a great day.

    Today is a great day to practice your instrument if you have not done so in a while. This video may inspire you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo&t=11s

    I have not heard from many of you. Does that mean you're busy playing and helping at home? If so, cool! If not, I'd love for you to write me a little note telling me how you are doing. There is an "Assignment" on Google Classroom. It's not really an assignment, it's more of an invitation, but I will be sure to see it if you open a document from the classroom post. Be sure to hit "TURN IN" I will write back then return it to you.

    I am hoping to do a Flipgrid sharing our news.  That way we can see each other and hear from each other. (Do you want me to sing????) Look for directions and a FlipGrid code tomorrow morning. 

    Have a peaceful day. Read something good. If you feel bored, go with it! Let your mind wander... you may invent something or think of something you never thought about before. 

    ~Mrs. Houle 

     

    March 25

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Wednesday, March 25th, 2020. It's the only Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 you'll ever have, so make it a great day.

    Today is Spanish Day! Sra Billings sent a link for you to practice Spanish. There is also one of her super fun videos that we love so much. 

    https://sharonfles.weebly.com

    I took the insect test that is linked for today. I got 9/10. How will you do? 

    Also, I posted on Google Classroom. I would love to hear from you. I will write back! 

    Reminder: Our Google Classroom code is 4xbx7r5 https://classroom.google.com/c/Mzc5ODMzOTY4MTBa

    Have a good Wednesday. 

    ~Mrs. Houle 

     

    March 24

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. It's the only Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 you'll ever have, so make it a great day. 

    Today's math game, Make 24 is really fun. I played for much longer than I expected. Did you see that water monitor in the science video? Wowza. The discussion of structures and functions reminded me of our investigations with flowers and honeybees. 

    It looks like a much better weather day today. I am looking forward to going for a walk in a little while. What will you play outside today? 

    Have a good day. Be cooperative! 

    ~Mrs. Houle

     

    March 23rd

    Good morning fourth graders! Today is Monday, March 23rd, 2020. It's the only Monday, March 23rd, 2020 you'll ever have, so make it a great day. 

    (I heard you read that out loud!) 

    I miss you and wonder what you are doing. There is a post on our Google Classroom that some of you have found talking about what we are reading and how we are keeping busy. 

    If you need your log in information, ask your parent to email me. 

    Check back soon. 

    ~Mrs. Houle

     

     March 18th

    Hi Friends! 

    I miss you all so much! I hope you are reading lots of books, playing outside, drawing and being creative and helping out at home. 

    This would be such a great time to keep a journal with all of your thoughts about what is going on and how much you miss being in school and seeing my beautiful face! 

    I will post messages here and update you when I know more about how we will learn together during this time apart. 

    Be good! 

    Love, Mrs. Houle

     

Specials Schedule

  • Room One Specials

     

    Monday - Music

    Tuesday -Phys. Ed.

    Wednesday - Art

    Thursday - Phys. Ed.

                    Instrumental Music

    Friday - Library

     

  • Welcome letter 2019-2020

    Posted by Heather Houle on 8/19/2019

                                                                                                                                                          August  12, 2019

     Dear  Fourth Grader,                                    ,

                I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer vacation. Since school ended I have been enjoying time with my family, going to the beach and working hard in my garden.  I have also taken a class to learn ways to help kids learn and read lots of books. I can’t wait to hear about what you have been doing to make memories.

                Fourth grade is a really exciting year. We will read and write a lot! You will learn how to do long multiplication and division problems and even add and subtract fractions! We have very engaging life and Earth science units. You’re going to get so much smarter! There are lots of great opportunities for fourth graders at our school. You will sing in chorus, play an instrument and have the opportunity to be on the Math Olympiad. We will have Mrs. K’s class as our buddies.

                In fourth grade you are expected to read and practice math facts every night. We have a geography assignment due on Friday each week, and have a math practice paper mostly every night. We will begin each day with Morning Meeting and sometimes have fun activities. It will be a lot of hard work, but also fun to be a fourth grader.  

                I am so excited to start this school year! Teaching fourth grade is my dream job, I consider myself lucky to be able to do it again this year. This will be my TWENTY-FIFTH time teaching fourth grade, but every year is as exciting as my first. My favorite things in class are meeting and read aloud. I have high expectations of my students, but I am fair and kind. I live in Somerset, Massachusetts with my husband and my fat white cat, Whitey and our new kitten Larry Bird who I found under a shed. . I like to read, cook and spend time with my family and friends.

                I’ll see you soon, my new friend. Be sure that you have a memory of some fun that you had this summer. I can’t wait to be your fourth grade teacher!

     

                                                                                        Sincerely,

                                                                                        Mrs. Houle

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  • Please follow me on Twitter

    Posted by Heather Houle on 7/28/2018

    @MrsHouleCSS

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  • Link to Responsive Classroom Facebook Resources

    Posted by Heather Houle on 2/15/2018

    This is a good article with some ideas for supporting kids through some of the recent news. 

    https://www.facebook.com/responsiveclassroom/?hc_ref=ARQTMT5SebjHfU3MZJ_UqjvKPru9wEWiQrs8G0KCsU3LlW-t8LbBdai3X_QnmfFfl4E&fref=nf

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