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    2018 - 2019 School Year Pictures
     
    Exploring inquiry and experiment during STEAM!
     
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    Circuits, circuits and more circuits!
     
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    Exploring the concept of decimals using manipulatives and place value mats!
     
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    Our first Kate DiCamillo book club meeting!
     
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    Lauching our residency with "Arch for Kids" by building 2 - D buildings.
     
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    Building Inclined Planes to identify variables and to extend our thinking of simple machines.
     
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    Exploring levers in STEAM using recycled materials, rulers and pennies.
     
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    Learning how to use Google Drawings to create book binds for our "Favorite Book" display! Thanks, Mrs. K!
     
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    Enjoying an author visit with local writer, Dianna Harmon Asher!
     
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    "Hot vs. Cold" Observation Lab as we identify our observations and inferences!
     
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    Enjoying an author visit assembly with Dan Yaccarino!
     
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    Exploring the use of concept of circuits as we test indicators and conductors.
     
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    Our hallway display of our Dutch Letters and Delft tiles. 
     
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    Observing the speed of particles to determine the state of matter using marbles and wooden bands!
     
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    Collaborating to discuss and classify the descriptions and differences between the three states of matter..
     
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    Enjoying listening to students' sharing materials in connection to our current Social Studies unit on "Life in New Amsterdam!"
     
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    Celebrating "World Read Aloud Day" with guest reader Ms. Kipper
     
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    Thinking about how we classify matter in today's Science lesson by completing an object sort.
     
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    Launching our new Non Fiction reading unit by completing a Non Fiction Scavenger Hunt using our Social Studies textbooks.
     
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    A Social Studies approach to "Fun Friday!" Today we worked to use our Social Studies textbooks and knowledge of the Dutch to complete a crossword puzzle.
     
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    Using our Reader's Notebooks and engaging in discussion as we work to contrast characters during Reader's Workshop.
     
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    Families enjoying our Winter Writing Celebration!
     
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    Working with Gogle Consultant, Amber Klebanoff as we use Google Slides to develop our thinking about characters from our fiction book clubs.
     
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    Collaborating and comparing/contrastings European explorers.
     
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    Demonstrating our understading of science vocbaulary as we work on our food chain projects!
     
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    Our assembly performers wearing red as we demonstrated responsibility!
     
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    Such excited readers as we launch out new book club unit on character development.
     
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    Proud scientists as they shared our art infused Science project on animal life cycle.
     
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    Collaborating as we discuss the key vocabulary of a plant's life cycle.
     
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    Enjoying a nature walk in the Hillside woods with Mrs. Farrell and family volunteers.
     
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    Impressive math work today as we build our conceptual understanding of multiplication!
     
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    Beginning our new unit on multiplication as we explore the concept of area and perimeter. Today we used geoboards to demonstrate this understanding.
     
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    Students learning unique ways to "write to remember" using our previous mentor text, The Magical Ms. Plum.
     
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    Using our Content Notebooks to draw pictures that demonstrate our understanding of the Iroquois. 
     
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    Learning about author's craft during Writer's Workshop. Today we highlighted adverbs and verbs to model this strategy of "Show Don't Tell."
     
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    Making connections to Reader's Workshop as we use our Content Notebook to "stop and jot" about hunters and gathers.
     
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    Establishing routines in Writer's Workshop as writers work to "plant seeds" and revise their writing.
     
     
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    Our content infused outside dispaly. Take a look at our New York State Landform Maps and our Biotic/Abiotic Collages.
     
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    Exploring Venus Flytraps in connection to the characteristics of living things that connect to our Science learning in the classroom. 
     
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    Listening, learning and taking notes on our geography vocabulary using the database, "InfoBits."
     
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    Planning, organizing and analyzing New York State as we design our group maps.
     
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    Using our Reader's Notebooks and the mentor text, Fireflies to develop opinions about characters.
     
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    Contributing to "Hillside's Garden" by designing plant signs in STEAM.
     
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    Engaged as scientists as we complete an "Observation Lab." We then discussed and analyzed our results to determine what was living and nonliving. From this learning experience, we learned new vocabulary such as, biotic and abiotic.
     
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    Applying our knowledge of modeling in Science. Today we performed a lab utilizing a double pan balance to determine the weight of rocks donated by the Hastings High School Science Department.
     
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    Establishing routines for our literacy block. Today we used our decorated Writer's Notebooks to "plant seeds" to future writing activities. In Reader's Workshop we discussed which genres and books we do not like!
     
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    Enjoying learning about pedestrian safety with local Hastings Officer, Sam Brecker.
     
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    Sharing about our lives' as readers as we discuss our favorite genre, series and authors.
     
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    Beginning our work as engineers and thinkers in STEAM as we collaborated to "Save Fred!"
     
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    Reflecting about our emotions on the first day of school with "Emoji Writing" after reading First Day Jitters.
     
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    Exploring the concept of place value using art!
     
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    2017 - 2018 School Year Pictures
     
     
    Stella A. dressed up as a book character for spirit week. We love how she selected Opal and Winn Dixie from Kate DiCamillo's, Becuase of Winn Dixie!
     
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    Getting graduation ready!
     
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    Our Colonial Web Quest presentation! Great job, historians!
     
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    Students demonstrating their understanding of decimals using manipulatives and a large place value chart.
     
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    Loving how reading sparks so much love! Two students connected our author study on Kate DiCamillo to their lives outside of the classroom. Thanks for the photo, Eden and Maxine!
     
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    Engaged in disucssion about Edward Tulane - we love their expression!
     
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    Thank you Max for sharing your experience from your visit to the Tenement Museum in NYC!
     
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    Our first step, painting our Colonial Heads.
     
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    Science Infused Bingo review game for a "Fun Friday" activity!
     
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    Practicing building simple circuits and conducting experiments to classify if objects are conductors or insulators.
     
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    Extending our thinking about simple machines by creating "What am I? game/clue cards.
     
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    Using our Reader's Notebook as we begin our Kate DiCamillo unit on theme.
     
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    Exploring science concepts during hands on labs. 
     
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    Experimenting variables and simple machines using an inclined plane.
     
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    Preseting our STEAM projects using recycled materials.
     
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    Enjoying our first session with "Arch for Kids!"
     
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    Demonstrating the expectations for Book Clubs!
     
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    Exploring the speed of molecules amongst the different stages of matter.
     
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    Defending if we would be a Loyalist or a Patriot in our writing.
     
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    Using various senses and scientific tools to classify matter.
     
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    Utilizing a tactile approach to explore geometry as we discuss quarter turns.
     
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    Our students enjoyed a classroom visit from a special musician during music with Mr. Campbell.
     
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    Observing and discussing the difference in earth's rotation and revolution. For this experiment we used science materials to model this process. 
     
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    Completing an observation lab to see the destructive effects of erosion. We explored wind and water erosion using sand and rocks to emulate various landforms.
     
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    Applying our understanding of erosion and deposition through a vocabulary word sort activity!
     
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    Getting ready to explore the water cycle during an observation lab! 
     
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    Listening and learning about the effects of recylcing!
     
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    Exploring topics for our new expository writing project. Thanks to Ms. Nedwick for collaborating on this project!
     
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    Expoloring waves in STEAM!
     
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    A visit from author and illustrator of The Bad Kitty series, Nick Bruel.
     
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    We love seeing all the strategies that are students are able to use to fraction problem solve.
     
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    Applying our non - fiction reading strategies as we read about Colonial America. What a great notebook model!
     
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    Enjoying applying our understanding of fractions through engaging station games!
     
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    Composing food chains to demonstrate our understanding of our current Ecology unit.
     
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    Today's visitor served as a great introduction for our upcoming Colonial American unit. We enjoyed listening to Colonial Musician, Linda Russell.
     
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    Building our understanding of food and nutrition in our current Science unit. We love "shopping" and "eating" to show our understanding of this concept. 
     
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    We love seeing our students  builidng their conceputal understanding of fractions through various mathematical models! 
     
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    Celebrating "World Read Aloud Day" with an assembly and a special read aloud from retired teacher, Mrs. Kinnally.
     
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    Playing a scietific game of the card game "Concentration." Today we used plant life vocabulary to build our Content related vocabulary.
     
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    Studens modeling appropriate indepenent reading procedures. Reading, thinking and writing in their notebook. Way to go Maxine and Stella!
     
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    Our "Growth Mindset" anchor chart. This serves as a reminder and an extension of our learning with Mrs. Snyder.
     
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    Enjoying a read aloud with Ms. Cazes for "Fun Friday!"
     
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    Our life cycle classroom display. The students enjoyed creating this art infused project!
     
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    Engaging in conversation during book clubs. Students are working on using their Reader's Notebooks to support their thinking. 
     
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    Students using Non - Fiction texts to visualize and add onto their life cycle diorma projects.
     
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    Collaborating with partners to read Narrative Non - Fiction books. Readers practiced using different strategies to record their thinking in their Reader's Notebook.
     
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    Experimenting with different types of energy using handmade "cars" in STEAM!
     
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    Perfoming skits at our monthly "Second Steps Assembly." Our skits all related to emotional regulation. Nice job skit creators and performers!
     
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    Launching our non - fiction unit by completing a Text Feature Scavenger Hunt with partners
     
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    Applying our understanding of fractions using an engaging board game!
     
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    Decompose non-unit fractions and represent them as whole number using fraction cubes
     
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    Robot programming using OzoBots
     
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    Learing about explorers by completing a spice identification actvity!
     
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    Enjoying watching the Peterson family's train set after reading Polar Express.
     
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    Applying our science content as we play "Animal Adaptation Bingo."
     
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    Enjoying our author visit from Diana Harmon Asher who wrote our class read aloud, Sidetracked!
     
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    Reflecting on Empathy at Hillside. Great job Max and Colin!
     
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    Applying various math strategies to solve division!
     
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    Studying characters through texts and movies! Today we enjoyed watching the trailor "Wonder" to practice refinining our thinking about the main character, Auggie!
     
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    Applying our scientifc knowledge to complete a plant and animal classification sort.
     
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    Building marble runs using recycled materials during STEAM. Together we collaborate, design and create!
     
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    Thank you to Malachy and his family for presenting the water pump features of their longhouse 
     
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    Connecting Thanksgiving with our unit study on multiplication!
     
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    We love how one of our students was able to bring a Native American item of clothing to share. This connects to the research we have been completing on our WebQuests! Thanks, Lyra!
     
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    Enjoying a read aloud of The day the crayons came Home by Dr. Sinanis
     
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    Can you classify objects that are biotic or abiotic?
     
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    Going back to colonial times at the Van Corlandt House.
     
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    Congratulations and a job well done to all fourth graders who designed and created longhouses!
     
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    Hillside celebrates Veterans Day
     
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    Completing the Writing Process as we publish personal narratives using our classroom Chromebooks.
     
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    Demonstrating how to have effective reading conversations during our ELA Stations.
     
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    Using "LittleBits" to create flashlights!
     
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    Enjoying our classroom Halloween celebration!
     
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    Our Halloween infused writing activity. Today we read Spookly the Square Pumpkin and discussed the theme after studying the protagonist.
     
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    Exploring Info Bits to create electrical circuits in STEAM!
     
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    Students enjoyed outdoor choice time today after all of our hard work on multiplication! 
     
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    Enjoying interactive discussions with Claudia during our October Current Events session.
     
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    Working with Mrs. Judy Davis to plant seeds after reading the mentor text, The Blue Spruce before her visit. Today we generated ideas for planting writing seeds and categorized them as "predictable" and "suprising ideas."
     
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    Building a cabin using marshmallows and pretzels. Mrs. Snyder used marshmallows to symbolize kindness.
     
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    Our completed NYS Maps for all to admire!
     
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    Groups collaborating and working together to complete their NYS Landform Maps.
     
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    We love how our students are practicing reading strategies outside of our Workshop time - Thanks for sharing, Stella A.!
     
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    Exploring erosion using an activity titled "Sugar Shake" in STEAM.
     
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    Students collaborating to gain a conceptual understanding of regrouping with multi - digit subtraction. 
     
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    Readers practicing various comprehension strategies as they "stop and jot" using their independent reading books.
     
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    Exploring the concept of multiple intelligences! Students have been enjoying using one of our library databases titled, "InfoBits" to listen about our current content unit, "Georgrapy of New York State."
     
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    Building, creating and discussing like real paleontologists!
     
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    Our students enjoyed Current Events with Claudia. They love learning about popular stories and engaging in conversations.
     
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    Focusing on thinking as we read. This week's mini lessons address envisioning and forming opinions of characters. We have enjoyed using mentor texts such as Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe.
     
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    Enjoying a camping theme lesson with our new Hillside school couselor, Mrs. Snyder. 
     
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    Engaging in book discussions during Reader's Workshop. In our ELA stations today, readers discussed their favorite genres and then provided recommendations to their partners.
     
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    Mathematicians practicing the concept of rounding playing "Round and Roll during our math stations. 
     
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    Enjoying using our library time as a component of our ELA Block. Today students explored the iPads to search the library inventory and used laptops to generate reading responses using "Padlet."
     
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    E days at 12:00 mean one thing, book baggies and lunches!
     
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    This morning we enjoyed "The Pysics Bus!"
     
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    "We may all be different fish, but in Hillside School, we swim together."
     
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    "Eyes on Text" during Reader's Workshop
     
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    Exploring the aspect of scientific inquiry with mystery bags.
     
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    Can you "Save Fred?!" Collaborating during STEAM!
     
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    Working as engineers as fourth graders use materials to build baskets in STEAM with Mrs. Farrell!
     
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    Exploring the concept of place value using art!

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    Reflecting about our emotions on the first day of school with "Emoji Writing" after reading First Day Jitters.
     
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    2016 - 2017 School Year Pictures 
     
     Celebrating fourth grade friendships on the last day of school!
     
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     Fourth graders "Clapping out" the HHS Class of 2017!
     
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    Swimmers at the 4th Grade Pool Party!
     
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     One of our proud Hillside graduates!
     
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    Bringing Colonial America alive! Our field trip to Phillipsburg Manor.
     
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     Thanks to the Race Matter committee for a visit with author, Ed Young!
     
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    We are still learning in room 210! Students engaged in our book clubs!
     
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     The fourth grade Colonial village and head display on Thursday June 8!
     
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     Using task cards to explore simple machines!
     
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     Step 1, painting our Colonial heads! 
     
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     Constructing our colonial villages during "Arch for Kids"
     
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     Working as scientists to classify objects based on properties.
     
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     Taking our learning outside! An interactive approach to fractions including mixed numbers, improper fractions and common denominators!
     
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     Exploring Science topics of Erosion and other destructive forces with Lawrence.
     
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    Fourth graders performing with David Coffin!
     
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    Our class enjoying "Choice Time" in Maker Space.
     
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    Fraction fun for everyone! Using manipulatives to compose improper fractions to mixed numbers!
     
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    Students enjoying Maker Space using our related technology tools!
     
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    Making a home/school learning connection! Two of our students shared and presented their  Dutch tiles to their peers!                       
     
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    Hillside students celebrate "Heavenly Hats Day" to raise cancer awareness!
     
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    Students enjoying the HHS "African American Inventors and Achievers" exhibit curated by Shirley Jones-Harris and sponsored by the Hastings PTSA.
     
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    Students exploring the concept of fractions through engaging games!  
     
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     Partnerships at work creating their newspapers using Google classroom!
                                                       
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    A Scientific approach to "Fun Friday," Animal Adaptation Bingo!
     
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    Students using  iPads to program "Dash and Dot" robots!
     
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    4th grade readers devise a plan to monitor their                    comprehension of Non - Fiction texts                       
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     Students completing a Science Lab using Double Pan Balances and Rock samples from the FMS Science Department
     
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     Engaged scientists completing a "Dissolving Skittles Experiment" during our STEAM stations.
     
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    Students have their performance after completing their six week study with the "Riverarts Dance Program!" 
     
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    Enjoying a read aloud from Ms. Cazes! 
     
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      Students playing "Thanksgiving Roll and Cover" as we practice multiplication facts and prepare for Thanksgiving!
     
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    Students enjoying our Native American Nature Walks and discussions with Lawrence Forcella
     
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    Students exploring "Screencastify" with our District Google Facilitator, Amber Klebanoff!  
     
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    Engaged learners during one of our ELA stations!
     
     
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    Proud teams after completing their "New York State Map" projects!
     
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  • Take a look as we "catch" our fourth graders "in action" learning and having fun in our classroom!

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