July 25th, 2017


Engaging in Learning and Laughter

with Ms. Craney 

2016 - 2017

We went on a nature walk with our buddies over to the creek! We saw red-wing blackbirds, a duck and her ducklings, a turkey vulture, great blue herons, and more! For more photos go the the photo tab to the left!

We had quite an engaging day at Helmer's Nature Center! Look at the Photos tab to the left for TONS more!


What a COMPLETELY AMAZING track meet! We had speed, strength, and most of all... spirit! (Check out TONS of photos in the Class Photos tab to the left!)

Upcoming Dates in June

Please wear sneakers, have sunscreen, and a water bottle every day. I will try to have kids engage in interesting learning activities and fun experiences! Hopefully the weather will cooperate!

Wednesday and Thursday - Half days for students - Dismissal at 11:10 for students

Thursday - Report cards will be going home with students 

What Have We Been Up To in Fourth Grade?

* We are focusing on opinions and argumentative writing. Students are beginning to understand how facts can be used as evidence to support their opinions. We just wrapped up a mini-unit on mythology and are now exploring figurative language with poetry.

* In math we are making connections between fractions and decimals. We are playing games to make comparisons, add, and subtract! 

**Is our math annoying you because it may not match the way you learned it? Click on the tab to the left that says: Math - Number and Operation Concepts. These visuals and explanations are always meaning driven and connect to what students understand.

* In SS, we are learning about transportation including the Erie Canal!

* We spent time with our buddies doing nature observations and walks. We got to see a mother duck with her ducklings, red-wing blackbirds, robins, great blue herons, a turkey vulture, and more!

Check out all the new pictures of: math, science, ELA, buddies, and fun!!

Check out our principal's blog for helpful tips and information about important opportunities and events for our kids. 


We loved our author visit! Some students made a poster of the main character from The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. There are more photos!!


Take a moment to challenge your thinking while reading the Girls' Empowered Magazine. And... you should recognize a couple of the contributing authors!


We loved having the opportunity to participate in Cadet Connect. Students from Merton Williams joined us for an hour. We engaged in activities together, learned some Hilton trivia, learned about IB traits, and got to learn a little about what middle school is like.

Our class had a little celebration as we finished The Lemonade War. Some students are looking into reading the sequels! And I was so thrilled that everyone was in school that day, so we have a full class picture!


 Things to do around this area:
 http://www.birdkingdom.ca. The Bird Kingdom is just over the border. They have great things there, including bats. There is an amazing room that is open with birds in flight. I am in awe every time I go. You can save a little money if you buy the tickets on line at their website.

http://braddockbaybirdobservatory.wordpress.com.  We also have two bird banding stations that are open to the public (which is fairly rare). One is for songbirds and one is for birds of prey. It is really interesting. It is an up close look at how science and math are used in real life. At the songbird one, they may even let you carry the bags with the birds when they go on runs to collect them from the nets. These do not operate in the middle of the summer though. It is so interesting how they can determine the age of birds by checking skull development with light! The birds of prey one is pretty wild. They actually lure the birds in and put the birds of prey in cans for their safety so they can gather data about the birds. The people there are mostly volunteers and they are happy to answer any questions. All free!

http://www.nps.gov/wori/index.htm.  Have you been to Seneca Falls? I was there a bit ago and there are a lot of new things since I have been there. An interesting look into history!

 Letchworth is beautiful place - lots of hiking and opportunities for fun and learning!

http://www2.monroecounty.gov/parks-mendonponds.php. Have you been to Mendon Ponds? It is also a wonderful place to go. Bring seed with you. You can hold it out in your hands and birds will literally eat out of your hand! Wild Wings is also located there. They do educational programming about wildlife and their animals are there. More info is on the site.

  For my former students... I kept all of the website links that you are used to using under Useful Links for Primary at the left.

We will learn a game called Garbage and teach it to our little buddies. You can use regular playing cards (minus the jacks, queens, and kings) or number cards below.


 garbage board

Attached are the Number Cards that you can use to play Garbage if you want!  Students will learn how to play Dot Compare in class.  You can print them out and play at home with your child as well!  If you have colored paper (or even cardstock) that would work best so you can't see the numbers through the cards.

e-mail Ms. Craney

Hilton, New York 14468

Welcome to fourth grade!! Attached is the summer letter that was sent home. I have extra folders and notebooks up for grabs in our room if anyone wants some for class!