December 12th, 2017


Engaging in Learning and Laughter

with Ms. Craney 

2017 - 2018

We are not able to use this website past December. So... I have started switching over to the new website. If you want to keep any of the photos from this site, please save them before the site is taken down. The link to the new site is below. All updates will now be made on the new site. I appreciate your patience.


What a relief! We were all here to work on the first step in our New York geography project - Salt Maps! THANK YOU SOOOOOO much to our volunteers for making this possible!


A freakishly amazing day!!

What Have We Been Up To in Fourth Grade? 2017-2018


* ELA - Understanding and using sensory details, proving the use of our second voice while reading (think marks, discussions, visualization sketches, etc.), creating classroom agreements, understanding the meaning of paragraphs, generating ideas for writing, lots of word study experiences

* Math - arrays, skip counting, factors, the meaning of multiplication, number sense, noticing first to work efficiently, problem solving with George Polya, focusing on flexibility with addition and subtraction

* SS - focusing in on New York geography - waterforms and landforms, relief maps and making salt maps! We will be connecting this knowledge in a little bit to why Native Americans and Europeans settled where they did and relate it to available natural resources.

* Teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship have been an enormous focus. This is done through many experiences, including play. 

Lunch menus are no longer being printed to send home. We always have one hanging in our classroom. Also, here is the link to all the menus:

Here is the elementary lunch menu:


Welcome to fourth grade!! Attached is the summer letter that was sent home. The supply list is included. 



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


 Things to do around this area: 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.  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!  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! 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 (or Trash) 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