March 26th, 2017


Engaging in Learning and Laughter

with Ms. Craney 

2016 - 2017

Upcoming Dates in March

3/17 - Report cards will go home with your child (Students should complete the red paper - reflection and goal setting.)

not 3/15 - WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 5th! Empty Bowls evening

3/16 - Half day for students (consultation for teachers) Student dismissal at 11:10.

3/28, 3/29, 3/30 - New York State Testing for ELA

3/31 - Yearbook orders are due

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!!


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.

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

What Have We Been Up To in Fourth Grade?

We are continuing to explore non-fiction, both in reading and writing. We are learning to kick it up a notch by digging deeper as we use specific evidence to support out thinking.

In math we are working on clearly showing our understanding of addition and subtraction. We will connect this to the standard algorithm. Estimation, expanded form, and problem solving will be explored as well. These understandings will be applied in our upcoming units on fractions, multiplication, and division.

Here are the most recent updates on our site:-

Photos of our visit with Peter Brown!

New ecology websites have been added as we are starting our ecology unit in science. We'll be focusing on interdependence. We will explore the following: living vs. non-living, producers, consumers, decomposers, predator, prey, food chains, and the sun's energy.

Math fluency activities have been added. We really want meaning and understanding for math facts. Students do not need to memorize when they connect to what they already know. Our problem solving poster is attached to the right.

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: 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 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!