I just interviewed the best fourth grade teacher named Ms.Berkowitz. The first question I asked her was, how do you do? She replied by saying “good”. Now, down to business. The REAL first question I asked her was how she liked being a teacher she replied with an obvious answer, “I love being a teacher because there is a new adventure every day.” Then I asked what she wanted to be when she was young, “I wanted to be a teacher or veterinarian,” she replied.
I then shot my next question at her,“What is your favorite part of the day?”
“My favorite part is teaching Language arts.”
“Why do you like it?” I asked, curiously.
“It was always my favorite and strongest subject and it brings out the creativity of students,” she answered.
“Why did you become a teacher?” I inquired. She told me that she loved helping children and that it makes her feel good when she does.
“What is your favorite type of writing that you teach?”
“Informational is my favorite because my class gets to choose what they write about, and through their writing I can see their true personality”
“Is there an assignment that your students have to get done each day?” I wondered.
“Yes, they have to write down a multiplication fact each day 5 times,” she stated.
“ Do you like teaching math?”
“It’s not my favorite subject ,but I don’t mind teaching it”
“How did you feel the first time you came in for your job?”
“Excited and nervous”
“How do you feel about being in charge of a bunch of students?”
“It’s a big responsibility that I take seriously.”
“How do you feel on the last day of school?”
“Excited that I get a break but also sad that I have to say goodbye.”
There you have it, Ms. Berkowitz, the best 4th grade teacher!
By: C. Gilbert
Recently, on May 24, all of the fourth grade students participated in the NJ Ask Science test. I interviewed, Mrs. McGilloway, NJ Ask teacher for Mrs. Erney’s class about the test.
But, I will get to her in a minute, first you need some background knowledge on the NJ Ask. It is a standardised required test. The reason they are the only grade that did it is because it is required that fourth grade does it and the PARCC, the standardized test taken earlier this year, did not have a science portion. This is just some background knowledge on the NJ Ask.
Now back to my interview with Mrs Mcgilloway. I didn’t tie her down or anything but I might of moved her desk into the door path so she could not get out. Anywho, the first question I asked her was “What was your experience like doing the NJ Ask?” She replied, “It was nice to see the students show what they learned about science this year.” Then I asked she thought that the students enjoyed. She said that they were relieved because it was easier than they thought it would be. Finally, I asked her how much time it took to take the test. She said it took about 1 hour and 30 minutes, but a lot of the time was spent handing out materials and reading directions.
This was all about the 4th grade NJ Ask. Please like this article.
I went around to the 4th grade tables at your lunchtime. I asked you what activity you liked more, sledding or skating. Of the 70 students that participated 45 of you said you liked sledding more and 25 of you liked skating more!
This year during the end of the year Mrs.Mccurdy’s class is making plants and a greenhouse seed to see how it may work. I asked Jack Dempsey one of the students some questions. He told me that his plant is just growing by water and sunlight.He also told me that they are growing lima beans in the cup that they are planting them in. Another one is he said he was having so much fun doing this project and he would recommend it for the next class and anyone who would want to do this. He also said he would not eat the the lima bean because he doesn't trust his plant.Lastly he told me that he had made a lot of progress since the beginning of this project.
By Reagan E.
Have you ever wanted to go back in time to 4th grade? Or maybe even fast forward if you're younger. Well, let me tell you 4th grade is AMAZING! There is so much to do and learn in Mansion Avenues 4th grade classes. First, there is math. In some of the classes they are learning all about comparing fractions and decimals. This will come in handy in the future. Next there is writing, where they are learning how to write opinion pieces. These are also very important when you're older and you have to write your opinion to get a job or something similar to that. Also in writing they are learning how use commas. Now here is the fun part: Some of the classes make pancakes! This is because in science they learned about mixtures and solutions. Now you can see how amazing 4th grade really is!
By Hayden W.
This year in fourth grade, Mrs. McCurdy’s class is learning about the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are a group of lights that are created in the sky because solar wind gets through the field and gets trapped in the solar wind. Jack D. Loves the project they did. “It was fun.” he told me. He thought the chalk part of it was very fun.” They had to write articles on the Northern Lights and draw the northern lights with chalk. Different miles in the sky where the solar wind gets trapped then there are different colors in the sky. This was one of the most fun project they have done this year and it probably still will be when the year is finished. You have to see these beautiful projects to believe it.
This we I talked with Sean C who is in Mrs. J’s class for fourth grade. The things that I asked him where: did you like the fourth grade field trip and why if you did, did he like the third or fourth grade field trip better, and then what did they do there while they were there. As answers Sean C had very long answers.
What Did He like and Why?
The first question I asked Sean C was “Did you like the fourth grade field trip and if you did what did you like about the fourth grade field trip?” In return Sean answered, “I did like the fourth grade field trip and I liked it because we got to play Indian games and we also got to build some parts of a tipi with our instructor.” Some of the games that the fourth grade payed were doing dances that the indians did.
Did you like the fourth or Third Grade field trip Better?
Then I asked Sean, “Did you like the third grade field trip or fourth grade field trip better?” Sean responded to that question by saying, “ I liked the fourth grade field trip better because he got to see what the indians did a while ago and all we did i n the third grade field trip was basically run around everywhere.” So, Sean C liked the fourth grade field trip better because he wasn’t as tired after the fourth grade field trip and he learned more at the fourth grade field trip.
What did They do There
Sean C told me that they tasted indian food that tasted like rubber, they played indian games, made medicine that indians made, and that they helped build a indian wampug. So the fourth grade did a lot of things at the their field trip.
The tribe that lived where the fourth grade field trip was were called the “Lenape”. So the questions i asked Sean C were, did you like the fourth grade field trip better than the third grade field trip, did he like the field trip and why, and lastly I asked him what did they do there. The fourth grade field trip was a very fun field trip according to most fourth graders.
This Year the 4th grade are on a roll! They are doing Multiplication right now, and let me tell you that will help in the future! They are also learning to write! Writing in fourth grade is awesome because there is so much to write about even their future field trip!
This year in 4th grade They are going to be filled up with knowledge about the Lenni Lenape and their history! Also vocab is a big part of 4th grade they know they're words but a little practice won't hurt!
Finally the best part of 4th grade are the nice loving teachers, Mrs. Mccurdy, Mrs. Jenkinson, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Warren!
This school year, the fourth graders as always are learning about New Jersey, our home state. But when Mrs. McCurdy’s class learned about New Jersey’s symbols, they took it to the next level. They put a bird feeder up to attract our state bird… the Eastern Goldfinch! After a student brought in a Goldfinch stuffed animal the idea arose, why not try and get a Goldfinch to come to school? Out of all my years at Mansion I have never heard of a class doing what Mrs. McCurdy’s class is doing, and it’s amazing! The feeder mounts on their window so they can see any bird that comes to feed. But despite their efforts, a bird is yet to come.
To get more information, I interviewed Isabella R (a student in Mrs. McCurdy’s class). She thought that it was a fun experience because they were trying to see our state bird in person. Although no bird (that they know of) has shown up, they hope to see one by the end of the school year.