Mr. Kooiker's 4th Grade Blog

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How can you challenge yourself?

In our classroom, I strive to provide structured activities that are challenging and supportive for all students. However, I also want them to take ownership of their learning. One way I encourage this is for the students to determine ways they can challenge themselves when they have completed an assigned task.  My hope was to keep students who finished early engaged. The results have been amazing!

As we began to recognize and celebrate what they were doing, other students began to catch the vision and wanted to be a part of the “challenge” challenge.  

For example, students explored ways to challenge themselves in math. They were assigned the task of dividing a three digit number by a one digit number, which is a grade level expectation. Many of them chose to challenge themselves by dividing a much larger number.  They were even doing these challenge problems on the bus and at home…and then sharing them the next day at school! 🙂

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If you are looking for some fun…

…try getting 23 fourth graders to agree on how to spend $50. 

We had that opportunity earlier in the year in our classroom. The PTC gave us an Amazon gift card for having the highest percentage of participation for this year’s Super Hero Walk-a-thon.  

We wrestled with fun ways to spend the money and in the end found something for everyone! 

Thanks again for supporting the students at Georgetown and thank you PTC for the gift card to Amazon! 🙂

 

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Merry Christmas!


As I was looking at the Christmas tree in our living room this morning, I thought about the first Christmas and what that must have been like!   

I saw the many gifts under our tree that you so generously gave and the notes that were so thoughtfully written…and my heart was filled with inexpressible gratitude! 

I also thought about the gift of every student in our classroom!  It is because of you that I look forward to going to school each day…you always were my favorite! 🙂

Parents, your support and encouragement is above and beyond…a gift every teacher would treasure!  I am humbled that you have entrusted your child to me this year.  It is an awesome privilege! 

Thank you SO much!  We have a lot to celebrate during this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas! 

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The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here!

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support and happy holidays!

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The Hudsonville community will benefit…

and we’re going bowling because of your generosity!  Excitement for the opportunity to help others grew quickly as the PE teachers announced that the PE CARES Food Drive would begin on Wednesday, November 1. 

Some students bought food items using their own money.  Other students collected food items from their neighbors.  Families worked together to gather food from their pantries or road trip to the local grocery stores. 

In the end, 1,012 food items were collected by the students and families from our classroom.  These were added to the massive amount of food items donated by other classrooms that lined the hallway outside the gym.

Thank you for making this food drive a HUGE success! 🙂 


We had a great year of giving for PE CARES!!!  GT elementary students and their families donated 3,987 items to Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Thank you all for supporting this very worthwhile cause.  Mr. Kooikers class collected the most and will be given a PE CARES bowling t-shirt and taking a field trip to Hudsonville Lanes in the near future 🙂  Way to go!!!

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