Mr. Bradford's 4th Grade Blog-May 31, 2019


Literature Groups continue until Wednesday. We missed two reading classes last week, so if they don’t finish their novel I will send it home to finish over the summer!

Battle of the Books: New lists are out. I will email the list and send a hard copy home on Monday! This is the time to get groups together and choose which books you would like to read. If your child isn’t interested in Battle of the Books, this is a great list to refer to for summer reading.

Summer Reading: I am listing some beneficial sites to use when looking for good books to read. The Whitefish Bay Library librarian came to school Wednesday to promote their summer reading program. They will also have all the Battle of the Books books in a separate section of the library.

Goodreads: A great site for 4/5th grade books especially, this site reviews and summarizes books for you.

Please feel free to email me for any recommendations or with any questions.

This group of readers has been amazing! I truly looked forward to seeing them every day. They were so engaged and hard working. I can’t wait to see them in 5th grade, as we enter into the wonderful 5th grade reading curriculum and novels!


Each student has received a a mineral/rock from on the periodic table to research and find some interesting stuff related to it. So we started the year and will end the year working on the periodic table.

Social Studies


I am SO proud of our 4th grade state experts. They all did a super job researching, writing, organizing and presenting the information about their states. I sent home their folders which contained the graded written research project rubric as well as the graded oral presentation rubric. I went over these rubrics several times over the course of the state fair work, so they knew what they would be graded on. Job well done for all of them!

These last few days of class we will be finishing up our study of Wisconsin. Students will complete a WI state timeline as well as a WI state government activity. These are both in their social studies notebooks.

I have so enjoyed having your kiddos in Social Studies this year! We have had a terrific year of thinking, talking, and learning about our incredible state and country. I am so looking forward to seeing them all again next year! Enjoy every minute of summer!


This week we be short but full of the metric system. It has been a pleasure working with the 4th grade students, and I can’t wait to see them in the fall and hear all about their summer adventures. I’m hoping some of those adventures include math!

Language Arts/Writing

We are starting to get letters back that are very encouraging to the letter writers about what they need to do to prepare for the time when they might actually attend this institution.

Although there is no reason as to why they send letters and stuff back to us, they are always so nice and generous.

A little interesting side bar to the college letters is that 9/10 boys have chosen a science major. 4/9 girls have also chosen a science major with 2 additional girls choosing an educational major. Wow 13 of the 19 students have chosen a science major as something they would like to study in college.


The examples of the Saints is a good way to end the year. How these different individuals lived their lives is an insoiration to all.

********Kaiser’s team traversed the nearly 1,000-mile trail from Willow to Nome in nine days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and six seconds.

St. Monica School