Ms. Kathryn Bonzo » About Ms. Bonzo

About Ms. Bonzo

 Welcome to 4th Grade!   Raise the Roof!
     A little background: My teaching career started in St. Augustine, Florida, after graduating from the University of South Alabama. Then, my husband and I lived, taught, and traveled overseas for almost a decade in Algeria, Singapore, and the Dominican Republic before coming to Idaho.  We moved here in 1994 with our daughter and have really enjoyed being involved in the community and participating in all kinds of outdoor opportunities. 
    I have taught and coached kids from preschool to high school. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching majoring in History from the University of in 1999 and have always continued to add to my professional and content knowledge.
     A little about the present at MCS: The students in 4th Grade get to integrate what they have learned from K-3. It is a special year developmentally because kids at this age want to be active and make a difference in the world. One way that I like to help grow their curiosity and interests is to take them off campus for field trips and do my best to bring in experts (which are often parents:)).



Former 4th Graders, now Middle schoolers, helped carry bags this morning!
We want to continue to spread the word to get this material recycled!
Thanks Josiah, Justin, and Trenton!
Making Observations and Asking Questions with Ms. Bonzo Beans!😂
The kids learned a lot about the garbanzo beans today and on Monday, we will do an experiment with them. here, Josilyn and Quinn write in their Science Notebook as they study the plant. The Palouse is filled with many things that are so interesting to study.
Practicing the math sentences (equations) for how the Place Value Chart works, then the kids started Lexia practice. 
 For math, each set of partners had to write the pattern of what happens to the value of each place when the value is one place to the left.
That means that 100 is 10 times greater than 10, or 10 x10 = 100.
Good Practice! Then more dissecting language with Lexia. It helps teach structure, vocabulary, and spelling. More Good Practice!
Writers Share Their Work-- Zoe and Jesper
Today was the first time in 4th grade that the kids shared their writing. They worked in pairs that were matched by me and then followed a criteria list by helping each other by asking a question, making a suggestion, or giving a compliment. 
We have worked on revision and what it takes to make our writing communicate what we want. 
Using our Google Classroom to take Math Readiness Test
The kids start with their Doceo Accounts to log in and then go to the 'waffle' by their name and click on the classroom icon. From there, they joined my 2022-2023 class. In this virtual space, we will be able to do all sorts of curricula. This is the support for the textbooks in our class.
Today they started taking the math assessment to see what they remember and what they need to learn. They use their math notebooks to do the work. They are learning to take notes as they work and see their notebook as a place that shows progress. We will get back to it on Tuesday.
4th Grade! First Days Together
We were in our Morning Meeting and had just made a Human Bar Graph to analyze our greetings! So fun to show them lots of ways to use math as a tool. 
We are off to a great start!
Clarissssa🐍 popped out to say "Hello"!
It is 'getting ready time' and even Clarissssa feels it as teachers have been back working in their rooms. 
🌼I am excited to welcome my new 4th-grade class! WELCOME!😊
We will get to build on all they did with wonderful Ms. Pyle!
Looking forward to seeing you all at the MCS Open House! You can bring in supplies and leave them here and then on the first day of school, we will get everything sorted.
See you soon! Ms. Bonzo🦉
Faboulous 4th Graders at the Parachute for 🦁MCS Field Day!🌞
It has been a very emotional, memorable, and beyond interesting year with these kids!
Thank you families! I have enjoyed getting to know your kids and you all. May our summer be filled with health and good times.
Onward to 5th Grade!
Thank you, Ms. Bonzo🦉
MCS Grades 3-5 School Play
The whole night was so fun and the kids loved performing at the terrific UI venue-- Hartung Theater!
Way to Use the Criteria List Wyatt! He has all the tools!
 We read The Whipping Boy and have done so much writing. The kids are finishing up this final project by writing about how one of the main characters changes during the story. They have to include a list of things. That means they need to have compound and complex sentences, adjectives, and adverbs, cite pages and give details that help the reader flow with what happened to either Prince Horace or Jemmy. 
Bob the Pinata was a great Social Studies and Math Lesson
Samirah wanted to help us celebrate and today the kids took over 50 swings to get this very full llama to open. Then, like on Halloween, the kids shared the candy equally. This idea reinforced cooperation. The dividend was about 374 pieces of candy divided by 17 kids 22 pieces per kid! They were allowed to eat three at school. Check the backpacks because that is where the rest are!
Thanks Samirah and Family for the sweet end of our year!
Reading while waiting for public transit to get back to school after visiting the Moscow Public Library!
The kids got to search for books and materials. They were given a great tour of the organization of the library (upstairs) and the way books are processed (downstairs).
They brought their library cards too! They were so excited to check out two books each.
After lunch on the library steps, we went to Friendship Square for some recess.
Thank you to Ms. Snow for helping to get this field trip planned!
Making their own protractor
Today the kids were given directions to measure green and yellow paper-- 4"x1", use a 'brad' to create the vertex, cut arrow points at the ends, and highlight the edges so that they could go outside and notice the angles of the climbing play structure and the geodome. Before we went outside, they showed all the angles of 90,180,270,45, and 315 with their green and gold protractor.
They were put into 2 separate groups and each came back and did a sketch of their structure and noted which angles they found the most and least and other observations.  
They were surprised that one structure had one type of angle and the other a majority of another. Hope you see them using it around your homes!
Particial Quotient Practice with a Partner
 Here Grayson and Declan are looking at the structure of the division problem and how math facts can be used to figure out the solution. Figurative language helps to remember lots of elements of this strategy.
We discussed how differently they all work and how to check the math with arrays. We discussed remainders and what they mean. It was good practice.
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