Note: Spelling is a nightly homework assignment in 4th grade.
Spelling Words: Diagraphs (th, ch,tch, ph, sh, wh, ng)
choose, kitchen, touch, chance, sketched, ketchup, snatch, stretching, pitcher, chef, rush, thirty, northern, graph, photo, whole, fifth, headphone, whirl, width, theater, chemical
We will learn about: Singular and Plural Nouns (adding s or changing y to the letter i and adding es)
We will learn about Author's purpose
Compare and contrast
Writing: We will begin a short research project on a chosen Saint and create a slide show for presentation.
Scholastic Book Club Code: QCTMR when ordering on-line. There are really great titles available for holiday break. FYI - I also gift a book over the holidays and request that students read 1 or 2 chapters a day. The students are then able to test on that book selection right after holiday break to get back into the swing of school quicker.
AR - Each quarter students must meet their AR goal to attain the full 100 points offered toward their reading grade.
Front Row Class Code: 68p5tp
The most important thing you can do to help your child in math this year is to focus on mastering all multiplication facts (0-12) as quickly as possible. We will be learning 2-digit multiplication and long division before the end of the first semester. Students should be able to complete 100 facts in 5 minutes. A deck of multiplication and division flash cards for home use is highly suggested for practice.
Note: Home Links are a nightly homework assignment in 4th grade.
We started Unit 3 today. Unit 3 will focus on multiplication, division, number sentences and algebra. This is where I see the kids who have not mastered their math facts start to really stress out. Please practice math facts at home as much as possible. The kids should have mastered addition and subtraction prior to this year. The kids all have math triangles for practice but some will benefit from larger flash cards - sold at the Dollar Store or WalMart. Index cards work well to make your own. Focus on 0-10 facts for now.
NEXT MATH TEST (UNIT 3) on or around November 1st.
We tested on Unit 2. The students were able to use their study guide, textbooks, workbooks and vocabulary notes. The tests went home for your signature. If your student had a lower score, it may be helpful to have them practice reading small passages and answer questions about the text using websites like Wonderopolis wonderopolis.org, NewsELA https://newsela.comor other comprehension tools. When your child is unable to answer a question, they can go back into the text to find the answer... providing extra practice for locating information in text.
Our next unit will begin focusing on regions of the United States. Students will be memorizing the names and capitals of the fifty states this year.
Unit 3 (Regions) social test will be on or around October 30th. Students will complete a study guide in preparation for the test.
We will begin our year focusing on environments and environmental factors. We are currently observing the behaviors and structures of mealworms and isopods in a terrarium environment. The students went on a hunt outdoors for extra critters to add to the class terrariums this past week. In our next Investigation, we will be learning about ecosystems and the food chain.
Health: We will analyze the influence of culture, media, technology and other factors on our health and behaviors. Mrs. Young will be joining us in the future to discuss sugar and the amount that is found is soda and juice.
We have a new series called Christ Our Life. We will be working on a Saint research project in preparation for All Saints Day on November 1.
Class Mass Schedule: (Dress up)
September 15th - Holy Cross (9:00)
February 14th - Ash Wednesday
October 25- Black and White dress up day
October 27 Marathon celebration
November 8 and 9 - conferences
November 10 - no school
November 16th - 4th grade Kindness Retreat
Mid-Term reports went home with all students for parental review and signature last week. The student's progress toward their AR goal was noted on the report.
Our class met the Marathon registration goal for class participation (100%) and won a Silly String party. We also earned a movie/popcorn party reward for meeting our class fundraising goal. THANK YOU!
Gym: Tuesday/Thursday from 1:20-2:00
Library: Monday from 10:30-11:00
Computer lab: Wednesday from 1:20-2:00
Friday from10:50 -11:30
Music: Tuesday/Thursday from 10:50-11:30
Mass: Friday 8:30 a.m. (dress appropriate for church)