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We Keep Chugging On!

April15

 

Hi Parents,

Here is a quick update of what we are working on in the classroom…
Reading- Presently, we are reading/discussing Historical Fiction stories.
Writing- The 4th Graders are currently writing Informational Books on a subject of which they are experts!
Math- We will have a Unit 7 test this week on fractions and decimals and then move into learning about measurement and geometry.
Social Studies- Currently, we are working on the Bill of Rights and moving into the Core Democratic Values. We are having some awesome discussions in the classroom!
As you can see, there is much work to do in the time your child has left as a 4th Grader! Can you believe how quickly this year is wrapping up?!
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Here’s What We’ve Been Up To…

November16

Hi Parents!

Whew! Our class has been super busy!

We just wrapped up and reflected on our read aloud The Tiger Rising. Our Realistic Fiction stories are almost completed, and today we put the finishing touches on our On Demand Personal Narrative! Unit 2 Math on Multiplication Methods is presently being reviewed and tested before Thanksgiving Break. In Social Studies we are in the midst of our study of the U.S. Government.

Coming Soon… Spelling and Science!

I am Thankful for a classroom full of awesome kids and parents who support them!!

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday!

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We’ve Been Working!

October1

Hi Parents!

Welcome to October!

First of all, I would like to thank you for supporting the Georgetown Walk-A-Thon! It was a HUGE success! Our classroom earned an extra recess because of all of you!

Here is a quick snapshot of what we’ve been working on…

In Reading, we’ve wrapped up our first unit of Building a Reading Life/Reading Stone Fox. Now we begin Unit 2- Analyzing Characters and Reading The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo.

We are presently revising/editing our Personal Narrative Writing! Next, we will be writing our very own Realistic Fiction Story based on our own real life experiences.

This week we will be tackling a math review and Unit 1 Test! Unit 2 is all about Multiplication! It is always very helpful for your child to practice math facts (pretty please?).

In Social Studies, each student is making a poster explaining the 6 Characteristics of a Market Economy. Those characteristics are- 1) Voluntary Exchange 2) Consumer Sovereignty 3) Competition             4) Incentives 5) Private Property Rights 6) Specialization

Enjoy your week!

Mindy

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We’ve Been Working!

September10

Hi Parents,

In addition to continuing the Getting to Know Each Other process, here is what we’ve been up to in the first two weeks of 4th grade!

Our first unit of study in Reading lays the groundwork for good reading habits. Students are taught how to set reading goals, choose a Just Right book, read actively, and build reading stamina. We are enjoying Stone Fox as our mentor text.
As we dig into writing Personal Narratives, we are learning to generate ideas of what to write by thinking about Special People, Special Places, and Strong Emotions. We also are learning to add sensory details to help the reader experience the story.
We are tackling numbers up to 1 Million in math this first unit! Students are learning how to model and read and write numbers in standard form (24), word form (twenty-four), and expanded form (20 + 4). We are also rounding numbers!
The first unit of Social Studies is all about Economics. We are first revisiting what was learned in 3rd grade by discussing Michigan’s State Economy before taking our discussions to the U.S. level.
As you can see, we have been working hard!
Please don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Enjoy your week!
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An Update on Our Hard Work!

November29

Hi Parents!

Your kids have been working very hard! We will continue to dig in as we approach the Christmas Break!

We are beginning a new Reading Unit on Informational Texts where we will learn how to preview, predict, tap prior knowledge, and determine the main idea of the books we read. I’m sure we will be able to learn many new and interesting things from our books and from each other!

In Writing, we are beginning the study of Personal/Opinion Essay! You’re about to find out how your child feels about some BIG ideas out there in our world 🙂

It’s Division time! Yes! We are digging into Division (as promised!). Please check out the links I have under the Long Division heading on the right column of the blog. PLEASE encourage your child to practice division on Mathfactspro!

We wrap up our Government Unit with a test early this week! Please help your child study the packet that was sent home. Our next unit is all about The Bill of Rights! Check out a couple of videos that we use in class…

Bill of Rights/Shake It Off

Bill of Rights Rap

Rights, Rights Baby

Yeah, they’re corny, but they help 🙂

Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe is due on Friday, Dec. 4. We’ll also have a spelling test.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

 

 

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Here’s What’s Going On… :)

October18

Reading: We are reading the book, The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. While reading this book, we are learning to envision, predict, and make inferences about the characters. We are also growing theories and gathering evidence to understand the motivations of the characters.

Writing: Your child is writing his/her very own Realistic Fiction story! Pretty cool, huh?

Spelling: The first spelling list is coming home this week. A homework Tic-Tac-Toe board is attached to the list. Each list will be worked on for 2 weeks.

Math: We are learning strategies to multiply a 1 digit number by a 2 digit number. So far, we have learned the Area Model. Next, we are digging in to the Place Value Sections Method and the Expanded Model.

Social Studies: We have wrapped up our first unit on the physical geography of the United States. Your kids ROCKED the Unit 1 test! Now, on to Human Geography- how and why people move to the U.S. and across the U.S.

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We’ve Been Working Hard :)

September20
Hi Parents!
I want to update you on what we’ve been learning so far 🙂
Reading: We are reading Stone Fox!  Plus, we are learning how to pick Just Right books, share with others during our discussions, set reading goals, and Take Charge of our reading. This week we will learn how to solve problems that we may face as we read.
Writing: We are generating ideas for a Personal Narrative by thinking about Special People, Places, Events and Emotions.
Math: So far, we’ve been comparing and rounding numbers up to 1 Million. This week, we will begin to add and subtract multi-digit numbers. It’s time to work on borrowing again 🙂 We call this New Groups Above/New Groups Below.
Social Studies: Last week, we learned about the location of the United States. This week, we learn about the various land and water forms that can be found in our country.
Do you have a Twitter Account? If you do, I invite you to follow me! If you don’t have a Twitter Acct., you may follow my Daily Agenda/ Twitter Feed on my blog! I will post almost daily what we do in the classroom!
Enjoy the Sunshine 🙂
Mindy
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