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October- What’s Up!

Hi Parents!

Can you believe that we’re already well into October!?

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

In Reading, we’ve begun Unit 2- learning how to tackle non-fiction text! Eventually, we will research weather and natural disasters in teams, learning about earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, and tsunamis!

We are presently Writing our very own Realistic Fiction Story based on our own real life experiences, but made even better by writing stories that we wish existed!

Currently, we are tackling Unit 2 Math which is all about Multiplication! It is always very helpful for your child to practice math facts (pretty please?).

Enjoy your week!

 

What’s Going On in Fourth Grade!

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. As part of your child’s homework, I expect some reading practice at home- at least 20 minutes each school night. Reading logs and books will begin to come home with your child soon!

 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. I love to read the end product as it helps me get to know your child better!

 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! 

 On September 17, we will observe Constitution Day! This day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution by our Founding Fathers. 

As you can see, we have been working hard!

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions!

 

What Your Hard Working Kids Are Up To!

Hi Parents,

Welcome to January! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

Here’s what we’ve been up to…

Math- we have been digging into division and will have a test at the end of the week! Pretty please encourage your child to practice math facts!

Reading- We are learning Nonfiction Book reading skills while learning about weather related topics. Reading, responding to text and sharing topics that we are learning with others.

Writing and Social Studies (yes, together!) -Personal/Literary Essays. Using a BIG Idea, we will prove our point by using evidence and Core Democratic Values for support.

Spelling- A new list is coming home to practice our new words- attached to a NEW Tic-Tac-Toe board- so please check out the NEW directions.

Thank you so much for supporting your child’s education! I certainly couldn’t do what I do with YOU!!

 

We’re Off to a GREAT Start!

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.

 

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 our United States Government. In this unit, we learn about the U.S. Constitution, which will work well with our observation of Constitution Day on September 17.

 

As you can see, we have been working hard!

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Enjoy your week!

Mindy

Update on What We’re Up To!

Hi Parents,

In Reading, we’ve been analyzing Informational Books as mentor texts to help us write our own Informational Book topic of our choice.

Fractions are what we’ve been tackling in Math, with Decimals coming soon! A test on Unit 7 will be happening either at the end of this week, or early next.

We are wrapping up Social Studies by Taking a Stand on a pubic issue using the Core Democratic Values of the United States.

In Science, YES! Science! We will be practicing the Scientific Method…

  • Purpose- What do you want to know?
  • Research- What can you find out?
  • Hypothesis- What do you predict?
  • Experiment- How are you going to test it?
  • Analysis- What happened during your experiment?
  • Conclusion- What did you find out?

by dissecting OWL PELLETS! It will be a ton of fun!!

What’s Up in 4th Grade :)

Hi Parents,

Here’s what we’ve been up to!

Math- we are digging into Unit 4 tackling story problems with all four operations, finding factor pairs and generating/analyzing number patterns.

Reading- Nonfiction Book reading skills. Reading, responding to text and sharing topics that we are learning with others.

Writing-Literary Essay. Using a BIG Idea, we will prove our point by using evidence from lessons that authors teach us within the books we read in class.

Social Studies- We are wrapping up our last lessons on the Federal Government and will be taking a test soon. Study materials will be coming home.

Science is on the way!!

What We’re Working On in the Classroom

Hi Parents!

Can you believe that we’re already well into October!?

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

This week it’s BE NICE, BE SAFE, BE AN UPSTANDER.  We will be talking about what it looks like to be safe and be nice – as well as ways to stand up for others. We often talk about TREATING OTHERS THE WAY WE WANT TO BE TREATED 🙂

In Reading, we’ve begun Unit 2- Analyzing Characters and Reading The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo.

We are presently writing our very own Realistic Fiction Story based on our own real life experiences.

Currently, we are tackling Unit 2 Math which is all about Multiplication! It is always very helpful for your child to practice math facts (pretty please?).

In Social Studies, we are learning about the United States in spacial terms- map/globe skills, landforms, and how humans interact with the earth.

Enjoy your week!

 

Our First Two Weeks!

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.
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!

We Keep Chugging On!

 

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?!

Here’s What We’ve Been Up To…

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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