Fourth Grade December Newsletter
Welcome to December!
In our literacy block, students will continue with their work in reading historical fiction. We will finish our instructional read aloud, Number the Stars, and guided reading groups will finish their novels. The unit assessment is December 18th and 19th. Students are working on the Literary Essay structure in writing.
During this month, fourth graders will work with two large topic ideas in math: Factors and Multiples (multiplication); Extend Understanding of Fraction Equivalencies and Ordering (fractions). At this point of the school year, all fourth graders should be fluent with their basic multiplication facts and they should be working toward fact fluency at home.
Upon the completion of our current social studies unit on Early History, we will continue with Birth of the United States. This unit focuses heavily on human impact on the environment, how the physical environment and economies affect the development of a region, and finally, the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.
Please join the fourth graders on Thursday, December 12th at 8:15 a.m. in the gym for the holiday performance. As always, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time if you have questions.
The Fourth Grade Teachers
Fourth Grade November Newsletter
Welcome to November!
In our literacy block, students will conclude their research on severe weather and then move into our next literacy unit, Historical Fiction. We will begin a new class read aloud, Number the Stars, and each guided reading group will be back in a novel to practice what we are learning in the reading mini-lessons. The writing unit will continue with boxes and bullets, but transition from opinion writing into persuasive writing. Finally, students will move into cross-text informational writing.
During this month, fourth graders will work with two large topic ideas in math: Using properties and strategies to divide by one-digit whole numbers; and Using operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
Social studies this month will move into our first unit called, Early History. We are nearing the completion of our physical science unit, Matter and Thermal Energy.
Again- All fourth graders are expected to read for at least thirty minutes every day. Students will have math homework almost nightly. Students are encouraged to log into their account through the Pearson Realize website for additional support if necessary. The website has re-teaching videos and additional practice for students (and parents!) that help to clarify different strategies the students are learning. Students have weekly word study homework as well as Khan Academy which is due every Friday.
The Fourth Grade Teachers