• March News

    March News

    Fourth Grade March Newsletter

    Welcome to March!

    During this month, we will complete our literary work with Interpretation Book Clubs. This work focuses on studying a character in depth, analyzing parts of the text in relation to the whole, and determining theme. In writing, students will continue to write a cross-text synthesis essay. Students will read two literary paired texts and construct a written response about the text set.

    During March, fourth graders will work with one large topic idea in math: Understand and Compare Decimals. Students will also take their Benchmark 1-12 test, covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.

    March will continue the current social studies unit, Democracy. This second part of the unit focuses heavily on the Underground Railroad and rights and duties of citizens.

    Reminders:
     Students should be reading for at least 30 minutes every day. This can be independent reading, electronic reading, audio books or being read aloud to.
     At this point of the school year, all fourth graders should be fluent with their basic multiplication facts or they should be working towards fact fluency at home.
     Students should be completing weekly assignments on Khan Academy, Splashlearn, Word Study, and Storyworks.

    As always, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time if you have questions.


    Sincerely,
    The Fourth Grade Teachers


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  • February News

    February News


    Fourth Grade February Newsletter

    Hello February!

    Due to the CogAT testing on February 3rd and 4th, our regular fourth grade curriculum will be slightly modified. The students will be taking the tests beginning around 9:15. Each day the testing should last no more than one and one-half hours. We will not be teaching social studies on those two days and we will shorten our writing block if necessary. We will still teach our regular reading and math curriculum.

    This month we will finish our current literary unit, Reading History. Our next reading unit is called Interpretation Books Clubs. Our class instructional read aloud will be Love That Dog.

    During this month, fourth graders will work with two large topic ideas in math: Extend Multiplication Concepts to Fractions and Represent and Interpret Data on Line Plots.

    February will continue the current social studies unit, Formation and Expansion of the United States, and will then move into the next unit, Democracy.

    Reminders:
     Students should be reading for at least 30 minutes every day. This can be independent reading, electronic reading, audio books or being read aloud to.
     At this point of the school year, all fourth graders should be fluent with their basic multiplication facts or they should be working towards fact fluency at home.
     Students should be completing the following electronic assignments each week (each due on Friday): Khan Academy and Word Study on Pearson.

    As always, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time if you have questions.


    Sincerely,
    The Fourth Grade Teachers



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  • January News

    January News

    Fourth Grade January Newsletter

    Dear Families,


    In our literacy block, students will begin a new unit called Reading History. We will be learning about the two sides of the Revolutionary War, Loyalists and Patriots, within our reading work. Our writing unit will be Cross-Text Synthesis, similar to what we have just been working on when comparing two texts in reading.

    During this month, fourth graders will work with one large topic idea in math: addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions.

    In January, we will finish our Birth of the United States social studies unit, and then transition into the next unit called Formation and Expansion. This unit focuses heavily on the Revolutionary War, explains the process for a territory to become a state, as well as explains how the Constitution works to establish rule and order. We will also discuss how the cultural diversity of the United States has changed over time.

    Reminders:
     Students should be reading for at least 30 minutes every day. This can be independent reading, electronic reading, audio books or being read aloud to.
     At this point of the school year, all fourth graders should be fluent with their basic multiplication facts or they should be working towards fact fluency at home.

    As always, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time if you have questions.


    Sincerely,
    The Fourth Grade Teachers



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  • December News

    December News

    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.





    Sincerely,
    The Fourth Grade Teachers



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  • November News

    November News


    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.


    Sincerely,
    The Fourth Grade Teachers








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