I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and created many happy memories with family and friends! I just wanted to share some quick updates on what we are doing this month in 4th grade!
Math- We will begin our Fractions Unit next week in math. Fractions are a HUGE area in 4th grade. Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child as we will use our multiplication facts with fractions.
Writing- We are starting my favorite kind of writing this quarter, Informational Writing! Your child has been researching an animal from the tropical rain forest this week. They will begin research and writing on a famous Missourian of their choice next week.
Reading- We are working on nonfiction text structures in our reading. Students are working on cause/effect, problems and solutions, and sequencing during their reading.
Science- We started our first science lesson this week on Weathering and Erosion. The kids are super excited about this topic and about becoming young scientists. We will be doing several hands on experiments throughout the quarter.
January 15- No School- MLK Day
January 26- Tiger Pride Assembly @ 2:30
February 14- Valentine's Day Party
February 16- Early Dismissal
February 19- No School- President's Day
Math- We have started our Topic 5-Division this week. Please continue to study with your child on their multiplication facts as they will be using these in division as well. Flash cards are a great resource for you child to practice their fluency. They can also access multiplication.com and xtramath.org at home to help with their fluency. They do both of these websites at school as well.
Social Studies- We will be finishing our unit over Westward Expansion next week. Students will be tested over the 3 most important trails (California, Sante Fe, and Oregon), as well as the Trail of Tears, and the "Jumping off Point".
Reading and Writing- We are focusing our reading this quarter on non-fiction text features and informational reading. In writing we are writing opinion pieces. They have some pretty interesting opinions!
Picture Retakes- November 21
Thanksgiving Break- November 22-24 (NO SCHOOL)
Tiger Pride Assembly- December 1
Thank you so much for all your help for making our Fall Party fabulous! You all are PHENOMENAL! It's all about the kids having fun, and it was a great success!
We will continue our Multiplication Unit next week. Please continue to work on your child's multiplication facts as we are now multiplying 2x2 digit numbers. We will test over Topic 4 on Wednesday and Thursday.
We are learning about Lewis and Clark and The Corps of Discovery in Social Studies this week. Students are researching about the expedition and will be presenting their information on Google Slides next week.
During 2nd quarter students will begin an Opinion Piece writing prompt, and discover Nonfiction Text Features while learning about Nonfiction and Informational reading.
*If you have not signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences, please let me know an available time that works best for you.
Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Our theme will be "I Love My Drug-Free Selfie!" Our daily themes will be:
Monday- Give Drugs the Boot (Western Wear)
Tuesday- Get Your Red On (Wear Red)
Wednesday- Drugs get in the way of Your Dreams (Wear PJ's)
Thursday- Don't Be Crazy, Don't Do Drugs (Crazy Hair Day)
Friday- Willard Tigers are Drug Free (Willard Tiger Gear)
Just a few reminders for this coming week:
Fall Party and early dismissal Friday October 20. We will be having our class party from 11:30-12:15 that day. We will be having pizza that day for lunch so if you wouldn't mind sending in $3 to cover your child's pizza that would be great! You are more than welcome to attend!
If you have not signed up for Parent Teacher Conferences yet, here is the link to do so. If you can not access the link please email me, and I would gladly put you down for the time that works best for you.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Math- We will continue working on Topic 3 on fluently multiplying numbers. Please review multiplication facts with your child at home. The Topic 3 math assessment will be taken over 2 days, and will take place on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4
Spelling- New spelling lists were put in students boxes on Friday and should've been brought home. We are now on Unit 5 and they are doing a great job mastering their lists. If your student receives a 60% or lower, I will have them study over the weekend and retake their test on Monday. I do not have a way to print students' scores from their Chromebooks, but I do track their scores if you are wondering what their scores are, you may ask me.
Social Studies- Students have been working hard all last week researching their Native American tribe with their partner. This week they will work on their presentation and creating their tribe artifact. I will be meeting with them on Wednesday about what they are planning to make and the materials they need. I have encouraged them to pick an artifact that doesn't require them to purchase any supplies. After all, the Native Americans couldn't go to the store they had to find all their supplies on the land.
Leader in Me- This week we will continue to study Habit 2- Begin with the End in Mind. Here is a Flipgrid video that students created about what being Proactive meant to them. Being Proactive
Reading- We will start reading groups this week and students will be grouped with other students that share their same reading level.
Tiger Pride- We will have our first Tiger Pride assembly this Friday September 29 at 2:30PM. Parents and family members are always welcome to attend. Our assemblies will look a little different this year as we take a Leader in Me approach. Our first assembly will consist of all classes reading their class mission statements.
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!!
Habits: This week we will begin Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind. Students have been meeting with their Accountability Partner to see how they are implementing Leader In Me. Part of Habit 2 is Taking Initiative, students made goals for themselves about how they can take initiative at home and at school. It may be fun to ask your child how they are taking initiative. :)
Math: We are starting our next Topic on multiplication. It is important that your child practices their multiplication facts at home until they start remembering their facts. In 4th grade we dive right into multiplying 2 digit by 2 digit numbers, but students will struggle if they do not know their basic facts. Flashcards at night to work on fluency would be great practice for your child!
Social Studies: We are finishing up our unit on Missouri regions this week and will test on the regions on Wednesday. We will then move on to Native Americans this week.
September 19-Varnish Day
September 22- Book Orders Due
September 29- Tiger Pride Assembly @2:30 PM
October 3- Fundraiser Delivered
October 10-School Pictures
Wow! What a fantastic first week of school!! I think this one will be unforgettable :) I have had so much fun getting to know each and every student this week!
We are well into the normal routines of school and everything is going really well! Thank you for your support and the many items off our wish list.
Spelling City-Students should have brought home their first spelling list today for next week. You may also review their spelling words for Unit 1 under my Reading and Writing Tab (above).
Class Dojo- please make sure you are signed up on my Class Dojo. This is my number one form of communication and I love posting pictures, so that you may see what happens in our classroom.
August 29- Fundraiser Assembly
There will not be school on Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th.
I hope your child had a fantastic first two days in fourth grade! It was great to get to know each and every child during that time, and I can't wait for our adventures together this school year!
Some important dates for this week include:
Monday-We are going to have a "Solar Eclipse Day". Students will be involved in several different solar eclipse activities. We will also be viewing the eclipse from 1:00-1:30.
**Don't forget that Monday is early out, so students will be dismissed at 3:00 PM.
Tuesday-Friday: We will begin our regular routine with our learning, and also start looking at The Leader In Me. Students will be making a Leader In Me notebook on Tuesday and Wednesday. I am asking that they bring in magazines, pictures, stickers, or anything they want that represents how to be a better person or leader.
**T-shirt money is due by Friday for the Leader In Me Friday shirts. Please let me know if you need me to send home another order form.
Students should have brought home their MAP scores from last year in their backpack on Friday. They were all really excited to see how they did.
We will start using Class DOJO on Monday to track behavior. Students will be bringing home their binder daily with their DOJO points in it. In order for students to receive their DOJO money for their positive points earned they have to get their folder signed at least one time during the week. This is just a way to help keep the kids accountable for showing their folder to you all!
Wow!! Where has this year gone?! First, I want to congratulate the students in 4th grade for all their hard work during our MAP testing! They rocked the test, and I am beyond proud of them!
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity of teaching your child this year! I adore each and every one of my students and will miss them so much, but I look forward to seeing them grow in the upcoming years!! I hope you have a blessed summer and create many happy memories with family and friends!
Dates to Remember:
May 1-5 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5- Landform salt dough project
May 5- Last day to check out library books * all books are due the following week
May 11- 4th grade Transition Day and Field Day
May 12-Tiger Pride Assembly
May 17-Jefferson City Trip
May 19-Last Day of School (half day)