Fourth Grade Field Trip: The fourth graders will be taking a charter bus to Jefferson City to visit the State Capital, The Governor's Mansion and Jefferson's Landing on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. We will leave Willard East promptly at 7:30 am and arrive back around 8:00 pm. Students price is $12.50 and students will need to buy or bring a sack lunch. There will be a lot of walking that day, Students will need to dress comfortably and wear their blue leadership shirts. Parents are invited to attend. There are a few bus seats left ($12.50 per parent). Parents that drive and meet us there do not need to pay. We are also going to Central Dairy for ice cream, students will need an additional $2 for a small ice cream cone or cup of choice. Students will also need to send in money to stop and eat dinner at a fast food restaurant in Lebanon on the way back. Please contact me if you are able to sponsor a student that cannot pay for the trip. ($12.50 each for students and parents riding on the bus, due May 4th)
Subject Topics include... Reading - Using evidence from the text to answer questions and test strategies to prepare for the MAP test. We are also starting our Book Clubs for 4th quarter. Writing - Using informational articles to enhance informational and opinion essays. Students have been using a scoring guide to grade their own writing. Ask your child about their scores and what they could do to increase them. We have been grading their essays in 3 categories: Organization, Evidence, and Conventions. Math - On April 24th we will be taking our Topic 13 Assessment.
We survived our first full week of February!! Woohoo for no snow/ice days!
Students have been working extremely hard on their nonfiction research and writing projects this week. We will continue their nonfiction research projects next week. We will take our Topic 9 Math Assessment over adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers next Tuesday, February 27. Next week, we will also be taking the NWEA assessment for math and ELA to help monitor student academic growth. This is something new to Willard and we will be providing more information that will come to you as we are informed and trained.
Don't forget about Family Literacy Night on Tuesday, February 27 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Also, next week we will be celebrating Read Across America by having our Book Fair in the Library and dress up days!! Please see the image below for the dress up days and themes!
Important Dates: February 27- Family Reading Night March 9- Early Dismissal March 12- Snow Make Up Day March 13- Snow Make Up Day March 14-16- Spring Break March 30- April 2- NO School
What a great start to February!! Students took their Topic 8 math assessment today over equivalent fractions and ROCKED the test! I am so proud of all their hard work!!
Math- We will begin adding and subtracting fractions next week. 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 this quarter.
Writing- Students have been working on researching their famous Missourian and will finish their final drafts next week. They will also be making a 'Flat Stanley' of their famous Missourian to display with their writing. If your child wants to bring in supplies to decorate that would be wonderful.
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. We will test over this next week for our 2nd reading assessment.
Science- Students have been learning about earth science this week and learning about volcanoes. We will continue this next week as well and also learn about earthquakes and plate tectonics. The kids love science and the hands on activities that help them become real-world problem solvers by using critical thinking skills.
February 5- Change-A-Life Coin Drive Competition starts February 6 & 8- 4th grade interviews for Leader In Me February 14- Valentine's Day Party @ 2:30 February 16- Early Dismissal @ 12:30 February 19- Snow Make-Up Day February 23- Tiger Pride @ 2:30 February 27- Family Literacy Night (6:00-7:00 PM)
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, we will do an activity where they will be able to bring in some supplies such as felt, fabric, yarn, etc to create a 'Flat Stanley' of their famous Missourian. We will then display their writing and person in the hallway.
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- Snow Make-Up Day
*Thursday, May 24th will be a snow make up day- This moves our last day of school from Wednesday, May 23rd to Thursday, May 24th. Wednesday will now be a regular, full day and Thursday will be a half 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!
Important Dates: 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)
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.
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.
Important Dates: 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