Week at a Glance

Happy Wednesday!! We hope you are enjoying your week so far. Here’s what has been going on in 4th grade! This post is quite lengthy, so we appreciate the time you take to review what your student is doing this week and into next week. Thank you!

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Friday, October 11th: Pink Out Day – wear Pink!
  • Monday, October 14th: NO SCHOOL
  • Week of October 15th: Bus Driver Appreciation Week – do something nice for your bus driver.
  • Saturday, October 19th: PTO Fall Fest/Sub Pick-Up
  • Friday, October 25: 1:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, November 1st: NO SCHOOL
  • November 6th and 7th: Parent Teacher Conferences – More information will be coming home next week about when your conference.

Our Monthly Marvel ICE CREAM celebration is set for this Friday, October 11th. Thank you for donating ice cream toppings to help make our Ice Cream Social a SUCCESS! Please have any donations in by Friday morning.

Math: Last week, we finished up Chapter 3 “Understanding Multiplication and Division.” The students will be bringing home their Chapter 3 tests this weekend in their Weekly Work Envelopes. Please review the test, sign it, and return it in the envelope. We began Chapter 4 “Multiplying with One-Digit Numbers” this week, and will continue into next week.

Reading: This week, we are continuing to practice how to identify a theme of a story. We have been exploring traditional literature stories to help do this. The students are really enjoying all the different classic stories during read aloud. On Friday, the students will be taking their first unit assessment in reading. This unit was all about fictional story elements. We primarily focused on main characters and theme. Look for that test to come home next week in their Weekly Work Envelopes. Up next: Unit 2 – Understanding Main Ideas of Nonfiction Texts.

Spelling: We took a week off of spelling this week to focus on TDAs. Spelling will resume with Lesson 6 next week.

TDAs = Text Dependent Analysis – It’s a fancy way of saying we read a text, and then answer a prompt that requires us to dig deeper into the text. For example, instead of asking the students to identify all the characters of a story, a TDA might have them analyze the character traits that made a certain character successful. We only began the beginning stages of this writing process. This week, the students were introduced to how read the prompt and understand what is being asked, and then we began practicing how to write the first paragraph of our essays! They worked EXTREMELY hard on this!! We were very proud of their progress!!

Science: Our biology unit will be tested at the end of the month. Green study guides will be given to the students later this week. Please review the key terms with your child in preparation for the assessment.

Social Studies: We are finishing up our Native American unit. During class, we discussed ways to study for tests. The students were very interested in using flashcards to help them study. A sheet of questions for flashcards was given to all students on Tuesday. They were encouraged to either cut that paper up, write the answers on the back, and use them as flashcards, or make their own. **They have a packet of notes from class. If they bring that home to help create flashcards, they must bring it back to school. We need the packet for class.** Mrs. Suydam’s class will have their Native American test on Thursday, October 17th, and Mrs. Gwyn’s class will have their test on Friday, October 18th.

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