Sunday, January 13, 2019

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

We hope you all had a wonderful and restful weekend. It was a pleasure seeing everyone at conferences and we are excited for your continued partnership.

Academics this week:

Language Arts:

  • Writing/Grammar:  This week, we will continue to review parts of speech and will learn how to diagram a sentence including nouns, verbs, and adjectives.


  • Literature: This week in literature, we will continue and finish reading Robin Hood. Students will compare and contrast the book with the cartoon version of Robin Hood.


Math: This week in math we will continue our measurement unit. Students will multiply, divide and work with fractions of measures.

Science: We will begin our electricity unit. We will focus on parallel and series circuits as well as conductors and insulators.

History: In history this week we will continue our unit on African kingdoms. Students will learn about the Trans-Saharan trade routes that connected various empires, as well as learning about important empires in Africa.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

4th Grade Team

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

We hope you all had a wonderful break! We are excited to get the third quarter started. This week is the culmination of our 4th Grade Project. Students will be reciting Paul Revere’s Ride, and we are eager to see how diligently they have been working. We are looking forward to another exciting quarter!

Academics this week:

Language Arts:

  • Writing/Grammar:  This week in grammar, we will be reviewing parts of speech and will begin diagramming sentences.

  • Literature: This week in literature, we will continue to read Robin Hood. We will also be reciting Paul Revere’s Ride on Monday, January 7th, through Wednesday, January 9th.


Math: This week in math we will start our measurements unit. Students will review different unit relationships, convert from larger to smaller units, convert from smaller units to larger units and add and subtract measures.

Science: We will begin our electricity unit. We will work with circuits and exploring wires, batteries and bulbs.

History: In history this week we will be starting our unit on African Kingdoms. We will focus on the geography of Africa and the Kingdoms of the Kush and Aksum Empires.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

4th Grade Team

Monday, December 17, 2018

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

We have reached the last week of Q2! We are very excited with the progress we have seen over the past two quarters. We are excited to head into our winter break knowing that when we return our students will be rejuvenated and ready for the final two quarters. We hope everyone has a safe, and happy winter break. We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday for our Middle Ages celebration. Thank you to those who have volunteered their time for this event, and also those who have donated items as well. We are looking forward to a fun-filled day.


Upcoming dates

  • Dec. 17-19 - Early Dismissal
  • December 19th Middle Ages Celebration (More information coming soon)
  • Dec. 20- Jan. 4 - Winter Break
  • January 4th- Parent Teacher Conferences


Academics this week:

Language Arts:

  • Writing/Grammar:  This week students will continue working on their grammar and editing skills. On Tuesday students will participate in a gallery walk to use showcase their skills.

  • Literature: We will continue reading Robin Hood Students will practice sequencing by making summarizing the chapter in a comic strip form.


Math: We will use this week as a review of concepts covered earlier in the year.

Science: On Monday we will review for our chemistry test on Tuesday.

History: We will take our Islamic Empires quiz on Monday after a review session. We will also have our Middle Ages celebration on Wednesday!

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

4th Grade Team

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

We are already at the last full week on Quarter 2! It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the year. We have an exciting week coming up, and we know students are eager for Winter Break. We want to remind everyone that while break is just around the corner we do plan on having curriculum packed days this week and on Monday and Tuesday next week. We would like to make sure students continue to arrive ready to learn each day and recognize that these days are very important.  We will have our Middle Ages Celebration on Wednesday 12/19. More information will be sent out shortly.


Upcoming dates
  • Dec 11
    • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
    • Parent Positive Painting Party
  • Dec. 17-19 - Early Dismissal
  • December 19th Middle Ages Celebration (More information coming soon)
  • Dec. 20- Jan. 4 - Winter Break


Academics this week:

Language Arts:

  • Writing/Grammar:  Students will continue to write a paragraph reflecting on virtue. Students will also revisit effective summary strategies.

  • Literature: We will continue to read Robin Hoof this week. We will focus on main ideas and theme in chapters 11-14.

Math: This week in math, we will spend time reviewing everything we have learned in 4th grade so far. We’ll practice estimating and rounding, the four operations of whole numbers, and finding factors and multiples. We’ll also review fraction concepts, such as finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, and adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. We won’t be using the workbooks for homework this week, but expect to see some review homework each night at home.

Science: This week we will focus on the structure of an atom and the different proposed models of atoms throughout history. We will also begin learning about the periodic table of elements.

History: This week we will continue our study of the Middle Ages and focus on the growing Islamic Empire and how this growing empire began to compete with the Byzantine Empire and Eastern Europe. We will study impact Islamic culture had on architecture, math and language and culminate with the Crusades.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

4th Grade Team

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

Welcome back to another exciting week! We are quickly getting close to the end of quarter 2 and we are seeing so much growth in your children. Thank you all for your continued partnership.


Upcoming dates

  • Dec 3 - Spring Festival Information Night
  • Dec 4 - PSO Board Meeting
  • Dec 11
    • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
    • Parent Positive Painting Party
  • Dec. 17-19 - Early Dismissal
  • Dec. 20- Jan. 4 - Winter Break


Academics this week:

Language Arts:

  • Writing/Grammar:   This  week,  students  will  work  on  an  opinion  paragraph  project  regarding  the  virtue  they  feel  is  most  important  to  them.    They will  also  identify  relative  clauses,  pronouns,  and  adverbs



  • Literature: We will continue reading Robin Hood chapters 6-9, focusing on characterization and identifying main ideas and supporting details. Keep up the great work memorizing Paul Revere’s Ride!.
   

Math: This week in math, we will continue to practice word problems that involve finding the fraction of a set. We will spend Wednesday and Thursday reviewing the operations of fractions in preparation for the unit test on Friday.

Science: We will continue our chemistry unit. Students will continue to discuss chemical and physical properties and concepts of volume, density and mass.

History: In history this week we move our Middle Ages study focus to the growth of Islam. For the past 2 months we have focused solely on the growth of Christianity and European kingdoms. During this same time Islam was growing in the Middle East, Asia, and Northern Africa. These empires would begin to rival the Christian nations we have focused on. Students will be comparing and contrasting Christianity and Islam to better understand the ideological and cultural similarities and differences between these two as they relate to the Middle Ages. Students will also begin to explore Islam including the 5 Pillars of Islam, and the growth of Islam. This unit provides students a great chance to better understand the global world they live in and better understand one of the major religions of the world.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

4th Grade Team

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It is hard to believe we are already into the final weeks of Quarter 3. We are excited to hear about everyone’s Thanksgiving break and get back into our routines!


Upcoming dates

  • Nov 27 - PSO Events Meeting

Academics this week:

Language Arts:

  • Writing/Grammar:   This  week,  students  will  continue  to  work  on  identifying  opinions in  written  passages.  Additionally,  they  will  identify  and use context  clues  and  correct  subject-verb  agreement  in  sentences.   


  • Literature: We will continue reading Robin Hood with a focus on identifying main ideas and supporting details. Also, remember to continue practicing Paul Revere’s ride at home.
   

Math: This week we will continue practicing finding the fraction of a set. This concept is closely related to multiplying fractions. At the end of the week, we’ll start practicing word problems related to fraction multiplication.

Science: We will continue our chemistry unit. Students will begin exploring topics including matter, and chemical properties of matter.

History: This be week we will be finishing up our European portion of the Middle Ages unit. We will study the Bubonic Plague and the impact it had on Europe and along trade routes.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

4th Grade Team

Dear 4th Grade Parents, We hope you all had a wonderful and restful weekend. It was a pleasure seeing everyone at conferences and we are...