Week of November 12th – 16th

I can’t believe it is the week before Thanksgiving Break! There will be a lot going on this week in 4th grade. Monday is the Veteran’s Day Ceremony, then Tuesday is our Feast Day, and finally on Wednesday is our class performance of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”! We will be working hard this week in our studies as well. We presented our Simple Machines projects this past week and will continue to present them this week as well. I am amazed and impressed at how well the kids did with their projects!

Our class is also in first place for bringing in the most items for the canned food drive in the Fourth grade. If you are able to donate to this great cause, please do so by Thursday this week.

We have another field trip happening later this month! We will be going to the Fire Safety Village on November 29th. Permission slips and waiver will be sent out Monday of  this week and are due back ASAP or by this Friday the 16th.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Break next week and safe travels for those of you traveling. I am beyond blessed to be teaching your child this year and I have really grown to love each and every child. They are truly an amazing class that make my job so worthwhile and thank you for your continued support in your child’s endeavors and success in Fourth grade this year.

Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, Nov. 12th – Veteran’s Day Ceremony
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13th – Feast Day from 12:00 – 12:45 please arrive 10 minutes early
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14th – Sleepy Hollow Performance in our classroom
    • 1st showing: 11:05 – 11:35
    • 2nd showing: 11:45 – 12:15
  • Thursday, Nov. 29th – Fire Safety Village Field Trip

 

Units of Study:

Math: This week we will continue o revisit multiples, factors, prime and composite numbers. We will also begin multiplying large multi digit numbers. Students will begin to investigate using the area model and revisiting multiplying numbers by 10, 100, and 1,000. We will have a quick quiz on Friday reviewing the skills we have been working with this week. To study for their quiz, kids need to be reviewing their notes in their INB, completing their math packet and practicing their skills on Prodigy.

Homework: Students need to complete 1 page in the math packet each night and work on Prodigy for at least 10 minutes a night. 

Reading: This week we will be focusing on first and secondhand accounts and the elements of drama, poetry, and prose. Students will have a quick quiz over the topics on Friday this week, students should take home their INB to study for their quizzes on Friday.

Homework: Read 30 minutes nightly. Complete and pass 3 ReadTheory passages by Friday. 

ELA: This week we are going to finish our thematic unit of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with our play. We will also be working very hard to complete our personal narratives this week as well. We will be focusing on strong verbs and word choice, strong leads and endings. Students will be working in groups to revise and edit their pieces towards the end of this week and we will publish our final piece when we return from Break.  The annual Spelling Bee is coming up, so this week we will have our class bee to see which students will compete in the school bee. The practice spelling list was sent home a few weeks ago, please have your child practice their words this week. Since this week we will be jammed packed with activities, students will not have spelling or vocabulary homework. We will pick back up with vocab and spelling when we return from Thanksgiving Break.

Social Studies with Mrs. Fleming:

In Social Studies this week we will discuss the Constitutional Convention and the development of our Constitution. Students will understand the rights of the states to govern themselves, The Great Compromise between plans to establish our Constitution, and the Three-Fifths Compromise. Students need to bring home their INB to review these notes at least twice a week.


Science (Mrs. Plunkert’s Homeroom):

Our focus this week will be on Force and Motion and Simple Machines. Students will be working with technology this week to further their understanding of content. Your child will need their earbuds/headphones this week for our lessons in science. Our lessons this week will work with a learning contract that has virtual lessons, informational videos, INB lessons, and workbook activities. Students are able to bring home their Learning Contract and work on some of their lessons at home for review and the contract will be due when we come back from Thanksgiving Break.  There will be a quick quiz on Friday over Simple Machines & Force and Motion. Students were given the Simple Machine Take Home Project last week and their projects are due on NOVEMBER 27th. 

Homework: Work on Learning Contract at home and at school. Continue working on Simple Machine Project.

 

Week of November 5th – 9th

We have finally made it to November and the Thanksgiving Feast is only a few weeks away. Please make sure to send in your Feast slip before Wednesday the 7th. There will be plenty of food for all! This last week the kids did wonderful with their Simple Machine Projects and working on their STEAM project for our performance of the play version of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I am truly amazed at their efforts in creating the full experience for the play! We also enjoyed some fantastic activities on Halloween that went along with our novel study and, the kids absolutely loved it!

Tuesday is a day off for students since it is voting day.

The Canned Food Drive is starting and if you are able to give please think of non-perishable items to send in with your child! The large brown bags will be coming home on Monday for donations.

This week we will start our second rotation of the quarter and the kids will be going to social studies with Mrs. Fleming. We will continue with our STEAM play of our novel this week and our performance date will be sent home later this week for those of you parents who would like to attend our performance in the classroom next week.

Scholastic Book Orders are due this Friday, November 9th. If you wish to order please do so online before Friday. There are a lot of great deals in the scholastic orders this month!

Units of Study:

Math: This week we will continue working with factors, multiples, prime/composite numbers. We will also be working with multiplicative comparisons in a word problem format.

Homework: Students will have a packet to cover skills that we have been working with in class along with multiplication and division facts. Students need to complete a page (front and back) each night.

Reading: This week in reading we will be focusing on point of view and first & secondhand accounts. We will have a reading comprehension on Friday.

Homework: Complete and pass 3 ReadTheory passages by Friday and to read 30 minutes nightly. 

ELA: We will be working with vocabulary unit 10 this week with a SWYK on Friday. We will also continue working with our narratives this week. Finally we will be spending time working on our STEAM Play as well this week.

*We will continue presenting our Simple Machine Projects throughout the week. Students are to take their projects home by the end of the week, please make arrangements to bring it home if your child cannot take it on the bus.*

Social Studies (with Mrs. Fleming): To be posted soon!


Science (for Mrs. Plunkert’s Homeroom): This week we will continue working with weather mapping and various climate regions. Students will also be receiving their first take home project this week. The project is on simple machines and next week we will be learning this content. I wanted to give the project out ahead of time so that the kids can go ahead and start their research and planning for their project. The project will be due on Tuesday, November 27th.  We will be using BrainPop and Nearpod during this rotation to do independent digital learning. On Friday students will complete a weather map performance assessment and will be allowed to use their Science INB.

Homework: Review your Science INB nightly to look over weather and climate notes. Begin research for your Simple Machine Project and use the Simple Machines Symbaloo on my “Class Links Page” on the blog.

Week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 2nd

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and was able to enjoy the Fall festival and the weather! Last week we wrapped up our Novel Study on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, had a Skype Author’s Visit, and spent time starting a quick creative writing project with our writing buddies!

This week will be jammed packed with learning and excitement! Today we started our Reader’s Theater of the Novel and will be working with that throughout the week. On Wednesday we will have a bunch of STEAM activities to do in relation to the novel. We will also be comparing and contrasting different versions of the novel from literature to media this week.

Simple Machine Projects are due this Friday and I can’t wait to see what he kids have come up with! Also on Friday Scholastic Book Orders for November will be sent home. There are some great holiday gift ideas in the orders that are coming home. If you wish to purchase please do so online and have your order placed no later than  Thursday, November 8th.

Important Dates to Know:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Wear your Halloween costume for $2.00 for Foundation
  • Friday, Nov. 2nd – Simple Machine Take Home Project DUE
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6th – No school for students
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7th –  Thanksgiving Feast form DUE

Units of Study:

Math: This week we will be continuing with learning about multiples, factors, prime and composite numbers. There will be a quiz over factors and multiples on Friday.

Homework: Complete a page (front & back) of the math packet nightly and to also play on Prodigy for at least 20 minutes.

Reading: Our focus in reading are story elements and elements of drama. Since we finished our Sleepy Hollow novel last week, we will be extending our learning of it with a readers theater STEAM project. This project will also roll into next week. To wrap up our character traits lessons, the kids will be making a epitaph to memorialize the fictional characters from the story this week as well! We will work with scholastic news and super science for the next two weeks as well.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes nightly and to complete Graphic Organizers for the 25 Book Challenge

ELA: This week we will be working with our writing buddies at least twice to complete our descriptive paragraph writing and craftivity. We will also have our second week of spelling words this week with a SWYK on Friday. Our personal narratives are coming along nicely and we will be digging deep into using dialogue and quotation marks effectively this week too.

Homework:  Complete spelling activities that amount to at least 15 points by Friday to help prepare for their spelling test

Science:  This is our last week in Science for this quarter and we will look into our unit about ecosystems. The kids will be doing a gallery walk and stations to learn about ecosystems this week. There will be a short Quiz on Friday for the kids to show what they’ve learned.

Homework: Have your simple machine project complete and ready to turn in by Friday. If you turn in your project late, each day it is not turned in you will lose 10% points off of the total grade.

Week of October 22nd – 26th

Here we are moving right along into the second quarter of 4th Grade! Thank you all for coming to conferences last week! I truly enjoyed talking with each and every one of you to discuss your child! This upcoming week will be filled with tons of learning and activities.

Just a preview of what’s in store: Writing Buddies with Mrs. Miller’s class, a Harlem Globe Trotter’s assembly, Fall Festival on Friday, 25 Book Challenge Celebration for the first 9 weeks, and many other things leading up to next week as well!

Important Dates to Know:

  • Monday, October 22nd: Festival Spirit Wear – PJ Day
  • Tuesday, October 23rd: Festival Spirit Wear – Football Team Day
  • Tuesday, October 23rd: 25 Book Challenge for the 1st nine weeks @ 7:15 in the small cafeteria.
  • Tuesday, October 23rd: 5th Grade Musical in the evening
  • Wednesday, October 24th: Festival Spirit Wear – Wacky Tacky Day
  • Thursday, October 25th: Festival Spirit Wear – Twin Day
  • Friday, October 26th: Festival Spirit Wear – Ford Spirit Day
  • Friday, October 26th: Fall Festival 6 – 8:30
  • Friday, November 2nd: Simple Machine At Home Project Due

 

Units of Study:

Math: This week in Math we will continue our study of multiplicative comparisons. Example: 56 is 8 times as many as 7 or  7 groups of 8 equals 56or the product of 7 and 8is 56.  Understanding the use of the vocabulary and how to compute and write equations from it is very important. The students will have notes in their Math INBs to help them study and refer to.  Knowing your multiplication facts is a MUST.  We will begin doing more practice at school but know it is not enough – they must be practicing at home too. Conceptua is a GREAT Resource for the kids to be practicing and mastering their facts for both multiplication and divison. We will have a quiz over Multiplicative Comparisons on Wednesday. Then we will begin learning about Factors and Multiples.

Homework: Practicing math facts and Prodigy for at least 20 minutes a night. Students will recieve a Review Sheet on Tuesday to complete for their upcoming Quiz.

Reading: In Reading we will be continuing to read our novel study for this month. By the end of the week we should complete the book. For reading skills, we will be focusing closely on Character Traits and creating a spooky fun activity with our novel later in the week. Once we finish the novel students will be participating in a Readers Theater version of the novel, which should be a wonderful time!

Homework: Students should be reading 30 minutes nightly and complete and pass at least 3 Read Theory Passages by Friday

ELA: This week we will focus on writing leads and character descriptions.  We will add this to the narrative that we have been developing. We will also have writing buddies this week, where we will be writing a descriptive realty ad for a spooky house. We will also be picking up with our Vocabulary Unit 9 this week and a SWYK on Friday.

Homework:

  • Monday – Get to know Unit 9 Vocab words and definitions
  • Tuesday – Synonyms for Unit 9
  • Wednesday – Antonyms for Unit 9
  • Thursday – Review Unit 9 words for SWYK

Science: Our focus this week will be on Force and Motion and Simple Machines. Students will be finishing up their online Virtual Weather Station Lab on Monday. Our lessons this week will work with virtual lessons, informational videos, INB lessons, and workbook activities. Students were given the Simple Machine Take Home Project on Friday and it is due NOVEMBER 2nd.

Homework: Working on Simple Machine Project

 

Week of October 8th – 12th

Wow was last week a blast after coming back from Fall Break! The field trip for Rivers Alive went off without a hitch! The kids had such an amazing experience and I am so thankful for all of the parents who came and also volunteered their time! We also had a guidance lesson last week that focused on having a growth mindset and the various parts of the brain and their functions. This week is the final week in our rotation for LEEP.

This week is another busy week full of activity!  On Monday we will be having our first STEM Speaker. Then Tuesday night is the annual STEM Night from 6:00pm – 7:30 pm! Then on Wednesday we will get our hearing and vision screened and it is also the mark for the end of the first nine weeks. Then to top off towards the end of the week, Thursday is Early Release at 12:30 and Friday the kids have Mustang Madness!

Also a very important note! Fall Conference Week is upon us and this year you will be able to sign up for a time that works for you through Sign Up Genius. Conference week is October 15th through the 19h. If a phone conference is more convienent for you please make sure to note it in the comment section of you conference sign up slot. I will be sending out the link Monday afternoon through a Class Dojo message and through email. Please make sure to sign up for only one conference slot. If you cannot make your conference time after signing up please make sure to email me so that we can reschedule.

25 Book Challenge graphic organizers are due on Monday, Oct. 15th. There will be a quick update on your child’s progress that will be stapled in their agenda this week. Remember to please review your child’s graphic organizer for completeness in the following areas before signing off on it: a minimum of 5 sentences per paragraph and proper spelling and grammar.

 

Important Dates to Know:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9th – STEM Night 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10th – Hearing and Vision Screening: if you child wears glasses please make sure that they have them for their screening
  • Thursday, Oct. 11th – EARLY RELEASE AT 12:30pm
  • CONFERENCE WEEK OCT. 15TH- 19TH
  • All 25 Book Challenge Graphic Organizers due Monday, Oct. 15th

Units of Study:

Math: This week in math we will continue our study of perimeter. We will also be working with multi-step word problems as well.

Students will have nightly problems to complete for homework, along with playing on Prodigy this week. There will be a Quiz over Perimeter on Friday.

Reading: In Reading and ELA we will begin our thematic unit with our first novel study! We will be reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in class and will be working on a variety of skills. This week our focus will be primarily on predictions involving the novel and other passages, setting, and character traits.

Homework for this week in reading, students need to be reading 30 minutes nightly and completing graphic organizers. They also need to complete and pass 2 READTHEORY passages by FRIDAY.

ELA: In ELA this week we will be working with our Novel study by incorporating our reading skills with our writing. Students will also continue with writing their personal narrative and will complete some quick writes & constructed responses. Students will also be working with Vocabulary Unit 8 and a SWYK on Friday.

Students should be working with their vocabulary words this week and studying nightly for their SWYK on Friday. Homework for this week will be as follows: 

  • Monday: Get familiar with unit 8 vocab words
  • Tuesday: Synonyms for Unit 8
  • Wednesday: Antonyms for Unit 8
  • Thursday: Study Unit 8 words for tomorrow’s SWYK

LEEP: We are now working on the character map and trait writing for Magpie after completing Dog’s together. Last week we had great discussions about character trait words and connotations/ denotations of different words. By Friday we will begin our final writing opinion piece answering the prompt, “In the story Fox, three characters each have their own struggles. Which character do you think has the hardest life? Support your answer with details from the text.”


Science for Mrs. Fleming’s Homeroom:

Last week we wrapped up our study on the water cycle and this week we will begin our unit on Weather. Students will continue to observe and complete their water cycle Lab in a Bag this week and their quick water cycle project that they chose in class.  This week is our final week together for this quarter and our focus will be on all things weather! Students will be learning about the various types of clouds, precipitation, weather instruments and what causes weather. We will be working with our Science Workbook and students will be actively reading, learning about cause and effect, and annotating main ideas, key details, and important vocabulary. On Thursday we will have a quiz over what we have learned with Weather. This will be an open note quiz, but please make sure to have your child review their Interactive notebook and workbook nightly to ensure their success on their upcoming quiz this Thursday.

Students will have homework this week so that we can have more interactive discussions in class.

Monday: Read Science Workbook pages 198-199. Make sure to complete the ACTIVE READING ACTIVITY for those pages.

Tuesday: Read Science Workbook pages 200-201. Make sure to complete the ACTIVE READING ACTIVITY for those pages.

Wednesday: Study and look over your notes on weather and weather tools, types of clouds, and types of precipitation for your quiz on Thursday.

Vocabulary words to know and review this week: humidity, weather vane, anemometer, rain gauge, air pressure, atmosphere, air pressure, precipitation, cirrus, stratus, cumulus.

 

Week of October 1st – 5th

I hope everyone enjoyed their vacation this Fall Break! I can’t wait to hear all about everyone’s vacation! This week will be another busy one full of fun and leaarning. This week will be the second week in LEEP with Mrs. Plunkert in our rotation schedule.

This week we will be celebrating our Big Head Incentives. Tuesday will be Gum Day. I will have some gum for the kids or if your child would like they can bring in their own gum to chew throughout the day. Wednesday will be PJ’s/Slippers/Hat Day and on Thursday we will have our POP-n-Play day. Students may bring a board/card game from home to play during math time. Your child may also bring a can of soda to enjoy as the POP part of the reward.

We will be going on our Field Trip for Rivers Alive on Friday. Please pack a sack lunch for your child in a disposable bag or remind your child to buy one from the cafeteria on Friday morning. Parents are more than welcome to join us on our clean up of Lake Acworth at Cauble Park. If you would like to join us and help out on Friday, please email me so I can get a head count of potential volunteers. More information about our Field Trip will be coming home on Monday in your CHILD’S RED FOLDER for you and your child to look over and fill out a release form.

IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

  • Tuesday, October 2nd – GUM DAY: your child may bring their own gum to chew
  • Wednesday, October 3rd – PJ’s/Slippers/Hat day
  • Thursday, October 4th – POP -n- PLAY: your child may bring a board/card game and soda to enjoy during Math time
  • Friday, October 5th – Rivers Alive Field Trip (please pack a sack lunch for your child or remind your child to buy one from the cafeteria)

Units of Study:

Math: This week we will be working on Perimeter and Patterns. Homework for this week students will have a work sheet to complete by Friday. They also need to play on Prodigy for at least 15 minutes 2 nights this week to review their Perimeter and Patterns skills.

Reading: This week our focus will be working with a scholastic magazine and focusing on summarizing more in depth. Students will have a reading comprehension on Thursday since Friday will be pretty busy! For homework this week please make sure that your child is reading for 30 minutes nightly. 25 Book Challenge Graphic organizers are due on MONDAY, OCTOBER 15TH for the quarter. Students also need to pass at least 2 passages on READTHEORY by Friday for homework.

Next week we will begin our first novel study and its thematic unit for Reading and some ELA for the rest of the month!

ELA: This week we will continue with our personal narratives. We will be focusing on strong leads and word choice in our writing. We will also be working with Vocabulary Unit 7 this week, with a SWYK on Friday. For grammar we will be working with adjectives this week as well.

LEEP with Mrs. Plunkert:  (waiting on update from Mrs. Plunkert)

Science (Mrs. Fleming’s Homeroom): Students will continue our learning about the water cycle. Students will have a SWYK on Thursday over the Water Cycle, please make sure that you review your child’s notes and Science INB with them nightly to help them study. We will also begin our Water Cycle Lab and the lab report will be due next Monday.

Week of Sept. 17 – 21

Another week has come and gone here in 4th grade. Our second rotation of classes has also ended and we are starting our last 3 week rotation on Monday. Last week the kids did wonderful with being respectful during testing for other grade levels. We also had our first CODE RED DRILL on Wednesday and the kids did a wonderful job of remaining quiet and treating the drill with respect. Feel free to talk with your child about the importance of a CODE RED and that even though we have drills they should always be taken seriously.

The BIG HEAD CAMPAIGN is coming to a close and Monday is the last day to donate! You all have been very charitable and we have made it 54% TO OUR CLASS GOAL!! The kids have earned gum day and Pajamas/slippers/hat day as well! If we make it to 60% the kids will have a Pop & Play day, where they will get to enjoy popcorn and play games with the class!

With the percentage that I get back from your donations I have a few ideas on what I could purchase for the kids! I would love to get more technology for the classroom, so that we can utilize it for science data colection and for all the online resources that the kids love to use with their studies! Another area that would better  our classroom is to purchase some new clipboards for the kids for when we work out side for our PBL lessons. Lastly, I would love to purchase some more lap desks and flexible seating options for the kids to enhance and make their learning more comfortable when working independently and in groups.

The school and I are so gracious and thankful for all of your support! Here is the link to donate to the campaign so that we can get more technology and for funding towards our PBL projects: https://4agc.com/donation_pages/ee84c117-fe30-433e-a022-c89ed5775764

This week we will be busy learning and growing before next week’s Fall Break. We have a field trip to the Cobb Youth Museum on Wednesday and the kids are very excited! We will be back from the field trip in time for lunch at school.  The kids will be going to Mrs. Plunkert for LEEP starting on Monday for the next three weeks, which will be a wonderful time for all!

The Book Order for September went home on Friday and if you wish to order please have it submitted online no later than this THURSDAY EVENING. You can still purchase next month’s first novel study, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” for only $3.00 through the Scholastic Book Order.

In your child’s red folder on Friday you should have received another field trip permission form. This is for our upcoming field trip for River’s Alive in October! We will be cleaning up around Lake Acworth to help prevent pollution to our watershed! We will be going on the trip the Friday we come back from Fall Break and parents are more than welcome to join us on this trip! More information will be coming to you before the trip and please email me if you are able to join us with the clean up! Please make sure to send in your child’s PERMISSION SLIP by FRIDAY, SEPT. 21st. 

Important Dates to Know:

  • Wednesday, September 19th – Field Trip to the Cobb Youth Museum
  • Thursday, September 20th – Scholastic Book Orders Due for September
  • Friday, September 21st – Rivers Alive Field Trip Permission Slips DUE
  • September 24 – 30th – FALL BREAK
  • Friday, October 5th – Rivers Alive Field Trip
  • October 15th – All 25 Book Challenge Graphic Organizers are due for the 1st Quarter

Units of Study for this week:

Math: This week we will wrap up our unit on addition and subtraction. Students will have a SWYK on Friday over adding and subtracting. We will be reviewing and reinfining our skills this week and using the model drawing strategy when solving word problems. Students will have daily homework to review what we are working on in class and will need to work on Prodigy to also help repare for their upcoming SWYK.

Reading: This week the focus in reading is on inferencing and continuing our work with the RACE strategy. Students will be working with a Scholastic News Magazine this week to apply what they learn in mini lessons. There will be a SWYK on Friday over details and inferences. All papers for the scholastic will be due on Friday. For homework in reading this week, to practice our Question and Answer Skills to have your child complete at least 2 READ Theory passages online by Friday and to read for 30 minutes nightly.

ELA: This week we will continue our drafting stage of the writing process on our personal narratives. We will be focusing on topic sentences as well to really hook our audience to read our essays. We will be working with Vocabulary unit 6 this week and a SWYK on Friday. For grammar we will be focusing on pronouns and adjectives this week.

LEEP with Mrs. Plunkert: We are beginning our study of the book “Fox”. We will be discussing key vocabulary, characters’ actions, thoughts and words, and how they help us learn about character traits. This week, students will be working on character maps and vocabulary cards.

Science (Mrs. Fleming’s Homeroom): This week we will complete a get to know you activity and then dive deep into our unit on the Water Cycle and Weather. Students will be focusing on the states of matter and the water cycle this week. Students will have a SWYK over the water cycle when we come back from Fall Break.

Vocabulary to Know: condensation, evaporation, precipitation, transpiration, run off, ground water, accumulation, solid, liquid, gas, water cycle

 

Week of September 10th – 14th

Last week was another great one in 4th grade! The kids were phenomenal with being flexible and respectful towards the grades that were testing during the week and with our schedule changes. The kids really impressed me with applying their close reading skills that they learned last week as we worked with our Scholastic News magazine. The kids are so excited to begin tracking hurricanes and weather data this week as well!

We also had a fun Friday with the Big Head Campaign Pep Rally. The Big Head Campaign is happening from September 10th through the 17th. You can donate online or send in your donation with the envelope that came with attached information on Friday in your child’s red folder. There will be classoom incentives to help motivate the kids as well.

With the percentage that I get back from your donations I have a few ideas on what I could purchase for the kids! I would love to get more technology for the classroom so that we can utilize it for science data colection and for all the online resources that the kids love to use with their studies. Another area that I would love to better in our classroom is to purchase some new clipboards for the kids for when we work out side for our PBL lessons. Lastly I would love ot purchase some more lap desks and flexible seating options for the kids to enhance and make their learning more comfortable when working independently and in groups.

The school and I are so gracious and thankful for all of your support! Here is the link to donate to the campaign so that we can get more technology and for funding towards our PBL projects: https://4agc.com/donation_pages/ee84c117-fe30-433e-a022-c89ed5775764

This week students will get to further their understanding of the water cycle and how water is a valuable resource by participating in the water Relay on Thursday. Please make sure to check your child’s grade on ParentVue and I have also talked with the kids to make sure that they know the importance of checking their grades as well. Grades will continue to be updated as they are taken in class. This Friday is also Mustang Madness for the kids and the last week in their current class for rotation.

This coming Friday in your child’s red folder there will be a Scholastic Book Order and orders need to be submitted online by Thursday, September 20th. In October we will begin our first novel study. We will be reading the Legend of Sleepy Hollow as an introduction to traditional literature. If you would like your child to have their own copy of the book to work with in October, you can purchase the novel through Scholastic for only $3.00.

Please make sure to turn in your child’s performing arts field trip permission slip before Friday, September 21st. If you have not already turned in your child’s persmission slip for our upcoming field trip, the Cobb Youth Museum on the 19th, please do ASAP. Your child doesn’t need a lunch because we will be back before lunch.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 9th – WATCH DOGS Pizza Party 6:30-8:00
  • Thursday, September 13th – Water Relay at school
  • Wednesday, September 19th – Field Trip to the Cobb Youth Museum
  • Thursday, September 20th – Scholastic Book Orders Due for September
  • October 15th – All 25 Book Challenge Graphic Organizers are due for the 1st Quarter

Units of Study:

Math: This week we will continue our unit on addition and subtraction. Our primary focus will be on subtraction this week. Students will be working on subtracting across zeros and using the standard algorithm to add and subtract. Students will have a sheet of subtraction problems to complete for homework this week. There will be 6 problems each night to complete. We will review the previous night’s homework in class. Students will have a SWYK over adding and subtracting next week.

Reading: This week we will be working with question and response and then leading into making inferences. We will also be focusing on how to use the RACES Strategy when working with certain questions that require a written response. Homework this week is to read for 30 minutes and to complete graphic organizers for the 25 Book Challenge.

ELA: This week we will continue working with parts of speech and writing our personal narratives. Students will also be working with Vocabulary Unit 5 this week. There will be a SWYK over the vocabulary unit on Friday. Homework will be to complete the following: Get to know the words and definitions on Monday, Synonyms on Tuesday, Antonyms on Wednesday and to study their words on Thursday night.

Social Studies (update from Mrs. Fleming): In social studies we will be wrapping up part of our American Revolution Unit. We have covered the causes, important groups, and part of the Declaration of Independence. This week we will focus on finishing our study of the Declaration, important people, and the main battles of the war. Students will have a SWYK on Thursday, September 13th.

Science (Plunkert’s Homeroom): Last week we wrapped up our study on the water cycle and began our unit on Weather. Students will continue to observe and complete their water cycle Lab in a Bag this week. The Lab in a Bag report will be due on Thursday. This week is our final week together for this quarter and our focus will be on all things weather! Students will be learning about the various types of clouds, precipitation, weather instruments and what causes weather. We will be working with our Science Workbook and students will be actively reading, learning about cause and effect, and annotating main ideas, key details, and important vocabulary. On Thursday we will have a quiz over what we have learned with Weather. Please make sure to have your child review their Interactive notebook and workbook nightly to ensure their success on their upcoming quiz this Thursday.

Students will have homework this week so that we can have more interactive discussions in class.

Monday: Read Science Workbook pages 198-199. Make sure to complete the ACTIVE READING ACTIVITY for those pages.

Tuesday: Read Science Workbook pages 200-201. Make sure to complete the ACTIVE READING ACTIVITY for those pages.

Wednesday: Study and look over your notes on weather and weather tools, types of clouds, and types of precipitation for your quiz on Thursday.

Vocabualry words to know and review this week: humidity, weather vane, anemometer, rain gauge, air pressure, atmosphere, air pressure, precipitation, cirrus, stratus, cumulus.

 

Week of September 4th

Another week has come and gone in Fourth Grade. I hope that everyone relaxed and enjoyed their 3 day weekend. Last week students met with their writing buddies and worked really well in teams to organzie paragraphs. There was tons of excitement in the classroom about switching classes and going to Mrs. Fleming for social studies. It was great to see those of you that turned out for Bingo Night on Friday too. This week with it being shorter, there will not be  vocabulary homework or a SWYK on Friday. We will pick up with vocabulary again next week. This week you should be able to see your child’s current grades through ParentVue. If you have not done so already please make sure to turn in your child’s field trip permission slip for the Cobb Youth Museum.

Important Dates to Remember:

Sept. 8th is Green Apple Day of Service from 8-12

 

Units of Study:

Math: This week we will be starting our unit on adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. Students will have homework worksheets on adding and subtracting along with some nights working on Prodigy, please have them work on it for a minimum of 15 minutes a night to help ensure their retention of what has been taught.

Reading: Students will be working with a Scholastic News Magazine this week to enhance our close reading skills. Along with that we will be focusing on hwo readers ask questions when reading and the various types of question answer relationships in reading. Students will be introduced to NewsELA, which is an online reading resource for informational text, and will have to read an article a night. This can count as your child’s thirty minutes of reading as well. There will be a reading comprehension on Friday.

ELA: This week we will continue working on our personal narrative, students will begin drafting and organizing their thoughts for their narrative. We will not have Vocabulary this week. Grammar lessons will also be included with our writing throughout the week.

Social Studies with Mrs. Fleming: In Social Studies this week, we will spend the beginning of the week focusing on our economics unit and the book “Lawn Boy”. We will then study the causes of the American Revolution. Students will have an open note SWYK over the causes, people, and battles of the American Revolution on Thursday, September 13th. Starting at the end of this week students can bring home their S.S. INB each day to read over their notes to study.  *Social Studies* This is a excerpt from Mrs. Fleming’s blog in regards to this week*

Science (Plunkert’s Homeroom): Students will continue our learning about the water cycle. Students will have a SWYK on Thursday over the Water Cycle, please make sure that you review your child’s notes and Science INB with them nightly to help them study. We also began our Water Cycle Lab on Friday and students will continue working with that this week.

Week of August 27th

Well we survived another week of Fourth Grade and had a blast! Students wrapped up science focusing on clouds and types of precipitation. We also had a wonderful experience with our Earth Parents on Thursday when we participated in the Watershed Enviroscape. I was so porud of all the scientific questions that the kids posed to the Army Corps Engineer and how well they applied concepts that they have learned during our science time! In students red folders, graded papers, Accountability Report, Field Trip permission slip and Reflections entry papers came home. Please encourage your child to participate in the Reflections Competition. I am so excited to see all the Graphic Organizers that students have turned in for the 25 Book Challenge! Please make sure to look over and edit your child’s summary before they turn it in. Each G.O. needs your signature as well.  On Monday we will start switching classes. My homeroom will be going to Social Studies with Mrs. Fleming for the next 3 weeks. Please make sure to check her blog for updates on Social Studies. Please make sure to return your child’s field trip permission form as soon as possible, our first field trip is to the Cobb Youth Museum and chaperones aren’t necessary. There is also a new page added to the Parent Resource Tab, to help out with the acronyms that are used in 4th Grade, please check it out.

Important Dates:

Wednesday 8/29 is EARLY RELEASE at 12:30

Thursday 8/30 Yogli Mowgli Spirit Night 2-8pm

Friday 8/31 Bingo Night 6:15-8:00 pm

Monday 9/3 Labor Day NO SCHOOL

 

Units of Study:

Math: This week we will be digging deeper into rounding and place value. We will be applying our concepts of rounding on number lines. There will be a SWYK on Friday over rounding. On Thursday, we will work on a review sheet in class and students are to complete/study for their SWYK. Students homework will be the spiral homework sheet for Monday through Wednesday. Please encourage your child to get on Prodigy to help them refine their math skills.

Reading: This week we will continue with making connections with our reading to further understanding. Students will also be working on Close Reading Strategies with the Scholastic Super Science and ReadTheory passages. Homework for this week is to read for 30 minutes nightly so that they can complete their G.O. for the 25 Book challenge.

ELA: This week we will continue Grammar Bootcamp and our writing unit. Students will also be working with Unit 4 Vocabulary. There will be a SWYK on Friday for Unit 4 vocabulary words.

Science: This week we will complete a get to know you activity and then dive deep into our unit on the Water Cycle and Weather. Students will be focusing on the states of matter and the water cycle this week. Students will have a SWYK over the water cycle next week.