Week of November 13th

This is the last week before Thanksgiving break and it will be yet another busy week in fourth grade!  We have our Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday at 12:05 to 12:50.  I hope to see all of you there!

On Friday, I sent home the optional “Holiday Gift” form that we will be creating in class, please make sure to send in your child’s money by Friday if they wish to participate. The kids are so excited to begin creating the gift and I can;t wait to see their end results!

Also Scholastic Book Orders for November are going to be due this FRIDAY, so that we can get in your order before winter break.

In other news, we spent the week working on multiplicative comparisons,  wrapping up the unit on Early European Explorers, and continuing to work on our weather forecasts. The kids are so creative and full of excitement when it comes to their weather forecasts! I can’t wait to watch their final products!

Units of Study:

Math – we will be working on double digit multiplication.  Students will use either area model or partial product to solve.  Homework this week will be a review type sheet, which has 20 problems on it. Please have your student complete 5 problems each night. I have also assigned the kids to work on Conceptua math to build on their Multiplication fact knowledge so that our lessons this week will be easier for them.

Writing – We’ll be starting our unit on Persuasive writing.  We will begin to formulate ideas and develop topics. Students will not have spelling or vocabulary homework this week.

Reading – This week we will be working on our Scholastic Magazine and Close Reading Strategies. The Scholastic magazine and all worksheets will be due on Friday. We will also have our regular reading comprehension SWYK on Friday. Students are going to have online homework on ReadTheory this week. Students should take 2 ReadTheory quizzes and write their scores in their agendas to show me the next morning.

Science – This week will be the final crunch to get our Weather Forecast Project completed. Students will be working on collecting data, writing their script and filming all throughout this week. All projects are due this Friday.

Social Studies – We will begin our unit on the Colonies and discuss the New England  colonies this week.

Week of November 6th – 10th

This week will be packed full with learning! Last week we worked on our personal narratives which have come a long way, took a test over factors, multiples, prime/composite numbers, took our comprehension quizzes and a vocabulary SWYK, wrapped up our study of European Explorers. Halloween was a great time for all! Many thanks to the help of our parents with extending our Dia de los muertos study with cookie decorating. We also got to have a comparison of medias (book vs. movie) of  our novel study on “The Witches” with Mrs. Miller’s class. We had a very successful STEM tour on Friday working on our weather forecasts!  It was a very busy week!

Another thank you is in order to all of those who donated to the BIG HEAD Campaign. We reached 54% of our classroom goal and the school made the overall goal as well! The kids enjoyed all of the in class incentives that they had earned during the fundraiser. Along with that they also enjoyed the carnival recess that was put on by the Ford Foundation as well!

Important Events and Reminders for the week:

  • NO SCHOOL on TUESDAY November 7th for students.
  • Canned food drive is still going on. Please make donations to help those less fortunate as the holidays approach.
  • STEM Night is this Thursday from 6:00 – 7:30, I hope to see you there!
  • Scholastic Book orders are coming home this week. This is a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done at discounted prices! I am asking that Orders be due on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17th so that we can get your order before the holiday break!

 

New Units this Week:

Math:  We will be beginning our unit on Multiplication and this week we will be focusing on multiplicative comparisons. Please continue to review multiplication facts with your student nightly to help ensure their success with this unit. Homework is the same weekly sheet.

Reading:  This week we will be working nonfiction text structures. Students will be wrapping up their reading of our Novel Study “The Witches” and should be completing their Edmodo questions by the Wednesday. Students will have a SWYK over the book on Wednesday.

Writing:  This week we will be publishing our Personal Narratives and then beginning our next unit on persuasive writing. Students will also have spelling homework this week and will have a SWYK over the words on Friday.

Social Studies: We will have a review on the Explorers on Monday and students will have a SWYK on Wednesday over all of the Explorers. Please encourage your student to study their Social Studies Interactive Notebook this week for their SWYK. Then we will begin our unit on The 13 Colonies.

Science: We will continue recording weather data this week as well as starting our forecast scripts.

Week of Oct. 30th – Nov. 3rd

We had another fantastic week in Fourth Grade. On Wednesday we had an author visit, which really encouraged the kids to continue enjoying writing and boy did it show!   In our academic subjects we worked on factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers, worked on our multiplication facts, took a quiz over the first 9 chapters of our novel study, discussed the different types of clouds, and took weather data for our forecasting project! It was a very busy week!

There are two days left in the Ford Foundation Campaign. Please consider donating and a HUGE THANK YOU to those of you who did. The kids reached around 45% of our class goal so far which means that we will have Pajama and Slipper Day on Wednesday this week!

If you were planning to participate in our school’s Annual Campaign, there are still a few days left.  Just send in your donation with your child on Monday or make a secure online donation at https://4agc.com/donation_pages/ee84c117-fe30-433e-a022-c89ed5775764 and your donation will count towards our class total!

With Halloween on Tuesday, students are allowed to wear their Halloween Costumes as long as they donate $2 to the Ford Foundation. If your child is going to wear their costume on Tuesday please make sure that it is school appropriate and will not scare younger students also no masks or props. We also have a guidance lesson this week. Bingo is Friday night from 6:30 – 8:00.

New Units this Week:

Math:  We will be wrapping up factors, multiples, prime/composite numbers and then beginning multiplicative comparisons. Students will have a SWYK over factors, multiples, prime/composite numbers on Wednesday. Please encourage your student to bring home their Math Interactive Notebook to study with. Homework is the same sheet.

Reading:  This week we will be working and reviewing setting and plot in fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will have Vocabulary homework this week and also need to study their Vocabulary unit 4 words. They will have a SWYK on Friday. Students will also have reading homework with our Novel Study “The Witches” and Edmodo questions. We are hoping to wrap up the novel by Friday with a SWYK next Monday.

Writing:  This week we will be wrapping up our Personal Narratives with writing strong endings and publishing their final copy.

Social Studies: We will continue our studies on European Explorers Hernando de Soto, Henry Hudson, Jacques Cartier, and John Cabot. Students will have a SWYK next Tuesday over all of the Explorers. Please encourage your student to study their Social Studies Interactive Notebook this week for their SWYK.

Science: We will continue recording weather data this week as well as starting our forecast scripts.

Week of October 23rd – 27th

Thank you to everyone who made it to conferences this past week! I am sure that the kids are ready for a normal week as much as you are! I am so proud of how many students made their first quarter goal for  the 25 Book Challenge goal and it showed when they went to the Books for Breakfast Celebration! I want to see everyone at our next 25 Book Challenge Quarter Celebration! We have a very busy week ahead of us. There will be the 5th grade Musical on Tuesday and an author visit on Wednesday. Then on Friday students’ will have Mustang Madness.  This week will be a very busy academic week.  The second quarter and the ones coming after bring more advanced academic work.  So sit back and buckle up your seat belts, here we go on the journey known as Fourth Grade!

This week is also the Big Head Campaign! If you are able to donate to the class that would be fantastic and if not just having your support of your child is enough! There are classroom incentives for the kids to keep up their morale. Along with the winning class from each grade will get a carnival themed recess with extra treats involved!

New Units of Study this Week:

Math – we will begin our unit on factors and multiples. Students will also be introduced to prime and composite numbers as well. Math homework will be the same,  please practice multiplication facts.

Writing: This is our final week working on our creative writing piece. Students will also be working on how to create strong leads and endings in their personal narrative this week. The goal will be to have both pieces finalized by the end of the week!

Reading:  This week we will wrap up our lessons on Character traits and begin text structures in non fiction texts. We will also be continuing our novel study of the witches. Students will have a SWYK over chapters 1-9 on Friday.  We will begin Vocabulary unit 4 this week.

Science: We will begin collecting data for our final weather forecasting lesson. Students will also be learning about clouds this week. There will be a quiz over clouds on Friday.

Social Studies:  We will be continuing our unit on Explorers.  There will be a SWYK over the explorers next week. Please review the information on the explorers with your student throughout the week.

Week of October 16th

It’s the 11th week of school and it’s amazing to see how the kids have been growing intellectually and physically!  Everyone has been settling into the groove of fourth grade and are working towards being independent and responsible rising fifth graders. We studied numeric and non-numeric patterns and input/output tables, which the kids picked up on rather quickly!  I am so thrilled at how much the kids are loving  our novel study for this month and not wanting to put the book down! We wrapped up our unit on Native Americans and are ready to start on Explorers.  We have been working so hard on learning about all things weather related. We will be taking a test on weather instruments on Wednesday.  Students will be given a study guide on Tuesday and should be taking home their Science INB to study with.

This week is conference week and students will be dismissed at 12:15 all week.  I am looking forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your fantastic children.  If you are unsure of your time, please let me know as soon as possible.

Units of Study this week:

Math – We will wrap up our unit on patterns and students will have a quiz on Wednesday.  We will then begin our unit on Multiples, Factors, Divisibility Rules and Prime / Composite numbers.  Homework is the same this week.

Reading – This week we will continue working on defining character traits and characterization in literature. On Friday kids will have their usual reading comprehensions and a Spelling Test. We are still reading our novel “The Witches” by Roald Dahl. Students will be reading the novel in class along with at home for homework some nights. Please encourage discussions with your child about what they are reading. Students will also begin a new Scholastic Magazine and it will be due next Friday.

Writing – We will be finalizing our Totem Pole Writing Narrative this week. We will be continuing working on our Personal Narratives and working on creating strong leads and closing sentences.

Social Studies – We will begin our unit on Early Explorers.

Science – SWYK on Wednesday on weather instruments.  The rest of the week will focus on our weather forecasting projects and types of clouds.

Week of October 9th

Last week’s field trip to Cauble Park was such an eye opening experience for the kids! I was amazed at all their hard work cleaning up litter and collecting data. We also wrapped up our unit on perimeter in math. This week we will be wrapping up our unit on Native Americans and our 3rd vocabulary unit.  We will still be working along with our weather and personal narrative unit.

This week is Fall Festival Spirit week. The Fall Festival is Friday evening.  The following dress up opportunities are available if you so choose:

Monday –  Ford spirit wear day – wear fourth grade t shirt
Tuesday – wear candy corn colors – orange, yellow and white
Wednesday – Wacky tacky day
Thursday –  Boots, bows and bandanas
Friday – Plaid is rad
On Tuesday we will have hearing and vision for our class. Thursday is early release day, students will be dismissed at 12:20. We are also beginning the second quarter, I can’t believe how fast this school year is going! If you have not returned the conference form, please send that in as soon as possible.
Friday is the due date if you are ordering any books from this month’s scholastic order. Please send in your child’s money to me by Friday or order online.
Units of study for this week:
Math: We will be continuing our unit with patterns and will be learning about divisibility rules. There will be a quiz on Friday over patterns. Homework will be the same this week, the weekly sheet.
Reading: This week we will be working on defining character traits and characterization in literature. On Friday kids will have their usual reading comprehensions and a SWYK on Unit 3 Vocabulary. We will also be kicking off our first novel study “The Witches” by Roald Dahl. Students will be reading the novel in class along with at home for homework some nights. Please encourage discussions with your child about what they are reading.
Writing: We will be wrapping up our,Totem Pole writing, Social Studies integrated writing piece this week. We are still continuing our personal narrative and we will be working on characters, dialogue, strong leads and endings.
Science: Weather is still the focus in science. Students will begin working on their Weather Forecasting Project.
Social Studies: We will finally be wrapping up our unit on Native Americans this week. Students will have a SWYK on Thursday over the tribes that we have studied. Then we will begin our unit on European Explorers.

Week of September 18-22

We had a short but productive week last week! The kids were introduced to our PBL site and are excited to begin clean up tomorrow! Please make sure that your child is in clothes and tennis shoes that they are able to get dirty in as we are working in the garden tomorrow afternoon with Mrs. Padgett.  Students also brought home their permission slips for our Rivers Alive clean up and their class tshirts. Please return the permission slip as soon as you can.  Tuesday will be our visit from the DOE. Students will be released at 2. Please plan accordingly. On Friday we will have an Earth Parent Lesson with Mr. Carlin. Next week is a Fall Break! We are almost done with the first quarter!! Please make sure to encourage your child to complete their graphic organizers for the 25 Book Challenge as the quarter is coming to a close rather quickly!

One a rather important note, we currently are still without a Room Parent and a Reading Parent for this year. If you are interested please reach out to me as soon as possible so we can get together and discuss things.

Units of Study this week:

Math – We will begin our unit on perimeter and area.  Homework this week will be 30 subtraction problems. This sheet is due Friday, we will go over some of the problems every day.

Reading -Our focus this week will be continuing with inferences and making predictions.  This week students will have their 3rd spelling list to be working with and a SWYK on Friday over those words.

Writing – We will spend part of this week writing our Narratives. We will also discuss endings and editing. Students will also be working on a creative writing piece that integrates our social studies unit.

Science – We will be continuing our unit on weather and weather forecasting.

Social Studies – We will continue our unit on Native Americans.

Week of September 13-15

I sure hope everyone stayed safe over the extended weekend, thanks to Hurricane Irma. That storm allowed students to understand more in depth of our current science unit on Weather and Climate. Students will begin collecting weather data this week that will be an activity all year long. Last week we were wrapping up the unit on model drawing and addition/subtraction of large numbers.  We also studied two of our six Native American tribes the Inuit and the Kwakiutl. We will be continue our study of the Kwakiutl for the remainder of the week.  In Reading we were able to identify the different types of questions and how to cite evidence within a text.

Please have the kids wear Red, White and Blue on Wednesday. Next Monday the 18th, please have your students wear clothes and shoes that they will be able to garden in. We will be cleaning up our PBL site with Mrs. Padgett throughout the day.

Next Tuesday the 19th, students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm for the  Department of Education Tour that our school is so lucky to be a part of! Please be aware that your student should be coming home 15 minutes earlier than normal and if you are picking up your student through the car line to be here at the right time as well.

Another announcement is that we will be going on a field trip on October 6th. We will be going to Lake Acworth to participate in a Rivers’s Alive clean up.  Please watch for more information in the red folder.  We will be asking for parent chaperones to help with the clean up.

 

New Units of Study this week:

Math:  We will continue with subtracting across zeros for the remainder of the week.  Homework will be the weekly worksheet.

Reading:  We will discuss inferences while reading and how to make inferences. Students will be assigned to read specific articles on the NEWS ELA website for homework as well this week.

Writing: Students will be continuing their personal narratives and reviewing the writing process. Students will have their SWYK on Vocabulary Unit 2 this week. Please make sure that they are studying their words nightly.

Science:  This week we will discuss weather systems, weather fronts and weather instruments.

Social Studies: We will continue with our unit on Native Americans.

 

Important Dates:

Friday 9/15 – Scholastic Book orders due for September! Order online or on your student’s flyer!

Monday 9/18 – Students will be working in the garden, wear clothes that can get dirty!

Tuesday 9/19 – Early Release at 2:00 for the DOE Tour

October 6th – Rivers Alive Field Trip

 

Week of September 5th

This past month has come and gone so fast! I am very impressed with all the students and their growth so far this year in fourth grade. On Friday the kids really seemed to enjoy the activity with Cobb Water on how our water is filtered and recycled in the community. This last week we wrapped up our addition unit and will be working more in depth with subtraction this upcoming week. Students are finishing up their Water Cycle Poster to wrap up our unit on Water. This week we will continue to work on our small moment Narrative writing. We are half way through the first quarter so please continue to encourage your student to be reading and completing their graphic organizers for the 25 Book Challenge!

Units of Study this Week:

Math:  We will be focusing on Model Drawing with addition and subtraction word problems.  Homework will continue to be the spiral math sheet. SWYK on Friday. Also please have your student continue working on Prodigy to reinforce their math skills as well.

Reading:  We will focus on asking and answering questions within fiction and non fiction texts.  Students will work on the Scholastic Magazine (first one for a grade).  The magazine and worksheets will be due next Friday September 15th.  Vocabulary Unit 2 will be due Friday the 15th as well.  Vocab Quiz for unit 2 will be next Friday the 15th as well.

Writing:  We will still be continuing to work on our Small Moments Narrative Writing.

Science:  We will begin our unit on Weather.  This week we will focus on using workbook pages to learn the basis of weather, weather instruments and weather forecasting, along with interactive notes as well.

Social Studies:  We will continue our study of physical and man made features of the United States. Students will have an open note SWYK over physical and man made features on Thursday. Then we will begin our unit on Native Americans.

Week of August 28

Another week is in the books! The kids had their first guidance lesson with Mrs. Ruddell on Tuesday and  they really seemed to be engaged and loved sharing their own personal stories with the class! This past week we wrapped up our Math unit on comparing, rounding, place value and ordering numbers.  We finished our first Scholastic Magazine and continued working on our personal narratives.  We wrapped up our Economics unit and will now be working on some map skills and starting to learn about Native Americans this week as well.  This week we will carry out some investigations on the water cycle and will have a water relay on Friday, it is a great way to learn about water conservation. Don’t forget that this  Wednesday is a half day for the kids and dismissal is 12:30.

Units of Study this week:

Math:  This week we will focus on addition and subtraction using the standard algorithms.  Homework will be the weekly math sheets. SWYK on Friday over addition and subtraction. Please remind your child to be playing/working on Prodigy as well to enhance and enrich their math skills.

Reading: We will be focusing on citing evidence in nonfiction articles using the RACES Strategy.  We will take a reading comprehension SWYK on Friday. Students will also have their second week of Spelling Words this week. A SWYK over those spelling words will be on Friday. Students will be introduced to the US Studies Weekly Newspapers this week too.

Writing:  We will continue our unit on narrative writing. Students will also be working on the RACES strategy for reading responses and editing when we meet up with our Peer Editing Buddies this week.

Social Studies:  Map Skills unit will be wrapped up on Tuesday.  On Wednesday we will begin our unit on Native Americans.

Science:  This week we will continue to investigate how and why the water cycle works.  Friday will be our water relay.

 

Importand Dates:

Wednesday-  early release

Friday – water relay