November 17

Week of November 27-December 1

11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break

11/27-12/1  –  Holiday Shop open from 7:15-7:50 a.m

12/5 – PTA Meeting/3rd Grade Performance

12/19 – Early Release Day

12/19 – 4th Grade Holiday Parties (more info. to come soon)

12/20 – Early Release Day

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  Our unit on Animal Defense Mechanisms continues.  However, our focus is on only one animal: the millipede.  Students will be working independently to close read a text and determine the main idea along with the supporting details related to millipedes.

Homework:  no assigned passage this week; however, please make sure you continue to log your minutes on your reading log.  I will collect these December 15th.

Writing:   Our writing this week is integrated with our reading unit.  Students will be summarizing an informational text.  This will include answering the following questions:  “What big idea is explained in this text?” and “What facts or examples in this text help us understand the big idea?”   We will review what makes a good paragraph:  topic sentence, details, and a concluding sentence.

Spelling:  Students will receive a spelling list on Monday, November 27th.  The pattern is suffixes: -ment, -tion, -ly.  Students will have a test on these words, however, it will not be until December 8th.  This is due to the fact that students will need to apply the pattern of adding a suffix correctly to a root word as part of the assessment.  I will be working with students on this concept in class.  They will also have homework with their list to help them practice the concept.   

 

 

November 10

Week of 11/13-11/17

 

11/14 – 2nd & 5th Grade Feast Day

11/15 – 1st & 3rd Grade Feast Day

11/16 – K & 4th Grade Feast Day

  • Mr. Hardman’s Feast Time is 12:05-12:45
  • Mrs. Raniere’s Feast Time is 12:25-1:00

11/16 – Progress Reports Go Home

11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  Our focus this week is on firsthand and secondhand accounts.  Students will learn about each of these concepts through a variety of hands-on activities.  Make sure you check out ClassDojo throughout the week for pictures of these activities.  

  • ELAGSE4RI6: Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided. 

Homework:  read and answer questions for the two accounts of Apollo 8 (due 11/17).  There will also be a reading comprehension check on Thursday, November 16th. Students will have to answer questions related to the following concepts:  point of view (first person, third person), vocabulary, main idea. explicit/implicit details

Writing:   We are finishing our unit on opinion writing this week.  Students will be editing/revising their rough drafts using a student-friendly checklist.  After conferencing with the teacher, students will then publish their piece.  

  • ELAGSE4W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • ELAGSE4W5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
  • ELAGSE4W6: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.

Spelling:  There is no assigned spelling list this week.  We will have a new list after we come back from Thanksgiving Break.

Grammar:  No assigned grammar homework this week.

Math: We will continue to work on multiplication (4-digit x 1-digit and 2-digit x 2-digit).  There will be a mini-touchstone on Tuesday.  We will also be starting division (up to 4-digit dividends and 1-digit divisors).  Again, knowing the multiplication facts up to 10 is so important.  Please practice at home.
Homework: TenMarks: Catch up on incomplete assignments.

Social Studies: We will continue to learn about European Explorers.  Students will also be able to explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America.

 

November 7

Thanksgiving Feast

Dear Families,

Mark your calendars for our annual Thanksgiving Feast! Fourth grade will have their feast on Thursday, November 16th! Our individual times are below. To help expedite the line at the cashier, please consider prepaying rather than paying in the line on Thursday. We are thankful for our students and their families and look forward to seeing those who are able to join us!

  • Mr. Hardman’s Feast Time is 12:05-12:45
  • Mrs. Raniere’s Feast Time is 12:25-1:00

Please note that we will have sack lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week to accommodate feasts for other grade levels. Sack lunches will be the only option, so please bring a lunch from home if you prefer. Also, we will be eating in our classrooms on these days. Thank you!

November 3

Week of 11/6-11/10

11/4 – Frey Day on a Saturday

11/7 – NO SCHOOL

11/10 – Relay for Life $1 Hat Day

11/14 – 2nd & 5th Grade Feast Day

11/15 – 1st & 3rd Grade Feast Day

11/16 – K & 4th Grade Feast Day

11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  We will be focusing on first-person point of view and third-person point of view.  Students will learn “tricks” to help  determine the point of view: 1.  Read the passage 2.  Cross out the dialogue 3.  Focus in on the pronouns

Homework:  read and answer questions for the story The Apple Tree (due 11/10).  There will also be a reading comprehension check on Thursday, November 9th. Students will have to answer questions related to the following concepts:  distinguishing main idea and supporting details, determining main idea of a specific paragraph, and matching a supporting detail to its main idea

Writing:   We are continuing our unit on opinion/persuasive writing.  This week students will be writing three different introductions for their claim along with three different conclusions.  Then students will draft a complete opinion writing for their claim.

Spelling:  There is no assigned spelling list this week.  We will focus on written language/grammar instead.

Grammar:  This week we will be working on Multiple Meaning Words (homographs).  Students will be adding notes to their pink word work journals as a resource.

Homework:  A worksheet went home on Friday.  It is due on Thursday, November 9th.  Please note that we will not actually be starting this skill until Monday, so students may have difficulty trying to start the homework over the weekend.

Math: Last week, the students did a great job working with area models to multiply two 2-digit numbers.  Here are some examples:

The expectation in 4th grade is to be able to multiply a four-digit whole number by a one-digit whole number (2,854 x 6) and multiply a two-digit number by a two-digit number (45 x 73).  It is so important that students know their basic math facts.  This site has many games to practice.
TenMarks Homework: Area Models to Multiply

Social Studies: We will be learning about European exploration in North America.  They will learn about the accomplishments of John Cabot, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Hernando de Soto, Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson, and Jacques Cartier.  Here is some information on these explorers.

 

October 27

Week of 10/30-11/3

10/31 – Relay for Life Character Dress Up Day ($5 donation)

11/4 – Frey Day on a Saturday

11/7 – NO SCHOOL

11/10 – Relay for Life $1 Hat Day

11/14 – 2nd & 5th Grade Feast Day

11/15 – 1st & 3rd Grade Feast Day

11/16 – K & 4th Grade Feast Day

11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  Our unit on Animal Defense Mechanisms continues.  This week students will examine visuals and reading sections for the gist, and then reread for the main idea and supporting details.  They will also work in expert groups to read specific sections and share what they have learned in our “Science Talk”.

Homework:  read and answer questions for the story Carousels:  Before They Were Kiddie Rides (due 11/3).  There will also be a reading comprehension check on Thursday, November 2nd. Students will have to answer questions related to the following concepts:   context clues; inferences based on characters, setting, plot; main idea

Writing:   We are continuing our unit on opinion/persuasive writing.  Students will begin to build a cohesive draft that includes a claim (thesis statement + reason 1, reason 2, and reason 3) and a mini-story.  We will also work on adding transitions to our writing along with including a strong beginning and conclusion.

Spelling:  This week’s pattern is prefixes pre-, re-, mis-.   Test  on Friday, November 3rd.  On this week’s spelling test, students will need to know synonyms for each vocabulary word.  

Math: We will be learning about factors and multiples as we prepare to multiply larger numbers.  The expectation in 4th grade is to be able to multiply a four-digit whole number by a one-digit whole number (2,854 x 6) and multiply a two-digit number by a two-digit number (45 x 73).  It is so important that students know their basic math facts.  This site has many games to practice.
TenMarks Homework: Finding Area and Missing Side Lengths

Science: We will continue to learn about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within our ecosystem.  Here is a fun food chain game.

October 20

Week of October 23-27

THANK YOU

We would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our parents!  We appreciate that you took time to come in and meet with us, we so enjoyed having time to share the wonderful things your children are doing in class!

Enjoy the weekend~

Mr. Hardman & Mrs. Raniere

 

Field Trip Reminders:

  • Our field trip to the Safety Village is on Monday, October 23rd.  Please take a look at the following reminders:
  • If your child is bringing a lunch from home, please make sure everything is disposable (no lunchboxes or thermos)
  • Please label your child’s drink and lunch (first and last name)
  • Dress appropriately.  Please DO NOT have your child wear a dress/skirt, sandals, or flip flops.  This trip involves activities not suited for this type of dress/footwear.

 

Frey Day on a Saturday

The fourth annual Frey Day on a Saturday clean-up day will be November 4th from 8:00-11:30 A.M. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. We hope to have an abundance of volunteers to help beautify our school campus. Please click the link below to sign-up. Thank you for AIMing HIGH!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e44a8a72da64-frey4

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  We will continue our informational reading unit on animal defense mechanisms.    This week students will again read closely and take notes.  We will be focusing on academic vocabulary, making inferences using informational text, and determining the main idea of specific sections of a text.

  • I can explain what a text says using specific details from the text. (4RI1)
    I can make inferences using specific details from the text. (4RI1)
  • I can paraphrase portions of a text that are read aloud to me. (4SL2)
  • I can interpret information presented through charts or graphs.
  • I can explain how that information helps me understand the text around it. (4RI7)
  • I can determine the main idea using specific details from the text (4RI2)
  • I can determine the meaning of academic words or phrases in an informational text (4RI4)

Homework:  read and answer questions for the story A Ghost in the Attic (due 10/27).  There will also be a reading comprehension check on Tuesday, October 24th.  Students will have to answer literal and inferential questions related to characters, setting, and plot.

Writing:   We are continuing our unit on opinion/persuasive writing.  Students will learn how to choose a topic that matters to them and then use this topic to create a thesis statement (opinion statement) along with reasons to support their statement.

  •  I can produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.  ELASE4W4
  •  I can develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing, with guidance from peers and adults.  ELAGSE4W5

Spelling:  This week’s pattern is suffixes -ness, -less, -en.  Test  on Friday, October 27th.  On this week’s spelling test, a portion of the test will be a “traditional” spelling assessment where students will need to spell each word (no multiple choice).

Math: This week, we will be learning about area.  The students will use area formulas in real-world and math problems.  They will add the area of rectangles to find the total area of a figure.  The students will also find factor pairs for whole numbers 1-100.  Here is a game to practice factors.  For example, the factor pairs of 12 are 1×12, 2×6, and 3×4.  They will recognize a whole number as a multiple of each of its factors.
TenMarks Homework: Word Problems Involving Intervals of Time

Science: For the next few weeks, the students will learn about ecosystems.  They will learn about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.  Here are some important vocabulary words: producer, consumer, decomposer, and food web/food chain.

 

 

 

October 15

Week of October 16-20

Conference Week Reminders…

  • During Conference Week, school will be released 2 hours early. Our early release time is 12:15. Please let your child’s homeroom teacher know if there will be any changes to your child’s regular transportation schedule.  
  • You do not need to send in a snack during Conference Week due to our shortened day.  
  • Our lunch times during Conference Week:  Mr. Hardman’s time 9:49-10:14; Mrs. Raniere’s time 9:51-10:16
  • Frey Foundation STEM Can Help Others Challenge is just around the corner…This is a Can Goods Food Drive with a STEM Challenge bonus! The can drive will run Monday, October 16th – Thursday, November 16th with ALL cans being donated to Must Ministries. The STEM Can Challenge is a competition among the classrooms to create a display by using donated cans and The Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. We are asking 3-5 cans per student. The more cans, the more design options!
  • Remember to stop by the Book Fair in the Learning Commons during Conference Week

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  We will continue our informational reading unit on animal defense mechanisms.    This week students will again read closely and take notes.  We will be focusing on academic vocabulary, making inferences using informational text, and determining the main idea of specific sections of a text. 

  • I can explain what a text says using specific details from the text. (4RI1)
    I can make inferences using specific details from the text. (4RI1)
  • I can paraphrase portions of a text that are read aloud to me. (4SL2) 
  • I can interpret information presented through charts or graphs.
  • I can explain how that information helps me understand the text around it. (4RI7) 
  • I can determine the main idea using specific details from the text (4RI2)
  • I can determine the meaning of academic words or phrases in an informational text (4RI4)

Writing:   This week we will begin our unit on opinion/persuasive writing.  Students will learn how to choose a topic that matters to them and then use this topic to create a thesis statement (opinion statement) along with reasons to support their statement.  

  •  I can produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.  ELASE4W4
  •  I can develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing, with guidance from peers and adults.  ELAGSE4W5

Spelling:  There will be no assigned spelling list this week due to our early release schedule.

Math: This week, we are going to be working on problem solving.  Students will use the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve problems involving distance, time, volume, mass, and money.
Ten Marks Homework: Basic Multiplication Review with Arrays

 

 

October 8

Week of October 9-13

10/9 – SignUp Genius invites (for conferences) sent out

10/9 – Firefighter classroom visit 

10/10 – Picture retakes

10/12 – Early Release

10/16-10/20 – Conference Week (Early Release all week)

10/23 – Safety Village field trip

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading We will begin our new unit on Researching to Build Knowledge and Teach Others.  This unit explores animal defense mechanisms and will last approximately 8 weeks.  This week students will again read closely and take notes.  We will be focusing on features of nonfiction (headings, photos, captions, labels, etc.), academic vocabulary, making inferences using informational text, and determining the main idea of specific sections of a text. 

  • I can explain what a text says using specific details from the text. (4RI1)
    I can make inferences using specific details from the text. (4RI1)
  • I can paraphrase portions of a text that are read aloud to me. (4SL2) 
  • I can interpret information presented through charts or graphs.
  • I can explain how that information helps me understand the text around it. (4RI7) 
  • I can determine the main idea using specific details from the text (4RI2)
  • I can determine the meaning of academic words or phrases in an informational text (4RI4)

Writing:   Our writing this week will be integrated within our reading lessons.  

  • I can use the writing process to produce clear and coherent writing (with support). (W.4.4)

Spelling:  Students received a spelling list on Friday for Week 6 words.  This week’s pattern is suffixes: -ed and -ing.  Please remember to go to the Spelling City link to practice the spelling.  Go to the Quizlet link to practice the vocabulary.  The test will be on Friday, October 13th.

Math: This week, we will apply the perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.  We will continue to practice addition and subtraction using the standard algorithm.
TenMarks homework is: Finding Perimeters and Missing Side Lengths.

Science/Social Studies: We will finish working on our weather unit.  Check out Study Jams for a review.  In social studies, we will be learning about the early explorers. Students will become familiar with John Cabot (England), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spain), Hernando de Soto (Spain), Christopher Columbus (Spain), Henry Hudson (The Netherlands), and Jacques Cartier (France).

 

 

October 3

Fall Conferences

Hello Parents,

On Monday, October 9th, you should receive an email invitation to sign up for your child’s conference via “SignUp Genius”. Each conference is 15 minutes long. You will be meeting with the two of us and we will cover your child’s current performance and go over any concerns or questions you may have. For those parents that have more than one teacher conference at Frey, please allow time between each conference. This will allow for conferences that go a few minutes over and for travel time to the other child’s classroom.

Thank you,

Mrs. Raniere and Mr. Hardman