It’s so hard to believe that the end of the first quarter is upon us! Where on Earth is the time going? I don’t remember a time when the school year has flown by so quickly! I guess what they say about “Time flies when you’re having fun” is true! We have so loved having your kids this year! We are looking forward to continuing to see them grow both physically and academically! They have all made so many gains so far, I can only imagine how far they will continue to improve. With that being said, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week. It’s an early release week, due to parent conferences. Dismissal will begin promptly at 12:30 each day (Monday – Friday). We are so excited to meet with each and everyone of you to tell you about your child’s successes.
Grammar – This week, we will be using the mentor text Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. This such a heartwarming story. If you would like to listen to the story, you can watch it via YouTube using this link. This week’s focus is on conjunctions. We have been discussing the acronym “FANBOYS” to help us remember the conjunctions. The “F” stands for “for,” the “A” stands for “and,” the “N” stands for “nor,” the “B” stands for “but,” the “O” stands for “or,” “Y” stands for “yet,” and finally “S” stands for “so.” We will be taking our invitation to edit quiz on Friday. Please help your student learn to identify these conjunctions.
Writing – This week we will begin our unit on Opinion Writing. With opinion writing, we aren’t necessarily trying to persuade someone to do something, we can just be stating an opinion about something. We will be discussing two ways authors come up with opinion essay ideas. These two ways include “Favorites” and “Wants.” Please talk with your students about some of their favorites – i.e. favorite foods, restaurants, vacations, etc. as well as their wants – i.e. a Nintendo Switch, a PS4, a specific dessert, etc. We will be creating some graphic organizers, as well as writing a pre-assessment essay.
Reading – this week, we will begin working on determining the main idea of a text and using supporting details. We will be using an ice cream cone as our graphic organizer. The main idea is the “most important thought” from the text. This is a very difficult task for many students. The students will be expected to determine the main idea, then support their thinking with the supporting details.
Math – this week, we will begin working on our multiplication skills – we will begin with talking about factors and mulitples. Many of the students already know that products are the answers to multiplication problems, but now that we are in fourth grade, we will call products multiples. There are several “multiples” for the factors. For example, the multiples of three (3) are 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, etc. We will be focusing on the first 5 multiples of each number. Hopefully, by the end of lessons, we hope that students will understand that to find the multiples, they will be multiplying the number by 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 to get the multiples. As we get into these new tasks, please feel free to check out the videos on the “Math How to” tab of the blog. I’ll be adding new videos from time to time to help with these new skills.