There are just two weeks until Thanksgiving Break! I can hardly believe how fast the year is flying by.
*You should have received your Thanksgiving feast “reservation” in the Friday folders. Please send that in by Wednesday. Also, our school is participating in our annual canned food drive. A large brown bag will come home Wednesday. Please consider sending in nonperishable items to help support families in need.
*Please make sure that students have all supplies every day. We use scissors daily and use technology in some form almost every day, so it’s important students have their earbuds every day.
*Homework on the website readtheory.org was assigned last week. Students were to read and complete questions for two passages. Student log-in information for Read Theory is in the agenda.
*Our class has begun their three-week Science rotation with Mrs. Cunningham. See below for details about this week in Science!
*Today, a list of words to study to prepare for our class’s spelling bee went home. The class spelling bee will take place next week- there will be three rounds for us to determine a winner and a runner-up to represent our class in the school’s bee in December!
***There are lots of NEW topics beginning this week! Read below for more information!
Math– Last week we covered multiplicative comparison and this week we are beginning multiplication of 2-, 3, and 4-digit numbers by a one-digit number. We are solving problems using area models and place value. The Math INB will have examples of each of these ways so you child can refer back to them and you can understand how these strategies are used. There will be a SWYK next week on this topic. Also, there is NO Math 4 Today this week.
Reading – We are turning our focus to fiction for a while. This week we will discuss making inferences, and how most inferences require you to use your prior knowledge and connect to the text. It’s nice to take a break from our Scholastic News for a little while! We also will be beginning a Junior Great Books unit on the short story “Thank You, Ma’am” but Langston Hughes. Junior Great Books is a series that we’ve used for years at Ford. As the website says, these books, “bring high-quality literature and student-centered discussion to your classroom while providing a superb framework for practicing reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. Stories are grouped by key age-appropriate social and emotional themes.” The students really enjoy these units!
ELA– This week will complete the book word for Unit 4 Vocab and the SWYK will be Friday. In writing, most students finished their typing of their Fox opinion writing last week, and some will be using the morning time before school to finish. Today, we began discussing narratives and will work on this until after Thanksgiving Break. This week, we are talking about what a narrative is and isn’t, the parts that make a strong narrative, possible ideas for personal narrative, and we’ll look and analyze a model narrative.
Science- 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 Mrs. Cunningham’s “Class Links Page” on the blog.
LEEP (with Mrs. Fleming’s class)– This week, we will be looking at weather data from August, September, and October, and calculating the average temperature of each month. Also, we will be looking at our hours of daylight and how much it’s changed since school began. Finally, students will work in groups to each map a tropical cyclone’s path. We will then create a line plot to show how many of these cyclones were (at their highest strength) tropical depressions, tropical storms, or hurricanes.
11/6: Election Day- no school for students
11/13: Thanksgiving Feast for 4th grade
11/15: In-class Fire Safety Field Trip
11/29: Field Trip to the Fire Safety Village