Friday, September 15, 2017

Week in Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! Please take the time to check the important calendar dates below and learn more about what we learned in 4th grade this week.

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Important Calendar Dates

  • Friday, September 29th - Field Day!
  • Friday, September 29th - Flexible Seating Fundraiser at Kendra Scott and Evereve.
  • Wednesday, October 4th - Late Start, Building opens at 10:50am.
  • Monday, October 9th - No School
  • Tuesday October 10th & Thursday October 12th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 10th - October 12th - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 18th - Missouri Day!

Week in Review

It was another great week in 4th grade! We had our first Guidance Counselor lesson this week. The students enjoyed a walk-and-talk with Mrs. Crupper. In library students also learned more about the Mark Twain Nominees for the 2017-2018 school year. Ask your student about the prizes they can earn for reading them!

Math

  • Monday - More practice with subtracting across zeros. Students learned how to borrow across multiple numbers. Students practiced this independently and in small groups.
  • Tuesday - Our focus was on word problems, especially multi-step word problems. Word problems with various operations will be a focus of ours throughout the year.
  • Wednesday - Review for Unit 1 Test
  • Thursday - Review for Unit 1 Test 
  • Friday - Unit 1 Test 
Looking Ahead: Our next math unit will be multiplication and division. This is our longest unit, it will take us until Winter Break.

Science/S.S.

Science - Students are working in the Structures of Life Unit with Mrs. Waters.

Social Studies - We began our Government unit. This week students reviewed the branches of the federal government, checks and balances, and begun learning about how our State Government works.

Writing

  • Monday - Students continued working on their realistic fiction draft with an emphasis on elaboration. Students learned how to "write the inside story", telling more about what's going on inside their characters' mind.
  • Tuesday - Students studied leads (a.k.a. beginnings) that authors have published. We looked for key things all authors include in a lead and worked to add those characteristics to their own piece.
  • Wednesday - This day was all about setting. Students learned the importance of "turning the lights on" for the reader so they don't feel lost in the story. Students revised for setting.
  • Thursday & Friday - Students ended the week by learning about strong endings in writing. We discussed the importance of making sure our stories have an end that shows our characters' evolution as well as gives the reader a sense of closure.

Reading

This week students continued taking reading assessments to help determine a reading level and reading goal for fiction reading. 
  • Monday - Due to our Guidance Lesson there was no reading lesson this day. Students still spent 45 minutes independently reading and working on assessments.
  • Tuesday - Students learned to look for repeating symbols in texts. This is often done on purpose by the author to hint at a deeper meaning.
  • Wednesday - We practiced using precise, academic language to describe the characters in our stories. Students learned to describe characters with stronger words. For example, instead of sad we might use the word depressed and then prove why that word makes more sense for that character.
  • Thursday - Due to our Library Lesson & checkout time there was no reading lesson this day. Students still spent 45 minutes independently reading and working on assessments. 
  • Friday - Friday was spent finding complications in characters. Students learned that characters are complicated in more than one way depending on the setting, relationship or even moment in the story.
Remember, students should be reading each night for homework. 30 minutes is what is recommended in 4th grade.

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