Friday, September 29, 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.

Important Calendar Dates

  • Wednesday, October 4th - Late Start, Building opens at 10:50am.
  • Monday, October 9th - No School
  • October 10th - October 12th - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 18th - Missouri Day!
  • Tuesday, October 31st - Halloween Parade (2:20pm) & Halloween Parties (2:40pm).
  • Wednesday, November 1st - Late Start, Building opens at 10:50am.

Week in Review


Field Day was a blast! Thank you so much to all of the parent volunteers who helped make this day possible. More field day photos and videos can be found on our Facebook page.


Math

  • Monday - Multiplication with Arrays and Partial Products
  • Tuesday - Multiplication with Partial Products
  • Wednesday - 3 Digit by 1 Digit Multiplication with the Standard Algorithm (the old school method).
  • Thursday - 4 Digit by 1 Digit Multiplication with the Standard Algorithm.

Important Math Note - It is crucial that students memorize their multiplication and division facts. This fact fluency will help them when solving larger, more complex problems. Please make sure that students are practicing their facts each night. Xtra Math is a great tool. If you'd like more triangle cards for home, I am happy to send those home too!

Science/S.S.

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

Social Studies - Students continued their study of state government. We made fortune teller foldables to practice essential vocabulary. Students also completed a Webquest (an online scavenger hunt) to learn more about the leaders who make up our state government.

Writing

This week students worked with learning progressions (similar to a scoring rubric) to assess the current level of their writing. Then students worked with a partner to lift the level of their writing to the next level. Students published their realistic fiction pieces and completed an "On Demand" write to show what they learned from the unit. This independent piece of writing will help me to determine what writing skills students can transfer on their own.

Reading

This week students continued taking reading assessments to help determine a reading level and reading goal for fiction reading.

On Monday students took the end of unit assessment for our Interpreting Characters unit. Through the rest of the week students practiced lifting the level of their writing about reading with the use of the progressions. Most students worked to move their writing from a level 3 to a level 4. By the end of the week we saw major improvement! Ask your students about a level 4 response.

Remember, students should be reading each night for homework. 30 minutes is what is recommended in 4th grade.

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