4th Grade News

Mrs. Crain's Class: February 1 - 5, 2016

Snow Make-Up Days!

To make up the snow days from Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26 the following changes to the school calendar have been made:


  • Monday, February 29: School day (previously a teacher workday)
  • Thursday, June 9: School Day (previously a teacher workday)


We have three more make-up days built into the calendar: Friday, June 10, Monday, June 13, Tuesday, June 14. NO MAKE-UP DAYS DURING SPRING BREAK!

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Feb. 4: Jump Rope for Heart assembly @ 1:30
  • Thursday, Feb. 4: Report cards come home **Note the date change!**
  • Friday, Feb. 5: Awards assembly @ 11:30
  • Friday, Feb. 5: Panthers' Celebration flag football game @ 1:30
  • Saturday, Feb. 6: Saturday Academy begins
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17: Early Release
  • Thursday, Feb. 18: Class Pictures (group pictures)
  • Monday, Feb. 22: Jump Rope for Heart day for our class

ELA News

We will continue with our study of the fascinating true story of Henry "Box" Brown, the man who shipped himself to freedom in a 3' x 2' x 2.5' box! This week we will read another version of Mr. Brown's story (Henry's Freedom Box) and study parts of Mr. Brown's narrative written in his own words!


Our vocabulary assessment will be held on Thursday. We will be tested on the play that we read in StoryWorks on Friday. Vocabulary words: frank, scheme, extraordinary, agony, cargo, cease, midst, privilege


**Please don't forget to submit $8.00 for StoryWorks so we will continue to have access to this valuable resource!**


**Spelling words and reading response next week!**

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Math News

This week in math we will continue our study of equivalent fractions and pick up comparing and ordering fractions. Students will be required to find equivalent fractions by using visual models, using a number line, and applying standard algorithms (finding a common denominator by multiplying or dividing). Knowing basic multiplication and division facts is EXTREMELY helpful when working with fractions!

Social Studies News

We will finish up our lesson on the development of the North Carolina Constitution on Monday. Beginning on Tuesday, we will learn about the three branches of our state government.

Field Trip Update

Many thanks goes to those of you who will be accompanying us on our BIG field trip to Raleigh! Our official numbers have been submitted. Please don't forget to register online as an official GCS volunteer.


If you intend to join us in Raleigh but did not submit the chaperone slip, you may not be able to come with us on the Capitol tour and Legislative building tour. These tours are limited to a certain amount of people at one time. You are more than welcome to join us for lunch, and at the two museums!


Secret Phrase

The secret phrase must be written down BY AN ADULT - in your child's agenda or on a separate note. You may also email or send the secret phrase to me via dojo messenger. NO SECRET PHRASES WRITTEN BY STUDENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


"Dreams don't work unless you do." ~John C. Maxwell