## January

3rd- Students return from winter break

4th- Kona Ice/ Mrs. Smith's birthday

7th- Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off

8th- Report Cards/ STEM Night 6PM

9th- Waffle House Pie Fundraiser form & money due to Ms. Smith

10th- Academic Meet @ PES 3PM

15th- Moe's (Villa Rica) Spirit Night 5PM

21st- MLK Holiday

31st- 4th Grade Social Studies Common Assessment #3

We are so excited to announce our 4th Grade Facebook page!! We will use the page to post pictures, important updates and reminders. If you would like to join, please fill out the paper we sent home or email nikki.rice@carrollcountyschools.com with the email address associated with your facebook.

All parents who join will have their child's name entered into a raffle for 5 FREE Tiger Den items. We will draw the names on December 7th.

We look forward to this new way of communication and sharing our classroom experiences!

## Mathematics

Standards:

MGSE4.NF.1 Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.

MGSE4.NF.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators.

MGSE.4.NF.3 Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b. a. Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.

MGSE4.NF.4 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number.

MGSE4.NF.5 Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100, and use this technique to add two fractions with respective denominators 10 and 100. For example, express 3/10 as 30/100, and add 3/10 + 4/100 = 34/100.

MGSE5.NF.6- Use decimal notations to the hundredths place.

MGSE4.MD.2 Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money.

Vocabulary:

-tenths

-hundredths

-fraction

-whole

-numerator

-denominator

-equivalent

-compare and contrast

-model

Homework

• homework will be sent home Monday and is due on Friday
• Underwood Math Newsletter will be sent home Monday of each week

For helpful hints and explanations of fourth grade mathematics, the following website details every item discussed in fourth grade mathematics. It also includes a Parent Newsletter which explains what each concept means. Click on "Fourth Grade" and the information will appear.

Writing Focus: Opinion

Grammar Focus:Prepositional Phrases, Frequently Confused Words, Formal and Informal Language, Conveying Ideas Precisely

Homework

• Read for at least 20 minutes

## Social Studies

For the month of January, we are studying Unit 4: The Nation Expands. We will cover the following: War of 1812, Impact of westward expansion on American Indians, Territorial Expansion, Abolitionist and Suffragist movements, opportunity cost and voluntary exchange in the historical context.

## Science

Students are currently studying food webs and food chains while we are reading There's an Owl in the Shower. We look forward to dissecting owl pellets at the end of our unit! We have focused on the following essential questions:

-What is necessary for life?

Are all organisms important?

-Why do organisms become extinct?

-What are the roles of the producers, consumers, and decomposers in a community?

-How does the flow of energy go through a food chain?

-Where does energy come from?

Vocabulary:

Energy

Ecosystem

Producers

Consumers

Decomposers

Food Web

Food Chain

Extinct

Endangered

Deforestation

## Items for Sale

• pencils
• erasers
• pens
• highlighters
• sharpeners
• lanyards

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