News from Fourth Grade

February 8 - February 12

What's Happening???


This week we will be finishing up our fiction unit with a unit test on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Monday (2/8), we will be skyping (video chatting) with Chris Grabenstein the author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Island of Dr. Libris, and Mr. Leomcello's Library Olympics.

Remember students should be recording their 30 minutes of reading every night on their home reading log and turning it in every Friday!


This week we will continue our fractions unit. We will be working on different strategies for comparing fractions. Students will be working daily through a rotation of four stations (independent work, hands on activity, technology practice, teacher group).


This week we will be continuing our literary essay unit. Student will be continuing to collect evidence to support their thesis statement and drafting their literary essays.

Reminder: Young Authors stories are due on Thursday, February 11th! This is a requirement and all work on this story needs to be done at home.

Weekly Home Expectations

  • 30 minutes of reading a night recorded on Home Reading Log
  • Math facts practice (IXL, xtramath, fashcards, Prodigy, etc.)

IXL Lesson Suggestions:

  • Fractions - Fourth Grade Q.4, Q.6, Q.11, Q.13, Q.14, Q.15
  • Fact Practice - Fourth Grade B.1, C.1, D.1, E.1, F.1

Make Sale

For the past several weeks, our fourth graders have been participating in a compassion project with Mrs. Sayre. They have been investigating what it means to be compassionate, what they think they are compassionate about, and researching different charities they might want to support.

In an effort to raise money for different charities, we have decided to have a Make Sale. Students will be creating different items to sell to raise money for their compassion project.

If students have materials from home that they would like to bring to school to help create different items (rainbow looms, ribbon, etc.) they are encouraged to bring them in with your permission. Please have your student bring their item in a bag with their name on it and a note from a parent that gives permission for that item.

*If any families have old, broken crayons they would like to donate to our make sale efforts it would be greatly appreciated. Please do not go out and buy a new box of crayons, but if you have old, broken crayons that you are not using please consider having your student bring them in.


  • REPORT CARDS are coming home today (2/5) in Friday Folders.
  • Young Authors stories are due Thursday, February 11th!
  • Thursday, February 11th-Early Dismissal
  • NO SCHOOL-Friday, February 12th
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences-Thursday, February 11th and Friday, February 12th
  • NO SCHOOL-Monday, February 15th
  • Remember that if your student is planning to stay after school for study hall they must bring in a pink permission form each time they stay.
  • Please remember that students are no longer allowed to bring in birthday treats. However, they may bring in a non-food item to share with their classmates on their birthday. There are 20 students in our classroom.

Valentine Exchange

On Thursday, February 11th, students will be allowed to exchange valentines with one another. This is not a Valentine’s Day party! If your student is planning on passing out valentines they must have one for each student in the class. Please remember that we have a no food policy and valentines cannot include candy or food of any kind. Please do not send your student with a bag/box for collecting valentines, we will be creating something here a school of that. We have 20 students in our class, 11 girls and 9 boys.

Small Stuffed Animal Day

The Student Council will be sponsoring a Small Stuffed Animal Day on Tuesday, February 9th. Students will be allowed to bring one small stuffed animal with them to school that day.

District 68 Mission Statement

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.