4th Grade All Stars

October 4, 2013

Upcoming Events


October 9: Book Projects due

October 11 and 14: Fall Break - No School

October 16: First Quarter Ends

October 23: Field Trip to Taft to see Annie Jr.

October 23: Report Cards go home

October 25: Fall Festival

Math and Science

Math-We are working on multiplication for the next few weeks. Students should be studying their math facts at home. We will be completing weekly facts tests at the end of every week. This week students practiced their facts 1-4. Next week we will test on facts 5-8. The week after we will be working on facts 9-12. We will continue with timed tests throughout this year.


Science- We are working on electricity and magnetism in science. We HOPE to test on October 18th.


NOTES: Students are able to correct any papers that they receive a 50% or less on. This includes homework and there is a note for them to correct and return. Many students have NOT taken advantage of this and their grades are low because of it. Please contact me if you are worried that your student does not make corrections when they could. I keep track!


Also: If students get their study guides (math AND science) signed by an adult showing that they ACTUALLY studied, then they will receive bonus points on their tests.

Specials

Mrs. Dailey's class has PE on Wednesday.
Ms. Schreiner's class does not have PE next week.

Reading and Social Studies

Reading: We are finishing up our novel study, Because of Winn-Dixie. We took a break from reading it last week to focus on writing good summaries and identifying theme which are two skills that are needed for the book project. We are also working on using evidence-based terms in our writing to support our answers.

Don't forget that book projects are due on October 9! Many students have asked what will happen if they don't bring it in because they said they haven't started it yet or even finished reading the book. Projects not turned in on time will be dropped one level on the grading scale. I will also be issuing detentions for late projects since the students have been given a month to complete it along with time in class to read their books.

Language Arts: Last week we studied fragments and run on sentences. This coming week we will be looking at commonly confused words (to, two, too, etc).

Social Studies: We have started a unit on Explorers through time. We are going to study the characteristics of nonfiction books/articles, and then the students will be working in groups to create a poster on an explorer. This is an in-class assignment. The students will have a rubric to follow along with the directions. They will present their poster to the class. This Social Studies/Writing unit will last for a few weeks.

Notes from the teacher

Field Trip forms to see Annie Jr. at the Taft went home this week. It costs $8 and the forms and money are due October 16th.

The Computer Lab is open Monday-Friday from 8:00-8:30 for student use. Students need to be in the lab before 8:10 to get a seat. During this time, they can do Fastt Math, VMath, Ticket to Read, or take an AR test. This would be a great way for the students to start their day!

All parents are invited to attend the PTO meeting on October 17th at 6:00 pm in the library. During this meeting, they will be discussing the school-wide Title 1 program and would love to have parents participate. Information in Spanish will also be available during this meeting.