Ms. Kilar's Class

Friday, April 24, 2015


Next week we begin our M-Step testing on Tuesday. So as not to totally overwhelm the students, we are doing parts of the test on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We've been working on practice questions so that students are familiar with the new testing format on line. Please just tell your child that they just need to try their best and take their time.

I'd like to have a few snack for testing on Tuesday and Thursday morning. If anyone would be willing to send in snacks for the class on those days it would be greatly appreciated. Some ideas would be juice boxes, small donuts or donut holes, fruit, or cookies. Just something to make the day feel a little fun :). Please let me know if you can send in a snack or juice boxes for Tuesday or Thursday and which day. We have 20 students in our class.


This week for reading we continued with our M-Step practice. We also read the "12 Labors of Hercules" and reviewed the Greek Myths we read last week.


Students finished writing a literary essay about "50 cents and a Dream." Then they started working with a partner to write a literary about an assigned picture book. Each book contains a theme the students can relate to.


Our work with fractions continued this week with an emphasis on comparing and ordering fractions. We used two strategies to decide if a fractions was greater than, less than, or equal to another fraction: common denominators and benchmarks. We have wrapped up chapter 6, but due to all of the testing (M-Step, NWEA and DRA) the 4th grade students have for the next few weeks, I will not be giving a chapter test. Instead, I will be giving a final fraction test when we wrap up all of our fraction work.

Homework: Chapter 6 Extra Practice (pp. 129-130)


This week in science our focus was on how weathering, erosion, and deposition change the Earth over many years. We read in our text, analyzed photos of landforms, watched video clips and rotated through four different centers. Students shaped, weathered, and eroded sand dunes, mountains, beaches and a river bed. We also had fun celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday with a readers theater on global warming and creating a poster.

Social Studies

This week in social studies we started a new unit on the Southwest Region of the United States. We discussed the climate and geography of the region. We also learned about land use and mining in the region. Finally, we went to the library and worked on taking notes for our "Night at the Museum" project.

Night at the Museum

There is a note in the Friday folder about the upcoming "Night at the Museum." Students are finishing up their note taking in class and they will need to write their reports at home.


  • Math Homework: Chapter 6 Extra Practice (pp. 129-130)
  • Spelling: Spelling List and Practice worksheet
  • Grammar: Review sheet on the back of Spelling
  • Reading: Be reading the biography book for the "Night at the Museum" Project

Specials Schedule

  • Monday - Library
  • Tuesday - Music
  • Wednesday - Art/PE
  • Thursday - Library
  • Friday - Music

Upcoming Activities

  • If you are planning helping to chaperone the upcoming field trips please let me know no later than May 8 - we need to have final numbers
  • Money for the field trips is due on May 8

Wish List

  • Box tops
  • Snacks for M-Step
  • Juice Boxes for M-Step
  • Straws
  • play-doh or modeling clay
  • shoe boxes - they don't need a top
  • paper towel or toilet paper rolls

4th grade won the penny wars!

Upcoming Dates

  • Next Week - M-Step testing begins on Tuesday
  • May 8 - Building Bluebird houses in the afternoon - 11:45am start
  • May 14 - Night at the Museum - 6:30-7:15pm
  • May 22 - Historical Michilimackinac tour and Jack Pine Lumberjack Show
  • June 4 - Field Trip to U.P. - Returning at 6:30ish