Mrs. Tolle's Class

4th GRADE UPDATE- 9-19-16


We've changed things just a bit since Back to School Night.

Monday: Reread Coyote School News (blue Reading Street book)

**We will have a Quick Quiz on Tuesday. Learners will not be able to use their books.

Tuesday: Read the paired text How to Start a School Newspaper (blue Reading Street book) + math page

Wednesday: Coyotes School News vocabulary activity ; reading test Thursday + math page

Thursday: Read Social Studies articles; complete crossword puzzle

If you'd like more math, please have your child get on and complete a topic we have covered in class. let me know if you have questions!


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Donor's Choose project

Our project was funded on Donor's Choose thanks to some very generous parents in our class! THANK YOU!!! We will definitely enjoy using it this school year. I'm thinking about putting up another project to get us another iPad (the ONE we have is always in such high demand), but I will let you know when I get the paperwork complete!


This week in math, students will continue setting the ground work for multiplication and division. There are many strategies to help understand the concepts. Students started last week by relating repeated addition to multiplication and repeated subtraction as division. Students also learned how to draw a quick picture or to use a number line to solve a problem. Now they will draw arrays and make area models to solve larger multiplication problems. Students will discover that fact families are called the inverse operation. If you are solving 16 divided by 2, you can think of 8x2 =16, so therefore the answer to the division problem would be 8.

Students will also be learning different strategies to help them memorize multiplication facts. If you haven't started already, please work on basic facts (8x7, 5x9, etc.) while you have down time in the car or before bedtime! I've got an app on my phone called Math Fact Master that I make my own kids use each night. The faster they know the basic facts, the easier the remainder of math the remainder of the year will be! EVERYTHING seems to come back to multiplication in 4th grade!

Note: A Show What You Know was not given today due to the end of the chapter test given last week. We will share that test with you at conferences.


I'm really excited about this week's comprehension skill and grade level story. Readers will focus on making logical inferences this week. An inference is a logical conclusion a reader makes based on text clues (TC) in conjunction with his/her background knowledge (BK). Here's a "reading recipe" that we'll use this week as we explore inferring:


The ability to infer is what makes reading interesting. Readers make inferences as they read, but they continue reading to find out if their inferences are accurate or if they need to be tweaked based on new clues in the text. We'll explore inferring in conjunction with our 4th grade level text Coyote School News at the beginning of the week. Learners will also have the opportunity to use their inferencing skills with nonfiction text, namely our social studies newspaper Indiana Studies Weekly. We'll be learning more about early indian tribes.


This week in writing, students will finish up their personal narrative stories in preparation for publishing next week. First, they will make sure they have a strong ending where they show what they learned or that shows their feelings about the experience. They will also check for correct paragraphing. They will learn that a new paragraph starts when a new character comes along, the setting changes, a new person is speaking, time moves forward, or "the camera moves". They will finish the week using a rubric to revise (make changes to improve) and edit (capital, punctuation, spelling, etc.) their story! They will work on this on their own first and will then meet with a partner to edit and revise. I will share their published writing with you at conferences.

Word Study

Our new focus that will start on Tuesday will be adding ing to words. Students will learn the rules about when to double the consonant before adding ing (like in running) and when to JUST add ing! Please look for the word cards in the learning log and practice sorting them as time allows. Remember, word study tests take place on Mondays.

Websites to check out

Make sure to see the password tracker in the learning log for websites to practice on at home! Let me know if you have any questions! Fact fluency

Congrats to Bryan Robles for moving onto subtraction! Again, you master an operation when you can solve facts under 3 seconds each..; SPEED and ACCURACY!

Addition Mastery

Quorieh Tolliver

Nile Hopson

Raymond Akinbobola

Bryan Robles

Subtraction Mastery

Nile Hopson

Raymond Akinbobola

Multiplication Mastery

Division Mastery

Classroom Needs

  • Clorox wipes
  • Kleenex boxes

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Upcoming Dates

  • September 30th- End of First Quarter
  • October 4th and 6th- Parent Conferences
  • October 6th and 7th - Early Dismissal at 3:20 pm
  • October 10-21- FALL BREAK!!!
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Explorer of the Week- Jayla Williams!

Did you know that Jayla wants to be a movie start when she grows up? She also likes soccer, pizza, and the tv show K.C. Undercover!