4th Grade Class News

October 12 - 16, 2015

Important Events

  • Oct. 12: Picture Day (that's tomorrow!)
  • Oct. 13: Comprehension test (How Bad Can It Be?)
  • Oct.14: Early Release
  • Oct. 15: Field Trip
  • Oct. 16: 50 PAWS due for PAW celebration
  • Oct. 23: PAW celebration, end of 1st quarter
  • Oct. 26: Teacher Workday/Conferences

Field Trip Information!

Our first field trip is almost here! On Thursday, October 15 we will be viewing the play "The Wax Museum." Afterwords we will go to Burlington City Park for a picnic lunch. Please remember to pack your child a lunch and drink in disposable containers - plastic bag or grocery bag labeled with your child's name. No glass! Your child may bring a separate snack to eat on the bus on the way there (no gum or candy please). Also, no electronics are allowed on this trip. We will leave promptly at 8:30, so please make sure your child is on time that day!

Math News

Due to my unexpected absence, we will take our multiplication post test on Monday at the end of math class. Students reviewed with the substitute on Friday, and we will spend the majority of the day reviewing on Monday before the test.

We will extend our exploration of multiplication by learning about factors, multiples, primes and composites. We will continue to spiral our curriculum by reviewing skills previously taught.

We are working hard on multiplication. Please remember to have your child practice his/her multiplication facts nightly. We are having timed tests to improve fact fluency. Many students need extra support with this vital skill. MobyMax Factmaster provides excellent online practice - your child has memorized his or her username and password.

Language Arts News

We will continue our unit on characterization by taking a comprehension test on How Bad Can It Be? Tuesday. Since Wednesday is an Early Release Day and Thursday is our field trip, we will not begin another unit/selection until next week.

Students will have a different type of reading response coming home this week; they will be allowed to respond to a text of their choice through different activities each night.

Social Studies News

We began our unit on the Geography and Landforms of North Carolina last week by learning how North Carolina is divided into three regions (Coastal Plain, Piedmont, Mountains). We will study each region in depth throughout this week.

Please clink on the title to go to the online article.

The Common Core State Standards are national standards that say what K-12 students are expected to learn in math and the English language arts. For older students, the standards expand to include literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects.

Despite the complexities of the standards, there are several basic ways parents can support their child's learning. The recommendations below line up with the four broad areas of the Common Core reading standards: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, and Range and Level of Complexity.

Key Ideas and Details

  • What it means: Your child will be encouraged to carefully read many books and texts. Within these texts, your child will be working to understand what is happening, summarize key events or points and recall details important to the story or topic.
  • How parents can help: After you share a story, talk about important story elements such as beginning, middle and end. Encourage your child to retell or summarize the reading. After reading nonfiction, ask questions about the information, "Is the spider an insect? How is a spider different than an insect?"

Craft and Structure

  • What it means: The standards within this area (or "strand") focus on specifics within a book, for example, an author's specific word choices or phrases. A second emphasis relates to understanding the underlying structure of common types of texts, including storybooks, poems and more.
  • How parents can help: During and after reading, call attention to interesting words and phrases. This may include repeated phrases, metaphors or idioms ("sick as a dog," "a dime a dozen.") Talk about any new vocabulary and other ways the author used language or words to make the text interesting, informative, funny or sad.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • What it means: Within this strand, students will be working to compare and contrast details from stories, describe key ideas using details in informational text, and tell how two texts on the same topic differ.
  • How parents can help: For younger students, encourage your child to describe how the illustrations within a book support the story. For older students, have fun reading different versions of the same fairy or folk tale. Talk about the similarities and differences between the two books. Then switch to nonfiction and read two books on the same topic. Compare the information in each, again focusing on similarities and differences. "Let's look at each book and think about the words used to describe weather. How are the descriptions alike? How are they different?"

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

  • What it means: Teachers will be using a variety of techniques to introduce a range of books and other written material that both support and challenge a child's reading level. This may include nonfiction and fiction, infographics, poetry and more. This will be done with the ultimate goal of making sure students understand what they're reading.
  • How parents can help: Parents can help promote their child's skill while developing their reading stamina (ability to "stick with it."). This means helping them avoid frustration or anxiety about tackling a harder book. Support your reader by talking through some of the things that make a text complex, including multiple levels of meaning, inferred information (implied rather than clearly stated) or more sophisticated graphics.

Secret Phrase

This week's secret phrase: "You learn something every day if you pay attention." -Ray LeBlond

Write the phrase in your child's agenda and he or she will receive a small treat!

Curriculum Links and Videos

Multiplication with fingers (Math tricks)
Multiples and Factors
5th - Math - Prime Composite Numbers