The 4th Grade News

Week of May 4th-8th

A Note from Ms. Deal

Dear Parents,


We have had a wonderful week in 4th grade! A HUGE thank you to Samuel Ng, Shaun's father, for coming in to discuss how our studies of economics can be helpful later in life! The kids were very impressed!


Thank you to those of you how have been in touch with my about Market Day. I know that this can be overwhelming, so please do not hesitate to email me with any questions. It is important for you to note that we really want students to CREATE a product this year. We are telling the kids that they can't just take a product that they have purchased in the store and sell it as their own. They must alter the product in some way to make it an original creation. I am happy to clear up any confusion you might be having at home. The kids seem to understand the expectations.


I appreciate the continued support from you all.


Enjoy the weekend!


Thank you,

Ms. Deal

Upcoming Events:

May 1st - Labor Day- No School

May 14th - Soccer Day

May 20th - Spirit Day

May 27th - 4th Grade Market Day

June 3rd - Field Day

June 9th - Grade 4/5 Concert

What's going on in room 223

Math Maniacs

In Math, we are starting to work with fractions. The fourth graders are comparing fractions with like and unlike denominators. We are using manipulatives to help the students actually see the different fractions. This can be a challenging unit for fourth grade. I am very happy with the progress we are making!

Language Arts

Word Study: Students are mastering different spelling patterns and applying them to daily writing assignments. This week we took a break from word study.

Writing: This week we have started to learn about persuasive writing. Students will ultimately use their knowledge of persuasive writing to help market their products for Market Day. Each Wednesday your child will have a writing assignment from me, due on Thursday.

Reading: This week the students continue to practice their "close reading" skills. We look at different nonfiction texts about Economy and closely read the passages together. We are discussing "look-back" strategies and summarizing skills.

Economics

The 4th graders have loved starting our new unit on Economy. We put our knowledge to the test last week at the Pearl Market. Through a photo scavenger hunt, students had to identify goods, services, wants, needs, target markets and competition. It was wonderful to see the students engaged and applying what we have learned in class. This week, students finalized their Market Day ideas. Please email me if you have questions about Market Day. I will be looking at what the students have proposed this weekend and confirming with them on Monday. If you need to know this weekend if I have confirmed, please send me a quick email explaining the product or service, and I will get back to you ASAP.
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