4th Grade Newsletter November 16th

Miss Fletcher & Mrs. Wiley

Happy Monday!

I hope you had an amazing weekend. I spent my weekend cleaning up for all of the family that will be coming into town next week! Can you believe it's already time for Thanksgiving? I feel like this year is just flying past me. This week we have Technology night on November 19th from 6:00-7:00. Please feel free to come and tour your child's classroom and see what technology your child is using in their room.


This year your child will be using google classroom. This is an online site where students will be able to view and submit assignments from any computer. Only students with RISD log ins have access to the site. If you would like more information on google classroom, there will be an informational meeting in the cafeteria from 5:15-6:00 on November the 19th (the same night as Technology night).


Mrs. Wiley and myself would also like to let you know that we plan on holding our fall conferences on Tuesday, December the 8th. Your child's homeroom teacher will send home a sign up sheet for conference times this week. Times will begin at 7:40 and will go until 4:00. Please indicate 3 times that will work for you as times will fill on a first come, first served basis. If you cannot make a time that is on the list, please email your child's homeroom teacher with a time that would work for you.


Remember that this Wednesday is our Middle of the year benchmark for Math, and this Friday is our field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art. Students will need a sack lunch for the field trip with all items able to be thrown away! Just a reminder (not that you need it) but there is no school next week! Enjoy your time off!


Thanks for all that you do,

Miss Fletcher

This week at school:

In math we will wrap up our study on perimeter and area, as well as reviewing for our middle of the year test which is on Wednesday. Unfortunately, we cannot send home a specific review because we do not have access to the test, but the students will be bringing home a review for homework. Please check over their work! After Thanksgiving break we will be working on decimals and deepening our understanding of numbers that are less than one. This will continue with the study of fractions when we return from winter break.


In science we will be working with magnets this week. We will be discussing what make an item magnetic and testing out various materials. We will also be covering what happens to items as they heat or cool and doing experiments to discover condensation and evaporation.


Reading: We will continue our Drama Unit! The students will learn that drama is similar to fiction because there are characters, setting, and plot. However, in drama, the playwright uses stage directions to tell the actors how to read their lines. We will continue to discuss the purpose of elements of drama. We will identify dramatic elements: script, lines, stage directions, scenes, sound effects, props, playwright, characters, setting, plot, acts, dialogue, lights, stage, curtains, narrator, and actors. The students will explain the purpose of each dramatic element to the meaning of the play. During the week, the students will begin presenting their reader’s theater paired insect poems with the class. The students are encourages to either bring in a minimal prop or make one at school. Depending on their assigned insect, this could be something as simple as antennas or wings etc. Our performances are used to build fluency, confidence, teamwork, and overall… to allow for some fun entertainment in our week J

The students will continue presenting their book commercials with the class!! The reader response (summaries) will be placed in a binder for the class to refer to for when looking for a good book. Perhaps… we will take this to the library to help us search for books! This week we will review our Reading Middle of Year Assessments and discuss strategies that our classmates used well.

Language Arts: We will review our Writing Middle of Year Assessments by sharing edit & revision strategies and then we will share several of our classmates writing pieces with the class in a constructive manner by using the Expository Rubric. These scores will be entered into RISD’s Assessin database as a way to track writing progress.

We will use prepositions correctly and spell words with the oi and oy sound patterns correctly.

Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, November 18th: KN-6th grade math MOY assessments , and Honor choir practice after school.


Thursday, November 19th:3rd – 6th grade parent Google Classroom training at 5:15 in the cafeteria, Technology showcase night 6-7, and WRE growth meeting in cafeteria at 7 p.m.

Friday, November 20th: 4th grade goes to DMA, Kinder and 1st grade Thanksgiving feasts.


On the Horizon & Other WRE News:

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· December 4th: Last day to collect shoes (Think Kindness).

· December 18th: End of 3rd six weeks (crazy), reflections ceremonies, and Winter Party at 2:00!

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