4th Grade News

December 2013 • Clarksville Elementary

Upcoming Dates

December 3: Mrs. Johnson/Baldi Homeroom Owl Pellet Dissection 2:15-3:00pm
December 4: Mrs. Johnson/Baldi Homeroom Quarter 2 Science Test
December 5: All homeroom classes rotate for Quarter 2 Science/Social Studies Instruction
December 18: Band/Strings Concert
December 19: 4th Grade Winter Craft
December 21-31: Winter Break- Please enjoy the time with your families!

Congratulations Mrs. Johnson!

The entire fourth grade would like to congratulate Mrs. Johnson on achieving National Board Certification for Professional Teaching. This was a year-long process that included rigorous lesson planning, videotaping, and assessments. For more information on this certification you can visit: http://nbpts.org/. Congratulations Mrs. Johnson!

English Language Arts

Students will be using the Baltimore Aquarium animal they selected to research to create an e-book that will identify physical characteristics, habitat, diet, unique facts, population status, and information about the conservation of Earth's resources. The e-book will be downloadable and readable on an iPad, Kindle, etc. Directions for viewing these will follow once publishing is completed. Along with the research report, students are reading informational non-fiction in guided reading groups. They are identifying fact/opinion, cause/effect, and main idea within the text. All of these activities will lead to a STEM unit that will be completed in January. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home and ask questions that allow them to cite evidence from the text to defend their response.


Please visit http://smart.hcpss.wikispaces.net for more information about mathematics instruction for your child's instructional level.

Science/Social Studies/Health


Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Baldi homeroom classes will finish up the second quarter science rotation with an owl pellet dissection and test on Wednesday, December 4th. A study guide has gone home with all students in these classes. Please continue to review biomes, ecosystems, adaptations, food chains/webs, transfer of energy, and changes in animal populations based on environmental factors. Mrs. Suknova and Mrs. Kwak homeroom classes will begin science instruction on Thursday, December 5th.


The health unit for second quarter is Child Abuse. The state of Maryland requires all students receive instruction on this content. These lessons will be taught during the month of December per homeroom class.

Social Studies

Just like science, Mrs. Kwak and Mrs. Suknova homeroom classes will finish up the second quarter social studies objectives including information about Maryland from the 1630's to the 1800's. Students should understand the earliest settlers, the establishment of slavery, the colonist feelings toward the British government, and the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Baldi homeroom classes will begin social studies instruction on Thursday, December 5th.


The students will work hard this month following all the school and classroom rules to earn a reward during the last week of December. This activity is for all students who remain in the "green" zone for behavior. You can help your child at home by reinforcing appropriate classroom and school rules. December Cougar Club will include a 30 minute video.

Volunteer/Visiting Opportunities

The fourth grade teachers are looking for volunteers to participate in a Repeated Reading program. A few times per week we are hoping to solicit volunteers to read with each child in the homeroom classes. The focus of this program is to work on fluency, prosody, and reading rate. If you are interested, please look for an email from your child's homeroom teacher with a direct link to sign up online.

On Tuesday, December 3rd, Mrs. Johnson/Ms. Baldi homeroom classes will participate in owl pellet dissection. If you are able and interested in coming to watch your child in this fun lesson, please report to those classrooms at 2:15pm. The remaining classes will participate in this activity in January.

On Thursday, December 19th, all homeroom classes will participate in a Winter Craft activity. The children will create Snowman Snow Gauges. We would love to have parents join us during this time to celebrate the upcoming winter break and holiday season. The time for this activity will be from 3-3:45pm and will also occur in the homeroom classrooms.

Winter Craft

Thursday, Dec. 19th 2013 at 3pm

12041 Maryland 108

Clarksville, MD

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Thank you!

As the holiday season approaches the CES community has many things for which to be thankful. Over the past month we accomplished so many things that will continue to benefit our children. We want to thank all the parents who were able to come and participate in parent/teacher conferences. We also want to thank all the parents who joined us as chaperones on our Baltimore Aquarium field trip. Much learning was had by all and it was a fantastic learning experience that complimented our current research unit. Finally, we want to thank the parent volunteers who have given up their time to come in and read with students, help with clerical tasks, or have just been an "assistant" to the teachers.

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The Fourth Grade Team

Lisa Johnson, Team Leader - lisa_johnson@hcpss.org
Jenna Baldi, Teacher - jenna_baldi@hcpss.org
Jennifer Kwak, Teacher - jennifer_lee@hcpss.org
Irina Suknova, Teacher - irina_suknova@hcpss.org