Mrs. Lewis' Fourth Grade Happenings

November 10, 2014

Halloween Fun!

A BIG thank you to our wonderful parent helpers, Jonathan Cobb, Chrissy Coffman, Dina Cristo, and Jody Yetzer, for a spook-tacular Halloween party. The students were busy estimating Halloween goodies, making greeting cards, creating mummies, and eating delicious treats!! Thanks to everyone for making this a very special day for all!!

Reading

Our Greek mythology unit continues to be a hit with our curious learners. The teachers had so much fun carrying this topic of study over into our Halloween costumes, and it was exciting to see the kids instantly recognizing each of us! We will be ending our Greek mythology unit by introducing students to book clubs. As a class we will be reading Medusa Jones, and as we read we will be learning what it means to be a part of a fourth grade book club. Students will be in charge of summarizing chapters and writing responses, and then will come together to have rich discussions centered around the text. Though we are completing this book club together to model expectations, students will eventually move into reading novels and having student-led groups and discussions.

Writing and Word Work

Writers will wrap up publishing their personal narratives and will have a chance to share their hard work with the class. We will then move into comparing and contrasting writings. Students will actually be doing a lot of reading during writing time as they read texts and pull out similarities and differences. Writers will use graphic organizers to organize their notes. We will then work on crafting organized paragraphs—topic sentence, detail sentences, and a closing sentence—as well as incorporating new vocabulary into our pieces (different, unlike, but, however, rather than, same, alike, similar, both, all, just to name a few!).

Word Work will look a little different for the next two weeks, as we are focusing on Greek roots. Rather than have students focus on the spelling patterns within words, we are going to focus on using Greek roots to identify the meaning of new words. We will be focusing on 5 Greek roots over the next two weeks: tri-, multi-, -ology, bio-, and aqua-. Students brought home packets last Monday to help them study these roots. They will be in charge of illustrating the root to help them have a visual, and then they will need to find words that use each root before using those words in a sentence. These packets are due Thursday, November 13th and our test will be Friday, November 14th.

Math

Wow! Mathematicians really worked hard on Unit 1, which covered the first three chapters of our curriculum. Today we will begin Chapter 4: Divide by 1-Digit Numbers. We will be working on dividing with and without remainders, and when a remainder is present we will work on interpreting that remainder (Do we ignore it? Round our answer up?) We will also work on strategies to easily divide tens, hundreds, and thousands. We will then move into rounding and estimating quotients with larger numbers. Mathematicians will revisit the distributive property as well, learning how to use this strategy to divide.

Math fact fluency is essential as we move into this new chapter! That being said, students will be expected to continue with their XtraMath practice. A new letter was sent home last week with a November calendar for students to track their practice. They are expected to practice 12 days this month. Many students waited until the last minute in October and did not get in their required sessions. Their October homework is stapled to their new November homework for your reference. If your child has mastered multiplication, they will be working on mastering division. If they master division facts, they will be challenged to master their facts at an even faster speed. It has been so fun to constantly be adding new certificates to our “Hall of Fame” here at school!

Social Studies

After nearly two million years, the last great Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. Two-thirds of Ohio had been buried under glaciers, which scoured and shaped the landscape, then covered it with thick layers of glacial till, comprised of sands, gravel, and clay.

In contrast, a third of the state - where the ice didn't reach - remained a rugged, wrinkled land, providing an entirely different home for plant and animal life. Humans have impacted these landscapes as well - clearing, draining, and re-shaping the land to make way for farms, industries, and homes.

Today, Ohio's landscape features five regions, each with its own geological profile and its distinct communities of plants and animals. Over the next two weeks, students will use Model Magic to create a map of Ohio showing the Glaciated Appalachian Plateau, Unglaciated Appalachian Plateau, Till Plains, Lake Plains, and the Bluegrass regions. Students will conduct hands-on experiments to see, first hand, how glaciers created various landforms as they traveled through parts of Ohio. Finally, students will use their completed maps to compare and contrast Ohio's natural regions.

Important Dates

November 19th- Fourth Grade Musical 7pm

November 26-28th- Thanksgiving Break