The 4th Grade News

Week of January 19th, 2015

A Note from Ms. Deal

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a restful holiday break filled with family time. I traveled home to Virginia and came back to Shanghai refreshed and rejuvenated.

The students have started 2015 off with a bang. They are focused, hard working, and respectful. They are especially enjoying our Exploration simulation. Students worked with the people at their table groups and we recreated what a voyage during Christopher Columbus' time would have been like.

Please note that our class picture will be Wednesday, January 28th at 9:30am. Since we don't have PE on Wednesdays, students will not need to change. Be sure you child comes to school in their uniform with the light blue shirt.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with and questions.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Deal

Upcoming Events:

January 26th - ASAs begin

January 28th - Class picture at 9:30

February 14th- 22nd - Chinese New Year Holiday

What's going on in room 223

Math Maniacs

This week students worked on understanding perimeter. We discussed how being able to find the perimeter of an object can be used in the real world. Students came up with examples like building fences and running around a park. I was impressed. Students also measured the actual perimeter of objects in the classroom.

Math homework will start to be a nightly thing. We write down our homework every night in the homework diaries. Please help your child remember to complete the assignments.

This week's Math Challenge winners are:

  • Daniel Hu
  • Shaun
  • Ai
  • Samuel
  • Lily
  • Raghav
    Congratulations! Please encourage your student to try the math challenge each week!

Language Arts

Word Study: Students are mastering different spelling patterns and applying them to daily writing assignments. Please remind your student to turn in their word study homework every Friday. You can find all of the word study lists on My username is and my password is shanghai.

Writing: Students are exploring why it's important to write biographies and who they might want to write a biography about this month.

Reading: Students are studying biographies and looking at the many text features in biographies. We are reading biographies as a class and independently and looking at how they are organized.

Social Studies

This week we started a unit on Exploration. Students are looking at what motivates people to explore and why exploration is so important. This week was especially fun because we completed an exploration simulation. Students worked in teams and we recreated what it would have been like for explorers during the Age of Discovery. Each child had a role on board their ship (navigator, helmsman, steward) and there were many different scenarios that played out differently based on the luck of the teams' spins. It was a lot of fun and a valuable lesson as we move forward with this unit.