Stern/Taylor Class News!

4th Grade~~River Place Elementary~~September 16, 2013

If you missed Parent Orientation Night!!!

We will be putting the power point from Parent Orientation Night up on the fourth grade site for those who missed it. We will be having a PACE Math Parent Night in the next few weeks, be looking for an e-mail to let you know when.

Students of the Week~~

These students will present their All About Me poster, that they made at school, to the class on Monday and on Friday may bring in a favorite item to share, read from a favorite book, or display a talent to the class.



Stern's News!

This week in Language Arts and Social Studies:


READING: We will be learning about using reading comprehension strategies such as predicting, questioning, and inferring while we read. We will be starting our literature circle groups this week based on our DRA results. We will also be working with Antonyms and Synonyms.


WRITING: We will be writing a personal narrative based on the picture and/or object we brought in from home. We will go through the writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.


SPELLING: This weeks spelling words come from unit 3. Our spelling skill concept this week is consonant diagraphs, students will be expected to write words that contain ch, sh, th, wh, and ph. Spelling words for the week will be recorded by students in the far right column of the week's agenda. Pace Language Arts students will have an extra 8 words per week. Any students wishing to include the pace words into their spelling test may do so.


SOCIAL STUDIES: This week is Celebrate Freedom Week. We will be discussing national documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Preamble to the Constitution.

Taylor's News!

This week in Math and Science:


Math – We will continue learning about Place Value with a focus on reading, writing, comparing, and ordering decimals to the hundredths (PACE to the thousandths) this week.


Science – We had so much fun exploring Mechanical Energy and collecting data with our airplanes last week. Ask your child if they can tell you where the mechanical energy is in the airplane system we made (propeller and rubber band). We ended the week investigating magnets and will continue to explore the force of magnetism to change the position and motion of objects this week. Just for fun, ask your child “What two common objects stick to magnets?” (the metal iron and steel, because steel is made mostly from iron).


Happy Birthday to Sydney – Sept. 16th and Cooper – Sept. 17th

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Click below for our Language Arts homework site!

All homework can be accessed online through our class websites (see homework links above). We will have 2 pages for Math and 2 pages for Language Arts each week. If you are unable to print the pages, students are encouraged to put answers on regular notebook paper and bring in the answers on Friday. If you won't have access to a computer during the week, please let your homeroom teacher know early in the week. ;)


This Week's Spelling Words are from Unit 3!

If your child would like to practice their spelling words in a fun way, have them go to the Spelling Practice Link below:

http://school.elps.k12.mi.us/donley/classrooms/berry/sitton_spelling_activities/4thgrade_spelling/core_word_units.htm




Important Information!!!

Class Blogs!

Students can access their homeroom's class blog from home. The blog gives them an opportunity to practice writing and communication skills in an ever expanding digital world. We have discussed the importance of students using their best "netiquette"! Manners online are just as important as in person. "Treat others how you want to be treated!"


Mrs. Stern's Homeroom:

http://kidblog.org/SternsStarsBlockB/

password: Birthdate: yyyymmdd


Mrs. Taylor's Homeroom:

http://kidblog.org/SternsStarsBlockA/

password: Student ID#



Nicole Taylor