4th Grade News

Mrs. Crain's Homeroom

Upcoming Events


  • Wednesday, 3/18: Early Release
  • Monday, 3/23: Pirates Musical (6 & 7 pm)
  • March 23-27: Book Fair Week - please check your scholar's agenda for the actual purchase date for his or her class


Talent Show Info: Auditions are Monday, March 30th and show will be April 20th.

Make Up Days - Revised!

Just announced: the last two days of school (June 15th and 16th) will be early release days for students. The Board of Education also decided to waive the two remaining snow days, as Guilford County provides more instructional hours in the regular calendar than the state requires.

Important Information

Our trip to Raleigh was a great success! Our students were amazing and so well behaved. I hope you have had some great conversations about what they saw, did, and learned! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to chaperone...we couldn't have done it without you!

This week’s secret phrase is: Eat Pig Feet!

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What We're Learning...

Math: Guess what…fractions quiz Tuesday, March 24th. Here are some helpful sites this week for math:



Social Studies: North Carolina government, state symbols

ELA: Opinion Writing (we will have a comprehension test on the debate we will read, but this assessment will be on Thursday instead of Friday).

  • It is time for our biography project! Your scholar will bring home a pink letter tomorrow (Monday, 3/16). This letter includes all of the directions for the project, and has a part that needs to be signed and returned. Please save a cereal box, as it will be needed for the project!


Spelling, both logs, and vocab this week!

Classroom Needs and Wants

We are in need of the following items:


  • white copy paper
  • sandwich-size Ziplock baggies
  • empty toilet paper tubes

Talking With Kids: School Age 6 - 11

School-Age Kids Have a New Agenda

"School-age children are much more self-directed and peer-focused than when they were preschoolers. And their behavior and communication style seem to change overnight. There is always a moment when you think, 'I don't recognize this child,' and then you realize, 'Oh, she's growing and changing.'"

Michael Thompson Ph.D.

Co-author, Raising Cain, Senior Project Advisor

How They Communicate

School-age kids begin to view the world in complex ways. At this stage, children often move from being concrete thinkers to being more reflective ones. They think more logically about world events, while still viewing them subjectively. They start to look at causes and begin asking more challenging questions.

Between the ages of 6 and 11, kids become purposeful. They think in advance about what they want and often have a plan for how to get it. Because their communication style is impulsive and driven by their desires, it may mask how deep, loving and wise they are inside.

School-age kids alternately feel dependent, resistant or even rebellious toward their parents.This confusing behavior can be quite nerve-wracking for parents. School-age kids may appear needy for days and then suddenly throw tantrums. They become insulted if their parents treat them in ways they consider babyish, even though at other times they still want to be babied.

School-age kids question, doubt and criticize their parents. They no longer consider Mom and Dad to be the sole authorities. This questioning is normal, and it means they are becoming critical thinkers. They may appear to distance themselves from, or even reject, the people they love most.

School-age kids begin to tailor their communication styles to their surroundings. Younger kids usually communicate with one style no matter where they are or who they are with. As school-age kids spend more time away from home, they often develop new patterns of speaking based on what their friends are saying or what they hear on television.

School-age kids may become private about their thoughts. No matter how positive a relationship a school-age child has with his parents, he may now begin to shut them out as his life outside the home begins to compete with his home life.

School-age kids develop a more sophisticated sense of humor. They enjoy telling jokes and puns and playing more advanced games. They can understand more grown-up media and analyze the rules and premises of the games they play.