Team Hill News

DFES Title One, February 3, 2016

What's New in 4th Grade?

February is filled with many activities and much learning! We are looking forward to our field trip to The Koger Center on Tuesday, Feb. 9, as we sing and play along with the South Carolina Orchestra and then enjoy eating at Ryan's together. Thank you so much volunteers ( Ashley's mom, Sarah's mom and Christopher's mom) for offering to chaperon our class. Our buses will pull out at 10 am, so chaperons be sure to check in and get your visitor tag prior to our bus departure. The program is at 11:15 am. Following lunch at Ryan's, we will head back to DFES and plan on being back on campus around 1:45 pm.


Our PTO fundraiser has kicked off this week and hopefully your child has had a chance to tell you about it as well as share the yellow flyer brought home Tuesday. Our goal for the fundraiser is to raise money to purchase books for our school!


Valentine's Day is just around the corner and the students may bring in valentines to share with their classmates on Feb. 12, Friday. We have 21 students and I will send home a class list of names Friday for students to address valentines if they wish to do so. I have bags for the students to decorate in class next week also.


Here are some important dates to remember:


Feb. 4 Early Dismissal 11;40 am

Feb. 8 Weather Unit Test

Feb. 9 "Canned" Book Projects Due

Field trip to Koger Center and Ryan's

Feb. 15 No School for Students

March 28- April 1 Spring Break

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Reading through the Curriculum

We have become masters of fractions! Students are creating equivalent fractions, mixed fractions and improper fractions. We have used fractions tiles, pattern blocks, legos, Skittles and Hershey bars to help us become fraction experts!


What will the weather be? Well, we have a much better idea of how to predict weather as we have been collecting temperature, air pressure and humidity readings during the month of January and analyzing what that data really means. Students are also very tuned in to noticing clouds. This week students are researching types of severe weather and creating Google slide shows and posters to share their learning with each other.


We are nearing the end of a beloved read aloud " Wonder". We have not just loved this story, but also engaged in some really meaningful discussions about friendship and showing kindness to others. During shared reading time we are reading "Frindle". Look for your student to begin creating new vocabulary as a result of being inspired by Nick's creativity. We are also working on our critical reading skills and being able to cite evidence in what we read to support an answer. Writers are working on fine tuning sentences by using interesting language and correct punctuation.


You may have noticed that our reading log format has changed. The amount of time we encourage students to read each week remains 120 minutes per week. Students can divide that time up any way from Friday to Thursday that works for them and their family's schedule. Thank you for signing the reading log and encouraging students to writing a brief reflection on what they have read.