The Jungle Book

Mrs. Knueven's Classroom Newsletter

Upcoming Events

12/11 Indiana's Birthday

12/15 Indiana History Test - Unit 3, Lessons 1-3

12/16 Wordly Wise 7 Test

12/17 Chapter 5 Math Test

12/18 Book Report due

12/18 Winter Party

12/19 Winter Break Begins

Curriculum Corner

Language Arts

  • In grammar, we will be reviewing conjunctions and prepositions this week and will review interjections next week. By the end of the semester, students will know all 8 parts of speech and should be able to identify those parts of speech within a sentence. During the second semester, we will learn about parts of a sentence, types of phrases, and types of clauses.
  • Because of the busy 3 weeks ahead, we will work on a slightly modified Wordly Wise schedule. 7 A & B will be due this Friday, 7 B & C will be due 12/10, and we will take our test WEDNESDAY, December 16.
  • We wrote the conclusions to our persuasive essays today and will spend the next couple of weeks typing and editing our work!

Indiana History

Our next unit of Indiana History will cover the creation of the Northwest Territory, the War of 1812, and how settlers came to the Indiana Territory. We will assess over this information on 12/15.


We are reading a class novel, The Sign of the Beaver. This fits perfectly into the time period we are studying in Indiana History and has several references to our content. The reading skill we are focusing on during this book is called Question-Answer Relationships (QAR). This is a metacognitive reading strategy that helps teach students how to think about and respond to different types of comprehension questions. For some questions (Right There), the answer is found specifically within the book and the answer does not require thinking other than finding the answer. For other questions (Author & Me and Think & Search), students need to gather clues from the text to form a response that requires a deeper level of thought, such as summarizing or predicting. Lastly, there are questions (On My Own) that require students to connect to the text on a personal level to empathize with characters or develop an opinion. We will finish reading on December 17 and will watch the movie on the afternoon of December 18.


Multiplication, multiplication, multiplication! The main focus of chapter 5 will be strategies for multiplication. The strategies I teach in class will be called partial products and lattice. These are methods that many of you (and I) did not learn in school, so please don't be alarmed when your child brings home work that does not look familiar. That being said, I will never tell the students what method they must use on the assessment. As long as they have a method that works for them, they may use it. Most students are able to learn and understand either partial products or lattice. If you want to teach your child "traditional" multiplication, you are welcome to! Please keep practicing those multiplication facts! They will be essential to multiplying larger numbers accurately. For their test on December 17, they will need to know the following skills:

  • Estimating and writing number sentences for addition
  • Multiplication of 1, 2, and 3-digit numbers
  • Addition and subtraction of decimals (review skill)
  • Measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch and 1/2 centimeter (review skill)
  • Completing "In and Out" boxes (review skill)


We will be taking a break from Science for the next 3 weeks. We have covered 2 out of the 5 units in our book. We will complete the last 3 units between when we come back from Winter Break and ISTEP+.

Indiana's Birthday

Indiana's 200th Birthday is on December 11. The more, the merrier on that day, especially during our sewing time. Don't be afraid to help even if you aren't an expert seamstress! I also could use help cutting out fabric next week.

Biographies and Bagels/Winter Party

I could also use some help with our Biographies and Bagels event and winter party. The sign up is below. If you are helping with crafts or games for the party, please try to stick to a winter theme (snowflakes, snowmen, sledding, etc.) instead of a Christmas theme to allow all students to feel comfortable no matter what they celebrate at home.

Snow Days

I have already received a couple e-mails regarding Dr. Robison's e-mail about the snow day make-up plan at the elementary level. First, please don't panic! I promise we will make sure students are well prepared for a live e-day if/when that happens. Second, this is new for teachers as well, so I will be learning in the next couple of weeks what those lessons will need to look like both within our building and across the district. I will share information with you and the students as I have it.

Don't Forget Your Recorder!

Mr. Budd has reported that he has been having quite a few 4th grade students without recorders in class. If you could help your child remember to bring his/her recorder to school every Wednesday, he would greatly appreciate it!