Fourth Grade News

Mrs. Spencer's Class - Week of 5/9

Good Morning!

We have continued working on many projects and activities in the classroom. Students' quilt designs are phenomenal, and I've loved reading their haikus & plays. This week is sure to be eventful as well! We will be departing for the Science Museum after school on Thursday and will return between 11-11:30 on Friday. Please submit any necessary paperwork tomorrow if you have not yet done so. We're looking forward to a terrific trip! See below for important reminders about the trip. Take care & have a wonderful week!

Viewing 3rd Grade Passion Projects - Fascinating Ideas!

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Important Spring Dates:

Science Museum Overnight: THIS Thursday-Friday (returning between 11-11:30 am)

Important Reminders:

  • No electronics.
  • Students may bring a disposable camera & small travel game, notebook, or book for the bus.
  • Label bags/ belongings (pack lightly!)
  • A plastic bag with deodorant, clean socks, toothbrush/toothpaste, washcloth will be helpful for easy transport to the bathroom.
  • Many students in the past have rolled up their pillow into their sleeping bag & put everything in a duffle bag or larger carrying bag. Students will carry their own belongings - so again, pack lightly!
  • Students will sleep in the clothes they wear on Thursday. We will change into spray painted shirts after school. Comfortable shoes are key!
  • No additional money is needed.
  • We'll return to school between 11-11:30 on Friday.
  • Refer to packet of information sent home last week for additional information & please ask me if you have any questions! It is sure to be a GREAT trip!


4th Grade Track & Field: Thursday, May 26

***Friday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 31 are make up dates for T&F.

Patchwork Quilt Designers - Symmetry in Math!

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Updates & Announcements:

Last Day of School Carnival Volunteers: I am seeking 1-3 volunteers for the last day of school carnival. You would be assisting and supervising students as they are on the inflatables in the gym. Fourth grade's time is from 8:30-9:30. Please let me know if you're able to help! Thanks so much.


Acting Opportunity: 'The Legend of Katastrophe Kate' is a play for Kindergarten through grade 8 to show off their acting talent. Auditions will be held on May 24 for the over 30 speaking parts available. Class will run June 27 - July 1 from 8 am - noon with the performance on July 1 at 6:30 pm. More information is on the K-M Schools website under the Community Education 'school,' or by checking page 16 of your Summer 16 Community Education brochure.


Classroom Wish List: Pre-popped popcorn & candy (your choice) - thanks so much!

Tomorrow is National Walk/ Bike to School Day! Students in grades 3-8 are invited to participate in this event - see details below.

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This Week's Objectives:

Language Arts:

  • We are identifying causes and effects of a deadly air-pollution disaster in London.
  • We are synthesizing information from two texts about the history of pets.
  • We are writing and performing plays based on a favorite story or novel.
  • We are determining the theme of texts & plays we read.
  • We are building reading stamina and practicing CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expanding Vocabulary) strategies for reading.


Mathematics:

  • We are solving discount number stories.
  • We are continuing to work on a patchwork design project.
  • We are multiplying and dividing with decimals.
  • We are learning about reflections, rotations, and translations.
  • We are exploring line symmetry.
  • We are building our speed and accuracy with basic multiplication and division facts.


Science & Social Studies:

  • We are learning about inventors and inventions.
  • Students are continuing to study economics & states/capitals.

Visit from Aricin's Grandma

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Links for Learning:

IXL: www.ixl.com -- Math & Language Arts available!

Read Theory: www.readtheory.org

Newsela: www.newsela.com

Wonderopolis: www.wonderopolis.org

Hour of Code (Learn coding!): http://hourofcode.com/us

All Math Study Links: http://www.mrnale.com/StudyLinks_Grade_4.htm

Creating Clay Pens with Mrs. Dahms' Class

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Wishing you a spectacular week!

Please contact me with any questions or comments.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Spencer