The Fourth Grade 4-1-1

Week of April 11, 2016

The teachers say...

Our service learning project this year is working with Villa Esperanza. Next week will be a time dedicated to our friends at Villa . We will be making weighted blankets and crayons.

Important Dates:

April 11 - Honors Choir performs at Senior Center at 6:15pm

April 12 - Topic 11 Math Test; Author Kwame Alexander visits at 9:05am

April 14 - Social Studies Quiz (see below)

April 15 - Unit 19 spelling test

Looking ahead:

April 19 - Science reports due

April 22 - Earth Day

Earth Day 2016

The fourth grade will be going to the Sepulveda Wildlife Basin in Van Nuys. This is a great field trip where students are provided with binoculars and led on a guided walk through this wildlife refuge. We will also be looking at pond water under a microscope! Please send your child with a waste-free lunch.


Math: There will be a test tomorrow (Tuesday) on topic 11. Then we will continue with fractions, including mixed numbers and improper fractions.

English: We are learning the formatting for and writing a friendly letter. Tuesday, students should come to school with an address to which they will send the letters.

Science: While students are busy completing the final copy of their research report, we are moving on to magnetism. This week we will learn about magnetic fields, poles, and what is or is not attractive to magnets. 4S will begin their time in the robotics lab this week.

Reading: We are continuing our reading of Island of the Blue Dolphins. Students have set up binders to keep all of their work for this novel organized.

Social Studies: Quiz this Thursday on the Gold Rush. Study from the comprehension Q&A sheet; reading passages available on the MJS resource page for review.

Spelling/Writing: Lesson 19 (suffixes -ful, -ness, -less, -ment) The test will be this Friday, April 15.

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Religion Corner

Doctrine: Jesus' Love Gives Us Life

Because Jesus is human like us, he reveals what God is like more fully than anything in creation. The sun that rises each morning reminds us God is in charge of the world. The spring flowers show us the life and beauty that come from God. But in Jesus we see God's love for us with a human face. Jesus hugged little children and gathered them around him. He raised up the sick and brought outsiders into his circle of friends. He have his life so that we might share the life of God.
Jesus gives himself as our nourishment in every Eucharist. We gather weekly for a remembering party at which we come and eat as Jesus asked us to do in his memory.

Outside Reading Logs

The goal for the second semester is 600 minutes. Log sheets are located on the fourth grade website and in the classrooms. The due date to submit minutes is May 31st. Don't wait until the last minute!

Visiting Author for Book Fair

Recycle and Read Info

4G Robotics: Battle 'Bots!

Gold Rush Dice Simulation Game

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Student of the Week 4G

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Google Expeditions: Virtual Reality!

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