4th Grade Newsletter

December 5, 2014

Important Dates

  • Monday, December 8: MAP Test (Reading)
  • Monday, December 8 : Social Studies Brochure Due
  • Tuesday, December 9: MAP Test (Math)
  • Tuesday, December 9: ELA End of Opinion Unit Vocabulary Test
  • Wednesday, December 10: Reading Project Due
  • Friday, December 12: Unit 4 Math Test
  • Friday, December 12 : Social Studies Study Guide Due
  • Monday, December 15: Social Studies Test
  • Wednesday, December 17: End-of-Novel Test
  • Thursday, December 18: Winter Party (12-1:30)
  • December 21-January 5: Winter Break


*Please send in $5 if you would like to donate to our holiday party. This will cover pizza, drinks, snacks, and games for the entire day*

Reading

On-Level/Advanced: Students will finish reading Shiloh and completing comprehension questions in their packets. This week students have learned how to have an educational discussion about the novel. Next week, students will learn about character development. In an effort to build strong reading comprehension skills, it is important that students read for at least 20 minutes everyday. Students will be given a new reading log to complete every Monday and turn in the following Monday for a homework grade. Students will have Book Report due on Wednesday, December 10. A copy of the project instructions is available on the portal.


Accelerated: Students will finish reading The Phantom Tollbooth and completing comprehension questions. This week students have learned about the idioms in the novel. Next week, students will learn how mathematics can contribute to the plot of this work of literature. In an effort to build strong reading comprehension skills, it is important that students read for at least 20 minutes everyday. Students will be given a new reading log to complete every Monday and turn in the following Monday for a homework grade. Students will have Book Report due on Wednesday, December 10. A copy of the project instructions is available on the portal.

ELA

On level/Advanced: This week classes will participate in group debates. Students will be defending the position that their animal has the greatest 'creature powers' or behaviors, external features, and/or adaptations for survival. Test on Tuesday 12/9/14 over figurative language and debate vocabulary words: hyperbole, simile, onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration, idiom, cliche', metaphor, evidence, emotional appeal, rhetorical question, debate, rebuttal.*Please note that Wednesday is our normal testing day; moved due to Wednesday's Reading test. Thank you for understanding.


Accelerated: Classes will compete in a group debate; arguing that their animal group has the greatest chance for survival. Groups include: mammals, reptiles, fish, birds. Our students are really enjoying planning their arguments and rebuttals. Test on Tuesday 12/9/14 over figurative language and debate vocabulary words: hyperbole, simile, onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration, idiom, cliche', metaphor, evidence, emotional appeal, rhetorical question, debate, rebuttal. *Please note that Wednesday is our normal testing day; moved due to Wednesday's Reading test. Thank you for understanding.

*See the bottom of the newsletter for a copy of the study guide or visit the FSA Portal: Teacher Resources: Study Guide.

Math

All Classes: There will be a test over Unit 4 on Friday, December 12. A study guide has been provided in class; additional copies may be printed from Class Resources. While the study guide will not be graded, we will review it each day in class; please make sure your child brings it every day.


On Level/Advanced: The Unit 4 Test will cover fractions: identifying, modeling, comparing, ordering, and problem solving.


Accelerated: The Unit 4 Test will cover operations with fractions: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

Social Studies

This upcoming week we will finish up our Colonization of North America Unit. We will examine the lives of the different colonial people and how their choices and behavior were influenced by their region. We will also learn more about the economic specializations of the 3 regions.

The colonial brochure is due on Monday. Students will also receive their study guide which is due on Friday. Late study guides will not be accepted. Students must have them with them in class to receive full credit.


Important Dates:

Monday Dec. 8th- Colonies Brochure Due

Friday Dec. 12th - Colonization of North America Study Guide Due

Monday Dec.15th - Colonization of North America Test

Mrs. Dempsey

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ELA Study Guide- Test 12/9/14- All levels

End of Unit Assessment for Opinion Writing Vocabulary

Figurative Language

  1. Hyperbole- an exaggeration- I could eat a horse!

  2. Simile- comparison using like or as- Pretty as a picture

  3. Onomatopoeia – words that are pronounced like the sound they represent- Boom! Smash!

  4. Personification- giving human qualities to an inhuman object- The clouds danced around the moon.

  5. Alliteration- the repetition of beginning sounds, syllables, letters in a sentence or phrase- Peter Piper Picked…

  6. Idiom- a phrase whose meaning cannot be taken literally- It’s raining cats and dogs.

  7. Cliché- overused saying- You complete me.

  8. Metaphor- comparison using like or as- Her heart is stone.

    Debate Vocabulary

  9. evidence- facts or proof used in an argument

  10. emotional appeal- used to make your audience feel an emotion or connection to your argument

  11. rhetorical question- a question not meant to be answered; the answer is usually implied by the question

  12. debate- an argument with rules

  13. rebuttal- the act of claiming another’s argument is untrue