Mrs. McDougald's Classroom News

4th Grade Weekly Update

Principals Perch By: Dr. Langley

It was a fantastic week at Alcova! We had a small group attend the Youth at Risk Conference in Savannah and it was amazing. Our school was honored with the High Flying Award. We were one of five schools chosen in the state.

Our new clubs are up and running along with our after school Extended Learning Time. We have running club in the morning, along with Beta, Art, and chorus. The talents and opportunities at Alcova are astounding.

Thanks to our teachers for staying late, donating their time, and meeting our community to make this school and our community a great place to be. As always, it is a pleasure to serve this community.

Destination Learning

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


5:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m. Free chicken sandwich, chips, salad, and fruit will be served in the Alcova Cafeteria

6:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m. Meet in your child’s classroom to review his/her academic goals, progress, and Data Notebooks for the first semester. Hear directly from your child what he/she has accomplished during the first half of the school year and the goals he/she has set for the last half.

6:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m. Teacher led workshops (in classrooms) for parents to practice strategies that can be used at home to help your child reach his/her academic goals for the remainder of the school year.

Upcoming Dates…..

March 11th: NO SCHOOL

March 15th: K-2 Destination Learning

March 25th: Mother Son Dance

March 18th: Report Cards are sent home

March 24th: 3rd - 5th Destination Learning

Exceptional Children’s Week Fundraiser

Our wonderful Special Education department would like to collect CHANGE FOR CHAMPIONS next week. Classes will donate their change (no pennies please) or maybe their ice cream money for one day to the Special Olympics. Please help to support this great cause by donating during the week.

Don’t forget to reserve your Publix Mother’s Day Cake. Money is due by March 18th.

Classroom News

In reading we are working on our comprehension in small groups. We are practicing the RACE strategy. We are comparing and contrasting two nonfiction passages..

In language arts we have been discussing relative pronouns. they will learn how to use relative pronouns when writing..

In math we are learning about customary units, capacity, and weight.

In science we are learning about food webs and food chains..

We are learning about the constitution and the debate they had while writing it.

I Can Statements


  • I can identify weight in pounds, tons and ounces.

  • I can can explain the difference in cup, pints, quarts, and gallons.

  • I can use the customary units when measuring length and distance.


  • I can use relative pronouns when writing.

  • I can an opinion paper.


  • I can read two passages that are non fiction and compare and contrast.

  • I can identify the characters, setting, and problem and solution in a story.


  • I can explain how food webs and food chains are different.

Social Studies:

  • I can identify the leaders of the Constitutional Convention and describe the major issues they debated when writing the US Constitution.

Great Books to Read

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? (Fritz)

Babe (King-Smith)

Because of Winn Dixie (DiCamillo)

Cam Jansen (Adler)

Chet Gecko (Bruce)

Chocolate Fever (Smith)

Coyote Autumn (Wallace)

Danger in the Desert (Fields)

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Cleary)

Encyclopedia Brown (Sobal)

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia (O’Connor)

Fudge (Blume)

Geronimo (Stilton)

Grand Escape (Naylor)

Honus & Me (Gutman)

How to Eat Fried Worms (Rockwell)

Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain (Burch).

Jennifer Murdley’s Toad

Owls in the Family (Mowat)

Meet J. K. Rowling (Ward)

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Cleary)

Runt (Bauer)

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Coerr)

Sarah, Plain and Tall (MacLachlan)

Shiloh (Naylor)

Series of Unfortunate Events (Snickett)

Sign of the Beaver (Speare)

Skeleton Man (Bruchac)

Skinnybones (Park)

Spiderwick (Black)

Stone Fox (Gardiner)

Summer of Riley (Bunting)

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Blume)

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom (Sachar)

Tornado (Byars)

Whipping Boy (Fleischman)

Year of Miss Agnes (Hill)