Mrs. Grimes' Fourth Grade

September 2-5, 2014

4 day week in 4th grade!


Please make sure your child has turned in all of their beginning of the year paperwork. I will be sending home a reminder check list on Tuesday with the forms that are still missing. It is extremely important that all paperwork is turned in both for the safety of your child and for their academic experience. We will use technology often in my classroom, but until the internet/ media and photography permission forms are turned in your child is unable to use the internet or have their pictures made.

Thank you for understanding the importance in this situation.

Math- Place Value

Last week in Math we focused on writing numbers up to 9 million in standard, expanded, and word form. We discussed the value of underlined digits and how multiplication relates to place value. This week we will continue reviewing how multiplication relates to place value. We will also begin discussing the relations between division and place value and comparing two multi-digit numbers.

The math homework this week will be a review of place value from last week.

The standards for fourth grade place value are:

Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 ÷ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division.

Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.


We will begin assessing your students in reading this week. Your child will participate in mClass testing (within the classroom and with me). This assessment will give your child their reading level. I will let your child know what their reading level is so they are able to pick books appropriately. We have been discussing in class that it is perfectly fine to read any book as long as the level matches the purpose. For example students might read a book a little below or on their level when they are reading to themselves, but when they are reading with another student or adult it might be on or above their level.

Please let me know if you have any questions about reading levels and/or good pick homework books.

Science- Animal Adaptations

This week in Science we will continue learning about animal adaptations. We have a special guest that will be teaching us about animal adaptions this week. On Thursday, we will be skyping with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Wyoming. This is a very exciting experience because they only skype with a certain number of students each year. The skype session will last approximately 30 minutes.

From their site:

"Animals truly are amazing! They can survive in their environments through their amazing adaptations. During this lesson, students will discover the basic habitat needs of animals, and explore how living things adapt to seasons and environments. Students will journey through four habitats in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – the alpine, forest, mountain meadow, and plains/basin environments. We will visit immersive museum exhibits that highlight animals in each of these unique habitats. Then students will compare the adaptations of animals like a grizzly bear, beaver, and raptor to those of animals in their own region. The presenter will enrich the experience with our hands-on collection pieces. How do animals adapt to their environment both physically and behaviorally?"

Here is a link to their website to find out more:


All homework will be kept in your child's binder (once they receive it) and will be turned in on Friday. Here is an overview of the homework that your child will have each week.

Reading- Read for 20 minutes each night and do one assignment from the reading sheet. They should have completed 4 assignments in Reading by Friday.

Spelling- Your child will have their spelling words in the homework packet each week. They will need to complete a total of 3 spelling assignments by Friday. This should include 1 from column A and 2 from column B.

Math- A couple of math sheets will be included in the homework packet. These will need to be turned in on Friday. Students should just do their best work. No need to stress. If they have questions please just let me know and I will help them.