Fourth Grade News

Mrs. Spencer's Class - Week of 11/17

A Look At Our Week...

Another busy week ahead, with continued work on decimals, sharing national symbols projects, studying rocks and minerals, and diving into new literacy content. As projects have been arriving last week and this morning, I am so eager to see students present their work! What high quality projects!

Reading at home is essential for maximizing literacy growth. Check in with your child daily about reading. It truly makes a significant difference! Ask your child to summarize what he or she read or to share a really neat word he or she came across while reading. Any questioning and interest helps your child see just how important reading is! Check out this Scholastic reading campaign about how reading makes a "world of possible":

As always, thank you for all you are doing at home to support learning and to make fourth grade a successful year for your child! Thank you, thank you!

Veterans' Day Assembly

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Updates, Objectives, and Links

This Week's Important Updates:

  • Toy and Gift Drive: Christmas shopping? The staff and students of K-M Elementary School are collecting toys and gifts for the local Care and Share Charity Fund which provides help for local families in times of need. Students are invited to bring a NEW unwrapped toy or gift to school the week of Dec. 1-5. We are looking for toys, games, CD’s, books and gift certificates for children of all ages -- particularly infants and teens and those in between. Please no stuffed animals. Items collected are showcased in the art display case. Thank you for your generosity!

  • Chip Shoppe Fundraiser: We are doing something new and exciting this year at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary. Our school has joined together with The Chip Shoppe to generate extra funds to enrich the educational experience for all of our students. Choose from a wonderful selection of products including food made in the midwest. Products will be delivered just in time for holiday gifts! Each online donation counts as an item sold, in regard to prizes, or you can make a direct donation to the school.

    Nov. 20 Kickoff - an email will be sent out to all parents

    Dec. 3 Orders Due

    Dec. 18 3:00 - 6:30 Pickup in the elementary gym

  • IXL: IXL log-in information is as follows: / User: firstinitiallastname@kmps (ex. rspencer@kmps) / PW: Lunch Number. This is a great resource for further practice on skills we are studying as well as enrichment in new areas of study!
  • Homework Routines: Remember: students are assigned to reading 25-30+ minutes nightly, practicing math facts for 5-10+, completing the nightly Study Link/math assignment, and completing a spelling assignment nightly.
  • Transportation Changes?: Please write a note in your child’s planner, send me a note, or send me an e-mail any time your child has a change in transportation plans. This is very important! Thank you!

Stone Soup

We are reading numerous versions of the folk tale Stone Soup, a tale in which people bring happiness to one another by learning the lesson of sharing (each person contributes an ingredient to a pot of soup). Versions of this story are told around the world, and students will work on comparing and contrasting the tales. As a celebration prior to Thanksgiving break, we will be making our own “stone soup" to celebrate our classroom community and our own thankfulness. We will have our feast NEXT Tuesday, 11/25.

Each child will be responsible for bringing an ingredient for our feast. Below is a list of ingredients that will be added to our soup and "cornucopia crunch." Students will pick an ingredient at school early this week.

For "Stone Soup":

  • 1 can or carton of chicken broth (x6 students)
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 carrot (chopped)
  • 2 ribs of celery (chopped)
  • 1 can of peas
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of green beans
  • 2 fresh tomatoes (chopped) or can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup of uncooked rice—white or wild
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage (or coleslaw mixture)
  • Bay leaves and/or other spices
  • Egg noodles
  • Oyster crackers or saltine crackers

For "Cornucopia Crunch":

  • Bugles
  • Cheerios (any type)
  • Pre-Popped Popcorn/Puffcorn
  • M&Ms
  • Reese's Pieces
  • Chocolate Chips

If your child cannot bring the item that he or she selects, please let me know. It is okay! As we learn in the stories, stone soup can have many different ingredients, so you can certainly substitute for something you have available at home. Please wait to send the chopped items until Tuesday so that our ingredients are as fresh as possible. Other items can be brought in advance.

Additional donations of plastic bowls and small plates are welcomed. Please let me know if your child is able to bring one of these items. Thanks so much for your help in making our feast a success!

This Week's Objectives:

Language Arts:

  • We are summarizing The Horned Toad Prince and creating flip books. We are also completing the selection test for this story.
  • We are reading various selections in our Storyworks magazines.
  • We are building reading stamina and learning about various types of book reviews.
  • We are working on using text evidence to prove answers when reading selections.
  • We are learning in daily reading flex groups.


  • We are comparing and ordering decimals through the thousandths place.
  • We are describing relationships among metric units of length.
  • We are using scale to determine actual size.
  • We are developing speed and accuracy with multiplication and division facts.

Science/Social Studies:

  • In Science, we are learning about the rock cycle and beginning our unit on rocks and minerals.
  • In Social Studies, students are reading Social Studies Weekly. FYI: The next region that will be studied for states and capitals is the MIDWEST REGION. Mr. Naylor will formally introduce these after Thanksgiving, but students are welcome to get a head start and begin studying the midwest states and capitals!

Weekly Learning Links:

Free Rice (Multiplication Facts):

Donate rice while practicing multiplication facts! Available for other subjects as well.

Into the Book:

Practice key skills for reading by diving "into the book." This is a really neat resource!

All Math Study Links:

Big IQ Kids Spelling/Vocab:

Wishing you a spectacular week!

Please contact me with any questions or comments.


Mrs. Spencer