Fourth Grade News

Week of December 7, 2015

Field Trip

Don't forget, we have a field trip on Wednesday, December 9th. We are going to the Norvell Theater in Salisbury to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

Discovery Education Benchmark Testing

We will be testing reading on Tuesday, December 8th and Math on Thursday, December 10th. We are so excited to see how much students have grown since our first benchmark!

Catawba Field Trip

For good behavior and academic success, students will be rewarded with a field trip to Catawba College. Students will enjoy a basketball game, a tour of the campus, and they will be able to chat with athletes. This is a great opportunity for students to see just what it takes to make it in the college world.

Winter Break

Our last day for students will be Friday, December 18th. Students will return on Monday, January 4th.

Core Learning Topics


This week in reading we are working on Making Connections. Students will connect to passages and texts on their own. There are three different types of connections we can make to texts: Text to text, text to self, and text to world. When students connect to the text based on their own life and prior knowledge it deepens their understanding of what they read. In turn, better helping students answer questions about their reading.

The standard is listed below:

Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.


We are continuing our unit on measurement this week with a hefty review of customary and metric measurement. Customary, or standard, measurement is the most widely used measurement system in the US. These measurements are feet, inches, gallons, pounds, etc. Metric measurement, based on the number 10, is not as commonly used in the US, but shares equal importance. These measurements include liters, grams and meters.

The standard is listed below:

Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36), ...