October Newsletter

News from 4I

News from the Teacher

Below is the second edition of our class newsletter. I look forward to meeting with all of you at Fall Conferences this week. Mr. Richardson has asked the students to access Typing Club via Blackboard several times a week for about 10 minutes. This will help students reach their 4th grade typing goal of 20 words in one minute.



This October we have learned about summarizing fiction and nonfiction .For both fiction and nonfiction you must not use all of the details from the text. That is very important in summarizing. For fiction, you have to include all the important elements (where and when, characters, and main event). For nonfiction, you need to find the main idea. Then, you write the important details involving the main idea. We have learned a lot about summarizing.

Julianne and Jack


In reading we have been learning about plot. There are 5 elements to plot setting, problem, climax, solution, and conclusion. We also learned we can use plot on many different graphic organizers like a roller coaster. Now you know about plot.

By: Sonya +Ellie


Personal narratives

In class, we are learning how to make personal narratives. A personal narrative is a true story about yourself. In a personal narrative, you need to have a lead and an ending. You also need to have new paragraphs when a new character is speaking, the setting changes, the time changes, or there is a new event.

When a new character is speaking:

“ Mom, is it time to go?”

asked Karen.

“ Not yet.” Answers Mom.

“ Five more minutes”

When the setting changes:

We had been in the car for ten hours. How much longer could it be?

Finally, we arrived! I opened my suitcase and unpacked my clothes as fast as I could.

When the time changes:

I can’t believe we came up from behind and won the game!

Later that day, my muscles were terribly sore from swinging the bat.

When there is a new event:

I sat down to tie my laces on my skates. It was almost time to begin!

As I approached the rink, I felt awfully nervous.

Star of the week

Star of the week is when the teacher picks someone to be the star of the week. The star of the week makes a poster, that tells you some things about them. When the star of the week is finished presenting, everyone else writes a letter to the star of the week and it usually includes 2 paragraphs, the first one is about their presentation, the second one about anything else. At the end of the year, the teacher will put all of the letters into a book. Now you know about the star of the week

By: Gwen Josche & Stefan Lazic



Rounding is a big part of math. We have many tools to help us in rounding, like our rounding chart, rounding timelines, and finally we use our “we will round you” song.

And the lyrics of we will round you song are, “Find your place. Look next door.5 or greater add one more. All digits in the front stay the same. All digits behind zero’s your name. WE WILL WE WILL, ROUND YOU! WE WILL, WE WILL ROUND YOU!!!!

Rounding helps you with estimating, if you are not good at estimating, rounding will help you a lot! I hope you learned a lot from this letter.

Beck & Mairra


In math class we learned about estimation. Estimating is like a good guess. We learned that estimating helps you find out if your answer is correct. If your answer is close to the estimate it is probably correct .We also learned how to estimate two numbers then add or subtract them. Our class learned to estimate to ANY place value. That is a little about what we learned about estimation.



This year in math we have been learning about how to solve large number addition and subtraction. We have learned many different strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems with in 1,000,000. Some of the strategies we have learned are Mr. Traditional and place value. Some of are I can statements are I can use many different strategies to solve addition problems within 1,000,000 and I can use many different strategies to solve subtraction problems within 1,000,000. One strategy we use is estimation it helps us check our work. Now you know the things we do in math.

By: Sarah


Fact Power

We know all of the operations we are currently doing Multiplication and one trick that helped us was called fact power. What fact power is being able to know our facts in less than 3 seconds. How this helps us is by when we are on a time test. Another trick we use to help us with 9’s is called the nines trick. How you do this is by holding up your hands counting the number your multiplying and then the tens should be on the left and the ones should be on the right if you’re counting left to right.




This first quarter in science we were learning about fossils. Fossils are bones that turn into rock or stone. The soft part of an animal is usually not turned into a fossil. There are a lot of types of fossils. The fossils take up to 10,000,000 years to actually become a fossil. You can find fossils all over the world! This quarter our goal for fossils were to understand what fossils really were.

-Emma and Matthew

Green Acres

The Field Trip

We went to Green Acres in October. We studied fossils there. At Green Acres we went on a hike in the woods and then we made a copy of a fossil and we took home a really fossil. Cincinnati was all covered with water that’s why there are a lot fossils in Cincinnati.

By Cole and Gabe

Upcoming Events

We have a lot of great upcoming events in November. One of them is the conference day off on the 8th. We also have Veterans Day on the 11th. On the 18th we have our class spelling bee. The fifth grade has a performance on the 20th. Thanks Giving on the 28th of November. Some fun facts of November are that J.F.K was assassinated and the capital building held its first congress meeting in 1800.


Luke Folke and Reagan Walsh