4th Grade News

November 2014 • Clarksville Elementary

Upcoming Dates

November 3: Professional Day, No School for Students
November 4: Election Day, No School for Students
November 12: Report Cards Go Home
November 19: Turkey Trot
November 24 & 25: Half Day for Students/Parent &Teacher Conferences
November 26-28: No School for Students, Thanksgiving Break

English/Language Arts

In reading, instruction will focus on different text structures including: description, cause and effect, compare/contrast, order/sequence, and problem/solution. Students will be exposed to poetry, mythology, and fictional text during guided reading groups. Close reading activities will include identifying character traits, various themes across multiple texts, and author's purpose for writing.

In writing, students will continue to provide text evidence to support reading responses, write an opinion essay, and create book reviews.

Math

View the following website for additional information about math standards taught per quarter.

Science/Social Studies

Science
Students will begin the second quarter science unit: WAVES. They will discover answers to the following questions:
What are the properties of waves? How do waves travel through water? How do waves travel through Earth? What are sound waves? What are light waves? How do waves interact with each other? How have humans used waves to transmit information throughout history? How has digitized information improved human lives?

Social Studies
In Quarter 2, students will learn how Maryland first started as a settlement and established itself as a state from 1630 to 1800. The children will begin their study on the the first people who voyaged on the Ark and the Dove from Europe to Maryland, and what their contributions were to the new colony. Students will then learn about the colonial towns and their development based on natural resources of Maryland. The children will describe the institution of slavery and how it shaped life in Maryland. Finally, they will research the facts about the Revolutionary War and the establishment of Maryland's state government.

Conferences

Pick-A-Time

Each student received specific directions for parents to sign up for the November parent/teacher conference. It is extremely important for each family to sign up for a conference with the homeroom teacher. At the conference, you will be informed of the progress your child has made so far this year. We will also suggest ways you can help support instruction at home. If you would like to schedule more than one conference, please call the school directly.

Cougar Club

During the month of October, students who followed all school rules and routines were treated to a fun movie! For those students who continue to exhibit respectfulness, safety, responsibility, and on task behavior, a variety of fun activities will be offered at the end of November. These activities will include computer games, art projects, Lego building, and drawing/origami.

Supplies and Donations

We are seeking book donations for use at the Hot Cocoa Social event, which will take place on Friday, December 5, 2014. Gently used or new books in good condition can be brought in to school and delivered to the front lobby. Students will participate in the book exchange when they come to the evening event.

New this year: bake sale. Please consider donating baked items to sell at this event. Proceeds from the sale will help fund an iPad cart for fourth grade use. If you would like to donate, email Nisha Patel at nishapatel2000@gmail.com

Volunteer/Visiting Opportunities

Repeated Reading Initiative

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the Fourth grade volunteer training. We already have many volunteers in the classrooms and we appreciate all the support from them in help with this reading initiative. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. Johnson at lisa_johnson@hcpss.org for days/times available.