Fun in Fourth Grade
A Newsletter About Our Fantastic 4th Grade "Chastain-ians"
Heartfelt Thanks & Shout Outs
Age of Sail wasn't the only event that was worthy of a shout out this week. Akarsh G. and Ahana I. reached two million word goals, and Yathin M. reached four million words this last week. Fantastic job, super readers!
- Please note that because the Chastain-ians were on Age of Sail during the scheduled audition date, there will be an audition for our students' acts on Monday, January 11th from 3:45-4:45 in room W17.
Middle School Information Night!
English Language Arts
- Just a reminder that students' affix practice packets are due tomorrow and we will be doing a "check in" in class to assess students' understanding. (Most kids finished this in class.)
- We are moving on to learning about Greek and Latin roots. Understanding the meaning of common roots unlocks so many vocabulary words for advancing readers. The Unit 1 practice packet will be due on Friday, 1/15. During the following week I will assign Unit 2 roots and both units will be tested on Friday, 1/22.
- Students will be working on Spelling City List #7 this week. Students should complete all activities by Friday in preparation for the spelling test that will be given that day in class.
- Students will be working on five paragraph essays about Age of Sail this week. They will have time to work on this in class and is due on Friday.
- This week we will begin preparing students for literature circle discussions. We will learn about how to effectively agree, disagree and add on to a discussion. Students will begin learning about Depth and Complexity icons to assist them in delving beneath surface-level observations of what they read.
- Reminder: AR halfway goals on Tuesday, Jan. 19th. Read, read, read kidlings!
- We have begun our unit on fractions. 4th grade IXL strands that support our learning in this area include D.4, A.5, Q.1-Q.6; Q.9-Q.20 and Q.22. Students requiring an extra challenge with these skills will be working on fifth grade standards: K.1-K.5 and K.7-K.10.
- Timed math facts tests will be given on Thursday.
This week we kick off our study of sound and light waves. Essential questions to be investigated include: What are waves? How do waves move? What differences can be seen between transverse and compressional waves?
Check out Ms. Jackson's website to see what's currently happening in art.
- January 11: Talent Show auditions for Chastain-ians
- January 14: Timed Math Facts Tested in Class
- January 15: Spirit Day! Show off your favorite sports team!
- January 18: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday - NO SCHOOL
- January 19: Mid-Trimester AR Goals Checked
- January 21 at 6 p.m.: Middle School Information Night in PW cafeteria
- January 22: Mid-Trimester Progress Reports go home
- January 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.: WAVE Astronomy Night
- February 5: GATE referral forms due
- February 15-19: Presidents' Week Break
- March 4: End of Trimester Accelerated Reader Goal Due
- March 11: End of 2nd Trimester
- March 16-18: Parent Teacher Conferences (Early dismissal)
- March 21-April 1: Spring Break