Ms. Foster's Class News

December 15, 2014

Important Information

  • This time of year can get crazy. Please remind your child that we will be working hard up until Christmas break.
  • We will be having several additional assessments this week. These are quarterly assessments required by the district.
  • I will be out of the classroom December 15.
  • Reading Logs are due.

Dates to Remember

Library is Tuesday.

Math Topic 8 Study Guide is due December 17. It was sent home already!!!

December 17 - The fourth grade teachers will be working at the Freddy's Fundraiser.

December 19 - Early Release

Christmas Break starts December 22

Polar Express Movie

We will be watching the Polar Express Movie at 10:30 on Thursday. We will provide hot chocolate. Students may bring in their own drink and snack to enjoy while watching the movie . Hot chocolate will be purchased at Kwik Trip.

Our Lewis and Clark Presentations

Several students created a digit project using a program called Voicethread. If you would like to view them, please go to:

The username is your child's lunchcode and the password is francis.

Curriculum Notes

Reading: We have finished our Historical Fiction novels. This week we will use them to write our literary essays and we will take the 2nd Quarter Reading Assessment.

Writing: This week we start writing our literary essays on our historical fiction novels.

Spelling: Test Friday. Our new spelling pattern is: when is the sound f spelled with ph or gh

Math: This week in Math we continue Topic 8 which addresses 2 by 2 digit multiplication. This topic is difficult so we are taking it slow. Please consider practicing 2 by 2 digit multiplication problems with your child each evening. Topic 8 test will be December 19. Study Guide is due December 17.

Social Studies: We are discussing the pioneers moving west and the hardships that they encountered.

Math Topic 8 Objectives

  • Multiply 2-digit factors with arrays.
  • Multiply using arrays and an expanded algorithm with partial products.
  • Multiply 2-digit factors by multiples of 10.
  • Multiply two 2-digit numbers.
  • Solve problems that involve two questions.

Reading and Writing Objectives for 2nd Quarter:

Reading Objectives:

  • Use a variety of texts to infer in order to explain historical events and consider alliterate perspectives of characters.
  • Read and compare and contrast expository nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and historical nonfiction, paying attention to the importance of the setting.
  • Read and use primary documents and text to gain understanding and knowledge of historical events.
  • Gather information about a historical fiction text and learn about a specific time period.
  • Research and analyze firsthand and secondhand accounts, charts, graphs, and maps.
Writing Objectives:
  • Write in a variety of formats to reflect on learning.
  • Elaborate on thoughts and ideas using details from the text.
  • Express opinions in writing using reasons and details to support opinions clearly.
  • Compose a literary essay using transitions to link ideas, and writing introductions and conclusions.
Content Objectives:
  • Evaluate the impact of the westward expansion on Native Americans
  • Locate and describe settlements to Missouri of people of European and African heritage

  • Summarize the events of westward expansion

  • Sequence events of the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark Expedition

  • Explain Missouri's role in Civil War
  • Describe the changes in Missouri since the Civil War in education, transportation, and communication
  • Outline issues of Missouri Statehood, such as the Missouri Compromise