Fourth Grade News

Mrs. Spencer's Class - Week of 12/8

The Week Ahead...

Students are doing a fabulous job of following expectations and completing assignments. We are working on various projects to demonstrate learning, and I am continuously impressed. This is a wonderful group of fourth grade learners!

Please ensure that your child is spending time each night on the following tasks: completing the nightly Study Link/math assignment, practicing basic multiplication/division facts for 5+ minutes, reading for 30+ minutes, and doing a nightly spelling assignment to prepare for each week's test. As we begin multidigit multiplication, it is especially crucial that ALL basic facts are mastered! This will really be beneficial for students as we continue to progress through our math curriculum. Thanks for your support in helping your child build strong study skills!

Please note: I will be out of the classroom this coming week (Week of 12/8-12/12), which is why I am sending a newsletter today instead of Monday. Please contact the office with any transportation changes or other questions throughout the week. There is a 2-hour early release on Wednesday, 12/10. If your child will have alternate transportation on this date or any other day, please contact the office. Thank you so much!

Investigating Rocks and Minerals

Updates, Objectives, and Links...Oh My!

This Week's Important Updates:

  • Recipe Project for Classroom Cookbook: Please see the information below about our classroom cookbook project. Students' recipes are due by Monday, 12/15.
  • IXL: IXL log-in information is as follows: / User: firstinitiallastname@kmps (ex. rspencer@kmps) / PW: Lunch Number. This is a great resource for further practice on skills we are studying as well as enrichment in new areas of study!
  • Homework Routines: Remember: students are assigned to reading 25-30+ minutes nightly, practicing math facts for 5-10+, completing the nightly Study Link/math assignment, and completing a spelling assignment nightly.
  • Transportation Changes?: Please write a note in your child’s planner, send me a note, or send me an e-mail any time your child has a change in transportation plans. This is very important! Thank you!

Classroom Cookbook - Recipes Submissions due 12/15!

“Favorite Recipes” Assignment

Students in Mrs. Spencer’s class are cordially invited to submit a recipe for a classroom “Favorite Recipes” cookbook. Studying recipes is a great way to practice reading an “alternate form of text.” Students learn how to read and understand measurements as well as gain experience in following a set of step-by-step directions. In addition, this is a wonderful opportunity to type a recipe up to share with others and to have fun cooking as a family!

Please discuss any unfamiliar words that may show up in the recipe (ex. marinate, preheat, defrost, etc.). Spend time discussing measuring terms like 2 ½ cups, ¼ cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, and ounces. Students’ reading assessments may feature questions about reading and following the directions on a recipe.

Steps for Success:

1.) Select a favorite family recipe. It can be an appetizer, salad, main dish, dessert…your call!

2.) Type the recipe at home. Please have an adult proofread your typing and be sure to check spelling and formatting! Include your name!

3.) You may add clip art or a picture to accompany your recipe. Just remember, the cookbook will be printed in black and white!

4.) Print your recipe to return to Mrs. Spencer OR send Mrs. Spencer a copy as both a Word document and a PDF if possible (to preserve formatting!) **Let Mrs. Spencer know if you’re unable to type your recipe at home.

5.) Recipes are due by Monday, December 15th in order for the class cookbook to reach the printing press & to be returned before the holiday break! Have fun & happy cooking!

This Week's Objectives:

Language Arts:

  • We are reading various selections in our Storyworks magazines.
  • We are working on the skills of main idea/details and cause/effect.
  • We are writing haikus.
  • We are expanding vocabulary by focusing on learning new robust vocabulary.
  • We are building reading stamina and learning about various types of book reviews.


  • We are working on the partial-products and lattice algorithms for multidigit multiplication.
  • We are using multiplication to solve multistep problems.
  • We are estimating whether a product is in the tens, hundreds, thousands, or more.
  • We are making reasonable estimates.
  • We are developing speed and accuracy with multiplication and division facts.

Science/Social Studies:

  • In Science, we are learning about states of matter.
  • In Social Studies, students are learning about the midwest region of the United States. Students should be studying the states/capitals and locations of the states in the midwest region. Look for a test date to be written in your child's planner soon!

Weekly Learning Links:

IXL Weekly Topics: D.5, D.6, D.8, D.9, D.16, D.18

Students should aim to master as many topics as they can each week!

Read Theory - Again, this is a TERRIFIC website for practice reading passages and answering questions online. The website is Both NWEA and MCA Reading assessments are online this year and students will have increasing assignments working with technology, so it is very important that students gain experience reading online. This website adjusts reading level based on performance on quizzes, so it is tailored to meet every child's needs. Your child received a log in card that is taped in his or her planner/home binder. In the event this information is misplaced, please email me for your child's log-in information. I am excited to see that students are using this resource at home!

All Math Study Links:

Big IQ Kids Spelling/Vocab:

Wishing you a marvelous week!

Please contact me with any questions or comments. Again, please ensure that the office is notified with any transportation or attendance changes or any other questions during the week of 12/8-12/12. Thank you!


Mrs. Spencer