4th Grade Newsletter

November 14, 2014

Important Dates


  • November 17-21 - Red Ribbon Week
  • November 17-21 - Book Fair
  • Monday, November 17th- Social Studies Quiz
  • Tuesday, November 18th - Science Vocab Quiz #7
  • Tuesday, November 18th - Ms. Rice and Ms. Mingus visit the book fair
  • Wednesday, November 19th - Ms. Swiggum visit the book fair
  • Wednesday, November 19th ELA Spelling Quiz
  • Friday, November 21st - Ms. Hasic and Ms. Dempsey visit the book fair
  • Friday, November 21st - Reading Project Due
  • Friday, November 21st - Science Fair Bibliography Due (see portal for form)
  • Friday, November 21st - Math Facts Quiz

Reading

On-Level/Advanced: Students will continue reading Shiloh and completing comprehension questions in their packets. This week students have learned the four types of conflict in literature. Next week, students will learn about rising action, the climax, and falling action in a story. In an effort to build strong reading comprehension skills, it is important that students read for at least 20 minutes everyday. Students will be given a new reading log to complete every Monday and turn in the following Monday for a homework grade. The Wanted Poster Project for Shiloh is due Friday, November 21. Students have received a copy of the assignment and information is also posted on the FSA Portal.


Accelerated: Students will continue reading The Phantom Tollbooth and completing comprehension questions. This week students have begun identifying the lessons characters attempt to teach Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth. Next week, students will learn the connections between character names and vocabulary definitions. In an effort to build strong reading comprehension skills, it is important that students read for at least 20 minutes everyday. Students will be given a new reading log to complete every Monday and turn in the following Monday for a homework grade. The Travel Guide Brochure Project for The Phantom Tollbooth is due Friday, November 21. Students have received a copy of the assignment and information is also posted on the FSA Portal.

ELA

On Level/Advanced: Next week we will cover the following 4th Grade Language Standards: simile and metaphor, idioms, adages, proverb, as well as synonyms and antonyms. Spelling Quiz Wednesday 11/19/14.


On level/Advanced Spelling Words: simile, metaphor, idiom, adages, proverbs, synonyms, antonyms, debate, homophones, hyperbole.


Accelerated: Next week we will cover the following 4th Grade Language Standards: simile and metaphor, idioms, adages, proverb, as well as synonyms and antonyms. Spelling Quiz Wednesday 11/19/14.


Accelerated Spelling Words: simile, metaphor, idiom, adages, proverbs, synonyms, antonyms, hyperbole, homographs, onomatopoeia.

Math

On Level/Advanced: Next week in math, students will work with improper fractions, estimate mixed numbers, and begin adding and subtracting mixed numbers.


Accelerated: Next week in math, students will begin multiplying fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers and other fractions.


All Classes: There will be a multiplication facts quiz on Friday, November 21. If your child will not be in class on Friday, please let me know and I will arrange to give the quiz at another time. A multiplication table is available on Class Resources if your child needs to practice his or her facts.

Science

Though the Barn Owl project took longer than we expected, what a wonderful learning experience we all had! This week we managed to squeak in a discussion of competition, scarcity and population change, but we will have to wait until next week to discuss natural and unnatural causes of endangerment and extinction. Next week we will also discuss both physical and behavioral adaptations.


Important Reminders


  • Students should read and highlight their Ecology handout packet by November 17th
  • Vocab Quiz #7 is on Tuesday, November 18th
  • Science Fair Bibliography is due November 21st (see the portal for more info)
  • Unit 2 Exam Study Guide is due on Monday, December 1st
  • Unit 2 Exam on Ecology is on Tuesday, December 2nd

Social Studies

On Monday November 17th there will be a Quiz over the first English Settlements we have studied. Next, we will begin our study of the 13 original colonies. We will start with the geography of the regions before we get into the specifics of the New England Colonies. Students will learn about the impact of religion on the region as well as the industries, features of homes and community life in New England.

Students will receive their Colonies project rubric this week as well.


Important Dates:

Monday Nov. 17th- Quiz ( English Settlements)

Monday Dec. 8th- Colonies Brochure Due

Friday Dec. 12th - Colonization of North America Study Guide Due

Monday Dec.15th - Colonization of North America Test

Mrs. Dempsey

For texts from Mrs. Dempsey, text @4ndzs to 470-239-6238!

Food Drive

Together we can help our neighbors in need

Bring in your donations between

November 10th- November 20th

4th grade- hearty soups and canned fruit

Food will be donated to the North Fulton Community Charities