4th Grade News

Mrs. Steenblock's Class


Our class set a goal to try to read more non-fiction texts. Most of the students enjoy reading great stories of adventure, humor, fantasy and mystery, but most of the students also need more practice reading informational texts. One resource we have been using is newsela.com . Each child has an online binder that contains current event articles that I have assigned to them. Children can select an article and customize their reading experience by choosing the appropriate lexile level. After reading, they can take a short quiz to check their comprehension. Children can also choose to read other articles according to personal interest. This is a great way to help your children fulfill their expectation of reading 20 minutes daily at home, and help them work on the skills of finding and understanding information.

We are also learning to write informational texts. Students are expected to be able to write about a specific topic using facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic. The more they read good examples of this type of writing, the more likely they are to be successful when writing themselves.


Fractions are fun! Have you ever heard this statement in your home? I would like to hope you have, but the truth is that our work with fractions can sometimes be frustrating and challenging. We will begin our unit by using many visual models, including fraction tiles to help manipulate and see the relationships between fractions. During the course of this unit, students will need to develop an understanding of what equivalent fractions are; how to add, subtract, and multiply fractions; how to compare and order fractions; and how to apply all of these understandings to solving word problems using fractions. We will continue working on these skills throughout the rest of the trimester. A great way to review some of these concepts and provide additional practice at home is to have your students access their Khan Academy account. There is a module about fractions that includes some great videos with step-by-step directions and practice opportunities.

In addition to working on fractions, please encourage your children to continue studying their basic math facts, particularly multiplication.

Think B4 U Speak

During the week of January 19-22, 2016, College Community Schools will be celebrating its 6th annual Think B4 U Speak Week. This special week is dedicated to recognizing the importance of taking a collective stand against bullying and working together to continue to establish a community that is both a safe and exciting place to be a part of.

We would like to extend an invitation for you to be a part of this effort. Without your help, our vision of a bully free community would not be possible.

This year, our theme is "Celebrate Kindness". We believe in celebrating kindness while working to create safe schools free from name-calling, bullying and bias.

For more information, you can also check out our Think B4 U Speak website at https://sites.google.com/site/2016ccsdthinkb4uspeakweek/home.

Your commitment and involvement means a great deal to us, and it is with your help that our vision to continue establishing a bully free community stays a reality. We encourage all to take the pledge as a family under the “Take the Pledge” tab.