News from 4th Grade

weeks of 8/28 - 9/8

News at a Glance

  • There is no school on Friday, 9/1 and Monday 9/4.
  • As a class we went through our HW routine for reading and math today. There is no homework this weekend, but there WILL be homework on Tuesday.

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Welcome to 4th Grade!

We're excited for a great year!

Please look for these newsletter bi-weekly! They are usually emailed out on Fridays.

What we're learning at school

Math: Place Value

During the next few weeks, our math class will be learning how to use and represent whole numbers through the hundred thousands place. We will also be adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. You can expect to see homework that provides practice with naming numbers in different ways, as well as rounding and estimating greater numbers.

Here is a sample of how your child will be taught to write numbers in different forms:


WORD FORM: two hundred eighty-one thousand, three hundred sixty-five

EXPANDED FORM: 200,000 + 80,000 + 1,000 + 300 + 60 + 5


estimate: A number that is close to the exact amount

expanded form: A way to write numbers by showing the value of each digit

period: Each group of three digits separated by commas in a multi-digit number

round: To replace a number with another number that tells about how many or how much standard form: A way to write numbers using the digits 0–9 with each digit having a place value

word form A way to write numbers by using words

Reading: Journey's Week 1

The first week starts by asking “How do friends help each other?” In the realistic fiction selection Because of Winn-Dixie, we’ll read about how a stray dog helps a lonely girl make friends in her new town. We’ll also read the informational selection Because of BookEnds, about a nonprofit group that helps recycle books through student-run book drives and donates the books to schools and youth organizations.

Vocabulary: comfort, mention, mood, properly, intends, consisted, positive, advanced, peculiar, talent

Vocabulary Strategy: Prefixes re-, un-, dis- (prefixes meaning “again,” “not,” and “undo”) Comprehension Skill: Story structure— examine details about characters, setting, and plot Comprehension Strategy: Summarize— briefly tell the important parts of the text in your own words

Writing Focus: Narrative writing— descriptive paragraph

Social Studies: Map skills

We will begin our social studies unit (hopefully this week!) with map skills. This includes learning how to read maps, label maps, and create maps. A map project will go home within the next week where the students will be asked to make a world map. Projects are given two weeks ahead of time and books, internet and resources are encouraged!

Meet the student teacher: Rachel Shaw

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Reading HW

This week we practiced as a class how to complete our nightly reading HW. Students are expected to read for 20 minutes (or more!) each night with a nightly writing response. Responses need to be at least 3 sentences! I included an example how to respond to homework with each student. They can keep this reference in their homework folder at all times to use as a reference. If you need an extra homework sheet you can view it on my school webpage.

Math HW

This week we began our math homework with a weekly column sheet. Each student is expected to complete the nightly column and return it to school each day. I check and make comments each day and return it to them to correct. We will alternate between this homework and workbook pages.

Spelling HW

Spelling words will go home with students on Day 1 and are tested on Day 5. They will be given time each day to practice their spelling words by filling out a spelling choice board. They will only have spelling HW if they do not complete their spelling work in school. Students are expected to study their words at home.

I have purchased Spelling City as a fun way to have students practice their spelling words. This can be done with the Spelling City app on a Smartphone or iPad, or online with a computer. Each student has a their log-in in their planner.

September Calendar

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Mrs. LeBlanc

Please contact me through Class Dojo or email anytime!