4th Grade News 2/1/16

Mrs. Curtright & Mrs. Foster

Important Information

Don't forget to dress for the weather! If the temp and/or wind chill is above freezing, students do go outside for recess. Make sure your child has appropriate warm clothing!

Bring in all Box Tops!

2/12/16-Valentine's Party

Our Valentine Party will be next Friday from 2:00-3:00. We will send home a list of student names later this week for students to address Valentine cards. Parents are welcome to send store-bought treats for the party.

2/15/16-School Day

School will be in session on Monday, February 15th, due to the snow day on January 22nd.

Math, Science, and Social Studies

Math-Our fractions module started off very well last week. This week we will continue to work on making equivalent fractions through drawing tape diagrams, multiplication, and division.

Our cumulative multiplication accuracy checks on all facts 1-12 are going great! Mrs. Foster's class has 19 students who have passed their final accuracy check and Mrs. Curtright's class has 13 who have completed. I know their are several others in each class that are very close. Those who have passed will be working on new skills during fluency until all students have passed.

For those students who are close, but haven't passed yet:

*A fun website your child can use at home to help prepare for the cumulative test is www.mulitplication.com. Students use this site multiple times throughout the week to work on fact families that are most problematic for them. This site has tons of fun games that the students enjoy.

Science-We had a really fun week last week researching, designing, and constructing our marshmallow catapults. I have pictures of each group and their creation below. It was so much fun seeing the excitement and creativity displayed by each group. We are currently in the middle of the Friction Lab. We have completed day one in the hallway and will complete day two in the classroom Monday. Our next lab is always a class favorite, Blow a Panther! Ask your child about this fun lab later in the week.

Reading, Writing, Vocab and Word Study

Word Study--Blue and orange groups are getting new spelling words today. All three groups will test Friday on Chromebooks. Please remember that www.spellingcity.com/janafoster is a great resource!

Reading--We will continue reading like historians and focusing on Lewis & Clark and Sacajawea. This week we will visualize, summarize, compare and contrast, and determine main idea. We will also read articles about Lrwis and Clark's journey from other viewpoints.

Writing--We will publish our biographies using a fun app and will share them when we finish. We will also begin discussing features of opinion essays and will select topics to write about.

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