4th Grade News

April 4 - 8, 2016: Mrs. Crain's Class

Calling all Mothers and Sons!

It is not too late to reserve your tickets to our annual Mother - Son ball! Registration will occur through Wednesday, April 6. Our theme is "Boots, Chaps, and Cowboy Hats" so formal wear is optional. The ball will be on Friday, April 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 at Camp Weaver. Dinner will be served. We have so many exciting activities planned for our mothers and sons, including a ZIP LINE!

The cost is $20 for one mother and one son and $25 for one mother and multiple sons. Financial assistance is offered - please contact Mrs. Long or Mrs. Standridge.

Mr. Taylor is also looking for dads to volunteer at the ball - there is a meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 14 for dads.

Upcoming Dates and Events

  • Mon, April 4: Science Fair projects due
  • Wed, April 6: Last day for Mother/Son ball registrations
  • Tue, April 12: Report cards come home
  • Tue, April 19: Spring pictures
  • Fri, April 22: Mother/Son ball
  • Wed, April 27: Early Release
Secret Phrase: Secret Phrase: The secret phrase must be written down BY AN ADULT - in your child's agenda or on a separate note. You may also email or send the secret phrase to me via dojo messenger. NO SECRET PHRASES WRITTEN BY STUDENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."

Language Arts

Before spring break, students completed the final Words Their Way assessment (the due date for this assessment to be completed was March 24). Therefore, we will focus solely on VOCABULARY until the end of school. During the month of April, we will learn/review ten vocabulary words each week. Five of the words will be from the current texts, and five will be "Common Core Academic Vocabulary Words". These academic vocabulary words have been used throughout the year so hopefully students will find these words simple to review.

For the next two weeks, we will read texts about the Titanic. Students will practice locating text evidence, making inferences, and summarizing. Students will also compare and contrast different viewpoints of the same historical event.


For the month of April, we will focus on our last math goals: Measurement and Data 1 & 2. This week, we will review relative sizes of measurements within the customary and metric measurement systems.

Please continue to use Moby Max and IXL at home EVERY NIGHT to review math skills previously learned. We are learning new objectives right up until the

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.1: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36), ...

Understanding The Metric System


This week we will begin our unit on the Environment with an introduction to habitats and ecosystems. Students will learn how animals adapt to their changing environments in order to survive. We will also study how humans can affect the environment, and how we can change our behavior to conserve our resources and preserve ecological systems.

4.L.1 Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.

  • 4.L.1.1 Give examples of changes in an organism’s environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.
  • 4.L.1.2 Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.
  • 4.L.1.3 Explain how humans can adapt their behavior to live in changing habitats (e.g., recycling wastes, establishing rain gardens, planting trees and shrubs to prevent flooding and erosion).
  • 4.L.1.4 Explain how differences among animals of the same population sometimes give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in changing habitats.

Ecology Introduction