4th Grade News

October 12th, 2015

Columbus Day Weekend!

We hope that everyone enjoyed our first three day weekend. We've been working very hard in 4th grade so this extra day for relaxation was needed. Now we are heading into a 4-day week.

Last Week In Review

As part of Fire Prevention Week, the South Glens Falls Fire Department visited Moreau. The 4th graders are all pros at this point and knew all of the answers! Don't forget to practice E.D.I.T.H. - Exit Drills in the Home - and to establish a common meeting place in case of fire.

In addition, the SGF Rotary Club presented all 4th graders with their own thesaurus! Their organization is committed to promoting literacy. Mr. Patton taught them a wonderful lesson on how to use a thesaurus and we learned new vocabulary to improve the word "great". Each student has their thesaurus in their desks and they will be coming home at the end of the year.

Thank You Rotary Club!

Reconstruction is almost complete!

Our vole skeletons are almost reconstructed and they should be hanging proudly on your fridge by the end of the week! I included a picture of a vole just in case you want to see what they looked like before they became the owl's dinner. Voles make up 85% of an owl's diet. We will be exploring food chains and webs next and discovering how animals depend on each other in an ecosystem.
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Hard Workers!

Social Studies time found us really delving into the Iroquois culture. We took a look at the many jobs of both the Iroquois men and women! We talked about how they must work in order to survive. We also participated in our first non-fiction book club! Each book club is reading a fantastic book about the Iroquois! We are jotting about what we learn as we read and then are engaged in great discussions with our club members about what we have read. Please ask your child about the Iroquois book that he or she is reading and then ask them to tell you what they have learned so far! They will be so excited to share with you!

Non-fiction Book Clubs in Action!

Math Facts

Please spend some time each evening practicing math facts with your child. They need to be fluent in all of the operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have found that the kids are a little rusty! Using good ol' flashcards or websites and apps really help the kids improve quickly. Here are a few suggestions:

Character's Matter (Reader's Workshop)

We are really getting into the heart of our Reader's Workshop unit and we have already noticed so much growth in the students reading. In our mini lessons, we teach them that authors live in the shoes of their characters and that they give us hints as readers that we must make inferences about. A character's actions, word choice, appearance, choice and facial expressions are "windows" into the character's soul. An author carefully chooses words to help paint a picture of the character in the reader's mind.

Next week, we begin to look for patterns in a character's behavior and then look for disruptions in those patterns that indicate the character is changing.

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First Draft Production (Writer's Workshop)

We are very busy drafting our realistic fiction stories and we are so impressed with their story ideas! Over the next two weeks, we will be focused on how to improve their drafts by writing catchy leads, adding a descriptive setting and wrapping it all up with a solid conclusion.

Field Trip-NYS Museum

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 9am-2:45pm

222 Madison Avenue

Albany, NY

We are off on our first field trip to the NYS museum. We will be doing a program called "Native People of NYS" and touring the museum.

Veteran's Night

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 6:30pm

Moreau Elementary School, Fort Edward, NY, United States

Fort Edward, NY

Veteran interviews are due Thursday, October 15th. Please try your hardest to find a veteran to interview. It is so much more meaningful for your children if it is someone they know. If you don't have a veteran to interview, please let us know ASAP.


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Iroquois Days

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 9am to Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 11am

Moreau Elementary School, Fort Edward, NY, United States

Fort Edward, NY

On our two half days before our Thanksgiving break, we will celebrate eveything we have learned about the Iroquois. We will do crafts, eat Iroquois snacks and welcome a program from the Adirondack Museum called "Fur traders and Bounty Hunters". We are looking for volunteers for these days to help out!

Fort Ticonderoga

Wednesday, June 15th 2016 at 8:30am-2:45pm

100 Fort Ti Road

Ticonderoga, NY

Mark your calendars ... ask for the day off! This is a field trip you can't miss! Join us for a day at Fort Ti exploring the fort and participating in an educational program.