4D Classroom News

March 10-14, 2014

Special Announcements

This week will be a short week due to the KORCOS teacher's conference on Friday, March 14th. In addition to this, Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on April 10th and 11th. Here is a link to the Google form that I sent to your email so you can indicate your conference preferences. I'm looking forward to meeting with you in just a few weeks.

Dongdaewon Fair

Thank you so much to all the parents who sent supplies and volunteered at the event. We couldn't have done it without you! The kids had a lot of fun creating wacky hairdos during the Dongdaewon Fair. We were so busy that I didn't get a chance to take a lot of photos. Here are a few from the afternoon.

Academic Update

Language Arts

We will be wrapping up our nonfiction focus this week and next week in reading. Following spring break, we will turn our attention to the comprehension and analysis of literary texts. This week, we will finish up our lesson on finding the main idea and supporting details. We will also begin a new series of lessons on summarizing and synthesizing information in nonfiction texts.

Again, we will practice through whole class mini-lessons with shared nonfiction texts, but this will also be reinforced in guided reading groups with nonfiction texts at the appropriate reading level. You can find a copy of the NF articles and various work samples from your child included in their weekly Student Feedback Form.

Word Study groups will continue this week, but it will be a short week. Students will be assessed on their words on Thursday, rather than Friday. Patterns covered include the following:

  • Short e Long e in CVVC patterns
  • Prefixes (review week of all prefixes in the unit)
  • Syllable Juncture in VCCCV and VV patterns

Our grammar focus this week is adjectives. Students will have a short homework exercise related to this. They should bring both the word study and adjective homework on Thursday.

Lastly, we will continue our work on our informational report in writing. Students have begun the process of sifting through their research and recording relevant supporting details on their graphic organizer. They will now begin typing the body of their informational reports. We will also spend some time learning how to write an effective introduction and conclusion.


In math, we will finish up lesson 5.6 on Real-World Problems: Data and Probability. We are about halfway through this multi-day lesson and the kids have done a great job of reasoning their way through these difficult problems! We will have a test over all of the content in chapter 5 next week.


In science, we are currently exploring and studying heat. Some key ideas and questions that we will discuss and explore this week include the following:

  • What is heat?
  • What is thermal energy?
  • How is heat transferred? (conduction, convection, radiation)

Students have just started an experiment and are exploring which materials are the best conductors of heat. They will be making observations, collecting data in a table, creating a line graph, and interpreting their results. This will likely carry over into next week as well.