Fun in Fourth Grade

A Newsletter About Our Fantastic 4th Grade "Chastain-ians"

Happy Friday, all! Below you will find a few reminders and updates. But first…

Heartfelt Thanks

Thank you so much for your generous donations this week! The Jorgensen family has donated a subscription to Kid's Discovery Magazine for our classroom. Also many thanks to the Bradford/Siefker family for your paper donation. Also, I really appreciate the assistance of Mariana Valdez and Emily Chan during math groups this week. Thanks so much to all of you for your support of our classroom!

Curriculum Updates


  • We are finishing up estimating sums and adding whole numbers and the chapter test will be on Tuesday. 4th grade IXL Strands that correspond with these tested skills are B.1-B.4 & B.8.

  • Next up: Subtraction of whole numbers. 4th grade IXL strands for these skills are: C.1-C.7. Those who test proficient will be assigned "above grade level" strands. By mid-week, these students will have information about the IXL strands they will be working on.

Language Arts

  • Our 4th grade detectives are hot on the trail to solve the Sam Westing murder in The Westing Game! We continue to analyze characters (suspects) and use evidence (clues) in the text to solve the case.

  • Vocabulary will be tested in class on Spelling/Vocabulary City next week. Parents need not worry about supervising the test at home. I just wanted to give you a heads up because a paper test on Vocabulary Quiz will not be coming home.

  • In writing, we will begin talking about elements of a narrative. Related vocabulary terms and phrases students will become familiar with include: plot, characters, setting, rising action, conflict, resolution and theme. We also begin writing narratives incorporating these elements. Coming up...learning about idea development and "showing vs. telling" in our writing.

Social Studies

We continue to explore the regions of California. Students will be working on in-class team projects to research a region of California, create a poster with this information and present it to the class. Project-based learning is highly engaging and allows students to really flex those critical thinking muscles. This promises to be a great project for our kiddos.

Other Reminders


Thanks so much to Kim Gustufson for agreeing to be our Room Parent/WAVE Liaison! Also, I am still looking for a Tuesday math volunteer from 8:50 to 9:50 a.m. Please let me know if you are interested.


Engrade user name and passwords came home on Tuesday this week. Please take a moment to check in and see how your kids are doing. Please know that when there are few grades in an area, grades tend to swing quickly.

SacMath Competition

This competition is for elementary, middle and high school students. It will take place at Winston Churchill Middle School at 4900 Whitney Avenue in Carmichael. Students competing in grades 3-6 will compete on Sunday, 9/29 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Each contest features individual events for all students along with team events. Younger students are welcome at all contests. Awards will be given to top-scoring students in individual events (by grade level) and top-scoring Teams. Registration Fee: $10 per student. For details about contest events and format and to register,

visit the SACMATH website ( Questions? Contact Jeff Soesbe of SACMATH at

Dates to Remember...

I have an up-to-date calendar on my website as a handy reference for you. But here are some dates to keep in mind:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:00 p.m.: Mandatory "Age of Sail" Parent Meeting (Location TBD)
  • October 7-11: October Break - No School
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ahead of them! As always, please email if I can answer any questions for you.


Heather Chastain