4th Grade News

Sept. 19-23, 2016

Conference Sign-Up

Our Fall Conference Sign-up is now live. I'll be holding 20 minute conferences on Tuesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 29th between 4 and 8 pm. You can sign-up on Sign up Genius using the following link


If you have any difficulty signing up for a conference time, don't hesitate to contact me.


I'm really excited about this week's comprehension skill and grade level story. Readers will focus on making logical inferences this week. An inference is a logical conclusion a reader makes based on text clues (TC) in conjunction with his/her background knowledge (BK). Here's a "reading recipe" that we'll use this week as we explore inferring:


The ability to infer is what makes reading interesting. Readers make inferences as they read, but they continue reading to find out if their inferences are accurate or if they need to be tweaked based on new clues in the text. We'll explore inferring in conjunction with our 4th grade level text Coyote School News at the beginning of the week. Learners will also have the opportunity to use their inferencing skills with nonfiction text, namely our social studies newspaper Indiana Studies Weekly. We'll be learning more about early indian tribes. Here's what reading activities you can expect your learner to working on a home this week:

Monday: Reread Coyote School News (blue Reading Street book)

**We will have a Quick Quiz on Tuesday. Learners will not be able to use their books.

Tuesday: Read the paired text How to Start a School Newspaper (blue Reading Street book)

Wednesday: Coyotes School News vocabulary activity ; test tomorrow

Thursday: Read Social Studies articles; complete crossword puzzle


This week in math, students will continue setting the ground work for multiplication and division. There are many strategies to help understand the concepts. Students started last week by relating repeated addition to multiplication and repeated subtraction as division. Students also learned how to draw a quick picture or to use a number line to solve a problem. Now they will draw arrays and make area models to solve larger multiplication problems. Students will discover that fact families are called the inverse operation. If you are solving 16 divided by 2, you can think of 8x2 =16, so therefore the answer to the division problem would be 8. They will learn how to break apart a factor to help solve which is the distributive property. For example: 6 x 7. Break apart one of the factors (7) to be 5 and 2. Now multiply 6x5 = 30 and 6x2 =12 and add the two results to get a final product of 42 since 30 +12 = 42. Therefore, 6x7=42. A multiplication table will also be introduced to help with facts. Finally, students will learn the properties of multiplication to help find products. The zero property states that any number times zero, equals zero. The Identity Property states that any number times 1 is the other factor. (3x1 =3). The commutative property states that you can multiply numbers in any order and get the same product (3x4 or 4x3 will both equal 12). The associative property is when you group factors in different ways to get the same product. For example: (4x2) x 3 = 24 and 4x (2x3) also equals 24. The parenthesis tell the mathematician which numbers to multiply first. Wow, there are a lot of strategies to help! Through all of these strategies students will begin memorizing these important facts.

Note: A Show What You Know was not given today due to the end of the chapter test given last week. We will share that test with you at conferences.

Word Study

Our new focus that will start on Tuesday will be adding ing to words. Students will learn the rules about when to double the consonant before adding ing (like in running) and when to JUST add ing! Please look for the word cards in the learning log and practice sorting them as time allows. Remember, word study tests take place on Mondays.


This week in writing, students will finish up their personal narrative stories in preparation for publishing next week. First, they will make sure they have a strong ending where they show what they learned or that shows their feelings about the experience. They will also check for correct paragraphing. They will learn that a new paragraph starts when a new character comes along, the setting changes, a new person is speaking, time moves forward, or "the camera moves". They will finish the week using a rubric to revise (make changes to improve) and edit (capital, punctuation, spelling, etc.) their story! They will work on this on their own first and will then meet with a partner to edit and revise. I will share their published writing with you at conferences.

Important Reminders

Thursday, Oct. 6: Early dismissal, 3:20 pm

Friday, Oct. 7: Early dismissal, 3:20 pm

Monday, Oct. 10 thru Friday, Oct. 21: Fall Break