Lanham Lowdown

4th Grade News

December 18, 2015

Important Dates

Winter Break

Monday, December 21st - Friday, January 1st

School Resumes

Monday, January 4th

Spelling Test

Friday, January 8

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a enjoyable time with their families during this holiday season!

Yearbook ordering reminder

Yearbooks can be ordered ONLINE ONLY with the Yearbook ID Code : 10091016

Yearbooks are $15 again this year and will be on sale at least through January.


This week we read a biography about a man named Luke Howard. He came up with a system for naming clouds. We also worked on looking at charts, tables, and other graphic sources to help us understand what we are reading.

The reindeer went on strike! We wrote letters to Santa from the point of view of the reindeer with our requests for Santa. Their personality sure did shine through in the writing. We also focused on action and linking verbs this week.

Battle of the Books

This week fourth grade launched Battle of the Books. All students selected their first book. Books can be read at home and school. After reading, students will fill out a short summary sheet that they have in their Battle of the Books (BOB) folder. We did an example together in class so students are aware how to fill it out. Below is more information about the reading program.

Welcome to America’s Battle of the Books!

What is America’s Battle of the Books?

America's Battle of the Books is a national reading incentive program for students designed to encourage students to read selected books and have fun while competing with peers. All fourth grade classes at Conley are participating in this “battle”. While working on a common goal, the students will be reading quality literature. Each member of the team will have an individual list that they will be choosing books from to read. Before they begin reading, they will need to approve the book with their teacher. When they finish reading the book they will take notes on the book so they can share what they have learned with their teammates. If they do read all of the books on their own list, they can begin reading some of the other books. Each team is responsible for knowing about all the books, so the more they read, the more they can answer on the day of the battle. Teamwork and increased reading are the goals of this program.

The culminating activity is a fun filled day of competition. This game show format activity will show what the students know about the books that they have read. Each team will be asked questions about the characters, setting and plot of each book. The teams can even earn extra points if they know the authors of the books! We are very excited to be able to continue this reading incentive program. Let the battle begin!


Students really impressed me this week with their multiplying skills! We also practiced place value with numbers in the billions. We will continue unit 5 after break, and will be taking the test Tuesday, January 12th.


We used our Vex cars to observe speed, energy, and collisions with a few labs this week. Students enjoyed rolling their cars down ramps and crashing them into the wall!