News from 4th Grade!

2nd week complete and on our way to some learning!

Happy Friday!

Hello parents, guardians and friends. We've had a great second week of school - I am so lucky to have such great kids in my class. Here is this week's newsletter.

At a Glance:

  • Back to School Night is THIS MONDAY from 5:40-7:15pm
  • We will start Rocks and Minerals this week in class
  • Mrs. LeBlanc will be at a Professional Development session on Thursday
  • We have PE on Wednesday
  • Tuesday is a Day 5, which means the class has their Spelling Test and Journey's reading tests
  • Friday is an Early Dismissal day!

What is my child learning this week?

Journeys: "Because of Winn-Dixie"

We began our 4th grade reading curriculum, Journey's, this week. A letter was sent home about what we are reading, and the strategy and skill focus for this week's text. We will always (hopefully!) begin a new story on a cycle day 1, with spelling tests and assessments on day 5.

This week, we began reading Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamille. We begin by having them listen to me read the text, they read in partners and they read independently. Throughout the week we do activities that go with the text to work on vocabulary, grammar, writing, and reading comprehension. This week's target skills and strategies are: Story Structure, Point of View, Flashbacks, and Summarizing.

Spelling words: blade, gray, past, afraid, magic, delay, amaze, drain, maybe, break, sale, hang, stain, glass, raft, jail, crayon, fact, stale, steak

Vocabulary word: comfort, mention, mood, properly, intends, consisted, positive, advanced, peculiar, talent

Grammar focus: What is a Sentence?

Vocabulary Strategies: Prefixes included re-, un- and dis-


  • Give practice spelling tests - highlight how the letter "A" sound changes when it's paired with a consonant and e, ea, and ay.
  • Ask them to use vocabulary words in an example. What could be a synonym? When have you heard the word before?
  • Give examples and non-examples of complete and incomplete sentences
  • Have them recall the beginning, middle and ending important events of the story "Because of Winn-Dixie."

Math: Place Value

We are continuing our skills of place value this week up to the hundred millions place. With this, we are trying to focus on conceptually understanding the value of each digit given it's place (e.g. one thousand is 10x the size of 100; 10 groups of 10,000 is 100,000).


  • Practice reading and comparing large numbers (up to 9 digits)
  • When do you see big numbers in real life? See if you can find examples at home or when out together

Writing: Opinion Writing using Text Evidence

Using evidence from a passage or story to defend our opinion is a new skill! We have been practicing coming up with answers and finding our proof for these things in our readings and stories.

Science: Rocks and Minerals

DRA testing has unfortunately pushed back our science schedule. Hopefully we can begin our rocks and minerals unit next week! Be on the lookout for more information in next week's newsletter!

Testing, Testing, Testing...

Unfortunately, the beginning of the school year means many assessments to see how your child is doing in reading, writing and math since the summer months. This week you may hear them talking about their DRAs, Math Benchmarks and ELA Benchmarks. We use to data to plan our instruction to best fit their needs for improvements. Apologies because they do not like it.

Class Pet

Since we are "the only 4th grade class that does not have a class pet," we have used this as a writing and researching opportunity to see which class pet would be best for us. My hope is to work together to write a grant from Pets in the Classroom to get a class pet for our classroom. Stay tuned!

Back to School Night

Monday, Sep. 12th, 5:30-7:15pm

Lingle Avenue

Palmyra, PA

Attend our back to school night to listen to our principal, Becky Hoover, talk about our school-wide events, and me, talk about how we spend our day in the classroom!

Early Dismissal Day!

Friday, Sep. 16th, 12pm

Sweetwater Drive

Palmyra, PA

Please don't forget, next Friday is an Early Dismissal Day for students! Dismissal will be at 12:00.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Listening to adults read greatly benefits students' reading fluency and comprehension. As a class, we voted to read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a class read aloud. This is not a time scheduled in our daily routine, however something we read to take a break or if we have downtime in our schedule.

This week we read chapter 1 and 2. Feel free to talk about this story at home!

Mrs. LeBlanc

Please never hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!