Welcome to 4th Grade!


Upcoming School Events & Activities

Thursday, Sept 8: Picture day

Thursday, Sept 14: Picture make-up day

Thursday, Sept 15: Fall MAPs Math test 8:45-10:15

Thursday, Sept 15 @ 5:30-7:00: Back to School Night (4th grade schedule-5:30-6:00 in SP theater, 6:00-7:00 in our classroom)

I'm looking forward to the opportunity to discuss the upcoming school year with each of you!

Friday, Sept 23: Fall MAPs Reading test 8:45-10:15

Scholastic Book Orders

Ordering through Scholastic earns our class points that I can use to purchase more books for our classroom library, the prize box, or monthly book lottery. The advantage of ordering online is that you can browse and order from any Scholastic Book Catalog!

Our class activation code is NJFWC. I'll place an order on the 28th of each month.

**During the month of September only, if our class orders over $300, we'll earn over 10,000 points!! How exciting!

Order due date: Sept. 28

Online ordering link: https://orders.scholastic.com/NJFWC

Language Arts

Treasures Unit 1 Week 1

Main Selection: My Diary from Here to There

Grammar: 4 types of sentences, sentence structure

Spelling: Root words: graph, audi, commonly misspelled words

Writing: Introduce Writer's Workshop, and students' notebooks

Math: Module 1 (Place Value)

Unit 1: Place Value, Rounding, Fluency of Whole Numbers

This week's focus: multiplication equations as a comparison and recognize place of multi-digit numbers.

Words to Know:
Digit- a numeral between 0 and 9
Place value -the numerical value that a digit has by virtue of its position in a number
Bundling, renaming, regrouping, trading - exchanging 10 ones for 1 ten, 10 tens for 1 hundred
Unbundling, renaming, regrouping, trading - exchanging 1ten for 10 ones, 1 hundred for 10 tens
Standard form - a number written in the format: 135
Expanded form - addition sentence with the value of each digit written out e.g., 100 + 30 + 5 = 135
Word form – a number written out in words as in 135 one hundred thirty-five

Helpful Parent Resources

Link to Module 1 "Cheat Sheets": http://www.lpssonline.com/uploads/g4m1Anewsletterfinal.pdf

Helpful Videos for each lesson & homework: http://www.oakdale.k12.ca.us/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1402228861036

Problem Set Notes, Homework Pages, and Homework Help Videos

Weekly Math Facts Practice

To build students' math fluency, I highly recommend students practice the basic math facts for 5-10 minutes each night. They can choose to focus on one operation (multiplication, division, addition, subtraction) each night, or mix them. Some kids prefer "old fashioned" flash cards, or there are some fun math apps that you can download. The purpose is to know each fact with automaticity.

Here's a website that lists various math apps, their cost, and quick summary: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/10-apps-for-math-fluency-monica-burns

These websites have free printable worksheets you can use:




Keyboarding Practice

As we use our iPads more and more in the classroom, it's evident how necessary typing skills are for fourth graders. One of the 4th grade writing standards states students will be able to use keyboarding skills to produce and publish at least one page of writing in a single sitting. In the Technology Lab this week, students reviewed a few keyboarding websites.

ABCYA: Keyboarding Challenge

Alphabet Rain Typing

Dance Mat Typing

Power Typing

Riddle of the Week

What starts with the letter “t”, is filled with “t” and ends in “t”?

*If your child brings the correct answer to school by Friday they can earn a special reward!

Social Studies

Introduce California symbols and introducing California Regions

Discovery Labs Schedule

Our discovery labs began this week!


1:00-1:45 PE with Coach Quigley

1:45-2:30 Art with Ms. Weinberg


12:15-12:45 Music with Mr. Simpson 12:15-12:45

1:00-2:30 STREAM Lab with Mr. Schneider

Media Center with Ms. Mumby (Book check outs will begin next week, Sept. 12, and will be every other week)

Computer Lab w/ Ms. Allen

Leader in Me and the 7 Habits

This year Solana Pacific students will be developing and utilizing th leadership habits from the book, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. Throughout the school year, students will have many opportunities to be leaders and practice the 7 habits in the class and around school. Here are the habits and some vocabulary you may here:

1. Be Proactive (versus Reactive)

2. Begin with the End in Mind

3. Put First Things First

4. Think Win-Win

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

6. Synergize (Ask your child how they used synergy to build a tower out of only 100 index cards and 24 inches of tape!)

7. Sharpen the Saw (wellness and taking care of yourself, including finding time for fun)

Here are a few helpful links for parents: