The 4th Grade News

Week of March 9, 2015

A Note from Ms. Deal

Dear Parents,


First, let me just say, THANK YOU! You and the kids have made my week so special. It was so great to receive the small gifts and cards and flowers. I am feeling very loved.


We are so excited to host Student Led Conferences next week. The students have been working hard to prepare quality work and activities for you. When you have your conference, please be aware, that because other families will be in the room, discussing private issues with me will not be allowed. I am happy to schedule private meetings with you if you have specific concerns.


This was the last week of the session 3 ASAs. There will be no ASAs next week. ASAs will start back up after spring break.


Thank you,

Ms. Deal

Upcoming Events:

March 17th and 18th - Student Led Conferences- more info to come!

March 26th and 27th - No School

March 30th -April 4th - Spring Break

April 6th - Classes resume

What's going on in room 223

Math Maniacs

Last week we started looking at different types of graphs. Students explored the different ways we can organize data. Each student collected their own data from the people in the class and recorded the information in a homemade graph.


The 4th graders are perfecting their skills for finding the mean, median, mode and range of number sets. The students even have a song to help them remember what each vocabulary word means. I have added some websites to my teacher page on the SCIS homepage. If you would like to work with your student there are some helpful websites available for practice.

Language Arts

Word Study: Students are mastering different spelling patterns and applying them to daily writing assignments. Please remind your student to turn in their word study homework every Friday. You can find all of the word study lists on spellingcity.com. My username is ldeal@scischina.org and my password is shanghai.

Writing: The students are working on narrative writing. We have talked about setting, plot and main characters. The 4th graders even completed a story map to make sure their story included all of the important elements. Each Wednesday your child will have a writing assignment from me, due on Thursday.

Reading: The students continue to read in their guided reading groups. Students are working with others in the class on reading skills like comprehension and close reading. The book your child is reading is either Stone Fox, Because of Winn Dixie or Tuck Everlasting. All some of my favorite young adult texts!

Science Rules!

This week we began a new science unit. We will delve more deeply into Energy next week, but this week we explored science through the Scientific Method. The students worked in groups to complete different experiments and are really starting to think like scientists. I think it's safe to say that many of the students will not drink Coke for a while..
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