Mrs. McDougald's Classroom News

4th Grade Weekly Update

Principal Perch by: Todd Langley

It was a fantastic week at Alcova! Don't forget about our Falcon Showcase on Feb 18th. We are looking forward to sharing our students work with you!

Please continue to be away of your arrival time in the morning. We want our student at school and ready to learn when the bell rings at 8:15 a.m. We begin letting students in at 7:45 a.m. and work to make sure our process is efficient.

Don't forget we will be donating items from our lost and found after Feb 14th. We want to ensure all our items make them back to their appropriate owners. As always it is a pleasure to serve this community!

Como aprender a ser padres activos!

Los queremos invitar a

A un taller para aprender a como ser Padres Activos!

Jueves, 18 de Febrero 2016


Alcova STEM PBL (al lado de la cafetería)




· Esta va a ser una oportunidad para compartir ideas que les ayude a tener una conferencia exitosa con sus maestros.

· Aquí los esperamos!

Mercy Williams y Fabiana Fischer

Upcoming Dates…..

Feb. 12th: Father/Daughter Dance

Feb. 15th: President’s Day Holiday

Feb. 18th: Falcon Showcase & Alcova Art Show
Feb. 24th & 25th: Early Release @12:15
Feb. 26th: Spring Picture Day

February 12th!


Falcon Showcase
Feb. 18 6:00-8:00.
We will have the StarLab, eclass sessions for math, STEM activities, students showcasing their work in Math and Science , Grade level tutorials for parents on helping their student with math. More info will be coming!

Early Release Conference
Sign Up is OPEN!

We will be having Early Release Conferences on Feb. 24th & 25th. The online conference sign up opened TODAY! Please take a few minutes this weekend to login and select a date and time for your conferences. We use the online scheduler to make it easier on your get schedule more than one conference for all your children. Act EARLY so that you can get the times that work best for you!

Classroom News

In math we have been learning about decimals. We have a test on Tuesday. Keep practicing those math facts!

In reading we are discussing text structure in small group. We are excited about reading "George Washington Socks." Read 30 minutes nightly.

We are working on adding vivid adjectives and adding discussions in our narrative paper.

It is all about simple machines in science. We are excited about making Google slides on simple machines.

We are learning about famous people of the Revolutionary War.

I Can Statements


  • I can convert decimals to fractions.

  • I can compare decimals.


  • I can write using adjectives.

  • I can write a narrative paper.


  • I can explain different types of text structure (compare/ contrast, problem solution, chronological order, and cause and effect.)


  • I can identify the different types of simple machines(lever, pulley, screw, wedge, inclined plane, compound machine, and wheel and axle.)

Social Studies:

  • I can explain the different battles of the Revolutionary War and famous people.

Helpful Web Pages

All of these web pages can be found on my Symbaloo in eCLASS.

Grammar blast to help with grammar

Grammar Games

Fraction games to help with fractions

Multiplication games to help with multiplication

Math games

Great Books to Read

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? (Fritz)

Babe (King-Smith)

Because of Winn Dixie (DiCamillo)

Cam Jansen (Adler)

Chet Gecko (Bruce)

Chocolate Fever (Smith)

Coyote Autumn (Wallace)

Danger in the Desert (Fields)

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Cleary)

Encyclopedia Brown (Sobal)

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia (O’Connor)

Fudge (Blume)

Geronimo (Stilton)

Grand Escape (Naylor)

Honus & Me (Gutman)

How to Eat Fried Worms (Rockwell)

Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain (Burch).

Jennifer Murdley’s Toad

Owls in the Family (Mowat)

Meet J. K. Rowling (Ward)

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Cleary)

Runt (Bauer)

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Coerr)

Sarah, Plain and Tall (MacLachlan)

Shiloh (Naylor)

Series of Unfortunate Events (Snickett)

Sign of the Beaver (Speare)

Skeleton Man (Bruchac)

Skinnybones (Park)

Spiderwick (Black)

Stone Fox (Gardiner)

Summer of Riley (Bunting)

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Blume)

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom (Sachar)

Tornado (Byars)

Whipping Boy (Fleischman)

Year of Miss Agnes (Hill)