4th Grade Newsletter

January 23, 2015

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, January 27: Science Vocab Quiz #10
  • Wednesday, January 28: ELA Spelling Quiz #3
  • Friday, January 30: Science Fair Written Report Due (Check Portal for Guidelines)
  • Friday, January 30: Dress Down Day: Wacky Tacky Day
  • Friday, January 30: Reading Quiz
  • Student Council Fundraiser, Pennies For Change: collect money until Thursday, February 5th. The class that raises the most money wins a pizza party, the 2nd place class wins an ice cream party, and 3rd place wins a popcorn party!

    Please help out this great charity by encouraging your students to bring in money! We accept more than just pennies and can accept checks too. Thanks for your support!!

  • NWEA Learning Pathways: lessons in Study Island are linked to your child's MAP score; if all students in homeroom complete at least 15 questions in each section (and pass with a blue ribbon!) the class will get a pizza party.

  • Students will need their recorders for music class. If they have not purchased a recorder you may contact mrocca@fsaelementary.org for more information.

Reading

On Level/Advanced: This week students have begun working in depth with Holes. Students will work with Holes and their inactive notebooks for the remainder of the quarter. To supplement classroom discussion, interactive notebooks will help students with comprehension, abstract, vocabulary, and writing skills Notebooks will be checked weekly for a grade. Friday, January 30 will be a quiz day over Holes material covered in class and the previous mythology unit.


Accelerated: This week students have begun working in depth with Tuck Everlasting. Students will work with Tuck Everlasting and their inactive notebooks for the remainder of the quarter. To supplement classroom discussion, interactive notebooks will help students with comprehension, abstract, vocabulary, and writing skills Notebooks will be checked weekly for a grade. Friday, January 30 will be a quiz day over Tuck Everlasting material covered in class and the previous mythology unit.


In order to build strong reading comprehension and fluency skills, students should read a non-curriculum book of their choosing for at least 20 minutes every day. Reading logs for all classes are due Monday, January 26.

ELA

On level/Advanced: In the upcoming week students will be working (in class only) on their fictional narratives about a difficult journey. This project will be completed by the end of class on 1/30/15. Our focus will be to create narratives that use action verbs and strong beginnings to grab the readers attention. The events of the story will be organized in a logical way. *It is important that our students get comfortable with time writing in order to prepare for the Georgia Milestones Test.

Spelling Quiz #3 and spelling homework packets are due 1/28/15.

Word list: toil, faucet, boyhood, choice, dawn, awful, foist, daughter, flaw, annoyed, royal, allow, destroy, blew, spoon, shampoo, brown, renew, wooden, auction.


Accelerated: Students will continue and complete their personal narratives this week. Each student will describe a personal story about trying something new. They will focus on bringing their characters to life, creating a sequence of events that make logical sense, and writing beginnings that utilize the media strategy, "what's trending now" or action leads. Essays will be turned in at the end of class on 1/30/15.

Spelling Quiz #3 and spelling homework packets are due 1/28/15.

Word list: counter, fraud, oyster, appoint, drawn, awning, laundry, feud, shawl, jewel, royalty, powder, annoying, cashew, scoop, bamboo, browse, ointment, rooster, rescue.

Math

On Level/Advanced: Next week in math, we are starting Unit 6: Geometry. Students will review geometry terms (point, line, segment, ray, angle, etc.) and take notes in their interactive notebooks. We will begin to review and discuss different types of triangles and quadrilaterals.


Accelerated: Next week in math, we are starting Unit 6: 2D Figures. Students will begin looking at different angles and polygons and their attributes.


All Classes: The next Facts Quiz will be on Friday, February 6.

Science

Next week the students will need to build their 3D model of a piece of space technology. They are allowed to build anything but some ideas are: a telescope, the Hubble Telescope, the James Webb Telescope, a Mars Rover, the ISS or a Space Shuttle. On Tuesday we will have Vocab Quiz #10 and we will complete a brief study of Meteors, Meteoroids and Meteorites. We will finish the week with our initial discussions of the rotation and revolution of Earth.


Helpful Links:

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Dwa_Ceres

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/DawnClassrooms/dwarf_planet/

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm

http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/

http://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/

http://www.slideshare.net/KatParker1724/heliocentric-vs-geocentric-models

http://galileo.rice.edu/sci/lipperhey.html

http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/shildreth/astronomy/geoanswers.html

http://www.solarsystemscope.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnTaAoWs-Mo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd_EIdZrvaU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGSNQfxEGds

http://www.space.com/54-earth-history-composition-and-atmosphere.html

http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/play/

https://www.brainpop.com/science/space/

http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids/

http://neave.com/planetarium/app/

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/#.VLAXhCvF_kU

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/stars.htm

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/space/stars.html

http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEMCSFZ2OMH_q.html

Social Studies


This upcoming we will study all about the Declaration of Independence, including who wrote it, how it was written, why it was necessary and how it was a response to the abuse of power by the British. After that , we will explain the major battles of the war in the north, how Europe affected the war and ultimately we will learn about the results of the Revolutionary War and how the Americans won the war.

Our American Revolution Test will be on Monday Feb.9th.


Road to Revolution Game:

http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/road.html


Liberty's Kids:

http://www.libertyskids.com/pt_aboutshow.html

All episodes are available on Youtube.

Mrs. Dempsey

For texts from Mrs. Dempsey, text @4ndzs to 470-239-6238!