Mrs. Smith's Fourth Grade News

September 26, 2014

"Whatever you are, be a good one." ~Abraham Lincoln

Hello Families!

Last week your child received their midterm progress report. We are transitioning to the rubric score of 4,3,2,1 on assignments in class. Students are aware of what these numbers represent. If you have any questions with your child's scores, please feel free to contact me.
Next week we will have our first celebration which is extra recess and a Popsicle. Students have been working hard to earn the required amount of Leopard Dollars to attend the celebration. You can help your child earn their Leopard Dollars by signing their planner and making sure all of their homework is completed. It is extremely important that students are reading and practicing math facts every day.

Math
We have been solving addition and subtraction problems with multi-digit numbers. We have used those skills to solve word problems. You can help your child practice these types of problems at home such as when you are shopping. The next standard we will be moving on to is finding all the factors of a number then determining if that number is a prime or composite number. We will also be determining if a number is a multiple of a certain number.

Social Studies
Your child should know the different map elements. We will be using those map skills to locate towns on a map of the C&O Canal. Students researched a town mentioned in our story A Journey on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Writing
Our first unit is on narratives. We are focusing on drafting the events of our story so that they include dialogue and action. Have your child explain the difference of summarizing and story-telling.
Please make sure your child is studying their spelling words every night. Spelling homework will help your child know their words and the skill they are studying that week.

ELA
We have begun reading Captain Kate. Our focus will be on using text evidence to determine if the text is narrated in first or third person. We will also be focusing on the story elements of characters, setting, and events. As we read we will be comparing the elements of Captain Kate to that of A Journey on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. While your child is reading at home you can ask them about the point of view and story elements of their book.

***We will be taking our field trip to the C&O Canal at the Cushwa Basin on October 10.