4th Grade Newsletter

January 16, 2015

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 19: MLK Holiday: No School
  • Tuesday, January 20: Science Vocab Quiz #9
  • Tuesday, January 20: Science Study Island Stars Assignment Due
  • Tuesday, January 20: School Spelling Bee, 8am
  • Wednesday, January 21 ELA Spelling Quiz #2
  • Friday, January 23: Unit 5 Math Test
  • Tuesday, January 27: Science Vocab Quiz #10
  • 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, begins today and we will be raising 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!!

Reading

On Level/Advanced: This week students have concluded the unit on mythology and began working on Holes. Students will be working with Holes for the remainder of the quarter. If your child has not yet purchased both Holes and a spiral notebook with a minimum of 70 pages, please have these materials prepared for class on Tuesday, January 20. Notebooks will be checked weekly for a grade. Throughout the semester, students will use their notebook to build reading comprehension skills, stimulate abstract thinking, and expand their vocabulary. Students are welcome to store their novels and notebooks in the classroom. Novels and notebooks will be needed for class every day.


Accelerated: This week students have concluded the unit on mythology and began working on Tuck Everlasting. Students will be working with Tuck Everlasting for the remainder of the quarter. If your child has not yet purchased both Tuck Everlasting and a spiral notebook with a minimum of 70 pages, please have these materials prepared for class on Tuesday, January 20. Notebooks will be checked weekly for a grade. Throughout the semester, students will use their notebook to build reading comprehension skills, stimulate abstract thinking, and expand their vocabulary. Students are welcome to store their novels and notebooks in the classroom. Novels and notebooks will be needed for class every day.


In order to build strong reading comprehension and fluency skills, students should read for at least 20 minutes every day. Reading logs for all classes are due Tuesday, January 20.

ELA

Reminders:

1. Spelling Quiz #2 and its homework packet due Wednesday 1/21/15.

2. The School Spelling Bee on 1/20/15 please feel free to come support your student as she/he competes to represent our school at the Regional Spelling Bee. We will begin at 8am.

3. Congratulations to our 4th Grade Top Spellers that will be part of the School Bee: Ritsu, Enow, Rohan, Alex, Jonathan, Charishma, Paul, Sireen, Akshaj, and Pranit!


On level/Advanced: Students will begin writing their narratives. This is an in-class activity as we will begin to practice timed writing. *Students will need their ELA Progress workbooks this week and will leave them in the classroom.

Spelling list: cheese, heel, season, boast, chief, gape, aim, brain, fluke, crayon, eagle, throw, rose, student, goal, woke, ripen, cube, rainbow, scrape.


Accelerated: This week students will begin writing non fiction narratives. This is an in-class activity as we will begin to practice timed writing. *Students will need their ELA Progress workbooks in class this week.

Spelling list: needle, speech, reason, crease, thief, fade, obtain, faint, steep, rayon, eager, shadow, saying, mild, coach, smoke, twice, human, teenage, niece.

Math

Next week in math, we will review for our test on Friday, January 23. All students received a study guide in class today; please bring it with you to class next week. If you cannot find your study guide, and electronic copy is available on class resources.

Science

Next week we will continue to study planets and will also discuss space technology and the orbit models of the solar system. Vocab Quiz #9 is on Tuesday, and the Study Island homework is also due that day. Please check the Classroom Resources app for handouts and Power Points that might be helpful for studying at home. On Tuesday the students will begin a month-long observational homework assignment. Please make sure your child views the night sky every night and records their observations clearly. This assignment will be due on 2/13.


Helpful Links:

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. There will be a Quiz on Causes & Early Conflicts on Wednesday Jan.21st. Students may complete "Causes of the American Revolution" under Historical Understandings on Study Island to prepare.


Battles of Lexington & Concord:

http://www.mhschool.com/socialstudies/2009/ss/student/grade5_ey/inmotion/p_140.swf


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. Episode 1-6 covers Causes & early Conflicts.

Mrs. Dempsey

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