From the Teacher's Desk

The Latest News - Feb. 13, 2016

Smiling and Teamwork during our Valentine's Party at Feed My Starving Children!

New Semester!

It's hard to believe we're into the second half of our school year. We've been busy since our last update. Here are some highlights:

  • "I Love to Read Month" activities - including a Reading Bingo Chart
  • Feed My Starving Children Field Trip
  • Learned different strategies for dividing big numbers by 1 and 2 digit numbers
  • Studying books by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Started our new science unit on Matter and Energy
  • Essay writing: working on persuasive writing, focusing on creating a thesis
  • Read aloud: Sylvia and Aki

New Semester - New Routine!

We have begun a new routine in 4th grade. Keep an eye out for a weekly reading assignment to be completed at home. This assignment is intended to replace the 20 minutes of reading time at home once a week, when it works for your family, and is due on Friday.

Upcoming Dates

  • 2/19 - Grade 4 Breakfast/ Pajama Day
  • 2/25 - Author Visit
  • 2/26 - Character Dress Up Day


In music class the 4th graders have begun to prepare for the Recorder unit! This music unit is an important part of the music curriculum here at Birchview and throughout the Wayzata elementary schools. This is a very exciting opportunity for young musicians!

The Recorder unit will begin in mid-February and last through April.

Twitter This Week

To see our daily updates on Twitter, you do not need to follow our class - you can simply click on this link...

Some helpful links for fourth graders

IXL link

Student User ID and Password is in their Take Home Portfolio.

Xtra Math - Basic Fact Practice

If you have five minutes at home, practicing those facts on xtramath is a great use of your time! Your child will learn how to log in on Monday.

Spelling City

This link takes you straight to the Birchview 4th Grade Spelling Words.

Keep in Touch

We are having fun with Twitter...hopefully, you're finding it fun and informative, too. If you need us, email is the fastest way to get in contact with us.