# 4C News

## Math

Mrs. Close's Class ~ We had to change our plan a bit. We were able to complete all the Module 1 lessons this week, but we fell short in completing the assessment. Kids know that they'll be reviewing on Tuesday and testing on Wednesday. Then, we will be begin Module 2 next week too! It's a short unit that uses length, mass and capacity in the metric system to convert between units using place value knowledge. Students recognize patterns of converting units on the place value chart, just as 1000 grams is equal 1 kilogram, 1000 ones is equal to 1 thousand. Conversions are recorded in two-column tables and number lines, and are applied in single- and multi-step word problems solved by the addition and subtraction algorithm or a special strategy.

Ms. Gleason's class ~ This week the children have been solving multi-step word problems. We also discussed the idea of reasonableness of answers. A few more lessons to go, and then we’ll have the end of module assessment the week of October 15th. The children will be completing a review packet that will help them prepare for the test. Please be on the look out for that. I ask the children to share the packet with you and explain what they will need to do for the test. Next up.... a short module on metric measurement!

## Farmers' Market

The outdoor market has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 9th. Kids can bring a few dollars to purchase locally grown produce like apples and grapes.

## ELA

Guided Reading ~ Small groups are up and running. This week all groups read short stories to identify story elements. Please ask your child about the components of fiction. They should tell you that all fiction pieces have characters and a story line or plot!

Social Studies ~ As we continue to integrate our study of the Haudenosaunee, the kids spent time reading Iroquois Stories. During the coming week, they will practice identifying story elements by mapping out "Turtle's Race with Beaver."

PAWS (Paragraphs a Week) ~ We've really been taking our time first opinion writing piece. I have been modeling each step along the way. So far the kids have planned and typed their first drafts. I have each of them edited and now we need to conference during the upcoming week. The first real task will be assigned on Friday, October 12th and will be due by Friday, October 19th. It really takes a few weeks to get in the groove......the best way is to just jump right in!

Read Aloud ~ We finished Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and have started Ruby Holler!

## Science

We have started our first unit. For a few weeks the kids will be learning more about plants and observing the changes that seeds take as they germinate and develop into young plants. They'll even have the chance to watch hydroponics in action!

## Music Reminders

Kids will need instruments for lessons on Wednesday.