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Mr. Murphy's October News!

Hello all,

Here is the first "Super News" report from Mr. Murphy's Class for October. There have been a lot of fun things going on in Fourth Grade over the past couple of weeks and this electronic News Forum will be a great way for you to stay up-to-date with the classroom happenings. I will constantly be adding new reports and making changes, so please visit at least once a week to see all the wonderful things happening In our class. Here are a couple of the newest ones:

Friday, October 2nd - Our School's Run-A-Thon - Please make sure students are collecting pledges to help out our PTA.

Monday, October 12th - Columbus Day (No School)

October 15th and 20th - Parent Teacher Conferences (Looking forward to meeting with you all!).

Saturday, October 31st - Halloween - We will be having a class Halloween Party - Stay tuned for more information on that as we get closer.

At the bottom of this page is a quick link to the district site for easy access to any district news and information.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this "Super News" and I look forward to communicating with you more soon. Bye for now.


Mr. Michael Murphy


· The first couple weeks of school were spent working on learning the routines, procedures, and expectations during our Reading Roundup (Language Arts Block). We created expectation charts that state what the students and teachers will be doing during each component of the literacy framework. We have practiced each component and built stamina. The past two week, your student began choosing their literacy activities on their own.

· Also, we have focused on identifying nonfiction text features and understanding their purposes. Nonfiction text features include Glossaries, Table of Contents, Indexes, captions, types of print (bold, italics), headings/subheadings, etc… While these skills are primarily taught in reading, teachers also naturally incorporate them into Social Studies lessons and activities with Time for Kids.


- We have been working through our first unit on place value to one million and addition and subtraction with greater numbers. Students have learned place value patterns and strategies to compare and order numbers and round numbers. In addition, the students have learned different methods to add and subtract greater numbers.

- The fourth graders should continue working on their basic facts at home. As we move into working with larger numbers, having math facts memorized will become even more important. Please practice, practice, practice!

Social Studies

Students need to be practicing and memorizing where each state is located within the United States and what its capital is. We are currently finishing up a unit that focuses on the U.S. Government. Next, we will be looking at the different regions around the United States beginning with the Northeast Region.