Fourth Grade News

Mrs. Spencer's Class - Quick Updates for Week of 11/30

Updates & Announcements:

Chip Shoppe Fundraiser: Thursday, Nov. 19th was the kick off for the Chip Shoppe fundraiser. The profits all go to programs and purchases the benefit KMES students. There are some volunteer opportunities with the fundraiser. Help is needed to count money on Thursday, December 3rd and to assist with families picking up orders in the media center on Monday, December 14th. Visit the Sign Up Genius volunteer. Thank you for your time!

Christmas Shopping???

Toy and Gift Drive: The staff and students of K-M Elementary School are collecting toys and gifts for the local Care and Share Charity Fund which provides help for local families in times of need. Students are invited to bring a NEW unwrapped toy or gift to school the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4. We are looking for toys, games, CD’s, books and gift certificates for children of all ages-particularly infants and teens and those in between. Please no stuffed animals. Items collected are showcased in the art display case. Thank you for your generosity!

Book Orders: December book orders are due THIS Friday, 12/4. I am happy to put aside any items you would like kept secret for gifts. I can let you know when the order arrives, and you can pick up in the office at your convenience. Let me know if you want any orders set aside!

Classroom Cookbook - Call for Recipe Submissions!

“Favorite Recipes” Assignment

Students in Mrs. Spencer’s class are cordially invited to submit a recipe for a classroom “Favorite Recipes” cookbook. Studying recipes is a great way to practice reading an “alternate form of text.” Students learn how to read and understand measurements as well as gain experience in following a set of step-by-step directions. In addition, this is a wonderful opportunity to type a recipe up to share with others and to have fun cooking as a family!

Please discuss any unfamiliar words that may show up in the recipe (ex. marinate, preheat, defrost, etc.). Spend time discussing measuring terms like 2 ½ cups, ¼ cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, and ounces. Students’ reading assessments may feature questions about reading and following the directions on a recipe.

Steps for Success:

1.) Select a favorite family recipe. It can be an appetizer, salad, main dish, dessert…your call!

2.) Type the recipe at home. Please have an adult proofread your typing and be sure to check spelling and formatting! Include your name!

3.) You may add clip art or a picture to accompany your recipe. Just remember, the cookbook will be printed in black and white!

4.) Print your recipe to return to Mrs. Spencer OR send Mrs. Spencer a copy as both a Word/Google document and a PDF if possible (to preserve formatting!) **Let Mrs. Spencer know if you’re unable to type your recipe at home.

5.) Recipes are due by Tuesday, December 15th in order for the class cookbook to reach the printing press & to be returned before the holiday break! Have fun & happy cooking!

This Week's Objectives:

Language Arts:

  • We are reading selections in our December issue of Storyworks.
  • We are using a strategy called "Topic/ Subtopic/ Details" to take notes while reading nonfiction text.
  • We are starting the fantastic read aloud novel, Hachiko Waits.
  • We are building reading stamina and practicing CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expanding Vocabulary) strategies for reading.


  • **Remind your child to bring an estimation jar if he or she has not yet done so.
  • We are comparing and ordering decimals through the thousandths place (tenths, hundredths, and thousandths).
  • We are using a table of data to answer questions.
  • We are adding and subtracting with decimals.
  • We are solving multiplication and division facts.
  • **Remind your child to keep up the fact practice at home!! Building speed and accuracy with facts is essential.**

Science & Social Studies:

  • We are reviewing light and sound and leading into a study of electricity and circuits!
  • Students are researching a state and writing state reports.

Terrific Websites for Learning at Home!

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Please contact me with any questions or comments.


Mrs. Spencer