4th Grade News 11/30/15

Mrs. Curtright & Mrs. Foster

Important Information

Stagecoach Food Drive: Our food drive kicked off last Friday to stock the food pantry here at Stagecoach. 4th grade is bringing peanut butter and/or Pop Tarts

Book Orders due Friday!! Let Mrs. Foster know if items should remain a secret.

If you collected any newspaper ads, please send them this week!

Math, Science, and Social Studies

Math-Students spent their last week at school practicing the standard algorithm strategy for multiplying 3x1 and 4x1 digit numbers. This week we will connect each of the three strategies we have learned: area model, partial product, and standard algorithm. We will also work on solving multi-step word problems. We will have an Exit Ticket on Friday.

In fluency this week we will continue focusing on the 8 facts. Students have fact cards in their binder to practice at home this week. Please make sure your child practices these facts for 10-15 minutes a night. We will have an accuracy check this week. We have been practicing the 8 facts for 2 weeks. This fact family has proven to be one of the most difficult for students to learn fluently. We will practice these facts in class daily and take the accuracy check on Friday.

NCTM Conference-I had a great time and learned so much at the NCTM conference! I was able to attend many sessions and brought back many great ideas and games that will help students with a variety of different skills. I am so excited! Students will learn 3 new games this week that will focus on mental math, making sums of 15, probability, and math strategy. I will continue to add new games into our lessons each week.

Social Studies-We have begun our Social Studies unit "The Story of Our Government". Students were able to watch several videos and study the Declaration of Independence before our fall break. This week we will focus on the Boston Tea Party and discuss the historical perspectives of George Washington vs. King George. On Friday, students will perform an "American Revolution" reader's theater.

Reading, Writing, Vocab and Word Study

Word Study--All students have new words coming home today. Blue group will be focusing on stressed and unstressed syllables with i vowels. Orange group will focus on hard and soft g. We will focus our time in class on their sorts, and students will have a test on Friday.

Reading--We will begin a new class novel this week, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. We will work on summarizing, characterizations, and theme. We will also continue finding text based evidence and reading several short stories related to the holiday season.

Writing--We will be working on designing a new suit for Santa and writing to explain why he should select our suits.

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