4th Grade News

September 28th, 2015

Basket Raffle

Thank you so much to all of the families that donated items to our 4th grade baskets - Aspiring Authors and Love To Camp and for purchasing tickets. It is an important fundraiser for our HSA that helps us to fund field trips, special activities and events and supplies for improving the school.

What's For Dinner?

The owl's dinner, that is! This week you will be sure to have interesting conversations with your child over YOUR dinner about what they found in their owl pellet! We will be carefully examining the contents of an owl pellet (regurgitated bones and fur) to learn first hand about food webs, predators and prey. Then after we dissect it, we'll reconstruct the skeleton of its prey!
Barred Owl Regurgitating a Pellet

The Iroquois Longhouse Family

Did you know that the Iroquois DID NOT live in teepees or wigwams? They lived in longhouses! They actually called themselves The Haudenosaunee, which means "People of the Longhouse"

We started the week by examining a NY state map and identifying the states, country and waterways that bordered the state. Then, we took our map and labeled where each of the 5 Iroquois tribes were located within NY state. We also talked about the very important job that each had within the Confederacy. Please ask your child why the 5 tribes came together as one!

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Place Value

Last week in math saw us beginning to use mental math to add and subtract 1,000 10,000 or 100,000. We then moved into rounding! We will be having our first mid-module test this week. Please help your child study by completing and looking over the review sheet!


There is a great resource available for parents to help their children with math homework. The website is www.greatminds.net

Click on Support and then Parent Support you will then you can find many resources for parents, including Homework Helpers for Modules 1 and 2. These resources are free to parents! There are also fantastic Module tip sheets for parents for all of the 4th grade modules. Definitely check this website out!

Character's Matter (Reader's Workshop)

We sure are working hard to build our reading stamina! Our 4th graders sure are excited about books! This week we continued talking about what it means to read intensely! Please ask your child what he or she should be doing to read intensely! We also spent time examining our reading logs and our reading spots at home! It is so important for our 4th graders to do this so that they can make adjustments to their reading spots so that they can read intensely both at home and at school!


If your child is having a hard time coming up with ideas for the post-its at night, please see the poster below to get some great ideas!

Show, Not Tell (Writer's Workshop)

Our lessons this week will focus all of the ways that authors SHOW what they want to say, instead of telling the reader. For example:


TELL: Samantha was cold during the winter hike.


SHOW: Samantha was shivering and her teeth were chattering. She began to jump up and down to get her feet warm.

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WANTED: Gently Used Books

A huge thank you to Xavier and Alice for donating books to our classroom library! You should have seen how excited the other students were when they saw the huge box from the DeRush family. So if you have any books that you would like to donate to our classroom libraries, please send them in. We will give them a great home!
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Iroquois Days

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 9am to Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 11am

Moreau Elementary School, Fort Edward, NY, United States

Fort Edward, NY

On our two half days before our Thanksgiving break, we will celebrate eveything we have learned about the Iroquois. We will do crafts, eat Iroquois snacks and welcome a program from the Adirondack Museum called "Fur traders and Bounty Hunters". We are looking for volunteers for these days to help out!

Veteran's Night

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 6:30pm

Moreau Elementary School, Fort Edward, NY, United States

Fort Edward, NY

Start asking a veteran you know if they would be willing to be interviewed by your child for our Veteran's Night. They won't regret it! Interviews will be coming home in early October.

Field Trip-NYS Museum

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 9am-2:45pm

222 Madison Avenue

Albany, NY

We are off on our first field trip to the NYS museum. We will be doing a program called "Native People of NYS" and touring the museum.