December Newsletter

Randy and Jocelyn's Fourth Grade Class

Important Dates

December 6: Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 18: Holiday Sing and early dismissal at 12pm

December 16: Final Vision Team Meeting begins at 8:30am

December 19-January 4: Winter Break

December 22: Winter Solstice

December 25: Christmas Day

December 26: Kwanza Begins

December 31: New Year's Eve

January 4: Teacher Work Day

January 28: Market

What We Are Learning

Social Studies- Economics We are moving into our Economics unit which will culminate with Market on January 28. Students will learn how to write a business plan for products they will make/bake/sew/design/write/draw or anything else by hand. They will have the opportunity to sell their products and buy from their classmates using Nishant Bucks (our classroom currency). There will be an exchange system of Nishant Bucks for materials needed to create their products for sale.

Other skills and Content covered:

  1. Bartering and Trading
  2. Wants vs. Needs
  3. Budgeting
  4. Goal Setting (short, mid and long term)
  5. Markets and Competition
  6. Opportunity Cost
  7. Goods/Services
  8. Innovation
  9. Producers/Consumers

More information on Market to come!

MathBig Numbers, Estimation, and Computation- This unit will focus on extending multiplication skills and emphasize the reading and writing of large numbers.

Skills and Content covered:

1. Extended multiplication facts

2. Estimating sums and products

3. Partial Products and lattice methods

4. Powers of 10

5. Rounding and reporting of large numbers

6. Comparing data

Writing Workshop:

We are finishing up our Personal Narratives and will be sharing them aloud this week. Next week will we move into a poetry unit focusing on cinquain, haiku, free verse and lyrical poetry. Students will create a variety of poems to collect and share at the end of the unit.

Skills and Content covered:

1. Alliteration

2. Imagery

3. Metaphor

4. Onomatopoeia

5. Personification

6. Repetition

7. Rhyme

8. Rhyme Scheme

9. Rhythm

10. Simile

11. Stanza

12. Theme

13. Tone

Reading- We have begun reading parts of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz to help reinforce positivity within our classroom community.

1. Speak impeccably

2. Don't take anything personally

3. Don't make assumptions

4. Always do your best