Team4@Cornelia 4/28/14

Mrs. Carlson, Mr. Erickson, Ms. Gesme, & Mrs. Laven

Math Update

Unit 9

We completed Unit 9 before Spring Break. This unit was focused on the links among fraction, decimal and percent names for numbers, with a special emphasis on percents. Unit 9 had three main areas of focus:

1. Reinforce naming equivalencies among fractions, decimals, and percents

2. Introduce multiplication of decimals (make an estimate first)

3. Introduce division of decimals by whole numbers (make an estimate first)

Units 10 and 11

We are finishing our lessons in Unit 10 and 11 at the present time. Unit 10 has three main areas of focus:

1. Guide the discovery of basic properties of reflections, involving 2-dimensional figures and the connection with line symmetry

2. Guide the application of 2-dimensional transformations: reflections (flips), rotations (turns), and translations (slides)

3. Introduce addition involving negative integers


Unit 11 focuses on:

1. Review grams and ounces as units of weight

2. Identify geometric solids (rectangular prism, cylinder, cone, triangular prism, sphere, square pyramid), given their properties

3. Review concepts and units of capacity and volume

4. Introduce subtraction involving positive and negative integers

Reading Update

Novel Studies and Literature Circles

Fourth graders have three novel studies: realistic fiction, science fiction, and mysteries.

In April, Mr. Erickson's readers are reading Maze of Bones, by Rick Riordan...


Mrs. Laven's readers are reading a science fiction novel: City of Ember, by Jeanne DePrau; Running Out of Time, by Margaret Peterson Haddix; or Star Jumper, by Frank Asche, Students read on their own, then meet in small groups with the teacher to discuss the characters, setting, and plot. These are our goals for this unit:

Speak/View/Media Literacy Standards:

I can prepare for a class discussion and participate by responding to things others say.

I can follow agreed-upon rules for class discussions and carry-out my assigned roles.

I can make comments that contribute to a discussion.

I can explain my own ideas and understanding as they connect to the discussion.


Literature Standards:

I can make inferences from a text and refer to details and examples in the text when explaining my inferences.

I can describe in depth a character, setting, and event, using specific details in the text.

I can determine a theme of a story from details in the text.

I can summarize the text.

I can determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text.


In May, Mr. Erickson's class will read science fiction novels while Mrs. Laven's classes will reading realistic fiction novels: Crash, by Jerry Spinelli; The Graduation of Jake Moon, by Barbara Park;, or Extra Credit, by Andrew Clements.

Writing in Fourth Grade

The MN English Language Arts standards require three types of writing in grades K-5. The complexity of the writing grows as students progress through the elementary school. These are the standards for Fourth grade:


Opinion Writing: I can write an opinion piece that supports a point of view, where I:

a - introduce a topic or name of a book, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that supports my purpose,

b - provide reasons that are supported by facts and details,

c - use linking words to give a reason to support my opinion, and

d - provide a concluding section or statement.


Informative Writing: I can write an informative piece, which examines a topic, where I:

a - introduce a topic and group related information and include formatting and illustrations when helpful,

b - use facts, definitions, details, and quotations to develop the topic,

c - use linking words to connect ideas within categories, and

d - provide a concluding statement or section.


Narrative Writing: I can write a real or imagined narrative piece where I:

a - establish a situation, introduce a narrator, and organize an appropriate sequence,

b - use dialogue and descriptions to develop events and characters,

c - use transitional words and phrases to manage sequence of events,

d - use concrete words and phrases and sensory details,

e - provide some sense of closure.


In addition, the standards require that students:

research, take notes, and organize information

use digital tools to research, produce, and publish work

meet the language standards, including use of correct grammar, capital letters, and punctuation.

News You Can Use


  • 4th Grade families are invited to their child's music performance in the Cornelia Gym

    4th Grade Vocal Music Concert

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    9:30-10:00 AM for Families

    Cornelia Gymnasium

Upcoming Events

May 7 and 9: Reading MAP tests

May 21-22: Math MAP tests

May 13: PTO Event: Understanding Your New Middle School Student, 6:45-8:00 Cornelia

May 27: U.S. Map Tests; States required, Capital cities optional

May 30: Field Day: 1:30-3:00 Link to Field Day Website. Volunteers needed

June 6: Field Trip to The Works, Last Day of School