News from 4th Grade

Week of 10/3 -10/7

News at a Glance

  • Due to our specials being at the end of the day on Halloween, our Fall Celebration party will be Friday, October 28th @ 2:15pm.
  • Please send headphones in with your child to school if you have not already.
  • There is no school on Monday; Happy Columbus Day!
  • Our class pet will hopefully be making an appearance on Tuesday
  • Picture Day is Tuesday, October 18th
  • Our class voted to have electronics time on Friday for 15 minutes as their weekly behavior reward

No School - Columbus Day

Monday, Oct. 10th, 7am

Your home!

No school! Please enjoy the day off!

What We're Learning This Week

Journey's - Tuesday and Wednesday

We have been reading Stormalong, A Tall Tale for our story this cycle. With this, we are focusing on hyperbole and understanding characters through their thoughts, dialogue

Spelling (homophones): wait, weight, heard, herd, days, daze, heel, heal, peak, peek, sent, cent, scent, feet, feat, vain, vane, vein, miner, minor

Grammar: Capitalization with proper nouns (we capitalize names, religions, languages, historical events, titles, etc.)

Vocab: seafaring, tidal, foaming, outcast, yearning, memorable, betrayed, condition, shortage, horrified

Journey's - Thursday and Friday

Next cycle we'll talk about classic stories and ask the question, "How are performances similar to and different from written stories?" We'll be reading a scene from the play Invasion from Mars. Our focus for this story will be telling the setting, character and events (story structure); and inferring vs. predicting (using clues to figure out what isn't directly stated).

  • Spelling (long and short u sounds using u, yoo and oo): bunch, fruit, argue, crumb, crew, tune, juice, refuse, truth, young, clue, trunk, amuse, suit, rude, trust, dew, stuck, rescue, brush
  • Vocabulary: alarmed, reacted, convey, daring, awe, luminous, indescribable, extraordinary, fade, conferring
  • Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixed -y, -ous (meaning "full of")

How can I help at home?

  • Give your child a practice spelling test
  • Ask them to use our vocab words in a sentence or describe their meaning
  • Give them examples of how the suffix -y and -ous would change the meaning of a word


Factors and Multiples
  • Last week and this week we have been working out determining multiples and factors of a number
  • A multiple is any number which is a product of the given number and a whole number. For example, 10 is a multiple of 2 since 2 x 5 = 10. Nine would be the third multiple of 3 since 3 x 3 is 9.
  • Factors are whole numbers that are multiplied together to get a product. For example, we would ask the students would 3 be a factor of 18 ( yes, because 6 x 3 is 18).
  • This week we will be working on finding common multiples of a number (e.g. what is the first 3 common multiples of

Order of Operations:

This week we will start to learn and practice the follow rules of the order of operations:

  • If an expression only involves addition, we can add it any order (communtative)
  • If an expression only involves subtraction, we subtract from left to right
  • If an expression involves both addition and subtraction, we add and subtract from left to right.
  • If it only involves multiplication we can multiply in any order
  • If it only involves division you divide from left to right.
  • If it involves multiplication and division, you work from left to right
  • If it involves all 4 operations, we do (P. E.)M.D.A.S.-multiplication, division, then addition, subtraction.

Reflex Math (Note pictures above!):

This week we began using Reflex Math during our math rotations. Reflex math is an online computer program that teaches students their fact families and improves their fluency. I started all the students on addition and subtraction (we have been struggling with this fluency with our word problems) and when they "test out" and have 100% fluency, I will move them to multiplication and division. If they do not test out by Winter Break, I will move everyone to multiplication and division. The goal of this program is to improve the students fluency enough that they have more room in their working memory for higher-level thinking skills when it comes to multi-step math problems.

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Fluency Quizzes:

Students receive flashcard facts for the cycle in their take home folder. They are printed on colored paper so they can use them at home for practice. Each week's quiz is cumulative. This cycle, we will have 0-5 multiplication facts. They have 2 minutes to complete 50 questions. Please continue to study your facts at home!

Science: Rocks and Minerals

This week we will continue our Rocks and Minerals unit! So far we have learned:

  • Rocks are made up of multiple minerals that came from the earth (e.g. soil, lava, etc)
  • Minerals cannot be broken into smaller parts
  • Minerals are classified by their hardness - we learned this through our Scratch Test
  • Calcite is one of the most common minerals found in rocks. We can find out if Calcite is in a rock through a calcite test. We used vinegar for our Calcite Test

Snack Day

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Thank you to everyone who donated to our successful snack day!!! The students had a great time enjoying snacks throughout the day for their weekly reward! All extra snacks have been kept so we can use them for other special events or needed snacks.

Fall Celebration: Change of Time

Friday, Oct. 28th, 1-3:15am

600 South Lingle Avenue

Palmyra, PA

Due to our specials schedule on Day 3, Our Fall Celebration party will now be on Friday, 10/28 at 2:15pm. Thank you to everyone who volunteered, I will be in touch soon. Mrs. Kishel is taking the lead on this one for planning, so you will hear from her as well (Thanks, Mrs. Kishel!).

Class Pet: Bearded Dragon

Our class pet, the bearded dragon currently named Toby, unfortunately did not make his way over to our classroom last night. I'm hoping to pick him up from a Lingle Alumni student (now at the high school) tomorrow afternoon so the students can see him on Tuesday.

Bearded dragons are omnivores, and can therefore eat many fruits and vegetables! If you have any extra of the following at your house, and would like to help out our class pet, I would greatly appreciate it! Please just send it in with your child to school.

What Vegetables Do Bearded Dragons Eat

There are many vegetables that are safe for bearded dragons to eat. In fact, we have a list of over 50 safe vegetables to feed your bearded dragon on ourbearded dragon dietpage. Below is a list of the most common staple vegetables that you can feed your bearded dragon every day:
  • Acorn squash
  • Artichoke Heart
  • Asparagus (Raw)
  • Bell Peppers (Raw)
  • Bok choy
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage (Raw)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumber (Peeled)
  • Lentils (Cooked)
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra (Raw)
  • Parsnips
  • Pumpkins
  • Radicchio
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Turnip greens
  • Yams (Raw)
  • Zucchini (Raw)
  • Yellow squash

What Fruits Do Bearded Dragons Eat

Besides plants and insects, bearded dragons will also eat fruit. The following list of fruit is safe for you to feed your bearded dragon. For a much larger list of safe fruit please visit ourbearded dragon dietpage.

  • Apples
  • Apricot
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Chayote
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Mangos
  • Melons
  • Nectarine
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon


Picture Day!

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 8:45am

600 South Lingle Avenue

Palmyra, PA

Be sure to dress your best for our picture day on Tuesday, 10/18!

Mrs. LeBlanc

Please feel free to contact with any questions or concerns!