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
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
- 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
- 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.
Practice at home!!!
Password: Lunch pin
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
- 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
Fall Celebration: Change of Time
Friday, Oct. 28th, 1-3:15am
600 South Lingle Avenue
Class Pet: Bearded Dragon
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 EatThere 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)
- Collard greens
- Cucumber (Peeled)
- Lentils (Cooked)
- Mustard greens
- Okra (Raw)
- Spaghetti squash
- Turnip greens
- Yams (Raw)
- Zucchini (Raw)
- Yellow squash
What Fruits Do Bearded Dragons EatBesides 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.