Fourth Grade Fundamentals

February 19

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, Feb. 22 - Six Flags reading forms are due

Wednesday, Feb. 24 National Read Aloud Day (Celebrate by reading with your child.)

Friday, February 26 Spring Picture Day

Thursday, March 3 Open House and Scholastic Book Fair (6:00-7:30)

Friday, March 4 Field Trip to the Stockyards. (Please complete yellow permission slip at your earliest convenience.) ***Parents if you are planning to attend as a chaperone, please complete your background check ASAP. You can complete it using this link: Thank you!


How many comma rules are you aware of? What about capitalization rules? Next week we will review all of these rules so that we can apply them to our editing skills.


This week many of our writers were given an opportunity to revisit the idea of structure in an essay. Ask your students to tell you about how they were able to quickly crank out a 4-paragraph essay about why they love ice cream. Pencils were really moving, and we must say that pencil-to-paper sound is truly music to our ears. Next week we will continue to discuss this idea of structure and compare it to what we often to refer to as "freeze time." We're sure our writers will see some similarities. We are then going to complete some true revision to write strong paragraphs.


For the next couple of weeks our spellers will be noticing patterns in one of the following concepts:

1. au and aw as you here in words like cause and straw

2. two-syllable words with either a VCV pattern or VCCV pattern in the middle

Examples would be diner (VCV) and dinner (VCCV)

Science News

This week in science we've been figuring out the difference between conductors and insulators. Ask your child about the energy balls we used in class and how/why they helped us decide. We will be continuing next week with building electrical circuits!


Students have been interpreting information on time lines to answer questions asked and they have been responding to questions about nonfiction. Some of our good readers sometimes have issues when it comes to reading and understanding questions. We are working to improve that skill.

Ask your reader how he/she is doing with our 25-book challenge. We have some voracious readers who have already completed the challenge, but of course they are still reading! Congratulations to these readers! You are setting a good example for all of us.


This week in math students are analyzing data to answer questions. Last week we learned about frequency tables and stem and leaf plots. This week, we added dot plots to our data knowledge. Dot plots show the frequency of data on a number line.

Check out a dot plot example here: