Fourth Grade News

Mrs. Spencer's Class - Week of 12/15

Fourth Grade is AWESOME!

I am happy to be back in the classroom this week. We certainly have a busy week ahead! We are finishing Unit 5 for Math, reading terrific stories and a play, learning about the Midwest region, developing our understanding of states of matter, and working on writing.

Homework completion rate has been terrific this year! Help your child build independence with homework. Each night, your child should be spending time on the following tasks: completing the nightly Study Link/math assignment, practicing basic multiplication/division facts for 5+ minutes, reading for 30+ minutes, and doing a nightly spelling assignment to prepare for each week's test.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! Please see below for updates and objectives for the week.

Updates, Objectives, and Links...Oh My!

This Week's Important Updates:

  • Fundraiser Pick Up Coming Soon!

    Thursday, Dec. 18th from 3:00-6:30 PM

    Follow the signs by the Media Center to pick up your order. All orders must be picked up at this time. Thank you for participating in this successful fundraiser! Your efforts will bring great things to KMES! Additional volunteers are needed to make the pick up run as smoothly as possible. Please email Michelle Gappa at if you can volunteer for any amount of time.

  • Classroom Cookbook - Recipes Due: Please see the information below about our classroom cookbook project. If your child has not turned in a recipe, please make sure this is completed tonight. I will need to send all of the recipes in for copies so that the book is returned prior to break. Thanks for your help!
  • IXL: IXL log-in information is as follows: / User: firstinitiallastname@kmps (ex. rspencer@kmps) / PW: Lunch Number. This is a great resource for further practice on skills we are studying as well as enrichment in new areas of study!
  • Homework Routines: Remember: students are assigned to reading 25-30+ minutes nightly, practicing math facts for 5-10+, completing the nightly Study Link/math assignment, and completing a spelling assignment nightly.
  • Transportation Changes?: Please write a note in your child’s planner, send me a note, or send me an e-mail any time your child has a change in transportation plans. This is very important! Thank you!

Classroom Cookbook - Recipes Submissions due TOMORROW!

“Favorite Recipes” Assignment

Students in Mrs. Spencer’s class are cordially invited to submit a recipe for a classroom “Favorite Recipes” cookbook. Studying recipes is a great way to practice reading an “alternate form of text.” Students learn how to read and understand measurements as well as gain experience in following a set of step-by-step directions. In addition, this is a wonderful opportunity to type a recipe up to share with others and to have fun cooking as a family!

Please discuss any unfamiliar words that may show up in the recipe (ex. marinate, preheat, defrost, etc.). Spend time discussing measuring terms like 2 ½ cups, ¼ cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, and ounces. Students’ reading assessments may feature questions about reading and following the directions on a recipe.

Steps for Success:

1.) Select a favorite family recipe. It can be an appetizer, salad, main dish, dessert…your call!

2.) Type the recipe at home. Please have an adult proofread your typing and be sure to check spelling and formatting! Include your name!

3.) You may add clip art or a picture to accompany your recipe. Just remember, the cookbook will be printed in black and white!

4.) Print your recipe to return to Mrs. Spencer OR send Mrs. Spencer a copy as both a Word document and a PDF if possible (to preserve formatting!) **Let Mrs. Spencer know if you’re unable to type your recipe at home.

5.) Recipes are due TOMORROW in order for the class cookbook to reach the printing press & to be returned before the holiday break! Have fun & happy cooking!

This Week's Objectives:

Language Arts:

  • We are reading various selections in our Storyworks magazines.
  • We are reading Amelia and Eleanor and working on the skills of cause/effect and summarizing a selection.
  • We are building reading stamina and working on expanding vocabulary.
  • We are writing haikus and holiday poetry.


  • We are using partial-products and lattice multiplication to solve multistep problems.
  • We are describing differences between estimates and exact counts.
  • We are using exponential notation and expanded notation to represent powers of 10.
  • We are developing speed and accuracy with multiplication and division facts.

Science/Social Studies:

  • In Science, we are learning about states of matter.
  • In Social Studies, students are learning about the midwest region of the United States. Students should practice memorizing the states/capitals and locations of the states in the midwest region nightly.

Weekly Learning Links:

IXL Weekly Topics: We will continue with the same topics as last week - D.5, D.6, D.8, D.9, D.16, D.18

**D. 17, D.19, D.28, D.29 are a few additional ideas.

Students should aim to master as many topics as they can each week!

Read Theory - This is a great way to practice reading passages and answering questions online. The website is


Hour of Code (Learn coding!):

All Math Study Links:

Big IQ Kids Spelling/Vocab:

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Please contact me with any questions or comments.

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Spencer