We have a short week! Monday through Wednesday are regular classes, and Thursday and Friday are conferences.
Next week is Thanksgiving break--enjoy time with family and friends!
We will have PE on Tuesday this week, so make sure to send your student with tennis shoes!
We will not have library this week due to the bookfair (and no school on our library day!) Our class will be going to the bookfair on Tuesday afternoon--if your students wants to make a purchase, please have them bring their money on this day.
We have a late lunch, so make sure to send a snack with your student every day. Please also note, however, we have several severe nut allergies in 4th grade. Remember to not send snacks containing nuts.
We finished Robin Hood--the whole class did great on their test! This week we will begin our new novel--King Arthur. It is also a fun book with lots of adventure! We will be reading in whole group and small groups during the week. We will not have centers this week due to the short week, however we will still have our fluency homework--assigned Monday and due on Wednesday this week. The students are to read the passage aloud for one minute and record how many words that they read. They are to then read the passage a second time for one minute again and record how many words they read that time. Finally, they will finish reading the passage and answer the accompanying questions.
We will not have a spelling packet this week due to the short week.
We finished Chapter 6 last week and we will just be doing some review activities this week due to the short week. We will start Chapter 7 after Thanksgiving break. If you would like to have your student practice some of the jingles at home that help us remember the rules and jobs for different parts of speech, they may be found on-line at
We will continue to work on color coding the parts of paragraphs, and we specifically be working on cause and effect paragraphs. This follows what we have been learning in reading.
We completed our test on Chapter 3 in Singapore Math, which was a difficult one with multipication of 2 digit by 2 and 3 digit numbers as well as long division. Our next chapter will be a bit easier (for most) as we learn about tables and line graphs. We will continue to work regularly on multipication and division to keep those skills up. We had our first student pass all 7 levels of the times tests!! We have several more that are close. PLEASE continue to make this a strong emphasis if your student is still in the early half of learning their times tables.
Most nights there will be math homework from our workbook, and every night, Monday through Thursday, your student has 5 minutes of times table practice as homework. This may be with flashcards, on a computer game, or just with you quizzing them on the way home from school, etc.. They should begin practicing just 2's and 3's. Once they pass that timed test, they will move on to 4's and 5's, etc.. Your student will be provided with a calendar to record this daily practice. This calendar is due every Friday.
For better understanding of our math program, Singapore Math in Focus sets the mastery level at 80% for all assessments. On the assessments, students will see what the curriculum calls “novel questions.” These questions take the concepts that the students have learned in class and presents them in a new and unique way. This is to encourage higher-order thinking and problem solving skills. If a student scores an 80% on an assessment, they have fully mastered the unit and have met the expectations.
Our students will go across the hall to Mrs. Cox for history. You can check her website to see what your students will be covering in history.
This week we will be continuing our unit on Electricity.