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August 7th Blog Update

Posted on: August 13, 2014

Dear Families,

Wow! We have had an awesome first week of getting to know each other! Your children are so sweet, well behaved, and excited about learning. I can’t wait to teach them the entire wonderful fourth grade curriculum. I am a lucky teacher! J

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, August 11—PTA fundraiser begins

Thursday, August 14—Open House at 6:30 (I can’t wait to see each of you!)

Friday, August 22—Picture Day

Monday, September 1—Labor Day (no school)

Thursday, September 4—PTA Social at 6:30

Monday, September 15- Friday, September 19—Fall Break

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade!


Essential Question: What are the different forms of water that are found in the water cycle?

We are thrilled to be implementing the Engineering Is Elementary (EIE) curriculum. The students will be applying STEM concepts through learning about technology, engineers, and water pollution. The culminating activity will result in the students using the engineering design process to create a water filtration system. We will also be plugging the water cycle into our unit.


Essential Question: How can I refer to details and examples in the text?

This week we have been working on our rituals and routines for readers workshop. We have been practicing coming to the “carpet” to read A Long Walk to Water. The following is a brief summary of the book. The characters, Salva and Nya have difficult paths to walk in life. Salva’s journey, based on a true story, begins in 1985 with an explosion. The boy’s small village in Sudan erupts into chaos while the 11-year-old is in school, and the teacher tells the children to run away. Salva leaves his family and all that is familiar and begins to walk. Sometimes he walks alone and sometimes there are others. They are walking toward a refugee camp in Ethiopia, toward perceived safety. However, the camp provides only temporary shelter from the violent political storm.

The students are practicing going back to their desks and reading independently to build their own reading stamina. Next week we will start our reading assessment to differentiate instruction. The students will learn and apply the UNRAAVEL reading strategy. Ask your child to sing the UNRAAVEL song to you!

Language Arts:

Essential Question: How can I write a response using a prompt?

The students have taken pre-assessments in grammar and spelling. We will be talking about what the writers workshop will look like early next week. At the end of the week, the students will write to answer a given prompt. This is also a beginning of year assessment to used to gather data to see what areas we need to focus on in writing.


Essential Question: How can a digit in one place value represent ten times what it represents to the right?

We have hit the ground running in math! This past week we reviewed place value and introduced the powers of ten. Please make sure your child is fluent in multiplication facts 0-12. We will be working on multiplication of multi-digit numbers very soon. Next week, we will review the different ways to write numbers, rounding, and addition properties.

Volunteer Opportunities:

I look forward to working with your family and like family, the door is always open to come and help. If you are able to help out in the classroom via volunteering in the class, help with materials (cutting out materials, gathering, assembling etc), room parent, or any other means of helping out in or out of the classroom please let me know.

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