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August 21 Blog Update

Posted on: August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014

Dear Families,

     Our class is off to a wonderful start!  We have the sweetest class.  This is going to be the best year!!  The students are diving right into the fourth grade curriculum. 

The first set of graded papers will be coming home this Friday.  You can expect graded papers in each Friday Folder.  Thank you for promptly signing the folders and sending them back to class with your child.  Please know that there is a transition period going from the standards based grading (1’s, 2’s, and 3’s) to numerical averages.  I gave an example of averaging grades in class to illustrate how a couple of low grades can pull down an average.  Please talk with your child about taking his or her time on all work—especially reading comprehensions.  I will be encouraging all of the students to use the UNRAAVEL strategy we learned this week—especially finding the answers in the text.  Thank you so much for your support!

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, August 22—Picture Day and spelling test

Wednesday, August 27—Chapter one math test (study guide went home on 8/21)

Friday, August 29–  spelling test and map skills test  (study guide went home 8/18)

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 Curriculum!

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

The students are making predictions on which material will make the best filter.  We will be testing the filters on Friday to see if their predictions were correct. 

Reading Essential Question: How can making predictions about a text make me a better reader?  How do I describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details from the text?

We will be learning how to make appropriate predictions about a given text.  Later in the week, we will learn how to not only identify the elements of a story, but identify the specific details that support the story elements.  In guided reading, the students will be reading about weather.  I will be working on fluency and comprehension skills.

Language Arts Essential Question: How do I write an expository essay to convey my ideas clearly?

The students will write an expository essay on a chosen Native American tribe.  We will be researching the location, housing, food, and culture of the assigned tribe.

 Math Essential Question: How do I fluently add and subtract multi-digit numbers?

We will discuss the importance of estimation.  Then, the students will review addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers.  We will begin our math talks this week to incorporate mental math strategies.  Our first mental math strategy will be how to make “friendly numbers.”

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.

It is my pleasure to serve your child, if you have any questions, please contact me at


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