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September 5th Blog Update

Posted on: September 7, 2014

September 5, 2014

Dear Parents,

It’s been a fantastic week in our class!  We finished up our first Engineering is Elementary(EIE) unit, “Water, Water Everywhere:  Designing Water Filters.  The students did an amazing job of using the Engineering Design Process to create and improve their water filters.  Even though the “mystery water,” was really smelly, the students were engaged and excited to learn about the filtration process!

All fourth grade students will be required to read and respond to twenty five texts according to our standards (CCGPS).  The students were excited to start their Rocket Reader Passports this week.  They will be given four to five genres to read in a month.  After the student has read the book, he or she will write a response to answer the questions in the passport. We completed the first example in class this week.  Each response will be graded.  The students will need to reference the rubric in the passport to earn the best possible grade.  Please make sure your student is reading at least twenty minutes each night to help them prepare to write their responses.  Students with all of their passport stickers for the month will have their names posted on the “Wall of Champions.”

Can you believe it’s time for progress reports to go out?  Each child will be receiving a progress report on Wednesday.  Please sign and return it by Friday.  Your child has another 4 ½ weeks to maintain or bring up any averages.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, September 9–  Teal Tuesday (Students may dress down for $2.   (Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.)

Wednesday, September 10-  Progress reports go home- please return by Friday.

Friday, September 12—Spelling test, in school field trip, & Space Team applications are due.

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

Friday, September 26–  In school field trip, “Filtration Station.”

Wednesday, October 1–  Strong 4 Life

Monday, October 13- Friday October 24—Bookfair

Tuesday, October 14–  Teal Tuesday (Students may dress down for $2. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.)

Monday, October 20- Friday October 24–  Conference Week

Friday, October 31—Students may wear their Halloween costume for $2.  Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Tuesday, November 4—Teacher Workday, no school for students

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade Curriculum!

Content Essential Question: How are clouds formed?

What are the different phases of water?  We will be kicking off our new EIE unit, “Leif Catches the Wind.”  The students will read and discuss the corresponding text.  They will apply the engineering design process to the activities in the text.  We will be learning about the different types of clouds and how they are formed.  The students will have a project sent home with them at the end of this week.  They will be observing and classifying clouds for a week.  We will also do a science experiment to explore the different states of water.

Reading Essential Question: 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 review characters, settings, and events.  The students will use various texts to describe characters, settings, and events in a story.

Language Arts Essential Question:  How do I write an expository essay to share information?

The students have been working hard to gather information for their Native American expository essays.   Last week, we learned the importance of “hooking” our reader in the introduction paragraph.  The students were given several ways to entice their reader into reading their essays.  This week, we will learn how to make our reader savor the last “bite” in the conclusion paragraph of our Native American essays.

Math Essential Question:   How do I Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5.

The students will represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.  A multiplicative comparison is a situation in which one quantity is multiplied by a specified number to get another quantity (e.g., “a is n times as much as b”). Students should be able to identify and verbalize which quantity is being multiplied and which number tells how many times.  Towards the end of the week, the students will learn how to factor a given number.  They will also learn that any number with factors of one and itself, is a prime number.  A composite number as more factors than one and itself.

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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