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Weekly Update

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Dear Parents,

We’re celebrities! One of the many highlights of our week was winning the Canstruction competition. We collaborated with Ms. Steiner’s class to follow the engineering design process and create penguins from the donated cans. The students had a blast at the 11Alive Canathon this morning. The students were able to help sort cans, meet members of the Salvation Army, and promote the event on television! The newscasters and Salvation Army personnel were very complimentary of our students. I am so proud of their willingness to help and role model behavior!!!

The winter party is just around the corner. Our class has decided on a “Christmas morning” theme. The sign up has been created. Please click on the link to send in an item. To go along with our theme, I love for a few parents to make pancakes during the party. If you have an electric griddle, please contact me. Thank you to Mr. McCants who has graciously offered to be one of our pancake chefs for the morning! I can’t wait to see each of you at our extravaganza!

Important Dates:

Tuesday, December 9– Teal Tuesday & Division test

Thursday, December 11– Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 18 9:00-10:00 a.m.– Winter Party

Friday, December 19– Sound project due

Monday, December 22 – Friday, January 2– Winter Holidays

Monday, January 5– Teacher workday, no school for students

Tuesday, January 6– Students return!

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade Curriculum!

Content Essential Question: How are sounds produced? What factors affect the pitch of a sound?

Last week, we learned the vocabulary for our sound unit—vibration, volume, frequency, and pitch. This week the students will participate in experiments to learn how the pitch of a sound can be changed.   The students will be given a sound project that will be due on Friday, December 19th.

Reading Essential Question: How do I describe the theme in a story or drama, drawing on specific details from the text?

This week, the students will continue to learn the similarities and differences with poetry, prose, and drama. Each of the types of texts have specific components. The students will be able to identify if a text is poetry, prose, or drama. Our current read aloud is The One and Only Ivan. You are welcome, but not required, to purchase this text for your child to read along in class.

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

Wait! Don’t shoot the turkey!!! Your child may have come and discussed why you shouldn’t eat turkey for Thanksgiving. We are writing opinion essays on why we should find another alternative for the main course of Thanksgiving dinner. I can’t wait for you to read your child’s essay! In grammar, we will be discussing subjects and predicates.

Math Essential Question: How do I divide a multi-digit dividend by a one digit divisor?

Please work with your child to help them become fluent with their multiplication facts. A strong knowledge of multiplication will give your child a firm foundation for division. Before the break, the students learned the partial quotients strategy. This week, the students will be learning place value long division, and traditional long division. They are not required to know all of the strategies, however, they will need to be proficient at one of the strategies. We will take the division test on Tuesday. We will begin our fraction unit this week with a discussion and exploration of equivalent fractions.

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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