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Weekly Update

Posted on: January 23, 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s been a busy week in our class! We are working hard to prepare for the fourth grade wax museum. The students have been studiously researching and writing their informational essays on their famous historical figure. I have been hearing lots details about some fabulous costumes. I can’t wait to see all of our fourth graders transform into their figures for the fourth grade wax museum. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend this exciting event.

We are excited to have the Cobb County Fire Department visit the fourth grade. The fire fighters will be coming on Friday, February 6th to teach our students about fire safety. We will go to the Cobb County Safety Village the following Friday to participate in hands on safety experiences. Field trip permission slips went home today in Friday folders. Please be sure to complete both sides of the permission form. Click on the link to learn more about the Cobb County Safety Village.

We are so proud of Mariam Kolley and Mikol Rosa for being our spelling bee representatives. They did an outstanding job in the Russell spelling bee! The fourth graders will be taking over the Russell News Network on Monday. Our very own Laura Mode and Elijah Wilson will be a part of the broadcast. Laura will debut on Monday as a newscaster! We can’t wait to see you!

We would like to give a big thank you to Mr. Wilson, Elijah Wilson’s grandfather, for stopping by our classroom on Friday. He was a wonderful addition to our discussion on economics in the colonies. We love to have visitors pop in anytime!

Important Dates:

Thursday, January 29– Fourth grade wax museum

Friday, January 30– Talent Show

Friday, January 23– Movie Night

Monday, February 2nd-Friday, February 6th– Bookfair

Thursday, February 5th–  International Night

Tuesday, February 10– Muffins for Mom

Friday, February 13– Fire Safety Village field trip & Dance Night

Tuesday, February 17– Relay for Life pink dress down day

Wednesday, February 18– spring pictures (individual and class picture)

Monday, February 23– Six Flags reading logs are due to Mrs. Winsett

Monday, March 2– Doughnuts for Dads

Tuesday, March 3– Bingo for Books & Star Lab in school field trip

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade Curriculum!

Content Essential Question(s): How were the lives in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern Colonies a like and different? What was colonial life like for various people, including large landowners, farmers, artisans, women, indentured servants, slaves, and Native Americans? How do I explain the day/night cycle of the earth? How do we explain the sequence of the phases of the moon? How do I demonstrate the revolution of the Earth?

We will finish up our unit on the colonies on Monday. The students will play a game to demonstrate trade among the different colonies. Our next unit will be out of this world… Space! We will learn about the rotation and revolution of the earth, phases of the moon, and the size and location of each of the planets. Mrs. Bodner is teaching the students all about stars and constellations. The students will be ready to identify all of the constellations when the Star Lab comes to visit in February!

Reading Essential Question: How do I describe the overall structure (e.g. chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text of part of a text?

Text structure refers to how the information within a written text is organized. This strategy helps students understand that a text might present a main idea and details; a cause and then its effects; and/or different views of a topic. Teaching students to recognize common text structures can help students monitor their comprehension. The students will take notes on the important features of each text structure. They will examine multiple representations to understand each text structure.

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

This week, the students used the lap tops and their devices to access our online databases through a wonderful resource called Mackinvia. Each student found the appropriate information for the informational essay graphic organizer. This week, we will take all of our research and draft our informational essays on our important historical figures. I will be meeting with your child to help them edit and revise their work. The students will take the information from their essay and create the speeches that will be shared in the wax museum. In grammar, we are learning how to order adjectives.

Math Essential Question: How do I convert mixed numbers to improper fractions? How do I convert improper fractions to mixed numbers? How do I add and subtract fractions with like denominators?

The students will have a classwork assignment on comparing fractions on Monday. We will continue to work on converting fractions with the use of various models (pictures and number lines). Toward the end of the week, the students will learn how to add and subtract fractions with like denominators. We will pay special attention to unit fractions. Please include your child in activities that require fractions—cooking, baking, measuring, and cutting.

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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