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Weekly Update

Posted on: February 8, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope each of you were able to enjoy some time with your children outside this weekend!  Ryan and I were outside enjoying the beautiful weather on Sunday.  We are ready for spring!

Our fourth graders had a fantastic visit with Officer Cole from the Cobb County Police Department.  He did an outstanding job of teaching our fourth graders about fire safety.  We are excited to visit the Cobb County Safety Village this Friday to participate in hands on safety experiences. All of the permission slips have been signed and returned.  Hooray!

http://www.cobbcounty.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2032&Itemid=632

Important Dates:

Tuesday, February 10– Muffins for Mom

Thursday, February 12–  Chapter 9 Math Test

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 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 determine the meaning of an unknown word within a phrase or a paragraph?

Text book writers usually know when they must use a word that will be new to their student readers. So they often include other words or phrases to help with the understanding of the new word. These words or phrases are referred to as context clues. They are built into the sentences around the difficult word. If you become more aware of the words around the difficult words you encounter in your reading, you will save yourself many trips to the dictionary. You will be able to make logical guesses about the meanings of many words.  We will learn different strategies to help us utilize the context clues that are found in various texts.

Language Arts Essential Question: How do compare the themes and topics across various cultures?

Ms. Davis, our reading coach, came into our class last week to introduce the essential questions.  The students read one legend and wrote the important concepts into a graphic organizer.  They met with their peers to learn about the other legends.  This week, we will be learning how to write a comparison essay.  We will focus on how to introduce and conclude the essay.

Math Essential Question: How do I multiply a fraction by a whole number?

I can’t believe we are almost at the end of our fraction unit!  The students are doing an awesome job of adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  This week, we will be multiplying fractions by a whole number.  We will review how to do all of the operations with fractions and take a unit test toward the end of the week.

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 ashley.winsett@cobbk12.org

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