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Dear Parents,

WOW! It was great to see so many smiling faces on Monday morning. I missed all of my sweet students are the break. We have had a fantastic week of learning! Report cards were sent home on Friday. Congratulations to all of our honor roll students! I am so proud of each students hard work this nine weeks! Please look over the report card, sign the white signature card, and return it inside of the envelope. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

The fabulous fourth grade team has a lot of engaging activities planned for this nine weeks. The students will be transforming into famous historical figures for our fourth grade wax museum. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend this exciting event.

All of the fourth grade students will be taking the Write Score Assessment this week. They will be given two reading passages to read and then respond to multiple choice questions, two constructed response questions and an essay prompt. This assessment is a wonderful practice for the Milestone Assessment later in the year. The students need to eat a healthy breakfast to fuel their brains. I can’t wait to see the students writing!

Important Dates:

Tuesday, January 13– Write Score Writing Assessment

Monday, January 19– Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)

Tuesday, January 20– History dress down fundraiser for 5th grade

Wednesday, January 21– Fourth grade wax museum

Friday, January 23– Movie Night

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

 

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade Curriculum!

Content Essential Question: 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? The students will be “hired” by the Colonial Cartography Company (CCC) to create a map of the colonies.  They will be placed in learning groups to draft a map of the colonies. They will add important information about each of the colonies—New England, Middle, and Southern.  Their culminating project will be to create the clay map of the colonies.

Reading Essential Question: How do I determine the main idea of a passage?

What does a desk have to do with finding the main idea? Everything! We will compare a desk to the main idea. The large table top is the main idea. The legs support the main idea, just as supporting details support the main ideas that we read. The students will practice using a graphic organizer to determine the main idea and supporting details of a mentor text. 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?

I hope you enjoyed reading your child’s opinion essays from the second nine weeks. I was amazed at all of the creativity from our young writers. I felt guilty for eating turkey at Thanksgiving! I will definitely find an alternative for our feast next year! We will be busy gearing up for the Write Score Assessment this week. After the assessment, your child will be working on researching their famous historical figure for the wax museum.

Math Essential Question: How do I compare fractions?

The students are working very hard to understand fractions. This week we will be comparing fractions using various representations including models and number lines.

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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Dear Parents,

It has been a fabulous week in fourth grade! I can’t believe it is almost time for progress reports to be sent home. On Wednesday, November 19th, your child will come home with his or her progress report. The report will share the most current grades. The students will have four more weeks to maintain or bring up any averages. Please check with your child to see if they have turned in their Rocket Reader Responses. The students should be turning in one response each Friday.   They have five total responses that will be due for the months of November or December.  The due date is the Friday before we leave for winter holidays.  Thank you for your support!

Important Dates:

Tuesday, November 11– Teal Tuesday (Students may dress down for a donation to RFL of $2.00.)

Friday, November 14– Movie night (fifth grade fundraiser)

Wednesday, November 19– 4 ½ week progress reports sent home

Thursday, November 20– Thanksgiving lunch

Monday, November 22 – Friday, November 28– Thanksgiving holidays

Tuesday, December 9– Teal Tuesday

Thursday, December 11– Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 18– Winter Party (Details coming soon!)

Friday, December 19– Fourth Grade Wax Museum (Details coming soon!)

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 do I describe the reasons for, obstacles to, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, and English explorations of John Cabot, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Juan Ponce de León, Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson, and Jacques Cartier? How do I describe examples of cooperation and conflict between Europeans and Native Americans?

What are the six simple machines?

We are finishing up our early explorers unit this week. The students have learned where the explorers explored, their motivations, obstacles, and accomplishments. Next week we will learn all about the six simple machines: level, screw, fulcrum, pulley, incline plane, and wheel & axle.

 

STEM Essential Question: How can we use what we know about materials and their properties, our creativity, and the Engineering Design Process to design windmill blades that will catch the wind?

The students will use the engineering design process to create a marshmallow catapult. The students will learn about the six simple machines throughout engineering design process. We will test the catapults to see which one can propel the giant marshmallow the farthest distance. The students will be given time to improve their design and retest their catapult.

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 learn about theme. Theme is the message or the lesson that is learned from a text. We will be reading the book, Encounter, by Jane Yolen. This is a wonderful book for fourth grade because of its depiction of the interaction between the Native Americans and early explorers. 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?

On Thursday we traded our pumpkin directions for Ms. Steiner’s class directions on how to make a snowman. The students were able to see how important it is to give clear, detailed directions. Next week, we will begin our unit on opinion writing. The students will take on the personality of a turkey to persuade their audience to find another alternative for their holiday dinners. 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?

We will begin our unit on dazzling division this week! 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.

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

 

Dear Parents,

I am so proud of our students! Our class won the silver clock award for the first nine weeks.  This award is given to the class with the highest percentage of attendance.  We had the highest percentage of attendance out of all of the fourth grade classes.   Thank you for being dedicated to your child’s education.

Friday was an amazing day! We celebrated our learning about the Native American tribes.  The students dressed up in their Seminole vests and shook their noise makers as we went to the Field of Dreams.  We shared Native American poetry and dances with the other fourth grade tribes.  The arrival of the famous explorer, John Smith wrapped up our bonfire.  Mr. Smith helped us to preview our next unit, early explorers.  Later in the morning, the students participated in Native American centers and enjoyed snacks that were indigenous to each tribe.  Thank you to each of our parents who volunteered!  We also collaborated with Ford Elementary through video conferencing technology to share our dwellings and the events of the bonfire.  The students did an outstanding job on their Native Americans dwellings.  I can’t wait for you to see all of their projects when you come for conferences.

Conference scheduling slips went home in your child’s Friday folder. The teachers worked hard to schedule sibling conferences during the same time frame. Please return the bottom portion at your earliest convenience.  Conference week starts on Monday, October 20.  If you need another time, please don’t hesitate to let me know.  I am looking forward to sharing each child’s progress.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday October 13– A Long Walk to Water study guide will be sent home

Monday, October 13- Friday October 24—Bookfair

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

Friday, October 17– Spelling and domain specific words tests

Friday, October 17– Fall Festival and Camp Russell

Monday, October 20- Friday October 24–  Conference Week

Wednesday, October 22– A Long Walk to Water test

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 do I describe the reasons for, obstacles to, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, and English explorations of John Cabot, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Juan Ponce de León, Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson, and Jacques Cartier?  How do I describe examples of cooperation and conflict between Europeans and Native Americans?

The students will be learning about the early explorers. They will be using the internet and our Social Studies text to research the reasons, obstacles, and accomplishments of each of the early explorers.  Our culminating activity will be the creation of explorer trading cards.  Each student will create a trading card (similar to a baseball card) for each explorer.

STEM Essential Question:  How can we use what we know about materials and their properties, our creativity, and the Engineering Design Process to design windmill blades that will catch the wind?

The students are super excited about STEM! Last week, the students used the Engineering Design Process to build, test, and improve sails.  Each student chose materials to construct a sail.  I set up two test tracks for the students to compete against each other.  After the first run, the students were allowed to make improvements and retry their sail.  This week, we will apply our knowledge of wind and sail design by creating a windmill that will move weights.

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?

The students are learning how to support their answers with evidence from the text. This week we will be wrapping up our lesson on the literary element of setting.  The students will use the information from their graphic organizers to write a paragraph on the setting of their book.  Then, we will learn about theme.  Theme is the message or the lesson that is learned from a text.  We will be reading the book, Encounter, by Jane Yolen.  This is a wonderful book for fourth grade because of its depiction of the interaction between the Native Americans and early explorers.  We finished the book, A Long Walk to Water. It was so good!  The students will be receiving a study guide this week.  Our next read aloud will be 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?

The students finished their Native American essays on Friday. I am looking forward to sharing them with you at conferences.  We are moving on to procedural or “how to” writing.  We will begin our exploration of procedural writing with a bubble gum activity.  In grammar, we will be discussing subjects and predicates.

Math Essential Question: How do I multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations?  How do I illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models?

We are rolling right along with math! The students will be learning the different strategies to multiply multi-digit numbers.  The strategies are traditional, partial products, area, and distributive property.  Your child will have notes on each of the properties in his or her math journal.  There are also links on the blog that will illustrate each property.

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

 

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 ashley.winsett@cobbk12.org

 

Please read the end of the year newsletter.  There are lots of important dates for fun activities!

May 6

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