Welcome back to another great week in room 17! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!
Just a quick note about second trimester and an increase in expectations: You may notice your child now has an ELA packet to complete for the week. This packet is more in line with what your child will be seeing in the fifth grade for nightly homework. We are (as a fourth grade team) working on preparing your child for the rigor they will see as they get older without doing so in an overwhelming way. Therefore, the increase to homework is really only a reading passage with comprehension questions for your child to complete each night of the week. However, the format is new for the students. They will get their packets on Monday and the entire packet is due on Friday. We went over this as a class, but please do encourage your child to ask me questions should they have any! Thanks for your support!
This week, we have many exciting activities taking place! Please read below for curriculum specific information!
In LANGUAGE ARTS, students will be reading a variety of poems that connect to this week's Essential Question: How are writers inspired by animals? To further our understanding of our unit theme "Animals all Around," we will look at animals and how they are used in different styles of poetry.
Our grammar skill this week will be focused on building rich, detailed sentences.
Example: The dog barked.
This simple sentence can be expanded and made into a much more visually rich sentence.
The ________, __________ dog ___________barked.
I will be working with students on plugging in adjectives and adverbs to enrich their writing.
Our spelling words will all end in a variety of suffixes. Words like emptiness and graceful would fit this pattern.
This week in WRITER'S WORKSHOP, your child will be assessed on the narrative skills they learned over the course of the last eight weeks. Each student will begin the process of writing a narrative based on a prompt I will give them in class. Prior to writing, we will look at the rubric and how students can earn the highest possible score. I will then score the narratives and pass them back to students to reflect on.
This week in MATH, students continue chapter 4, which explores division. Knowing multiplication facts and fact families is crucial for success in this new unit. This week, we will continue to practice the standard division algorithm. We will also learn other strategies for solving division like repeated subtraction and how to use the distributive property.
If you need additional support (so that you can further support your child), please consider using any (or all) of the following math resources:
1. Your child's math notes.
2. IXL.com. This is a resource we use in the classroom to strengthen and practice a variety of skills. Your child has an account (username and password found in binder in the laminated sheet towards the front). Once you log in, click on "Math." There are sections devoted to all subjects we explore in class.
E.8 is great for division practice this week!
3. Think Central. Again your child has a username and password. In the resource section, there are videos, games, and personal math trainers provided for your child to utilize.
Also in MATH, we explore MARS task weekly. MARS tasks push students to think critically about math and explain thoroughly the process they use to solve problems. After the students complete each MARS task, they will be given class time to meet with a peer and review (and change if necessary) their responses. This week, we will look at a MARS task centered around multiplication and division.
In SCIENCE, students will continue exploring energy in ecosystems. This week, we will look at how yeast gets energy to grow in a fun lab that always gets a little messy!
For STEM this week, students will be constructing bridges using a variety of materials made available to them. They will have several objectives, mainly to support the weight of several items I will place on their bridges. We will conduct research and improve our bridges the following week.
This week during SOCIAL STUDIES, we continue our new unit of study on the California Native Americans. During this six week unit, students will learn about a large variety of tribes once dispersed throughout California. We explore the resources that were available to the tribes and how that impacted their diet, structures, and way of life. During this unit, students will be engaged through several projects including the making of a coin purse like the Yutok tribe, cave painting in the style of the Coast Miwoks, playing ring and dart games, and making a clay pot as the Cahuilla tribe did.
Check out what's happening in P.E. this week by visiting Mrs. Fluitt's website at: fluittphysicaleducation.weebly.com. Students in fourth grade have a number of P.E. standards that will be covered throughout the duration of the year. Your child has P.E. on Monday and Wednesday with Mrs. Fluitt and run on Fridays with me each week. Please make sure that your child comes to school with the appropriate gear on these days. You may also wish to send your child to school with a water-bottle on P.E. days to help ensure that he/she stays hydrated. (Drinking fountains can also be utilized of course:)
MUSIC, BAND, and ENRICHMENT are always highlights during the fourth grade year. As second trimester has now arrived, our music schedule has slightly changed. Your child will still have band on Thursday and Friday with Mr. Pulley. However, your child will now also have classroom music with Mr. Pulley on Monday afternoons!
For band questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Pulley at Npulley@grav.k12.ca.us.
Please Note: This week,folders will be coming home on Tuesday instead of Monday.
Thanks for your patience!
Each Monday in our classroom, I send home a folder containing pertinent information and work your child completed the previous week. This is an opportunity for you to review with your child things that are happening in our classroom. There is a place for you to initial that you have seen the work/information in the folder. I will also notify you on our website what should be returned to school on Tuesday.
This week, many items are coming home including the following:
1. Interactions of Living Things Science Packet
2. California Regions Social Studies Packet
3. 1st Book Report of the year
4. Any make-up work/retake tests your child completed in class
5. Unit 2-Lesson 4 Spelling Test
6. Unit 2-Lesson 4 ELA test score sheet
Items Needing to Come Back to School:
1. Monday Folder with initials inside
Each week, I will post items that I would love to have donated to our classroom for projects, etc. Please do not feel obligated to donate and only do so if you are interested and able! Many thanks in advance.
This week, I am looking for any air-dry clay you may be able to pick-up. Michaels and Beverley's always carry some. Once a tub has been donated, I will delete this need from the wish list.
Thanks in advance!
Thank you so much to the many families who contacted me a couple of weeks ago about supporting our student who lost his home in the fire. Gabriela Vargas and Erin Hanauer have taken the lead on this and can be contacted via their email addresses (found below). I am so grateful to be the teacher of such a kind and thoughtful group of students. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!
Also, thank you to my fabulous party planners: Lacey Fichera, Sarah Reinbach, and Erin Hanauer. Our room looked especially SpOoKy for our Halloween Party.
Thank you also for the wonderful food treats that came in as well!
If you need to get in touch with me for any reason, please don’t hesitate to do so! My email address is: Abrown@grav.k12.ca.us. I check my email nightly before 5 PM and will get back to you within twenty-four hours. Of course, you are always welcome to stop by after school with any questions or concerns as well.
I look forward to a wonderful year! Thank so much,