Welcome to Our Fourth Grade!
Scholastic Book Orders
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8:00-8:20 Attendance, Lunch Order, Morning Work Routine
8:25-9:15 Special-Gym, Art, Tech, or Music
10:25-11:15 Panther Hour
2:15-3:15 Science or Social Studies
Dates to Remember
11/28 - 12/14 Lions Club Canned Food Drive
and Penny War
12/6 3:30-5:30 pm Fundraiser Pick Up
12/20 1:50-2:50 Holiday Party (Please do not park behind the building. Use the side lot).
12/21-1/3 Winter Break
1/4 School Resumes
1/27 Half Day (Records Day)
2/13 No School
2/21 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30
2/23 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30
3/2 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30
3/3 Half Day (Teacher PD)
3/31 No School
4/3-4/7 Spring Break
5/5 Half Day (Teacher PD)
5/29 No School
6/13 Half Day, Last Day (Records Day)
Need to Reach Me?
Please note that if you email me, it will likely be after school before I receive your email.
I do not check my email often during the school day.
Classroom Number 441-9864
Be advised that I do not answer the phone when students are present. Please leave a message and I will return your call when students are not in the classroom.
If your need is urgent please contact the office.
*****All transportation changes must be made through the office to ensure that your child gets to where they need to go. If your need is urgent please contact the office.
I will call or email you just as soon as I am able.
What Are We Learning?
Factors, Multiples, and Arrays: Multiplication and Division
In this first unit students deepen their
understanding of the operation of multiplication. Students will use rectangular arrays to represent the relationship between factors and multiples, use what they know to solve problems that increase in size, and focus on solving problems wit more and more efficient strategies. We will continue to develop fluency with multiplication combinations (facts up to 12 x 12). You can help your child to be successful in math for their lifetime by helping them to practice their facts at home on a regular basis.
Please do visit the "Helpful Instructional Math Videos" below for videos that will help you to understand how to help your child with multiplication and arrays.
Our first unit is on opinion writing. Students will learn the structure of essay writing and will learn how to support an opinion with evidence and examples. I think you will be impressed with the growth fourth graders make in their writing. This is a huge growing year. Fourth graders have opinions and they love to have the chance to present their thinking in more mature ways. You can help your child generate ideas by discussing the things that they have strong feeling about. Ask your child about their writing progress every few days.
Have you ever read a book and assumed what the author was saying or feeling without having it actually written down? Readers make these assumptions using your background knowledge, clues from the story, and pictures. Authors don’t always tell the reader everything they want them to know about the story. In order to better comprehend, children must learn to be detectives and look for clues in the text to understand the meaning of the story. Learning to infer and support with evidence is a strategy used by good readers to better understand what the author is saying.
How can you help your child with this strategy at home?Read to your child and model your thinking as you read.
When reading with your child, ask some of the following questions: Can you explain why the character acted this way?
How do you think the author might feel about (the character)?
Think about the setting… what details can you add?
Figure out explanations for events.
Remind your child that a book detective goes slowly, looks for clues, and uses those clues to support his/her thinking.
Thank you for your continued support at home!
Ideas and strategies are taken from : The CAFE Book, written by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser Written by: Allison Behne © www.thedailycafe.com
"Organisms in Their Environment" is our first unit of the year. Students will take a deeper look into the requirements of plants and animals to survive, the roles animals play in their environments, and how some animals and plants have variations that give them an advantage for survival. Students will explore how changes in an environment effects organisms who live there. We have classroom science critters that the kids are always excited to watch grow and change. Ask your child about the organisms that we are housing in our room!
Social Studies with Mrs. Canfield
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