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F.Y.I (Four Your Information) 8/20-8/27

WOO! WHOOOO! We’ve successfully completed our first week back. We took this week to get into the swing of things. Together as a class we created rules and expectations that will help guide us in being successful learners this school year. 

Here’s a look at what is going on the next two weeks in fourth grade: 

Friday, August 27th 

  • Spelling: Unit 1 Test 

Tuesday , August 31st

  •  Mass of the Holy Spirit- Beginning of the Year Mass 8:00am 
    • More information will be given as the date approaches

Friday, September 3rd

  • Spelling: Unit 2 Test 

Monday, September 6th

  • No School-Labor Day

This week was an eventful one! We spent our days setting ourselves up for success! We organized and developed classroom rules and expectations, and we got sorted into houses to practice working together and achieving the same goal of becoming a good classroom citizen (Think Harry Potter)!  Points will be distributed individually as well as a whole house team. Points can be rewarded or taken away depending on behaviors displayed throughout the day. Together as a whole 4th grade students decided what earns them points and what deducts them points. All students will have a spirit day (wear their house color) at the end of each month where teams will come together and participate in a group activity. The house at the end of the month with the most points will be awarded the House Cup. 

Math: We are diving into our curriculum this week! We start off our year reviewing and practicing place value, addition and subtraction to one million. These two week students will be working on recognizing that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to it’s right. Students will be writing numbers 3 ways (expanded, standard, and word form), as well as, improving their addition and subtraction skills. 

Reading: Students will begin to read our first story, Porpoises in Peril  in the ReadyGen program. Using the text the students will identify point of view, determine meaning of words, as well as, understanding sequence of events. Students will also be working on written responses where they are to refer to details and examples when explaining what a text says. 

Spelling/Grammar/Writing: For spelling, we will begin to look at words that contain short vowel sounds. Students will take a pretest to determine their spelling list. Using their spelling list students will work on sorting their words based on sound, identifying syllable breaks in words with double consonants. We will also use those words in analogies. In Grammar, students will get a refresher on the rules of capitalization and punctuation. As writers the students are developing a “heart map” with ideas for stories. We will then use these to spark their writing when/if they finish another piece. Apart from the “heart maps” students will begin to write descriptive pieces of writing. 

Science: Students will begin the science curriculum by exploring and explaining what scientists do. Using inquiry skills, students will describe that science focuses on the natural world only. They will communicate that scientists conduct multiple types of investigations, and recognize that scientific knowledge requires evidence. Students practice being active readers by annotating their text with notes and marks that help with comprehension. 

Social Studies: We begin exploring and familiarizing ourselves with maps. Students will look at a variety of maps. Once we have familiarized ourselves with them we will delve deeper by focusing on the 5 themes of geography (location, movement, place, regions, and human-environment interaction.) To conclude the students will create an island that has all the 5 themes.

Religion: This week, students will describe the words and actions of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, present that we are sent out to live as Jesus’ disciples following Mass, and understand the importance of the Liturgy of the Word at the Mass. Students will also learn and understand that the Introductory Rites unite us. 

Please be sure to revisit the dress code for 1-4th. 

Thank you so much for your constant support and cooperation!

P.S For a house point have your child tell us the code word: notebook

Mrs. Lupe Varchetta and Mrs. Allison Wrodarczyk (Russell)