• January & February

    Posted by Meredith White on 2/26/2016

    Math

    We finished our unit on division. The class did a wonderful job making connections between multiplication and division!  We are now in our new math unit, fractions.  In your daily life please point out times where you see fractions (e.g.: cutting up a pizza, dividing up ground beef for hamburger patties, cutting up a cake, etc.)  We are still taking our timed math facts tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Science

    We have finished our "States of Matter" science kit.  Next month, we will start "Land and Water" and "Engineering Design."

    Reading

    We just finished reading the novel, "Shiloh." Students are in the stages of summarizing the book, writing an opinion essay on the author's message/theme, and writing an essay comparing and contrasting the book and the movie.

    Spelling and vocabulary

    New spelling lists went home on Friday.  Please study for our test this Friday.  As we discussed at conferences, please refer to the master list for additional words, if desired.

    Homework

    Please check that your student is completing their weekly homework packet, studying math facts, and studying spelling and vocabulary. They also have access to IXL to help with fractions and Reflex to support math facts.

     

     

     

     

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  • November

    Posted by Meredith White on 11/1/2015

    Math

    We are starting Unit 2, which focuses on finding and repeating patterns.  We will study this unit for 1 1/2 weeks and then have a Unit 2 test.  We are still taking our timed math facts tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

     

    Science

    We are continuing our exploration of weathering and erosion.  Last week, we discussed "cause and effect" of earthquakes, landslides, and volcanos.  Next week, we will be exploring fossils.

     

    Reading

    Using "Good Habits Great Readers," we have been asking both implicit and explicit questions while reading informational text.  We have also been using reading strategies such as prediction, inference, finding the main idea, and summarizing text as we read.  We will have a Unit 1 (GHGR) this week.

     

    Spelling and vocabulary

    New spelling lists went home on Friday.  Please study for our test this Friday.  As we discussed at conferences, please refer to the master list for additional words, if desired.

     

    Successtime

    We have grouped the fourth grade into four groups to reteach Units 3 and 4 (those not requiring reteaching are working on enrichment/extension). On Monday, students will look at their tests and reflect on what they need to learn to improve their score.  Students will retest in two weeks.

     

     

     

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  • October

    Posted by Meredith White on 10/23/2015

    We have been busy working in the classroom.  Here's what we are working on:

    Math- Multiplication factors, finding patterns, and division

    Reading- Paraphrasing informational text as we read

    Writing- Creating a 5-7 paragraph informative essay

    Science- Noticing change that occurs through erosion (both weathering and chemical)

     

    During conference week, we will not have spelling or vocabulary tests.  We will still have our math fact timed tests on Tuesday and Thursday. We will also have a unit one math test next week.

     

     

     

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  • September 9-11

    Posted by Meredith White on 9/16/2015

    Last week, we focused on growing our brains.  Did you know that the most successful people make the most mistakes?  Research shows that the more mistakes you make, the larger your brain grows!  In math, we did a lot of problem solving, listening to others ideas, and talking about how we each approach problem solving.  The students discovered their own math "superpower" and made capes for their math journals. I hope that this cape will remind them that everyone has the ability to do math.  In reading, we discussed books that helped us work on becoming a community of learners, where we respect the ideas of others and embrace our own uniqueness.  Students also decorated and painted their book boxes with items to inspire them to read.

    We had a fun first week!  Thank you for sharing your student with me.

     

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