G4 Newsletters

October 2, 2017

Dear Parents,

As you know, there were a lot of assessments this past week – and my 4th-graders blew me away with their demonstration of  learning and growth!   They are showing me that they are capable of owning up to skills – academic, social, and individual- that will help them succeed in 4th Grade and beyond.  Well done, 4th graders!   I am so proud of you!   It is the week before Fall Break, but we will continue full-throttle.

 

Here is what we will be learning this week:

Bible Understanding God and His Characteristics

·       Understanding a Believer’s Responsibility

·       God Is Everywhere

·       God Is Eternal.

 

Bible Verse Memory:  Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

Benchmark: 1.f, 3.a

Reading&Writing Launch Unit 2: Using Writing to Inform

·       Quill.Org  Getting Started

·       Lesson 2: Launching the Research Process

·       Lesson 3: Reading Closely About Expert Group Animals on a Website

·       Lesson 4: Researching Expert Group Animals

·       Lesson 5: Researching Expert Group Animals and Collecting Vocabulary

·       Lesson 6: Mid-Unit Assessment (Thursday 10/5)

 

Benchmark: 4.1 (RI) 4.2 (RI) 4.4(L), 4. 7(W) 4.8 (W)

 

Math Place Value / Addition and Subtraction

We will continue our unit on Addition and Subtraction:

❖ Adding Whole Numbers
❖ Subtracting Whole Numbers
❖ Subtract Across Zeros
❖ Problem Solving: Drawing a Diagram

Benchmark: 4.b (write to explain), 5.f (6 Traits), 5.g,h (spelling), 8.a (handwriting)

Math Launch Unit 3: Understand Multiplication and Division

·    Lesson 1: Relate Multiplication and Division

·    Lesson 2: Relate Division and Subtraction

·    Lesson 3: Multiplication as Comparison

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Benchmarks: 4.NBT.5 (multiply & divide)  4.OA.3 (word problem strategies)

Science Life Science

Students will investigate the sensory processes of animals.

·       Sensing the Environment

Benchmarks: NGSS Life Science PS4-2 (Develop a Model), LS1-2 (Sensory)

Social Studies Geography of the U.S.
❖ States and Major Cities of West and Southwest US

 

Homework:

In addition to other homework, students should be reading nightly for at least 20 minutes. Ideally this can be used as a part of your child’s bedtime routine.

 MONDAY:

➔  Bible: Memory Verse Practice

➔  Math: WS

TUESDAY:


Bible: Memory Verse Practice

➔  Math: WS

WEDNESDAY:


Bible: Memory Verse Practice

Math: WS

ELA: Review for Test Thursday

THURSDAY:


 

Have a wonderful Fall break!

FRIDAY: None  

 

Mrs. Chang’s Availability:

Reasons for Contacting
Mrs. Chang
Ways to Contact
Mrs. Chang
Monday-Friday Saturday/Sunday
Homework or Classroom Questions Parents: Email

Students: Gmail, Google Hangouts

7:15-7:45 AM

3:15-8:00 PM

No Homework on Weekends
Family Emergencies Any method, Front Office Anytime Anytime
Concerns
(Specific to your child)
Parents: Email, in-person (schedule ahead)

Students can meet with me to share their concerns during their recess

7:15-7:45 AM
All week

4:15-5:00 PM
Wed/Thurs

3:20-5:00 PM
Mon/Tues/Fri

I will address issues sent over the weekend that is not an emergency on Monday.

 

Tests This Week

ELA Mid-Unit Assessment (Thursday)

Learning Targets Hit:
Explain what a text says using specific details from the text. (RI.4.1)

Make inferences using specific details from text. (RI.4.1)

Summarize text (RI.4.2)

Conduct a research project to become knowledgeable about a topic. (W.4.7)

Document what I learn about a topic by taking notes. (W.4.8)

Use a variety of strategies to determine the meaning of words and phrases. (L.4.4 a)

 

Online Resources
Bible AdventureBible.com
(Helps to get more familiar with the Bible)
Math Zearn.com

Xtramath.org
(Practice Math Fact Fluency)

Typing Practice Typing.com
General Google Classroom
(Get assignments or links)

Quizlet

(Helps for memorization)

Class Dojo

(For Rewards Points and Consequences)


Announcements

This Tuesday (10/3):
Thursday Schedule (Chapel in Morning) – Classes dismissed at 2:50

 

This Thursday (10/5):
Friday Schedule/Half Day – Students dismissed at 12:00 (No Lunch Provided)

 

Fall Break: (October 6-13)  Students return to class October 16.

 

Homework Books:  Each student has a Homework Book that they should take home every day to be signed.  These are turned-in on Friday for a “Completes Work on Time” process grade.

 

Taking School Books and Notebooks Home to Review:

4th Graders are allowed to take home school supplies to review for a subject, as long as they remember to bring it back to school so that learning can happen most effectively in the classroom.

 

Request to Retest Forms:

Your child may have brought home a “Request to Retest” form.  Please make sure that your child returns the form to me within 2 school days if he or she desires to re-test the concept.

 

Supplies:  If your child has not already brought in 2 boxes of facial tissues (Kleenex) for class supply.  Please have him or her do so at the earliest convenience.

 

Library (After School):  Your child may be in the library unsupervised only until 4, after that point they need to be with a parent or they will sent down to the atrium to wait to be picked up.

 

Snacks: Students may bring snacks to eat during recess. Providing a healthy snack for your child is a great way to help them refuel and focus on learning.

 

Supplies: Students may bring a ball, skipping rope, or other approved sports equipment for recess.  *Please do not bring books from home, fidget spinners, toys of any kind.
Birthdays:  Your child is welcome to bring in treats on his or her birthday.  Please be aware, however, that the treats will be handed out to students at the end of the day.

 

Mrs. Chang’s Availability
Reasons for Contacting Mrs. Chang Ways to Contact Mrs. Chang Monday-Friday Saturday/Sunday
Homework or Classwork Questions Parents: Email

Students:

Gmail student account, Google Hangouts

7:15-7:45am (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays Only)

3:15-8:00pm

No Homework on Weekends
Family Emergencies Any Method, Front Office Anytime Anytime
Concerns (Specific to your child) Parents:

Email, In-person (Scheduled ahead)

*Students may meet with me to share their concerns during their recess

7:15-7:45am
(Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays Only)

4:10-5:00pm

Wednesday/Thursday

3:20-5:00pm

Monday/Tuesday/Friday

I will address issues sent over the weekend that is not
an emergency on Monday.