December 14 Update

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

This upcoming week will be full and fun…be sure to prepare your child for each day!

ELA:  This week we are going to consider three different text types with similar themes:  Poetry, literature, and informational.  Students will analyze each type and compare and contrast as the week progresses.  Guided reading groups are all wrapping up main idea with National Geographic Explorer magazines.  Spelling will be compressed, with homework each night and the test on Thursday morning. In writing we will complete our winter activity “how-to” writing.  I am going to offer a choice of typing their final copy.  There may be a chance that we can use some of the children’s games or activities in January or February.  Continue to practice Typingweb because we will be moving to typing final drafts in the late winter.

Math:  This week we will wrap up the multiplication strategy part of Unit 8.  The Khan Academy video assignment will reinforce the traditional algorithm for the students.  Place value errors will be the number one mistake that they will make.  I will teach and review this strategy this week and there will be a quiz on Thursday morning.  The second type of error will be with fact recall.  I can not stress to you how important it is to keep working on the facts.

SS/Science:  For our Illinois history this week we are going to finish Chapter 4 in Illinois, Our Home.  Students will learn about the lifestyles of the French voyageurs in their small villages they they established in Illinois.  (Anyone remember the Voyageur village at Trail of History in McHenry??)  Students will also learn about the introduction of slavery to Illinois.  Last week we watched Sustainable Man’s short video on wolves and their effect on the landscape of Yellowstone and this week I hope to show a video on how whales change the climate.  Students watch one time and then respond.  The short length allow us the time to watch twice before responding.

Pioneer Immersion Day:  On Friday we will introduce our next SS unit with a full day of pioneer activities and fun.  There will be four stations in the morning, simple pioneer style food at lunch, square dancing in the gym, a showing of Sarah, Plain and Tall.  Students are encouraged to dress for the occasion, but do not worry if you can’t find your sunbonnet or suspenders!

ALSO THIS WEEK:  12/16  Board Meeting.  12/17  Early Release, Band Concert.  12/18  Winter Sing @10:00, Staff/Student basketball @ 2:30.

Please note that I will be off campus on Thursday, 12/18,  due to a family commitment.  Mrs. Krissek will sub.