May 17, 2015 Update

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Just got back from a weekend camping with Boy Scouts at Devil’s Lake.  Weather held out for us and was very warm last night.  This beautiful state park is only two and a half hours away and worth the trip.  I have been visiting Devil’s Lake for twelve years and each time there is a new discovery.  Don’t wait for the 7th grade trip!

We had a run on tissues this week.  If you can, send in a box.  Thank you.


ELA:  We are continuing our hazardous weather study this week through informational text reading.  We are going to use the Kids Discover series:  Extreme Weather edition.  Students will work on main idea, supporting details, vocabulary,  and text features.  They will work through a packet and then produce a written piece by the end of the week.  I am working to complete Fountas and Pinnell testing so guided reading groups will not be meeting.  Spelling words are:  Core:  fair, herself, slow, noise, statement, hungry, join, tube, rode, empty.  Content:  alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, rhythm.   Remember to make good use of the sort words too.  I notice that many students are not cutting out the homework sort words.  In Writers’ Workshop we are using Hate That Cat for a poetry unit.  Students will study similes, metaphors, shape poems, and rhythm in poetry.  They will create a finished copy of a poem by Friday.

Math:  This week will be the last lesson using the supplemental angle measurement material.  We will transition back to Investigations and study polygons, symmetry, and area.  We will use power polygons and geoboards this week. You can expect math homework on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

SS/Science:  We are going to continue our work on our hazardous weather study.  Students are collecting data to include in a tri-fold brochure.  I intend that all the work will be done at school, so you should not have to worry about providing materials or information.

Earthkeepers:  By now your child should be halfway through the S key requirements.  They are expected to write four short essays, complete the yellow Earthkeeper book, and sign off on the contract.  Please refer to the green Earthkeeper folder and the yellow book to answer your questions.  The work is due on June 1.

Spanish:  I understand that there is a Spanish assessment on May 27.  If you have questions about the content please contact Senora directly.

End of Year testing:

PARCC:  The class finished PARCC last week.  If your child was absent for any of the testing, he or she will be called to make up the test during the week.  At this time I do not know the schedule.

NWEA MAP:  We are scheduled to take the MAP test this week.  ELA will be on Tuesday morning and Math will be on Friday morning.  Please do your best to have your child in school those days!

Dates to Remember:

5/20     Early Release

5/25     No School:  Memorial Day

6/1       Earthkeeper S Key due and Field Day

6/2      Field trip to Illinois State Beach for S Key ceremony and fun in the sun!

6/3      Farm to Table

6/4     Graduation

6/5     Early Release and PBIS Celebration and the last day of attendance for students

Have a wonderful week!

Cynthia McGovern