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Update 2/7/2021


Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:

  • 2/8/21 & 2/9/21 Group A attends
  • 2/10/21  ALL Remote Wednesday and Valentine’s Day party
  • 2/11/21 Early Release- Group B attends, please bring a snunch (light lunch /heavy snack)
  • 2/12 No School- Teacher Institute
  • 2/15 No School- Presidents Day
  • 2/18 Assembly
  • 2/19 Materials pick up and drop off for those students who are remaining remote


Homework Calendar LINK

Powerschool link




Here is a link to the letter that was previously sent with 4B information: 4B Larson Letter and Schedule

Here is a link to the student schedule and zoom links that was previously sent: Student Syllabus and Links   Please note all specials zoom links are the same (except for P.E.)  it is the schedule that has changed. 


We would like to welcome Ms. Correa, as the long term substitute teacher and Ms. Franzen, as the substitute IA. They have been working with our class both last Thursday and Friday and are looking forward to welcoming your student to class this week.




In Writing, 

Students will be starting their rough draft this week of their lapbook biography. They will be writing their introduction and first body paragraph this week. This week we are also going to do some special holiday themed writing for Valentine’s day. Next week, we will be completing the rough draft for our biography including the rest of the body paragraphs and the conclusion. We may be using some of our afternoon time to finish our biography lapbook. 

The week of 2/16 we are starting a new writing unit with children’s author Natalie Rompela. She will be zooming in to teach the students lessons about writing fictional stories. Students will be applying what they learn in each lesson to individual practice as we write and edit a fictional story.  Mrs. Rompella will be working with students until about spring break.  


In Reading, 

We have started a novel study of Judy Blume’s “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.” We just finished reading chapter 5. This week we will complete the chapter 5 questions together as a class. Then, students will be asked to read chapter 6 and answer the questions for chapter 6 on their own.  I will be collecting the chapter 6 questions to assess their progress and for grading purposes. Students will be given specific reading class times to complete the assigned chapters, however the reading and questions will be done independently. Next week, we will continue the book and work on chapters 7 and 8. We will be focusing on character development and author techniques, as well as, reading comprehension during this novel. 


In Math,  We have finished unit 4. Monday, we are starting unit 5. Unit 5 returns to the study of multiplication, especially as it relates to division. Students will work with arrays, and use them to model and solve division as well as multiplication problems. Story problems play a major role in the first two modules, helping

students to connect their everyday experiences with division to more formal mathematical concepts. As they solve and pose story problems, students encounter two different interpretations of division—sharing and grouping—and have numerous

opportunities to build understandings of both. Much of the work in Modules 2 and 3 revolves around fact families, while Module 4 features an introduction to area, a topic that will be revisited in Unit 6.


This week and next we will be completing module 1.


Linking Multiplication & Division

In this module, students are formally introduced to

division, working from what they already know about

multiplication to understand division as the inverse

operation, just as subtraction is the inverse of addition.

After taking the screener, students work

together to make a class chart about things that come

in 4s. In the second session, the teacher guides them in

labeling the class chart with multiplication and division

equations, and beginning to link the two operations.

The rest of the sessions in the module provide numerous

opportunities to understand the meaning of both

operations and how they relate to each other, via arrays

and story problems set in the context of a game store.


We are working on the February number corner. This number corner reinforces concepts of area and perimeter. Our February collection focuses on collecting coins and utilizing them to represent fractions of a dollar. 


For Science/Social Studies, 

We are finishing our science unit on animal adaptations. Students have learned about different animals adaptations and the difference between behavioral adaptations and physical adaptations. Students have also learned about acquired traits and inherited traits. We will be completing some activities that students can practice and apply the concepts they have learned.


Ms. Naomi will continue to teach us a special EE lesson. She also will be checking up on students’ progress on their EE goal. 


We will continue participating in phenology and solo spots, alternating each week and now this will usually be on Wednesday afternoons (sometimes other days as our schedule dictates). Your student may complete these by going outside in your own yard, or, if this is not possible, by looking out a window at nature. 


I hope you have a wonderful week!