Update October 2, 2016

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

We are all looking forward to a restful week at school.  Earthkeepers certainly does keep the kids (and teachers) engaged and busy.  We have a few more activities to complete due to the rain delay on Friday.  Students will earn their E key by mid week.

In the Web of Life

In the Web of Life

Under the Raccoon Tree

Under the Raccoon Tree

Girls' Day Out

Girls’ Day Out

Academics this week:

ELA:  This week in Readers’ Workshop we are going to be reading our whole group novel, Underworlds, The Battle Begins.  Students are going to be meeting in small groups during the week to review comprehension and vocabulary. The groups will meet on a rotating basis, so there may be days when your child has homework in reading when another student does not.  Please check the assignment notebook daily for updated reading homework.  All students have a Mythology folder that will have the book and assignment listed, along with notebook paper for answers.  It is imperative that students complete the work and return the folder and book every day.  Students will continue to have Vocabulary and Spelling during this unit.   Spelling core words are:  floor, ice, ship, themselves, begin, fact, third, quite, carry, distance.  Content words are:  artifact, document, historian, primary source, secondary source. In Writers’ Workshop students are working on their first drafts of a narrative.  Students are using a story arc to map out the story, then write “scenes” on separate pages, and finally pull it all together in one document.  They will have writing homework on Monday:  They will be asked to find a book at home with a good introduction (or lead), mark the page with a post-it, and bring it to school to share on Tuesday.  Check with your child on Monday for additional information.  Students will be asked to take home their journals to continue to work on their drafts.

Math:  This week in math we will continue our work on multiplication strategies.  We will add difficulty to the partial products strategy and introduce the area strategy for multiplication.  Students are keeping all these strategies recorded in their math notebooks for future reference and practice.  I encourage all students to be neat and model exactly what their work should look like; however some students do not follow the directions for recording their work neatly.  If you see that your child needs support in this area (the spelling notebook is a good indicator), please work with him or her to improve their notetaking and organization.  Students will have math homework on Tuesday night. Math packet is due on Friday.

SS:  In social studies we are continuing our study of how history is recorded by understanding the difference between primary sources and secondary sources.  Later in the week we will study our place on the map and how it relates to geography:  planet, continent, country, state, county, village or town.  We will create a “step book” that demonstrates this progression.

Environmental Education:  We will wrap up our Earthkeeper E key early this week.  Students still need to complete three activities:  Earth Walk, Touch Boxes, and a final Solo Spot.  Hopefully this week’s weather will be friendlier! The next step is for students to complete the activities for the Y key at home.  We will review the requirements and send home the yellow Earthkeeper Journal and the contract.  There will be due dates noted in the contract.  We do not complete any of the requirements for Y or S key at school.  That is up to students and their families.  Students who lose their yellow journal and/or the contract will not have a record of their work.  Responsibility is crucial for your child’s success for the rest of this program.

Specials:  All specials will meet as usual.

Dates to Remember:

10/3:     Picture re-takes

10/4:     Green Challenge Assembly

10/10:   No School,  Columbus Day (or Go Up North Day)

10/19:   Early Release Day

The volunteer calendar is not up and running yet, the format is being updated.  If you would like to volunteer at lunch or during Readers’ Workshop, please email first.  If you have any additional questions, contact me via email. Have a wonderful week!


Cynthia McG