Fourth Grade Overview

September 16th

Thank you, super parents, for a fantastic field trip!!

BIBLE:  Psalm 100:3  – “Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”  We will be learning all of Psalm 100.  Please encourage your child to say Psalm 100:1-2 as he/she is learning the new verse. The verse test will be on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Language Arts:

READING: We are working on comprehension skills in class, as well as, context clues and finding the main idea. Please allow your child to finish any homework independently. This will allow me to better assess which skills and subset skills your child needs to work on to become an even better reader!

ENGLISH: We begin a new unit on sentences this week. If there is homework, please review this with your child. They often still struggle to know what a complete sentence is and is not. Complete sentences MUST have a capital letter at the beginning, a subject (noun) and predicate (verb), and a punctuation mark at the end. It must also make sense.

SPELLING: A new word list and activity sheet went home in sheet protectors Friday, September 5. They are in the SPELLING SECTION of student binders. You will also find them on Spelling City. Please make sure your child does THREE tasks from the activity sheet; you should initial those before students return the sheet on Wednesday, September 17. Also remember that it is more helpful to do these activities throughout the days allotted instead of the night before the due date. Spelling test is on Friday, September 19.

WRITING: We are working on carefully making the corrections I have marked so students can achieve the best grade possible. Ms. Starnes will also be taking a separate grade (based upon content) on these papers for Social Studies. When they come home you will see TWO grades. The top grade is the writing grade, as indicated. The bottom grade is for Social Studies. Please be sure to return all papers. Students are keeping most finals in their Writer’s Notebooks. At the end of the school year they will bring home a portfolio of their writing.

Applied Sciences:

MATH: We will continue with chapter 2, “Add and Subtract Whole Numbers.”  Your child should be working on the 1, 2, 5,10, and 11 multiplication tables at home.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are studying the steps that lead to the Revolutionary War.

COMPUTER:  Please make certain your child has headphones for computer class. Many students have not had them in their first few classes. Thank you!

SPANISH:  In Spanish, we will begin the year with basic reviews of vocabulary & comprehension.  One of the fun (& maybe funny!) ways we will do this is with a take-home “Quiz Your Parents!”.  This is an entertaining activity that incorporates both Spanish speaking & writing/spelling skills, as well as helps to build language confidence in the student.  Have fun with this!  We will also be selecting our “Spanish” names to be used in class throughout the year.  This is a special activity, unique to 4th & 5th grades, which helps to make Spanish class more personally engaging.  ¡Qué divertido!  (What fun!)