Fourth Grade Overview

August 26, 2014

Fourth Graders are Phenomenal!!

BIBLE: Psalm 100:1-2 – “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” The verse test will be on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Language Arts:
READING: We are working hard on timelines and our F&F books! Please be reviewing the pattern statement, process questions, and vocabulary at home. Our skills and vocabulary tests will be given on September 8th. The performance test will be given on September 9th.

ENGLISH: We will continue our study of nouns in our first unit. The test will be on Friday, August 29. I will instruct them to begin taking home books to review Unit 2 right after Labor Day.

SPELLING: A new word list and activity sheet went home in sheet protectors on Friday, August 22. Please make sure your child does THREE tasks from the activity sheet; you should initial those before students return the sheet on Wednesday, September 3. Also remember that it is more helpful to do these activities throughout the days allotted instead of the night before the due date.

ALL students should have been on Spelling City at least once by now to make sure their user name and password are working. Remember, you must access this site through my home page which is http://www.spellingcity.com/vcolebbs. If it is not working, they are to let me know ASAP so I can make adjustments. I plan to assign homework from this site next week. This work will be assigned, completed and checked online. No hard copies of the assignment are needed.

WRITING: Most draft writing will be done in class. Currently students are working on a historical fiction piece set during the Revolutionary War. They are also learning editing marks they can use for peer editing. These are the marks that I use when I edit drafts as well. The important thing to remember in writing is that students’ drafts are NOT a final grade. They have a second chance for an ‘A’ in the rewrite! Encourage them in this.

Applied Sciences:
MATH: We will finish chapter one and review for the test. There will be an assessment over chapter one on Thursday, August 28.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We are studying the New England, Middle and the Southern Colonies. We are comparing and contrasting these three regions. Students will have a quiz over the thirteen colonies. They may take it anytime, but it needs to be done by Friday, August 29. There will be a quiz over the three regions on Thursday, September 4. A study sheet will be sent home.

We will also have “Barter Day” on Friday, August 29. Students may bring any of their own items to barter with other classmates.
We are having Colonial Day on Wednesday, September 3. We will have a church service with a Puritan Preacher. Each teacher will be preparing a special Colonial activity in their room. Students will rotate to each teacher. Recess will be a time of Colonial games.

OUR FIRST FIELD TRIP WILL BE on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. WE WILL BE TRAVELING TO HUNTSVILLE AL. WE WILL VISIT THE EARLY WORKS’ COLONIAL MUSEUM. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE SENT HOME IN THE NEXT TUESDAY FOLDER. WE JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A DATE SO YOU COULD MAKE ARRANGEMENTS IF NEEDED.

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!)