A Note from Mrs. Ronald
As this is the second week of Advent, we are all continuing to focus on strengthening our relationships with God. This will be another busy week for 4th grade. On Monday, December 10, we have our field trip to see Pinocchio Jr. at Cardinal Newman, and it is also a 2pm dismissal. On Friday of this week we will begin our practice for our Christmas program, which will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Also, if you plan on beginning your holiday before December 20, please make sure to send written notice to our front office. Happy advent, and have a peaceful week!
This Week in Class
This week we will continue our study of the Liturgical calendar with the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Students will learn what readings we explore at Mass during these seasons, they will also write their own Advent prayers of preparation. In addition to broadening our knowledge of the liturgical calendar, we will also celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
This week we will continue to learn about poetry and the different aspects of it. Students will not only learn how to recognize rhyme scheme, meter, and line, but they will also practice writing their own poems that use these elements.
This week we are continuing to participate in a review of all the Unit 1 Vocabulary. This includes all the words for word sorts 1-5. We will practice writing these words, reviewing how suffixes can change the part of speech of the word, and how prefixes change the meaning of the word. Students will also practice finding and using synonyms and antonyms of these words as well as using the words correctly in context. Students will review these words and take a review test on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
Word Sort 1: kinder, kindest, earlier, earliest, stranger, strangest, emptier, emptiest, cleaner, cleanest, quieter, quietest, trickier, trickiest, crummier, crummiest, harsher, harshest, shinier, shiniest, murkier, murkiest, fancier, fanciest
Word Sort 2: swampy, silently, merrily, squirmy, velvety, rapidly, secretly, greedily, squeaky, seriously, fluently, hastily, wealthy, skinny, eagerly, readily, scratchy, generously, shaggy, politely, silvery, briefly, spotty, bravely
Word Sort 3: payment, breathless, laziness, powerlessness, replacement, priceless, blindness, flawless, employment, punishment, dizziness, thoughtless, tactless, agreement, friendliness, politeness, fruitless, amusement, government, emptiness, saltiness, colorless, fearlessness, recklessness
Word Sort 4: disease, informal, untidy, disrespect, indirect, misbehave, undress, invisible, mistrust, dishonest, insincere, disorder, misspell, uneasy, discourage, misleading, infrequent, unaware, disbelief, misfortune, unknown, unfasten, inexpensive, disconnect.
Word Sort 5: posttest, retaken, afternoon, prehistoric, reconsider, foreman, foretell, prefix, react, postdate, aftertaste, prewar, forefathers, reclaim, prepositions, postwar, postseason, reruns, forethought, return, preseason, replay, foresight, afterthought, reappear
We will continue to develop our knowledge of the of sentences by learning how to build stronger sentences using nouns of differing types.
This week we will review vocabulary associated with division. Students have learned how to estimate a quotient and will continue practicing how to find 1-3 digit quotients.
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This week we will complete our state projects and poster presentations. The final test on regions, states, and capitals is on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. To assist your child with this, they have been given lyrics to “Wakko’s America” which includes a song about the 50 states and their capitals. Here is the link:
This week we will begin our new unit on Light as Energy. Students will explore how light is produced and how the human eye perceives light.
Reminders & Important Dates
December 10th Field trip to see Pinocchio, Jr. at Cardinal Newman and 2pm dismissal
December 17th 1:30pm Strength and Movement Presentation in Neglia Hall
December 18th Christmas Music Program in the Church at 7pm. Students must report to Neglia Hall by 6:30pm
December 20th 11:30am dismissal
December 21-January 2 Christmas Break
January 3rd School resumes