January 13-17, 2020

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

We are halfway through the school year! This week marks the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third.Grades are now closed. Thank you for all of the work you have done to help your child through the year thus far. I sincerely appreciate you. 

This week also starts Fourth Grade  participation in Honor Guard. The schedule for this quarter was sent home in last weeks’ Tuesday folders. Please mark when you child will be assisting. The schedule may also be downloaded from Mrs. Grant’s classroom webpage: https://stpeterscatholicschool.org/newsletter/sixth-grade/

 Due to scheduling conflicts last week, the altar server training has been postponed. I will update you as to the new date after the Diocesan priests return from convocation.  All Catholic fourth graders who have received their First Communion are eligible to serve. They will be trained by Father Linsky on how to serve. 

Fourth grade will lead our first school Mass on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. The Mass will begin at 8:30am in the Basilica of St. Peter. If your child volunteered to read, please practice his/her reading or intentions.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are a recipe for happiness in our lives, especially when we take the effort to be kind and considerate of others. We will concentrate on learning the meaning of each Beatitude and discussing how it applies in our lives. 

Literature

This week we will continue our study of the novel The Castle in the Attic. I have a class set of these books, so you do not need to buy your child a copy unless you would like to have one for use at home. Students will review what they have learned in Chapters 1-4 of the book and take our first comprehension quiz. The quiz will be on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  Following this, we will discuss mood and tone and how it impacts our perception of a story. 

English

This week we will focus on sentence structure and what constitutes a complete sentence. Students have been struggling with responding in complete sentences for some assignments, so we will review this concept before learning how to create different types of sentences to increase our sentence fluency and variation when we write.

Vocabulary

This week we will continue with our new vocabulary unit. Students will need to analyze their words for spelling changes and base word with added suffix changes for parts of speech. The definitions will be due on Thursday, January 23, 2020, and we will also take our Spelling test that day. The vocabulary test will be taken on Friday, January 24, 2020. 

Word Sort 6

safe, safety, active, activity, minority, festive, special, novelty, festivity, specialty, novel, loyal, loyalty, humid, minor, humidity, certain, casualty, tranquility, sensitive, sensitivity, certainty, tranquil, casual

Mathematics

This week in math we will continue to Lessons 36-39 in our Saxon textbooks. Students will learn to recognize change amounts of dollars as fractions of a whole. They will also learn how to represent mixed numbers on a number line. We will also expand our use of multiplication to include all multiplication numbers 0-12. 

For extra practice with place value, please check out the following links!

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/menus/place_value.htm

https://mrnussbaum.com/place-value-pirates-online-game

For extra practice with multiplication, please check out the following websites!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

This week we will complete our studies of the early colonies in North America. We will take the final test for this unit on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Following this, we will continue discussing the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern Colonies. Students will examine the geographical features and natural resources that helped to shape the development and economies of each region. They will also discuss the cause for formation of each colony and the founding charter holders.

Science

This week we will wrap up our study of magnets and magnetism by learning about how the Earth acts as a magnet. Students will learn the difference between the magnetic poles of the earth and the geographic poles. The quiz for this unit will be on Friday, January 17, 2020.

For more information, please watch the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWuUIiD0ECk

 

 Important Dates

January 13, 2020 2pm dismissal

January 20, 2020 No School

January 21, 2020 2nd quarter Report Cards are sent home in the Tuesday Folder

January 22, 2020 4th Grade leads Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

January 26, 2020 Catholic Schools Week celebration Mass at 9am in the Basilica

January 29, 2020 Catholic Schools Week awards ceremony after 8:30am Mass

 

 

 

January 6-10, 2020

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that you all had a wonderful break and are ready to start back for an amazing second half of the year. I’m so excited to see everyone again! Fourth Grade has some big responsibilities coming up this semester. First,  Fourth Grade will start participating in Honor Guard this quarter! The schedule for this quarter will be sent home in this Tuesday’s folders. The schedule may also be downloaded from Mrs. Grant’s classroom webpage: https://stpeterscatholicschool.org/newsletter/sixth-grade/

 Also, all Catholic fourth graders will receive training from Father Linsky on how to be an altar server! With the advent of their training, fourth grade will also start leading the School Masses. All students will be eligible to read and participate in the Mass during this time. Please check here for the latest updates on our busy schedule!

Speaking of busy schedules, we have one this week! 4th Grade has MAP testing this Thursday starting at 8:30am, and we will also be testing on Friday starting at 9:30am. Please make sure that your child is well rested and has a good breakfast on these days so they will be ready to show their best work on these assessments!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will wrap up our study of Advent and Christmas seasons with a celebration of Epiphany. Students will discuss the significance of the arrival of the three kings and how this day continues to be celebrated around the world. We will also begin our new unit on the Beatitudes. Students will learn what each of these means and how we work to be stronger in faith using them.  

Literature

This week we will continue our study of the novel The Castle in the Attic. I have a class set of these books, so you do not need to buy your child a copy unless you would like to have one for use at home. Students will finish reading and responding to questions about chapters 3-4 in our text. We will also take a look at the armor of a knight and how it would protect the wearer. Students will also do some creative writing about life in medieval times.

English

As this is the last full week of the quarter, this week students must complete their final drafts of their Saint reports. I have been quite impressed with the research and in-depth information included by your children in their reports, and I am looking forward to reading the final copies of each. Students will be typing and formatting their final drafts this week. 

Vocabulary

Due to the completion of our drafts, we will not begin our new Vocabulary Unit until Thursday of this week. As usual, we will begin with writing each word three times in cursive, and assigning the definitions and test dates for the vocabulary. The definitions will be due on Thursday, January 23, 2020, and we will also take our Spelling test that day. The vocabulary test will be taken on Friday, January 24, 2020. 

Mathematics

This week in math we will start by reviewing Lessons 25-30 in preparation for a Cumulative Test. There will also be a Power Up Test on subtraction for this unit. Students will bring home study guides to complete on Monday, review on Tuesday, and take the tests on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. If time allows, we will begin the next unit with fractions of dollars. Our Math MAP test is on Friday, January 10, 2020. 

For extra practice with place value, please check out the following links!

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/menus/place_value.htm

https://mrnussbaum.com/place-value-pirates-online-game

For extra practice with multiplication, please check out the following websites!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

This week we will complete our studies of the early colonies in North America. Students will explore the makeup of these colonies, how they were governed, and compare each colony to ones previously studied. We will be ready to take the final test for this unit on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. 

To explore more about these colonies, take a look at the following links!

https://www.historyisfun.org/sites/discovering-jamestown/videos/index.html

https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/thanksgiving-virtual-field-trip

Science

This week we will continue our study of magnets and magnetism by learning about magnetic fields and how they are formed. Students will take notes and draw diagrams for the magnetic fields of different types of magnets. The quiz for this unit will be on Friday, January 10, 2020.

For more information, please watch the following video:

.https://www.britannica.com/video/163180/bar-magnet-behaviour-magnetic-field-poles

 Important Dates

January 6, 2020 School resumes after Christmas Break

January 9, 2020 MAP Reading test for 5th and 6th grade

January 10, 2020 MAP Math test for 5th and 6th grade

January 13, 2020 2pm dismissal

January 20, 2020 No School

January 21, 2020 2nd quarter Report Cards are sent home in the Tuesday Folder

January 26, 2020 Catholic Schools Week celebration Mass at 9am in the Basilica

January 29, 2020 Catholic Schools Week awards ceremony after 8:30am Mass

December 16-20

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week, as we just celebrated the third week of Advent; we recall that Gaudete means “Joy to You”. We will meditate on joy in our lives and how to bring it to the world. We will continue to focus on strengthening our relationship with God as we await the birth of his son Jesus. We have yet another busy week! On Monday, we have our Strength and Movement presentation at 1pm in Neglia Hall. On Thursday, December 19, we will have an all day practice for our Christmas Music Program. The program will be held that evening in the Basilica of St. Peter at 7pm. Also, don’t forget that Friday, December 20 is a half day, and we will be dismissing students at 11:30am. There is no aftercare available this day, so please plan accordingly. In addition to our half day on Friday, we will also have our class Christmas celebration. 

I pray that you and your families have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season. May the joy, peace, and love of Christ fill your lives with blessings. Merry Christmas!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the season of Advent. We begin our final week of advent this week, and we will study the many names of Jesus from the O Antiphons. Students will explore the Latin names listed and give the English translations. They will also focus on Joy this week and how we bring it to others.

Literature

This week we will continue our study of the novel The Castle in the Attic. I have a class set of these books, so you do not need to buy your child a copy unless you would like to have one for use at home. We will take a look at the Chivalric Code and rewrite it into 4th grade friendly terms. We will also finish chapters 1-2 and begin chapters 3-4 as we progress further into our story. 

For more information on Chivalry, please visit the following website!

https://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/chivalry.html

English

This week we will work to complete our final drafts of our Saint reports. I have been quite impressed with the research and in-depth information included by your children in their reports, and I am looking forward to reading the final copies of each. Students will be working to type and format their final drafts this week. As always, peer editing and revision of our work will be critical. This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Vocabulary

As this is the last week before Christmas break, we will not begin a new unit for vocabulary.

Mathematics

This week in math we will work with place values up into the hundred millions and look at different ways to represent numbers using decimals, fractions, standard form, etc. 

For extra practice with place value, please check out the following links!

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/menus/place_value.htm

https://mrnussbaum.com/place-value-pirates-online-game

For extra practice with multiplication, please check out the following websites!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

This week we will continue to explore the early colonies in North America. This includes the “Lost” Colony at Roanoke, as well as, the Jamestown, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, and Dutch and French colonies. Students will explore the makeup of these colonies, how they were governed, and compare each colony to ones previously studied. 

Science

Due to schedule interruptions, we did not get to our quiz in the different types of magnets. We will take that quiz on Tuesday, December 17. We will then proceed to learning about magnetic poles and how they impact magnetism, plus learning how the magnetic force flows. 

 Important Dates

December 16, 2019 1pm Strength and Movement Presentation

December 19, 2019  7pm Music Program in the Basilica. Students must be in 

Neglia Hall by 6:30pm.

December 20, 2019  11:30am Early dismissal (Begin Christmas Break)

January 6, 2019        School resumes after Christmas Break

December 9-13, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week, as we celebrate the second week of Advent, we meditate on peace in our lives and how to bring it to the world. We will continue to focus on strengthening our relationship with God as we await the birth of his son Jesus. We have another busy week! On Monday, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, we have Mass again on Wednesday, and don’t forget about the celebration for Our Lady of Guadalupe this Thursday! In addition to a busy religious week, we also have our trip to the Koger Center to see The Grinch.

On Monday, December 16, the students will prepare for and present their final for their Strength and Movement classes. They’ve been working hard! The presentation starts at 1pm in Neglia Hall. 

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the season of Advent. Students will attend Mass on Monday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary and write responses about its significance in their religion journals. We will discuss traditions for preparing for the birth of Christ and the Saints celebrated during this holy time. 

Literature

This week we will begin our study of the novel The Castle in the Attic. I have a class set of these books, so you do not need to buy your child a copy unless you would like to have one for use at home. We will begin our study by learning about the medieval time period in history. We will explore the different iterations of Medieval Castles and what they looked like in order to get a picture in our minds when we read about the castle in the story. Please take a look at the following links for extra information.

English

This week we will work to complete our final drafts of our Saint reports. I have been quite impressed with the research and in-depth information included by your children in their reports, and I am looking forward to reading the final copies of each. Students wll be working to type and format their final drafts this week. As always, peer editing and revision of our work will be critical. This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Vocabulary

This week in vocabulary, we will continue our work for Word Sort 5. We are using the prefixes pre-, fore, post-, after-, and re-. Students will concentrate on forming their vocabulary words properly using cursive and breaking the words up into its base word and prefix.

Word Sort 5 Vocabulary List

posttest, retaken, afternoon, prehistoric, reconsider, foreman, foretell, prefix, react, postdate, aftertaste, prewar, forefathers, reclaim, preposition, postwar, postseason, reruns, forethought, return, preseason, replay, foresight, afterthought, reappear

The definitions for this unit will be due on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The Spelling Test will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The Vocabulary test for this unit will be on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Mathematics

This week in math we will complete Investigation #3 on arrays, area, and square roots. Students will be asked to find the area of different spaces using a preset tile. Following this, we will focus on Lessons 31-33 on solving word problems that use comparing, focus on multiplication fact for nines, tens, elevens, and twelves; and then we will focus on working with place values into the hundred thousands and hundred millions. 

For extra practice with multiplication, please check out the following websites!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

This week we will explore the early colonies in North America. This includes the “Lost” Colony at Roanoke, as well as, Jamestown, and Plymouth colonies.Students will explore the makeup of these colonies, how they were governed, and compare each colony to ones previously studied. 

For more information about the Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies, please check out these websites!

https://www.historyisfun.org/sites/discovering-jamestown/videos/index.html

https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/thanksgiving-virtual-field-trip

Science

This week we will continue our unit on magnets and magnetism. Students will learn about the different kinds of magnets and the significance of how they are used. There will be a quiz on Chapter 2: Types of Magnets, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. 

 Important Dates

December 9, 2019  8:30am Mass    2pm dismissal

December 12, 2019 Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Celebration

December 13, 2019 Field Trip to the Koger Center to see “The Grinch”

December 16, 2019 1pm Strength and Movement Presentation

December 19, 2019  7pm Music Program in the Basilica. Students must be in 

Neglia Hall by 6:30pm.

December 20, 2019  11:30am Early dismissal (Begin Christmas Break)

January 6, 2019        School resumes after Christmas Break

December 2-6, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

Welcome back and happy Advent! During the days of advent, we focus on strengthening our relationship with God as we await the birth of his son Jesus. This is a busy week! On Tuesday, December 3, progress reports will go home in the blue Tuesday folder. Please review these with your child and discuss your goals for the future. Also, on Thursday of  this week, we have a field trip to Cardinal Newman to see Once Upon a Mattress.  The busses for this event may arrive as early as 10:30am, and will will not return to St. Peter’s until almost 3:00 pm. If your child usually gets a hot lunch on Thursday, please consider sending in a brown bag lunch to ensure being able to eat on time!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will begin our study of the season of Advent. Students will take an in depth look at the liturgical calendar and study the ways in which we may prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Included in our busy schedules should be some quiet contemplative time to prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus’s birth.

 Literature & English

This week we will try to complete the work drafting our research report. We will then focus on editing and revising our work to make it the best it can be. Peer editing and revision of our work will be critical. This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Vocabulary

This week in vocabulary, we will focus on the use and meaning of the prefixes pre-, fore, post-, after-, and re-. Students will concentrate on forming their vocabulary words properly using cursive and breaking the words up into its base word and prefix.

Word Sort 5 Vocabulary List

posttest, retaken, afternoon, prehistoric, reconsider, foreman, foretell, prefix, react, postdate, aftertaste, prewar, forefathers, reclaim, preposition, postwar, postseason, reruns, forethought, return, preseason, replay, foresight, afterthought, reappear

The definitions for this unit will be due on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The Spelling Test will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The Vocabulary test for this unit will be on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Mathematics

This week in math we will review for and take Power up and Cumulative Test #5. These will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The cumulative test will cover the second investigation and Lessons 21-25 in the Saxon math textbook. Please review the geometry terms, especially the types of lines with your child. The next test will cover these! We will then move on to investigation #3, which covers more multiplication and how to find the area of rectangles and squares. 

For extra practice with multiplication, please check out the following websites!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

This week we will delve into the explorations of Europeans in North America. We will discuss how to read and compare timelines as well as use some new vocabulary to learn about why these explorers came to the Americas and how they fared once they arrived. 

Science

This week we will begin our unit on magnets and magnetism! Students will learn about the different materials attracted to magnets as well as what materials make up magnets. Students will learn about the different kinds of magnets and the significance of how they are used. There will be a quiz on the introductory unit of What is a Magnet? On Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 

 Important Dates

December 3, 2019 2nd quarter Progress Reports in the Tuesday Folder

December 5, 2019 Field Trip to Cardinal Newman to see Once Upon a Mattress

December 9, 2019  8:30am Mass    2pm dismissal

December 12, 2019 Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Celebration

December 13, 2019 Field Trip to the Koger Center to see “The Grinch”

December 16, 2019 1pm Strength and Movement Presentation

December 19, 2019  7pm Music Program in the Basilica. Students must be in Neglia Hall by 6:30pm.

December 20, 2019  11:30am Early dismissal (Begin Christmas Break)

January 6, 2019        School resumes after Christmas Break

November 25-26, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

How did we get to Thanksgiving break so quickly? Fourth grade has been practicing for our Morning Prayer, this Monday, November 25, 2019 all last week. We are ready to present on the true history of Thanksgiving in America, and we hope that you will be there to join us at 8:30 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will present on Thanksgiving for Morning Prayer. Please join us Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:30am in the Basilica. We will also continue to write our research reports on our selected saints.

 Literature

This week we will work on our oral fluency as we present our morning Prayer. Students will face their audience and speak at an appropriate pace and volume for the audience.  

English

This week we will continue to focus on drafting our research reports. Students will draft the body paragraphs so that they support the main idea stated in their introductory paragraphs. Once the body paragraphs have been constructed, we will focus on writing our conclusion and introductory paragraphs.This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Due to the intensive nature of the research report, there will be no vocabulary unit this week.

Mathematics

This week in math we will continue working with multiplication. Students will review their knowledge of simple multiplication for zeros, ones, twos, and fives. They will also have their first power up using multiplication. We will also review the rules for how we multiply. Please practice multiplication tables with your student!

For extra practice, please check out the following websites!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

Due to the brief nature of this week, we will simply focus on some introductory reading and exploration into the early history of the United States.

Science

This week will wrap up our lab by analyzing our data and writing out our conclusions about our lab experiments. Were our hypotheses correct? How could we reduce errors in the future?

 Important Dates

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

December 3, 2019 2nd quarter Progress Reports in the Tuesday Folder

December 9, 2019  8:30am Mass    2pm dismissal

December 12, 2019 Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Celebration

December 13, 2019 Field Trip to the Koger Center to see “The Grinch”

December 16, 2019 1pm Strength and Movement Presentation

December 19, 2019  7pm Music Program in the Basilica. Students must be in Neglia Hall by 6:30pm.

December 20, 2019  11:30am Early dismissal (Begin Christmas Break)

January 6, 2019        School resumes after Christmas Break

November 18-22, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week will be a busy one! Please read carefully for all of our weekly events.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we continue to work on our research reports for our Saints, and we will prepare to lead our next morning prayer on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:30am in the Basilica. Our theme is Thanksgiving and what it means in the Catholic Church.

 Literature

This week we will work on our oral fluency as we prepare to present for our morning Prayer. Students will learn how to face their audience and speak at an appropriate pace and volume for the audience.  

English

This week we will continue to focus on drafting our research reports. Students will complete their outlines and  draft the body paragraphs so that they support the main idea stated in their introductory paragraphs. Once the body paragraphs have been constructed, we will focus on writing our conclusion and introductory paragraphs.This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Due to the intensive nature of the research report, there will be no vocabulary unit this week.

Social Studies

This week we will complete our study of the five regions of the United States. The final assessment for this unit which will be on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 and Wednesday, November 20, 2019. I have split the test into two parts. Day one will cover the locations of each state within the United States, and day two will cover the capital of each state. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Once we have taken the final assessment for the regions, we will begin our study of the early history of the United States.

Science

This week will will wrap up our unit on the scientific method. We will plan and perform our first lab this week. 

 Important Dates

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

November 11-15, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

On Monday of this week we will be celebrating Veterans Day with a special presentation by our first grade class and by attending the parade downtown. I would like to extend a personal thank you to any Veterans in our community for your selfless service and sacrifice for our country.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we continue to work on our research reports for our Saints. Students will be combining Religion with our English this week as we learn how to effectively write for informational purposes.

 Literature

Students will complete our unit on nonfiction text structures. We will participate in an analysis activity in which we determine the text structure for a variety of passages. We will take a test on nonfiction text structures on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The current reading log will be due on Friday, November 15, 2019

English

This week we will continue to focus on drafting our research reports. Students will focus on organizing the structure of their reports using an outline. They will then focus on drafting the body paragraphs so that they support the main idea stated in their introductory paragraphs. This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Due to the intensive nature of the research report, there will be no vocabulary unit this week.

Social Studies

This week we will complete our study of the West region of the United States. As usual, we will be covering the landmarks, climate, landforms, geopolitical locations, capitals, and other interesting information about this region. Our test on the West region will be on  Thursday, November 14, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. We will then take time to review our five regions before taking the final assessment for this unit which will be on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

Due to some interruptions to our schedule, we were unable to fully complete our unit on variables, so this week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We are focusing on identifying variables. Love Mythbusters? We will examine some of their experiments and analyze the independent and dependent variable of each.  The quiz date for identifying variables is currently set for Friday, November 15, 2019. 

 Important Dates

November 11, 2019 11am Veteran’s Day Parade/ 2pm dismissal

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

November 4-8, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

I want to extend a special thank you to every parent for the productive and informative parent-teacher conferences. I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with each of you to discuss your child’s progress and his/her needs in my classroom. 

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we continue our study of Catholic Saints. Each student has the opportunity to select a saint about which he or she would like to know more. 

 Literature

Students will continue analyzing nonfiction text structures. Students have already taken notes including clue words for each type we will cover. These will be helpful in determining the best order for our Religion research paper. The next reading log will go out on Friday, November 8, 2019 and will be due on Friday, November 15, 2019

English

This week we will continue to focus on writing for informational purposes. Students will learn to write an introduction that hooks the reader and states the main idea of a research related topic. Students will then focus on organizing the information they have found on their saint. This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Also this week, students will complete their fourth unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on other words that use the prefixes dis-, in-, un-, and mis- as well as the meaning of each word. Definitions for word sort four will be due on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  The spelling test for Word Sort 4 will be on Thursday, November 7, 2019, and the vocabulary test for Word Sort 4 will be on Friday, November 8, 2019. 

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

Mathematics

This week we will begin with an investigation comparing the US Customary System with the Metric system. Students will estimate distances, use rulers, yard sticks, and meter sticks to compare units of measure, and apply all of this knowledge to finding perimeters of various places and objects. Students will then extend their knowledge of geometric shapes by using compasess to draw circles with a given radius, determine fractions of a circle, and then use money manipulatives to name fractions and their equivalent decimals. This will build into our lesson on lines, line segments, and rays. 

Social Studies

This week we will complete our study of the Southwest region of the United States. As usual, we will be covering the landmarks, climate, land forms, geopolitical locations, capitals, and other interesting information about this region. Our test on the Southwest region will be on  Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. Our final region will be the West Region of the United States. Students will begin their study of this region on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The Test for the West Region will be on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We are focusing on identifying variables. Love Mythbusters? We will examine some of their experiments and analyze the independent and dependent variable of each.  The quiz date for identifying variables is currently set for Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 

 Important Dates

November 11, 2019 11am Veteran’s Day Parade/ 2pm dismissal

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

October 28-November 1, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

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This week we have Halloween followed by Parent/Teacher conferences on Friday, November 1, 2019. If you have not already done so, please remember to stop by the office and sign up for a conference time. Report cards for the first quarter will be discussed at this time. I look forward to speaking with each of you.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we begin our study of Catholic Saints. Students will learn the process through which candidates for canonization are assessed. We will take a close look at the recent canonization of Cardinal Newman, and how it was determined that he would be honored with canonization. Additionally, each student will select a saint to research and present upon during November. 

 Literature

Students will continue with our new analyzing nonfiction text structures. Students have already taken notes including clue words for each type we will cover. Our next reading log will cover information on this topic. 

English

This week we will focus on writing for informational purposes. Students will review how to write a 1,2,3,2,3 powergraph and learn the proper transition words for writing to inform the reader. Students will combine their knowledge of text structures and their research on Saints for religion to produce their next written work.

Also this week, students will complete their fourth unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on other words that use the prefixes dis-, in-, un-, and mis- as well as the meaning of each word. Definitions for word sort four will be due on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  The spelling test for Word Sort 4 will be on Thursday, November 7, 2019, and the vocabulary test for Word Sort 4 will be on Friday, November 8, 2019. 

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


Mathematics

This week we are Completing our 3rd unit. Students will review  analyzing data including temperatures, analog times, adding columns of numbers, and rounding. Students will be responsible for demonstrating knowledge of elapsed time, analyzing thermometer readings in ℃ and ℉. The test for Unit 3 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30,2019. Following the unit test, there will be a multiple choice benchmark test on Thursday, October 31, 2019. This test will cover information learned from lessons 1-20.

Social Studies

This week we will begin our study of the Southwest region of the United States. As usual, we will be covering the landmarks, climate, landforms, geopolitical locations, capitals, and other interesting information about this region. Our test on the Southwest region will be on  Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We will sort through the elements of planning an investigation including variables, experimental groups, sample size,number of trials, and recording data.We will we will take our quiz on Planning an Experiment on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. 

 Important Dates

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 11, 2019 11am Veteran’s Day Parade/ 2pm dismissal

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break