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