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Welcome-Announcements-Curriculum

Welcome to 4th Grade!!!!  Below are Announcements and an Overview of the Curriculum of Quarter 3
 

 

We will be taking the IAR state test this year.  There are three ELA tests (90 minutes, 90 minutes, and 30 minutes) and three Math tests (60 minutes each).  All tests will be taken within the building on their laptops.  The plan is for students to begin the week of April 12th.  We will take a break the following week as we focus on make-up tests.  During the third week, we will complete the Math portion, leaving the fourth week for make-up testing.

In class, we will be working toward mastering the online testing tools and practicing test-taking strategies with tests from the previous years.

 

Tentative Testing Schedule:

-April 13-15 ELA

-April 19-23 ELA make-up tests

-April 27-29 Math

-May 3-7 Math make-up tests

 

 

 

Chelsea will have School Spirt Days on most Wednesdays.  Here are the following Wednesdays: 

 

3/3...Music Day...Wear Your Favorite Band, Music or Instrument Shirt

3/10...College Day...Wear Your Favorite College Colors

3/17...Green Day...Wear Any Shade of Green 

3/24...Comfy Day...Wear Any Comfy Clothing, Pajamas, Sweats 

 

 

For those parents that want to sign up for "Remind" (a group text alert from me) please text to this number: 81010 the following message: @8d8kfbf  I recommend all parents sign up for this as I'll be sending out time sensitive or important texts that you must know immediately rather through an email.  I don't text the parents about academics, assignments or upcoming assessments.  All academic info is on this webpage under the weekly breakdown.

My phone DOES NOT alert me when you respond to me through the Remind App.  Therefore; I may not respond right away to a question or text because I did not see it yet.  I do check the Remind App here and there throughout the week but not regularly.  The best way to get a hold of me is email as I check that constantly...even over the weekends and holidays. 

 

Encore Classes for the year are as follows:  Q1...Art (Mrs. Maney).  Q2...Spanish (Mrs. Bruno).  Q3...STEM (Mrs. Jozaitis).  Q4...Music (Mrs. Zito).

 

***VERY IMPORTANT***---IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT (PLANNED OR UNEXPECTED) PLEASE TRY TO LOOK UP THE EUREKA MATH LESSON ON-LINE. IT WILL BENEFIT HIM/HER TO LOOK AT THE LESSON ON GOOGLE. THAT WAY WHEN THEY RETURN THEY DIDN'T MISS A BEAT IN MATH CLASS. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE FAMILIES THAT ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ON-LINE RESOURCE.

SIMPLY SEARCH ON GOOGLE "Eureka Math Grade 4 Module (whatever) Lesson (whatever). A gentleman named Duane Habecker will actually teach and model the lesson for you/your child.  It's a great review for tests, if anyone is confused or simply need some reteaching.  I even go on there! 

 

STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Briella Etchison

Favorite Food: "Spaghetti"  Favorite Thing About Me:  "I Have A Crazy Little Sister"  Favorite TV Show/Movie:  "Parent Trap"  My Birthday is:  "November 22nd"  Favorite Pet:  "Wants A Pet Dog Or Turtle"  Favorite Thing To Do: "Draw"  Favorite Subject: "Art"  Place I Want to Visit: "Arizona"  I'm Special Because: "I'm The Only Briella In The School"   Favorite Book/Magazine: "Out Of My Mind"  My Family is:  "Mom, Dad, Alyssa and Me"  Favorite Sport/Game/Activity:  "Cheer"  Favorite Color:  "Pink"  What I Want To Be When I Grow Up:  "A Dentist"

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF: 3/1-3/5

ELA: Perseverance

Our theme for the third quarter is “Perseverance”. We will analyze how characters and people show perseverance and determination in times and events of adversity across nonfiction and fiction texts...as well as life experiences.  Our common novel will be Bud, Not Buddy. 

We will be focusing on the following skills for ELA this quarter:

Literature: Making inferences while quoting details from the text, using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases, reading a text to summarize and determine the theme of a story, and lastly analyzing the point of view included first person and third person.

Information: Making inferences while quoting details from the text, determining the main idea and details while writing a summary, choosing the best summary from a group of summaries, analyzing the meaning of unknown words and phrases in nonfiction text, and lastly, analyzing an author’s reasons and evidence for writing a nonfiction piece.

 

WRITING-Opinion Writing/Persuasive

Students will be conducting a couple pieces of writing this quarter.  The first piece...we will be focusing on opinion writing.  Students will choose a "Hot Topic" such as "Are Zoos Good Places or Bad Places?"  "Should Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools?"  "Should School Uniforms Be Put In Place?"   "Should School Be Year Round With Sparatic Multiple Weeks Off Instead Of A Full Summer Off?"  Students will research a topic, take a side, support that side and give their opinion and debate their reasoning.  The second piece of writing is similar...they will use their opinions defending something that they think is 
"best" such as "Target Is The Best Store", "Ice Cream Is The Best Food" or "Disney World Is The Best Vacation Spot."  They will have to support WITH EVIDENCE AND REASONING why they believe their claim.

 

WORD STUDY

In Word Study, we will review the word inquiry process and study Greek and Latin roots with respective prefixes and suffixes.  We will also examine word meaning and the derivation of those words/phrases.

 

MATH- Module 5: Fraction Equivalence, Ordering and Operations

In this 40-day module, students build on their Grade 3 work with unit fractions as they explore fraction equivalence and extend this understanding to mixed numbers.  This leads to the comparison of fractions and mixed numbers and the representation of both in a variety of models.  Benchmark fractions play an important part in students’ ability to generalize and reason about relative fraction and mixed number sizes.  Students then have the opportunity to apply what they know to be true for whole number operations to the new concepts of fraction and mixed number operations.

 

SCIENCE: Sound Waves and Communication

This unit helps students develop the idea that sound is an actual thing, a wave of vibrations traveling through the air. Equipped with this understanding, students can begin to make sense of how sound and music work.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES- The Southwest and Midwest 

We will study the Southwest and Midwestern regions of the United States. Students will learn the states and capitals of these regions as well as important features and industries. Students will be quizzed on labeling a map with the names of the states and their matching capital cities at the end of the unit.