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About Our Class

4th grade

Welcome to our Class Website!

Welcome 4th Graders!

This school year will be different in many ways, but I truly believe we will still be able to have fun, learn a lot, and build strong relationships among our classmates and families. It’s going to be a great year! 

Important Notes:


CHECK IN: Please check this teacher website on a weekly basis. I will be posting and sharing important information for students and families here. The daily activities will be featured in the Monday-Friday portion of the website. Homework and assignments needing to be turned in will be communicated through Remind texts each day. 


VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR: This year we will be hosting a virtual book fair from March 12th to March 25th! The book fair is always a treasured event at all of our schools and allows us to not only get great books for ourselves, but also for our classroom and school! Students are bringing home a flyer, scavenger hunt, and a wish list. (All are also in Downloads section for remote students) Usually, teachers create a wish list but this year I have set up a E-Wallet if parents and students would like to add funds for our class to purchase books for our classroom library. I know the kids are very excited and I can't wait to see what they pick out :)

     (even though it says Grand Prairie, this link is for ALL 3 schools)



IAR TESTING: We will be taking the IAR testing this year.  We are looking at beginning on the week of April 12th.  We will have three ELA tests and three Math tests. All tests are taken on the student's laptops. The first week will be ELA and then we will take a week off to do makeups.  The third week we will assess the math section and then take the following week for makeups.

We will be working on mastering the online testing tools and practicing some test taking strategies. 


This is our schedule so far.  It may change.

  • April 12th - 16th ELA
  • April 19 - 23rd  ELA Makeup tests
  • April 26th - 30th Math
  • May 3rd - 7th  Math Makeup tests 

Stay tuned for further updates about IAR testing.


ERIN'S LAW: Governor Pat Quinn signed Erin's Law in January of 2013, which requires all schools in the state of Illinois to provide age appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education programs for students in grades Pre-K through 12.   Our lessons for 5th grade students will begin the week of January 18th, 4th grade students will begin the week of January 25th, and 3rd grade students will begin the week of February 1st. The Chelsea Intermediate School Social Workers will be teaching each lesson in the child’s classroom. The "Think First and Stay Safe" program will be the curriculum utilized for these lessons with a focus on Child Lures



3rd Quarter Curriculum

🧮 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: Waves of Sound

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 Midwest and Southeast Regions

We will study the Midwest and Southeast 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.


📚📝ELA: Perseverance

Our theme for the third quarter is “Perseverance”. We will analyze how characters and people show perseverance in times and events of adversity across nonfiction and fiction texts. Our common novel will be Bud, Not Buddy. An exciting part of the third quarter will be our second round of Book Clubs. Students will have an opportunity to choose their second novel for the quarter and discuss these novels in small groups. We will build our conversation skills and learn how to be a strong member of a book club community.

In writing, we will be writing different styles of narrative. Students will learn how to read a text and write from different points of view as well as continuing a story in a way that makes sense.


🔎 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.

In word study, we will continue to learn and study Greek and Latin roots.


⭐ CLASSROOM AMAZON WISH LIST: Please consider something for our classroom! We always love new books for our class library or fun prizes for our class store.


📕 SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS: Our class code is MFN8N. Click on the image below to place an order! Orders are placed on the 15th of each month. Scholastic Book orders give us a chance to earn free book for our classroom library. Thank you for your support! :)