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Welcome to 4th Grade & Mrs. Ruggles class!

I can't believe we are in the Second Quarter already! 
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🧮 Math:

Module 3: Multi Digit Multiplication and Division

In this 43-day module, students use place value understanding and visual representations to solve multiplication and division problems with multi-digit numbers. As a key area of focus for Grade 4, this module moves slowly but comprehensively to develop students’ ability to reason about the methods and models chosen to solve problems with multi-digit factors and dividends.



Human Body, Senses, & the Brain

This introductory human body unit takes the perspective that we can think about our bodies as being like a machine. We have parts for moving around, sensors, and a built-in computer. Students explore their senses and consider how the information we process helps us understand and react to our environment.

🌎Social Studies:

The Southeast Region

We will study the Southwest region 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.



Survival and Adaptations

ELA- Our theme for the second quarter is “Survival”. We will analyze how animals are portrayed across nonfiction and fiction texts. We will read stories of how people and animals survive in harsh and changing conditions and discover how they adapt to these challenges. Our common novel will be The One and Only Ivan


In writing, we will use our novels and other main characters we’ve read about to write literary analysis essays. Students will write one essay about a character from The One and Only Ivan and will choose another character of their choice for a second essay.


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, analyzing the structures of literary texts and being able to describe the differences between prose, poetry, and drama, and lastly, analyzing the connections between pictures and text to explain how they deepen our understanding of the text.


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 structures of nonfiction texts and being able to describe the purpose of each structure, and lastly, interpreting pictures, graphs, timelines, etc. to deepen understanding of a text.