October 16

Hello Families!

We are off to a great start on the second quarter of fourth grade! The students are really hitting their strides, and it’s great to see them growing and learning! I enjoyed seeing all of you at Open House last week! It’s always fun to see the kids take ownership for the classroom and share about their school lives with you all. This week, students will take their second STAR reading test, generating a new AR goal and ZPD. We had some great reading happening in the first quarter! A few students made it to the Million Word Club, read all 15 SSYRA books, and lots of kids met and exceeded their AR point goals. I’ve seen good growth with multiplication fact master in the last couple of weeks, as well. We had 16 of 22 students reach 80% or higher on their facts last week, marking a high point. Thank you for your support with this. There’s not enough time in my day to do it without your help at home. You’re the best!

Here’s what we’re working on in class:

Science: We will test on rocks and minerals this week. We’ve started reviewing and the kids have a study guide. Please feel free to review chapter 6 of the book with them, as well. Our next area of focus is renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Math: We hit our halfway point with multiplication last week, and this week we are moving into 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication. We have learned the area model, partial products, and standard algorithm for up to 4-digit by 1-digit, and we can connect those strategies to 2-digit by 2-digit.

Language Arts: I’m so excited to say that we are doing book clubs! Each child has a novel that he or she chose to read. We will have meetings on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for the next two weeks. Our first meeting is tomorrow. Each child has a bookmark with the pages he or she should read to and be prepared to talk about with their group on the date of the meeting. In addition to that, we are continuing our study of informational texts as we work on summarizing informational texts this week. Our essays of the week are going well. I’m enjoying reading their creative Halloween stories! The kids have shown such improvement in their writing already. Make sure to check the home page for this week’s topic.

Social Studies: We are wrapping up our study of Florida’s geography as we learn about Native American groups of pre-Columbian Florida. We will make a rendering of some of the homes early peoples built this week in class. The kids will likely be asking for some materials they can use to create a home. Recycled materials and craft materials are all fine. Whatever they have around the house or yard that is approved by you can be brought in.

Thank you for all your support!

Mrs. M

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