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Classroom Newsletter

The Classroom Newsletter is more of an update of what is going on in each of our subject areas so you, the parent or guardian, can help your student better understand the concepts.

General Notes
Every day, students are expected to write down all of their assignments on an Assignment Sheet. Students should use this Assignment Sheet to stay organized and remember what assignments are due the next day. Assignment Sheets should go home to the students' Take Home Folder. This folder should be used to bring any Worksheets, Assignments, or any other important information home such as the Monday Memo. 

The school has been using the app, Remind, to let all the parents know about upcoming events. I have used that app to create a 4th-grade classroom. I hope to use this to update you on events or projects coming up in the 4th-grade classroom. If you are not already added to the group, please text me your number. My cell phone is (928) 961-3825.

Please look at the following headings to read about each of our classes.

Christ Light
4th grade has wrapped up the life of Moses as the leader of the Israelites. We are in the book of Joshua and just learned about the Wall of Jericho.
Our current Memory Work can be found in the Downloads page under "Unit 2 Old Testament." We are doing 9B, which is the 9th Commandment and Meaning. Students should have a Memory Work Sheet to help them study.

Math
Students have used their knowledge of area to learn other ways to solve multiplication problems. Due to the number of multiplication problems, students need to know their multiplication facts. You can help your students by doing flashcards or finding apps on their tablets.

Spelling
I give the students a word list on the first day of each week and students need to come up with a memory cue. The memory cue can be a picture or phrase using the spelling word. In the middle of the week, I will hand out a worksheet for the students to complete. On the last day of the week, there will be a test on the spelling words. Students will be taking a test on Unit 27.
 
Reading
We are currently on our 3rd novel of the year, Shiloh. There are assignments that go along with the readings along with other activities.

English 
The class has finished their unit of Capitalization and Punctuation. Our next unit is about Pronouns.

Writing
For the next few weeks, the class will be doing writing prompts. Some prompts are focusing on the students' imagination such as what superpower they would have or if they became principal what would they change. The focus is to not only encourage their imagination but really apply the skills they learn in English class and write in complete sentences.

Science
Our last unit dealt with Earth Science, which included studies of volcanoes, earthquakes, minerals, and rocks. Students just finished a project on Renewable vs. Non-Renewable energy. 

Geography
Students finished their studies in Asia and Australia. The students were treated with classroom visits from Mrs. Dietrich's friend, Phoebe, who was born in China and has lived there her whole life. Students were also treated with a visit from Pastor Leistekow, who taught over in China for a year. Our next unit will be about Africa.

In United States Geography, students have been learning about the Midwest. They will be taking a map quiz on the states and capitals of the Midwest Region soon. 

Music
Now, students are learning about the different types of instruments. After they give their presentations we will be doing recorders for most of the year. We will be relearning concepts learned in the first semester by playing them on recorders.

Art
Students so far have done paper weaving and will soon learn about paper mosaics.

Computer Class
Students have been going to the library/computer lab to learn how to type.

Physical Education
We have P.E. every Tuesday and Thursday. I like to do a sport for the students to learn. The sports include Softball, Flag Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, and many other games.

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