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.
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.
Students have remained hard workers. Most seem to get their homework done as soon as they can. My rule is that students work on their missing work during recess. When it is completed they are free to go.
Starting in October and going until March, Pizza Hut along with Book It! has encouraged students to read. If students finish a book during the month. The students will receive a ticket for a free personal pan pizza. Some students have already finished a book. Please keep encouraging your child to read!
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.
The 4th graders have continued to study about Jesus' ministry. Students are now beginning to recite their memory work to me. Please help your child study. If your child lost their Memory Work sheet, you can visit the download page and click on the New Testament Unit 2. This week the students will be reciting 2A - Philippians 2:8b.
The 4th graders have been studying multiplication since the start of the 2nd quarter. The students have learned how to multiply 1, 2, 3, and even 4 digits! The students will be having a test coming up soon. Next chapter, they will be learning how to divide.
The 4th graders finished their 2nd novel, How to Eat Fried Worms, right before Christmas Break. The students will read from their Reading Street books for the next couple of weeks. They will have a Vocabulary Worksheet and some kind of Reading Strategy Worksheet.
The 4th graders wrapped up the year with an endangered species project. The students had to research interesting facts, why their animal is endangered, and how their animal is being protected. The students did a good job overall. Next, the students will transition to Earth Science and start talking about Water on Earth.
I give the students a word list on the first day of each week along with a Worksheet for the students to practice. If the student loses his or her Word List, you can click on the download page under 4th Grade Spelling Lists. We will be on unit 19 on January 14th. On Wednesday, we have a Pre-Test. I have made a deal with the students that if they study hard and get an A+ on the Pre-Test, they don't have to take the Test on Friday.
In World Geography, the fourth graders learned about 30 different countries in Europe and their capitals. Starting this past week, the students were given a project. The students are split up into groups and have to research a country that their group chose. Students, along with their group, will present the information to the class. The countries are found in Southeast Asia also including Australia and New Zealand.
In U.S. Geography, the students learned about 15 states, their location, and their capitals. Similar to World Geography, the 4th graders were split up into groups and given 2 states to present to the class. In this unit, the students will learn about the Midwest.
In class, the students learned about adjectives and had a test before the Christmas Break. Students are now learning about Capitalization and Punctuation. Students have learned the start of sentences need to be capitalized as well as names of people and pets and that every sentence needs to have either a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
The fourth-graders took a test on how to write and identify sentences. Students then wrote a descriptive essay. The topics varied from parents, pets, pencils, and even classmates. The students did a great job. Starting in January, students will be given Writing Prompts and they will write a reaction. Most of the prompts are goofy, but are teaching students to think and write in complete sentences.
In Music, Mrs. Dietrich will be teaching the different grades again this year. Music will be every Tuesday.
The students' last projects have included making Christmas Decorations, Christmas Bazaar Craft, and Paper Weaving.
In computer class, the students spend the entire 2nd quarter learning about the different Google Apps, which include Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Now, students are working on Code.org. Code.org is a website that teaches kids how to code. Coding is what makes a computer run, essentially the students are programming computers.
We have P.E. every Tuesday and Thursday. I like to do a sport for the students to learn. For the next couple of weeks, we are going to learn about volleyball.