4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 5/17

Weekly Newsletter

A look at next week…

Field Trip: Thursday is our field trip to Riley’s Farm! We will be leaving school promptly at 8am. Please have your child to school on time. Students should wear their P.E. uniform with the gold shirt and P.E. shoes. They need to bring a disposable lunch as well. We are planning to be back by 3pm, however, that depends on traffic. Once we leave, I will map the route and post our ETA on Class Dojo. Thank you!

Religion: Chapter 26 We are Called to Discipleship

In Chapter 25, the students learned what it means to be a member of the worldwide Catholic Church. In this chapter, they will learn about the theological and Cardinal Virtues and come to see that everyone is called to be a disciple.

Language Arts: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic F: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions by Decomposition

Students will:

  • Estimate sums and differences using benchmark numbers.
  • Add a mixed number and a fraction.
  •  Add mixed numbers.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic G: Repeated Addition of Fractions as Multiplication

Students will:

  • Represent the multiplication of n times a/b as (n × a)/b using the associative property and visual models.
  • Find the product of a whole number and a mixed number using the distributive property.
  • Find the product of a whole number and a mixed number using the distributive property.
  • Solve multiplicative comparison word problems involving fractions.

Social Studies: Chapter 7 Joining with the Nation

Students will:

  • Explain changes to transportation and communication between California and the East.
  • Describe the role of the Pony Express, Overland Mail, and Western Union.
  • Describe the building of the transcontinental railroad.
  • Identify changes brought by the first transcontinental railroad.

Science

Changing Land

Students will:

  • Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

Upcoming Important Dates:

5/21 Tuesday: P.E.

5/22 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required)

5/23 Thursday: Riley’s Farm Field Trip

5/24 Friday: P.E., Spelling Test, Religion Ch. 26 Test, 2:15pm Rosary

 

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 5/10

Weekly Newsletter

A look at next week…

Religion: In Chapter 24, the students learned about holiness, prayer, sacraments, and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. In this chapter, they will reflect on what it means to be an active member of a parish community and, in a more universal sense, a member of the worldwide Catholic Church.

Language Arts: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Each student will need a copy of this book. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking here or any book seller of your choice. There are also copies at the library. Students will need the book with him/her every day beginning April 29th.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic F: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions by Decomposition

Students will:

  • Estimate sums and differences using benchmark numbers.
  • Add a mixed number and a fraction.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic G: Repeated Addition of Fractions as Multiplication

Students will:

  • Represent the multiplication of n times a/b as (n × a)/b using the associative property and visual models.
  • Represent the multiplication of n times a/b as (n × a)/b using the associative property and visual models.
  • Find the product of a whole number and a mixed number using the distributive property.

Social Studies: Chapter 6 California Becomes a State

Review

Science

Rock Patterns

Students will:

  • Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

5/14 Tuesday: P.E.

5/15 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required)

5/16 Thursday: Social Studies Ch. 6 Test

5/17 Friday: Spelling Test, Religion Ch. 25 Test, Wonder Quiz, P.E.

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 5/3

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A look at next week…

Religion: May Crowning is Thursday, May 9th. Please refer to school email for more details. This event is mandatory for all students.

Language Arts: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Each student will need a copy of this book. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking here or any book seller of your choice. There are also copies at the library. Students will need the book with him/her every day beginning April 29th.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Extending Fraction Equivalence to Fractions Greater than 1

Students will:

  • Decompose and compose fractions greater than 1 to express them in various forms.
  • Compare fractions greater than 1 by reasoning using benchmark fractions.
  • Compare fractions greater than 1 by creating common numerators or denominators.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic F: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions by Decomposition

Students will:

  • Estimate sums and differences using benchmark numbers.
  • Add a mixed number and a fraction.
  • Add mixed numbers

Social Studies: Chapter 6 California Becomes a State

Students will:

  • Explain why food and supplies were expensive during the Gold Rush.
  • Define business and entrepreneur and identify a Gold Rush entrepreneur.
  • Explain California’s rise to statehood and the role of slavery.
  • Explain the purpose of a constitution.

Science

Rock Patterns

Students will:

  • Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

5/4 Saturday: 10am First Holy Communion Mass

5/6 Monday:

5/7 Tuesday: Field Trip Permission Slips due, P.E.

5/8 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), 12noon dismissal

5/9 Thursday: 7:15pm May Crowning

5/10 Friday: P.E.

Save the Date: Riley’s Farm Field Trip on 5/23!

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 4/19

Weekly Newsletter

I hope you have a blessed Easter and break! School will resume on April 29th. Please see below for a snapshot of our week when we return.

Religion: In Chapter 23, the students learned that the Tenth Commandment calls us to have thankful hearts and to not envy other people or desire their things. In this chapter, the students will learn that we grow in holiness through prayer, sacraments, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Language Arts: We will begin our last novel study of the year when we return from Easter Break. The novel we will be reading is Wonder by RJ Palacio. Each student will need a copy of this book. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking here or any book seller of your choice. There are also copies at the library. Students will need the book with him/her every day beginning April 29th.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Extending Fraction Equivalence to Fractions Greater than 1

Students will:

  • Decompose and compose fractions greater than 1 to express them in various forms.
  • Compare fractions greater than 1 by reasoning using benchmark fractions.
  • Compare fractions greater than 1 by creating common numerators or denominators.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic F: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions by Decomposition

Students will:

  • Estimate sums and differences using benchmark numbers.
  • Add a mixed number and a fraction.
  • Add mixed numbers

Social Studies: Chapter 5 The Gold Rush Years

Students will:

  • Explain why the United States wanted control of California.
  • Explain the causes and results of the Bear Flag Revolt.
  • Discuss why the United States went to war with Mexico.
  • Identify Bernarda Ruiz and her role in establishing peace.

Science

Rock Patterns

Students will:

  • Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Easter Break 4/22-4/26

4/29 Monday: School resumes, Spirit Week (see school newsletter for details)

4/30 Tuesday: P.E.

5/1 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required)

5/3 Friday: P.E., 11:15am Rosary, 12noon Dismissal

Save the Date: Riley’s Farm Field Trip on 5/23!

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 4/15

Weekly Newsletter

Religion: Holy Week

Language Arts:  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This week we will finish our Secret Garden novel study.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Extending Fraction Equivalence to Fractions Greater than 1

Students will:

  • Decompose and compose fractions greater than 1 to express them in various forms.
  • Compare fractions greater than 1 by reasoning using benchmark fractions.
  • Compare fractions greater than 1 by creating common numerators or denominators.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic F: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions by Decomposition

Students will:

  • Estimate sums and differences using benchmark numbers.
  • Add a mixed number and a fraction.
  • Add mixed numbers

Social Studies: Chapter 5 The Gold Rush Years

Students will:

  • Explain why the United States wanted control of California.
  • Explain the causes and results of the Bear Flag Revolt.
  • Discuss why the United States went to war with Mexico.
  • Identify Bernarda Ruiz and her role in establishing peace.

Science

Rock Patterns

Students will:

  • Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

4/15 Monday: San Juan Capistrano Field Trip

4/16 Tuesday: P.E.

4/17 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), Signed Progress Reports due, The Secret Garden Test

4/18 Thursday: Social Studies Chapter 5 Test

4/19 Friday: 10am Living Stations of the Cross, 12noon Dismissal- No Extension

Save the Date: Field Trip on 5/23!

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 4/5

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“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

Religion: Our class will be leading the Stations of the Cross on Friday, April 12th, at 2pm in the Church. All are welcome.

Language Arts:  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This week we will begin week 4 of our novel study. Students will:

  • examine the story elements associated with fiction texts.
  • identify different types of figurative language.
  • compare and contrast character traits.

Chapters 25-28

Week 7 Vocabulary:

Spelling homework and words for The Secret Garden Week 7 can be accessed here.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Mid Module Assessment on Tuesday, April 9th. Students have received a review packet that we are working on together in class. Please use this and the Eureka workbook to study for the test.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic F: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions by Decomposition

Students will:

  • Estimate sums and differences using benchmark numbers.
  • Add a mixed number and a fraction.

We will continue with multiplication and division timed tests. Please practice your math facts at home every night. Click here for a great practice sheet! To see the testing order, please refer to the recording chart in your child’s planner.

Social Studies: Chapter 5 The Gold Rush Years

Students will:

  • Explain why the United States wanted control of California.
  • Explain the causes and results of the Bear Flag Revolt.
  • Discuss why the United States went to war with Mexico.
  • Identify Bernarda Ruiz and her role in establishing peace.

Science

Rock Patterns

Students will:

  • Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

4/9 Tuesday: Math Groups A and B Mid Module Assessment, P.E.

4/10 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), 12noon Dismissal

4/11 Thursday: Engineering Fair

4/5 Friday: TSG Quiz, Spelling Test, P.E., 2pm Stations of the Cross

Save the Date: Field Trips on 4/15 and 5/23!

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 3/29

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“Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:6

Religion: Chapter 23 The Tenth Commandment

In Chapter 22, the students learned positive ways to follow the Ninth Commandment and be pure of heart. In this chapter, the students will learn that our hearts are to be filled with love and generosity, not with envy or greed.

Language Arts:  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This week we will begin week 4 of our novel study. Students will:

  • examine the story elements associated with fiction texts.
  • identify different types of figurative language.
  • compare and contrast character traits.

Chapters 21-24

Week 6 Vocabulary: scold, solemn, hesitant, radiant, eager

Spelling homework and words for The Secret Garden Week 6 can be accessed here.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Mid Module Assessment

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic E: Extending Fraction Equivalence to Fractions Greater than 1

Students will:

  • Add a fraction less than 1 to, or subtract a fraction less than 1 from, a whole number using decomposition and visual models.
  • Add and multiply unit fractions to build fractions greater than 1 using visual models.
  • Decompose and compose fractions greater than 1 to express them in various forms.

We will continue with multiplication and division timed tests. Please practice your math facts at home every night. Click here for a great practice sheet! To see the testing order, please refer to the recording chart in your child’s planner.

Social Studies: Module 3 

The Future of California is in Your Hands: Siempre Adelante: A New California

Students will:

  • Understand the value of life lessons
  • Understand the New Testament is full of lessons Jesus taught when he walked on the earth
  • Know that one of the greatest lessons in the Bible is called the Great Commandment
  • Name ways they can live out the Great Commandment
  • Understand what it means to be a Good Samaritan

Science

Rock Patterns

Students will:

  • Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

4/2 Tuesday: Engineering Fair Steps 4 and 5 Due, P.E.

4/3 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), Math Groups A and B Mid Module Assessment

4/5 Friday: TSG Quiz, Spelling Test, Religion Ch. 23 Test, P.E., 12noon Dismissal

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 3/22

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“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Religion: Lent

This week students will be learning about Lent.

Language Arts:  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This week we will begin week 4 of our novel study. Students will:

  • examine the story elements associated with fiction texts.
  • identify different types of figurative language.
  • compare and contrast character traits.

Chapters 17-20

Week 5 Vocabulary: relentless, modify, resentment, intent

Spelling homework and words for The Secret Garden Week 5 can be accessed here.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic D: Fraction Addition and Subtraction

Students will:

  • Add and subtract more than two fractions.
  • Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions.
  • Use visual models to add two fractions with related units using the denominators 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic D: Fraction Addition and Subtraction

Students will:

  • Use visual models to add two fractions with related units using the denominators 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

We will continue with multiplication and division timed tests. Please practice your math facts at home every night. Click here for a great practice sheet! To see the testing order, please refer to the recording chart in your child’s planner.

Social Studies: Module 3 Lesson 5

The Future of California is in Your Hands: Siempre Adelante: A New California

Students will:

  • Understand that life mottos can help us focus on our goals
  • Explain Saint Junipero Serra’s motto Siempre Adelante and how it shaped his motivations as a missionary and his missionary work
  • Create a motto showing a vision of the ideal future California

Science: We will be working this week on building our inventions for the Engineering Fair.

Rock Patterns

Students will:

  • Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

3/16 Tuesday: P.E.

3/27 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), Math Group C Mid Module Assessment

3/28 Thursday: TSG Quiz and Spelling Test

3/29 Friday: No School

If you would like to donate to our classroom, please visit our 4th Grade Wish List.

Thank you!

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 3/15

Weekly Newsletter

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

Religion: Chapter 22 The Ninth Commandment

In Chapter 19, the students learned that in the Eighth Commandment God calls us to respect and tell the truth. In this chapter, the students will learn that by following the Ninth Commandment we can live out the virtue of modesty.

Language Arts:  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This week we will begin week 4 of our novel study. Students will:

  • examine the story elements associated with fiction texts.
  • develop a prediction about future events based on reading and support prediction with text evidence.
  • compare and contrast character traits.

Chapters 13-16

Week 4 Vocabulary: persistent, sensible, conceited, thrive

Spelling homework and words for The Secret Garden Week 4 can be accessed here.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic D: Fraction Addition and Subtraction

Students will:

  • Add and subtract more than two fractions.
  • Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions.
  • Use visual models to add two fractions with related units using the denominators 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic D: Fraction Addition and Subtraction

Students will:

  • Use visual models to add two fractions with related units using the denominators 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

We will continue with multiplication and division timed tests. Please practice your math facts at home every night. Click here for a great practice sheet! To see the testing order, please refer to the recording chart in your child’s planner.

Social Studies:

This week student’s will be giving their presentations on their mission.

Science: Rock Patterns

Students will:

  • Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

3/19 Tuesday: WCEA Accreditation Team on campus, P.E., Mission Presentations (starting at 1:00pm Mollison, Mariana, AJ, Easton, Sammy, Gracie)

3/20 Wednesday: WCEA Accreditation Team on campus, 8am Mass (formal uniform required), Mission Presentations (starting at 11:00am Olivia, Benicio, Hannely, Isabella)

3/21 Thursday: WCEA Accreditation Team on campus, Mission Presentations (starting at 10:00am Gianni, Samantha, Braden, Gabby, Chloe), 12noon Dismissal

3/22 Friday: Secret Garden Week 4 Spelling and Comprehension Test, Religion Ch. 22 Test, P.E.

If you would like to donate to our classroom, please visit our 4th Grade Wish List.

Thank you!

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 3/8

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“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

Religion: Unit 3 Review

Language Arts:  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This week we will begin week 3 of our novel study. Students will:

  • examine the story elements associated with fiction texts.
  • use details provided by the author to visualize the setting and create a map.
  • develop a prediction about future events based on reading and support prediction with text evidence.

Chapters 9-12

Click here for Week 3 Vocabulary.

Spelling homework and words for The Secret Garden Week 3 can be accessed here.

Math Groups A and B: Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic C: Fraction Comparison

Students will:

  • Reason using benchmarks to compare two fractions on the number line.
  • Find common units or number of units to compare two fractions.

Math Group C:  Module 5 Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Topic D: Fraction Addition and Subtraction

Students will:

  • Add and subtract more than two fractions.
  • Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions.
  • Use visual models to add two fractions with related units using the denominators 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

We will continue with multiplication and division timed tests. Please practice your math facts at home every night. Click here for a great practice sheet! To see the testing order, please refer to the recording chart in your child’s planner.

Social Studies:

4th Grade Mission Project

  1. Project (completed at home)
    • Project, due 3/15
  2. Presentation (practiced at home, presented in class)
    • Week of 3/18

Pilot Module 2 Saint Junípero Serra and the Mission Era

The Future of California is in Your Hands: Catholic Social Teaching in Action

Students will:

    • Understand the Catholic Social Teaching on Solidarity
    • Name people who have worked to heal the Native Indian population
    • Name how people can bring about healing and hope to the people of California

Science: Energy Transfer and Electric Currents

Students will:

  • Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
  • Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

Upcoming Important Dates:

3/12 Tuesday: P.E.

3/13 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), 12noon Dismissal

3/14 Thursday: Team Day(wear any team shirt with jeans), Religion Unit 3 Open Book Test

3/15 Friday: Mission Project due, Secret Garden Week 3 Spelling and Comprehension Test, P.E.

If you would like to donate to our classroom, please visit our 4th Grade Wish List.

Thank you!