4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 1/11

Weekly Newsletter

Religion: Unit 2 Review (Chapter 8-12)

Students will review the following:

  • showing love for God and others by following the Ten Commandments and the Great Commandment.
  • believing in the one true God, and loving him more than anything.
  • respecting God’s name, and honoring sacred places.
  • keeping the Lord’s Day holy by participating in Mass, relaxing, and caring for others’ needs.
  • learning the ways to participate more fully at Mass, and to live as Jesus’ disciples when we are sent forth from Mass.

Language Arts: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell Novel Study

This week we will continue with week 1 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.

Vocabulary Words: harbor, sparingly, carcass, perish, forlorn

Spelling Week 1 Words and Activity

4th Grade Reading Log

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

We will continue with multiplication 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.

Topic G: Division of Thousands, Hundreds, Tens, and Ones

Students will:

  • Represent numerically four-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5, decomposing a remainder up to three times.
  • Solve division problems with a zero in the dividend or with a zero in the quotient.
  • Interpret division word problems as either number of groups unknown or group size unknown.
  • Interpret and find whole number quotients and remainders to solve one-step division word problems with larger divisors of 6, 7, 8, and 9.
  • Explain the connection of the area model of division to the long division algorithm for three- and four-digit dividends.

Social Studies:

Pilot Module 2 Saint Junípero Serra and the Mission Era

Junipero Serra: “Heart on Fire”

Students will:

  • Describe the missionary zeal of Father Junipero Serra
  • Know the timeline of Father Serra’ Life
  • Explain why Father Serra built the first Missions
  • Describe the skills of an effective Missionary
  • Explain why Father Serra was canonized a saint

Science: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

Students will:

  • Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

Upcoming Important Dates:

1/15 Tuesday: P.E.

1/16 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required)

1/17 Thursday: Religion Unit 2 Open Book Test

1/18 Friday: Spelling Week 1 Test, Island of the Blue Dolphins Week 1 Quiz, P.E.

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 1/4

Weekly Newsletter

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas. I am looking forward to seeing the children back on Tuesday, January 8th! Please read below for some important information about this upcoming week.

Religion: Chapter 12 Strengthened by the Eucharist

In Chapter 11, the students learned about the Third Commandment. In this chapter, they will focus on the Eucharist and will learn that receiving the Body and Blood of Christ nurtures and strengthens them to be active followers of Christ.

Language Arts: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell Novel Study
Every fourth grader must have a copy of this book by Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. You can purchase the book on amazon here, or a bookseller of your choice. You can also check it out from the local library, however, we will need it in class every day during the month of January. If you have any questions, please let me know.

This week we will begin the novel. 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.

Vocabulary Words: harbor, sparingly, carcass, perish, forlorn

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Assessment

We will continue with multiplication 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.

Topic G: Division of Thousands, Hundreds, Tens, and Ones

Students will:

  • Divide multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 by single-digit numbers.
  • Represent and solve division problems with up to a three-digit dividend numerically and with place value disks requiring decomposing a remainder in the hundreds place.
  • Represent and solve three-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5 numerically.
  • Represent numerically four-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5, decomposing a remainder up to three times.
  • Solve division problems with a zero in the dividend or with a zero in the quotient.
  • Interpret division word problems as either number of groups unknown or group size unknown.
  • Interpret and find whole number quotients and remainders to solve one-step division word problems with larger divisors of 6, 7, 8, and 9.
  • Explain the connection of the area model of division to the long division algorithm for three- and four-digit dividends.

Social Studies:

Pilot Module 2 Saint Junípero Serra and the Mission Era

The Outside World Discovers California

Students will:

  • understand the opening of California by explorers.
  • define what it means to be an explorer as well as describing important qualities of successful explorers.
  • explain the concept of exploring for Gold, Glory, and God.
  • meet early explorers of California.
  • describe meetings between early explorers and Native Indians.
  • understand how to communicate when meeting others especially when they are from a different culture.

Science: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

Students will:

  • Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

Upcoming Important Dates:

1/8 Tuesday: School Resumes, P.E.

1/9 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), 12noon Dismissal

1/11 Friday: Religion Ch. 12 Test, P.E.

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 12/14

Weekly Newsletter

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:1-2 

A look at next week:

Religion: Advent

The students will continue to learn that in Advent we prepare for the coming of the Lord.

For family advent resources, please click here.

Language Arts: Review Week

4th Grade Reading Log

No Spelling this week.

After Christmas break, we will begin a novel study on Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Every fourth grader must have a copy of this book by Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. This would make a great Christmas gift. You can purchase the book on amazon here, or a bookseller of your choice. You can also check it out from the local library, however, we will need it in class every day during the month of January. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Assessment

Topic F: Reasoning with Divisibility

Students will:

  • Find factor pairs for numbers to 100, and use understanding of factors to define prime and composite.
  • Use division and the associative property to test for factors and observe patterns.
  • Determine if a whole number is a multiple of another number.
  • Explore properties of prime and composite numbers to 100 by using multiples.

We will continue with multiplication 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: Pilot Module 2:  Junipero Serra and the Mission Era

Lesson 1 The Outside World Discovers California
Students will:

  • Understand the opening of California by explorers
  • Define what it means to be an explorer as well as describing important qualities of successful explorers
  • Explain the concept of exploring for Gold, Glory, and God
  • Meet early explorers of California
  • Describe meetings between early explorers and Native Indians
  • Understand how to communicate when meeting others especially when they are from a different culture

Science: Using Stored Energy

Students will:

  • Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
  • Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

Upcoming Important Dates:

See School Newsletter for more details.

12/17 Monday:

12/18 Tuesday: Students may wear Christmas sweaters or other Christmas tops with uniform bottoms, P.E.

12/19 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), All School Reconciliation

12/20 Thursday:  Christmas attire free dress, Christmas Party 11am

12/21 Friday: Christmas Pageant 10am, Dismissal 12noon, No Extension (All students must be picked up by 12:15pm)

12/22/18-1/9/19 Christmas Break

 

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 12/7

Weekly Newsletter

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Isaiah 11:1

A look at next week:

Religion: Chapter 10 The Second Commandment

In Chapter 9, the students learned about ways we follow the First Commandment. In this chapter, the students will learn that we follow the Second Commandment by respecting and honoring the name of God.

For family advent resources, please click here.

Language Arts: Please use the following link to view next week’s focus wall.

Lesson 2.11

4th Grade Reading Log

4th Grade Weekly Spelling Homework (The spelling words can be found by clicking on the Lesson link above.)

After Christmas break, we will begin a novel study on Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Every fourth grader must have a copy of this book by Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. This would make a great Christmas gift. You can purchase the book on amazon here, or a bookseller of your choice. You can also check it out from the local library, however, we will need it in class every day during the month of January. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Assessment

We will continue with multiplication 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.

Topic G: Division of Thousands, Hundreds, Tens, and Ones

Students will:

  • Divide multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 by single-digit numbers.
  • Represent and solve division problems with up to a three-digit dividend numerically and with place value disks requiring decomposing a remainder in the hundreds place.
  • Represent and solve three-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5 numerically.
  • Represent numerically four-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5, decomposing a remainder up to three times.
  • Solve division problems with a zero in the dividend or with a zero in the quotient.
  • Interpret division word problems as either number of groups unknown or group size unknown.
  • Interpret and find whole number quotients and remainders to solve one-step division word problems with larger divisors of 6, 7, 8, and 9.
  • Explain the connection of the area model of division to the long division algorithm for three- and four-digit dividends.

Social Studies:

Pilot Module 1

Native Californians and Their Land: Family and Rituals

Students will:

  • encounter Native perspectives through images, stories, direct quotes, and videos.
  • learn about how Saint Junípero Serra expressed love for God and love for neighbor by respecting the dignity of Native Peoples and protecting the sacred work of the missions.
  • explore what it means to be a Catholic follower of Jesus in our world today and prayer experiences are included in each lesson.

Science:  Using Stored Energy

Students will:

  • Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
  • Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Upcoming Important Dates:

12/11 Tuesday: P.E.

12/12 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), Apparitions of Our Lady fo Guadalupe in Church after Mass, 12noon Dismissal

12/14 Friday: Spelling/Journeys Lesson 2.11 Test, Religion Ch. 10 Test, P.E.

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 11/30

Weekly Newsletter

“Come to us, Lord, and bring us peace. We will rejoice in your presence and serve you with all our heart.” Communion Rite, First Week of Advent

A look at next week:

Religion: Chapter 13 Advent

In this chapter, the students will learn that in Advent we prepare for the coming of the Lord.

For family advent resources, please click here.

Language Arts: Please use the following link to view next week’s focus wall.

Lesson 2.10

4th Grade Reading Log

4th Grade Weekly Spelling Homework (The spelling words can be found by clicking on the Lesson link above.)

After Christmas break, we will begin a novel study on Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Every fourth grader must have a copy of this book by Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. This would make a great Christmas gift. You can purchase the book on amazon here, or a bookseller of your choice. You can also check it out from the local library, however, we will need it in class every day during the month of January. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

Topic F: Reasoning with Divisibility

Students will:

  • Find factor pairs for numbers to 100, and use understanding of factors to define prime and composite.
  • Use division and the associative property to test for factors and observe patterns.
  • Determine if a whole number is a multiple of another number.
  • Explore properties of prime and composite numbers to 100 by using multiples.

We will continue with multiplication 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: Pilot Module 1

Native Californians and Their Land: Family and Rituals

Students will:

  • Understand that California began as Native Californian land
  • Identify their diocese and the Native Indians who lived in that region
  • Name the resources, dwellings, sacred sites, and creation stories of their region
  • Listen to Creation Stories of the Native Peoples
  • Name and describe family rituals and celebrations
  • Understand Native Californians have rituals similar to the church’s rituals
  • Understand Native California rituals
  • Understand why rituals are important to families, cultures, communities

Science:  Using Stored Energy

Students will:

  • Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
  • Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Upcoming Important Dates:

12/3 Monday: Report Card envelopes due back signed

12/4 Tuesday: Scholastic Book Fair begins, P.E.

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

12/6 Thursday: Happy St. Nicholas Day!

12/7 Friday: Spelling/Journeys Lesson 2.10 Test, Religion Ch. 13 Test, P.E., 12noon Dismissal

12/8 Saturday: Escondido Christmas Parade

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 11/16

Weekly Newsletter

“I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.” Romans 15:13

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful break with your families. During this Thanksgiving season, I am especially grateful for each of you!

A look at next week:

Religion: Chapter 10

In Chapter 9, the students learned about ways we follow the First Commandment. In this chapter, the students will learn that we follow the Second Commandment by respecting and honoring the name of God.

Language Arts: Please use the following link to view next week’s focus wall.

Lesson 2.9

4th Grade Reading Log

4th Grade Weekly Spelling Homework (The spelling words can be found by clicking on the Lesson link above.)

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Assessment

Topic E: Division of Tens and Ones with Successive Remainders

Students will:

  • Understand and solve division problems with a remainder using the array and area models.
  • Understand and solve two-digit dividend division problems with a remainder in the ones place by using place value disks.
  • Represent and solve division problems requiring decomposing a remainder in the tens.
  • Find whole number quotients and remainders.
  • Explain remainders by using place value understanding and models.
  • Solve division problems without remainders using the area model.
  • Solve division problems with remainders using the area model.

Social Studies: Pilot Module: California Native Peoples & Missions
Students will:

  • encounter Native perspectives through images, stories, direct quotes, and videos.
  • learn about how Saint Junípero Serra expressed love for God and love for neighbor by respecting the dignity of Native Peoples and protecting the sacred work of the missions.
  • explore what it means to be a Catholic follower of Jesus in our world today and prayer experiences are included in each lesson.

Science:  Using Stored Energy

Students will:

  • Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
  • Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Upcoming Important Dates:

11/26 Monday: School resumes

11/27 Tuesday: P.E.

11/28 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required)

11/30 Friday: Spelling/Journeys Lesson 2.9 Test, Religion Ch. 10 Test

 

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 11/9

Weekly Newsletter

“Teach me, Lord, your way that I may walk in your truth, single-hearted and revering your name.” Psalm 86:11

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules this past week to meet with me during Parent Teacher Conferences. I always enjoy having the opportunity to sit down with each of you to talk about your child. I care so much for each child in our class and I love being able to share that with you. We are having a fantastic year. I have already seen so much growth and I am excited for this to continue! As always if you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

A look at next week:

Religion: Chapter 9

In Chapter 8, the students learned about God’s covenant and the Ten Commandments. They also learned about Jesus’ teaching of the Great Commandment. This week’s chapter will present the First Commandment, which teaches us that there is but one true God.

Language Arts: Please use the following link to view next week’s focus wall.

Lesson 2.8

4th Grade Reading Log

4th Grade Weekly Spelling Homework (The spelling words can be found by clicking on the Lesson link above.)

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Assessment

Students will:

  • Solve division word problems with remainders.
  •  Understand and solve division problems with a remainder using the array and area models.
  • Understand and solve two-digit dividend division problems with a remainder in the ones place by using place value disks.
  • Represent and solve division problems requiring decomposing a remainder in the tens.
  • Find whole number quotients and remainders.

Social Studies: Pilot Module: California Native Peoples & Missions
Students will:

  • encounter Native perspectives through images, stories, direct quotes, and videos.
  • learn about how Saint Junípero Serra expressed love for God and love for neighbor by respecting the dignity of Native Peoples and protecting the sacred work of the missions.
  • explore what it means to be a Catholic follower of Jesus in our world today and prayer experiences are included in each lesson.

Science:  Transfer of Energy in Collision

Students will:

  • Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
  • Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.

Upcoming Important Dates:

11/13 Tuesday: Math Mid Module 3 Assessment, P.E.

11/14 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), 12noon Dismissal

11/15 Thursday: Religion Ten Commandments Test (see pg 99 in Religion book)

11/16 Friday: Spelling/Journeys Lesson 2.8 Test, Religion Ch. 9 Test

11/19-11/23 Happy Thanksgiving!

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 11/2

Weekly Newsletter

“I ask only one thing from the Lord. This is what I want: Let me live in the Lord’s house all of my life. Let me see the Lord’s beauty. Let me look around in his Temple.” Psalm 27:4

A look at next week:

Religion: Chapter 8 Learning about God’s Law

In this chapter, students will learn about God’s covenant with Moses and the Israelites, the promise God kept by sending his Son, and Jesus’ teaching about God’s Law.

Language Arts: This week we will continue with Lesson 2.7 in Journeys.

Lesson 2.7

No Spelling Homework this week.

4th Grade Reading Log

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

Students will:

  • Connect the area model and the partial products method to the standard algorithm.
  • Solve two-step word problems, including multiplicative comparison.
  • Use multiplication, addition, or subtraction to solve multi-step word problems.

Social Studies: Pilot Module: California Native Peoples & Missions
Students will:

  • encounter Native perspectives through images, stories, direct quotes, and videos.
  • learn about how Saint Junípero Serra expressed love for God and love for neighbor by respecting the dignity of Native Peoples and protecting the sacred work of the missions.
  • explore what it means to be a Catholic follower of Jesus in our world today and prayer experiences are included in each lesson.

Science:  Transfer of Energy in Collision

Students will:

  • Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
  • Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.

Upcoming Important Dates:

11/5 Monday: 12noon Dismissal, Parent Teacher Conferences

11/6 Tuesday: P.E., 12noon Dismissal, Parent Teacher Conferences

11/7 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), 12noon Dismissal, Parent Teacher Conferences

11/8 Thursday:

11/9 Friday: Journeys Lesson 2.7 Test, Religion Ch. 8 Test

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter 10/26

Weekly Newsletter

“I pray that God, who gives you hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.” Romans 15:13

A look at next week:

Religion: Unit 1 Review

Chapter 1 Jesus- the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Chapter 2 Jesus Leads Us to Happiness

Chapter 3 Sin in Our World

Chapter 4 Our Conscience, Our Guide

Chapter 5 Celebrating Penance and Reconciliation

Language Arts: Please use the following link to view next week’s focus wall.

Lesson 2.7

4th Grade Weekly Spelling Homework (The spelling words can be found by clicking on the Lesson link above.)

4th Grade Reading Log

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

Students will:

  • Use place value disks to represent two-digit by one-digit multiplication.
  • Extend the use of place value disks to represent three- and four-digit by one-digit multiplication.
  • Multiply three- and four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers applying the standard algorithm.

Social Studies: Pilot Module: California Native Peoples & Missions
Students will:

  • encounter Native perspectives through images, stories, direct quotes, and videos.
  • learn about how Saint Junípero Serra expressed love for God and love for neighbor by respecting the dignity of Native Peoples and protecting the sacred work of the missions.
  • explore what it means to be a Catholic follower of Jesus in our world today and prayer experiences are included in each lesson.

Science:  Transfer of Energy in Collision

Students will:

  • Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
  • Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.

Upcoming Important Dates:

10/29 Monday:

10/30 Tuesday: Religion Unit 1 Open Book Test, P.E.

10/31 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required)

11/1 Thursday: All Saints Day 8am Mass and Pageant (formal uniform required)

11/2 Friday: Grandparents Day 9am-12noon, 12noon dismissal

4th Grade Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Newsletter

“You have shown me the path to life, and you make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at your right side, I will always be joyful.” -Psalm 16:11

A look at next week:

Religion: Chapter 6 The Liturgical Year and Chapter 7 Ordinary Time

This week’s assessment will cover both chapters.

Language Arts: Please use the following link to view next week’s focus wall.

Lesson 2.6

This week’s spelling list will be the same as last week. We will have modified spelling homework. The spelling homework will go home on Monday.

4th Grade Reading Log

Math: Module 3 Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

Students will:

  • Interpret and represent patterns when multiplying by 10, 100, and 1,000 in arrays and numerically.
  • Multiply multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 by single digits, recognizing patterns.
  • Multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit multiples of 10 with the area model.

Social Studies: I am really excited that our class has been selected to pilot the eLearning interactive curriculum California Native Peoples & Missions, which is based on California History-Social Science Framework, “California: A Changing State.”
Students will:

  • encounter Native perspectives through images, stories, direct quotes, and videos.
  • learn about how Saint Junípero Serra expressed love for God and love for neighbor by respecting the dignity of Native Peoples and protecting the sacred work of the missions.
  • explore what it means to be a Catholic follower of Jesus in our world today and prayer experiences are included in each lesson.

Science:  Transfer of Energy in Collision

Students will:

  • Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
  • Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Red Ribbon Week

10/22 Monday: Sock Out Drugs (wear fun socks)

10/23 Tuesday: National Disabilities Awareness Day (white ribbons), P.E.

10/24 Wednesday: 8am Mass (formal uniform required), Tie Down Drugs (wear ties after Mass)

10/25 Thursday: Throwback Thursday (dress in favorite era clothing), Journeys 2.6 Assessment, Chipotle Dinner Night Out

10/26 Friday: Red Shirts with Jeans, Religion Ch. 6 and 7 Test, Spelling 2.6 Test, P.E., Rosary 2:15pm