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WEEK OF MAR. 5-9

IT IS IOWA TESTING WEEK!
Please make sure your children are getting a good night's rest and a hearty healthy breakfast each morning.
We won't have every subject everyday this week, but we will attempt to devote equal time to all subjects.
This week will be a perfect time to work on the president's report for Ohio History - Due on March 16. Just to give you a heads up, there will be two other Ohio Projects coming your way!
     Famous Ohioan Oral Report - Due April 12
     ABC Book of Ohio - Due April 25
The directives for the other two projects will be handed out two or more weeks prior to the due date.

WEEK OF FEB. 20

Another short week to accomplish a full week's worth of business!
 
RELIGION - Emphasis this week will be on the first commandment, learning to respect and honor our God as the ultimate God.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - Our first goal is to have everyone complete their "Frindle"
7-paragraph summary. Plans are to begin reading our next novel, "The B.F.G.", an exciting novel by Roald Dahl. We are not assigning a written prompt this week, but there is a project we have in mind, that will help the students understand the word, "adventurous". In spelling, we are practicing adding -ing to words that require doubling the last letter, dropping the final e and just adding -ing.
 
MATH - This week we will strive to master multiplying with multiples of ten. We will also practice dividing with two-digit answers with remainders. Converting millimeters and centimeters is another skill we will take on.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We have started Ohio History! Many are expecting endless worksheets that require much research. Relax! Most of the work will be done during class time. There will be three projects that will be worked on mostly at home, but have no fear, you will be given at least a two week preparation time to help your children complete the assignments. This time in social studies is meant to be a fun learning time, a time to learn about the state in which they live.
 

WEEK OF FEB.12

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
 
Fourth Graders are permitted to hand out Valentines if they wish. If they choose to do so, it is required that they give to everyone in their class. Traditionally, every student in fourth grade will receive a heart with a positive comment from each classmate. A long-time keepsake!
 
RELIGION - The commandments will be the focus of our religion classes for the next several weeks. We will study each commandment separately. Due to the start of Lent, we will focus on our purpose to pray and sacrifice.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We're finishing the novel,"Frindle" and completing any unfinished worksheets. Our final assignment for "Frindle" will be a seven-paragraph summary. We are presently working on an organizer to help the students organize their thoughts before writing the seven paragraphs. Spelling this week includes words with suffixes. The vocabulary word for the week is "anticipate". The prompt will have the students writing about the report card they are anticipating at the end of the trimester.
 
MATH - Long division will be our main concern this week. We'll keep practicing until the process is considered an easy task. We will also review similar and congruent shapes and review multiplying by multiples of 10.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are reviewing information that we learned about the Midwest region. The test is scheduled for this Thursday. Be sure to remind your children to study the Midwest states and capitals. Next week, we will start Ohio History!

WEEK OF JAN. 29

HAPPY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS' WEEK!
 
If you were able to come to Open House, you were able to see the products of your children's hard work. We were able to have at least one piece of work for each subject. I am extremely proud of their consistent efforts to complete all their work.
 
RELIGION - We will begin our actual study of Moses and the Ten Commandments. We will learn the terms and general information before we learn to live each commandment.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will attempt to get near to finishing "Frindle". As we indulge in the next few chapters, we will learn to recognize minor, major, and flat characters and try to understand their point of view and purpose in the story. The spelling words will include those that end with er, or, and ar. "Tradition" is the word of the week. Our prompt will have the students tell about one of their family traditions. As we prepare to write the prompt, we will discuss some of the Catholic traditions we celebrate.
 
MATH - This week we will work with fractions, learn to multiply with three or more digits, and revisit polygons.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will continue our study of the Midwest and focus on the types of transportation that developed there.

WEEK OF JAN. 15

We've got a couple of busy weeks ahead, and the weather is not being very cooperative. We will be working on a project in every subject, in hopes of impressing our parents and visitors on Open House Sunday.
 
RELIGION - In preparation for our study of the Ten Commandments, we have followed Moses through the Ten Plagues. Our religion project involves the plight of Moses and the Israelites.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will continue through the novel "Frindle" and watch main character, Nick Allen, grow up and become famous because of his curiosity in fifth grade. Skills being covered this week will be the use of idioms, understanding the cause and effect of situations, and interpreting the characters' opinions. Our word of the week is elated. It looks like we will create a comic strip to reflect the elatedness of some character. Many students were confused by the spelling words with ie or ei spellings, so those who received below an 85% will retake last week's spelling test on Friday.
 
MATH - The week in math includes fraction comparisons, rate word problems, and multiplying three digit numbers.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We're reviewing for our Southeast test, which will be on Thursday. Our next region to study will be the Midwest.
 
Have a good week, stay warm, and know there's relief coming! 
 

WEEK OF JAN. 8

Happy New Year Everyone!
Within a week or so, we will have reached the half way point of this school year! How time does fly when you're having fun and you're pressed to make some accomplishments.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We have started our new class novel "Frindle". It's a story about a fifth grade boy who has fun with a made up word that eventually makes him famous. We will watch the growth of the characters from the beginning of the book to the end. Throughout the story, we will come across many idioms, which will be the basis for some of our assignments.
Spelling this week will emphasize words with the "ie" or "ei" vowel combinations. Students will have a spelling menu to complete this week. They will need to complete activities totaling 10 points.
Our word of the week is "ambition". Our prompt will have our students telling about ambitions for future endeavors.
 
RELIGION - We are beginning our study of the Ten Commandments. This week
we will start by learning about the plight of Moses and the ten plaques, which will eventually lead us to him receiving the Ten Commandments.
 
MATH - We've just started to introduce dividing with remainders. The students are hesitant to learn something new, but excited for the challenge. This is the beginning set-up for long division.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are presently studying about the early history of the Southeast Region. Students are preparing skits to present to the class. Each group has a time in southeast history to present  to help their classmates understand the sequence of events that took place. I was hoping for a test this Friday, but it's looking more like early next week.

WEEK OF DEC. 4

The fourth grade is busily preparing for their upcoming Christmas play. They are tuning their voices to sound like the celestial choirs of heavenly angels.  They are making every effort to act their parts to portray the characters of Jesus' time.
They are getting ready to perform "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever".
Our days are busy and filled with joy as we work through this Advent season. Our hearts are filled with prayer, our souls are filled with song, our hands are working to help others and our heads are bursting with knowledge. Happy December!

WEEK OF NOV. 13

We are never lacking anything to do to pass the time in fourth grade. The minutes fly by each day like the soaring of an eagle through the sky!
 
RELIGION - We are learning that God graciously gave us a conscience to know the difference between good and evil and right and wrong. We're working on recognizing our own wrongs, before quickly pointing out the wrong doings of others.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will finish reading "Winn Dixie" and all the activities associated with this story. Our final task will be to recognize why the characters and different settings were significant to the plot  and would the story be different if they weren't visible at all. Our "Buzzword" this week will be "fortitude". Since the characters in Winn Dixie had faced some hardships in their lives, the students will choose a character and tell how that person showed fortitude in dealing with their strives. Spelling words this week are dealing with adding suffixes to words that require dropping the final e, doubling the last consonant, or changing y to I. There will be no spelling menu this week due to the fact that we have Writers Workbook pages that coincide with our spelling list.
 
MATH - The students will be dealing with measurement from cup, to pint, to quart, to half gallon, to gallon. Keep practicing those multiplication facts nightly. The students are enjoying watching their progress grow on their chart that shows how many  they're getting correct each week.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES -The students are presenting group posters to the rest of the class, hoping to teach them something about the history of the Northeast. We will also learn which of the Northeast states are New England states and which are Mid Atlantic states. There will be a test next Tuesday on the Northeast and also on its state locations and capitals.

WEEK OF NOV. 6

There seems to be some normalcy returning, as the children come down from their Halloween sugar highs and the werewolf effects from the full moon! We have to get in as much teaching time as possible because the holiday excitement will soon strike our classrooms!
 
RELIGION - The saint reports are in final production and we should see completion soon. All students did well in explaining their saint shields and should be commended for their hard work.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - As we continue reading "Winn Dixie", students will learn to recognize the role of each character and what importance they have in making the plot progress. Our writing efforts this week will focus around what affects the mood of a cantankerous person. Our Buzzword, this week is obviously "cantankerous. The spelling words this week all contain the "oy" or "oi" spellings.
 
MATH - Fractions, mixed numbers, and multiplication facts will be subjects of this week's lessons.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - Early history of the northeast region will hopefully spark some interest when we begin talking about Indians, settlers, colonists, the American Revolution and independence.

WEEK OF OCT. 23

Many thanks to those who came to conferences last week! It's always a wonderful feeling to know that parents are in full compliance to help their children have a successful school year!
 
RELIGION - By now you have hopefully seen the requirements for the saint shield that is due next Monday. In class, we are diligently working on the saint report, taking one paragraph at a time to portray the life of the saint your child is researching.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - Emphasis in spelling and grammar will be on irregular verbs. There will be no prompt this week, due to the effort and time we are spending on our saint reports. In reading, we're meeting new characters and realizing their importance to the story, as we continue to read "Winn Dixie".
 
MATH - We have learned some tricks in learning the 9s, 10s, 11s, and 12s multiplication facts. We will finish up the week learning to read and write large numbers in the hundred millions place.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We've started our study of the Northeast Region. We've made flashcards for the states and capitals of the Northeast. Try to mention the states and capitals in daily conversation, so your child is familiar with them come test time. Each student is working on finding information relating to a northeast state, which will be transferred into a state project. 

WEEK OF OCTOBER 9

I am sorry for any lack of communication last week. It appears I didn't push the save button after completing my weekly blurb and therefore my information was deleted! We always tell the kids, we learn from our mistakes!
The week is a short one, but equally packed with many learning experiences!
 
RELIGION - We are beginning to research the saints to learn what their focus in life may have been, and what sort of experiences they encountered that led them down the path to sainthood. We will be working on the reports in class for the next couple of weeks. We will send home directions for the saint shields early next week.
 
MATH - We will review the properties of multiplication and begin our focus on multiplication facts to acquire sufficient speed and accuracy. Bring out those multiplication cards, dust them off and begin practicing the facts several times a week. 
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - The students are enjoying "Because of Winn Dixie". We have been focusing on cause and effect because there are many examples to choose from in this story. The students  have been working on a project to illustrate such examples. This week, we will hit upon the art of summarizing, learning to write a short version of what has happened in the story.
Spelling this week includes words that have the ou and ow spellings within a word. You may have noticed the spelling menu we sent home. These are activities that the students can do throughout the week to reinforce their ability to spell the words for the weekly test. We will use this method to for awhile
and see if it is helping the students remember their weekly words.
Our "Buzzword" this week is repulsive. Don't be offended, Moms, we are asking them to write about the most repulsive dish you have served at home. They are going to put their thoughts in letter form. This should prove to be an interesting task!
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are reviewing information we have learned from Chapter 2. There will be a Test on Thursday to assess their knowledge. Reviewing about the three branches of government, the idea of supply and demand and the factors of production will be covered on the test.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25

We have another busy week ahead! We are celebrating Everybody Counts and learning about the motor impairments that many people have and how they have to compensate for their disabilities. Thanks to Jill Reineck, Sheila Martin, Kim Chamberlin and Shannon Wenstrup for their efforts in helping the fourth grade understand these disabilities that people have to face day in and day out.
 
RELIGION - We seem to have a better understanding of the Beatitudes and the Kingdom of God. Many have memorized the popular sayings and appear to be ready for a test on the Beatitudes. Thursday will be the judgement day. We will be moving on to the understanding of free will, temptation, and sin. I expect it will be a review and we should be able to move through this subject quickly.
 
MATH - This week, we will review lines, angles, triangles, rectangles, squares and rectangles. Terms like millimeters, centimeters, meters, inches, feet and yards will also surface this week.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will be finishing "Stone Fox" and the activities that reinforced the skills we have been focusing on. Spelling words have been tough, so make sure your children are spending time studying their words or reviewing them on Spelling City. The Buzzword for the week is rickety. The students will be describing a rickety object that is displayed in a picture, for this week's prompt.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will begin our studies of the three branches of government, knowing their purpose, who is involved, and where they work. 

WEEK OF SEPT. 18

Thanks to all who came to "Meet the Teacher" night. It was a pleasure talking with you and sharing information with you. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask and we will gladly try to answer  to your satisfaction.
 
RELIGION - We're working to  fully understand the meanings of the Beatitudes and what message Jesus was trying to give to us in regards to helping others.
 
MATH - We will work with elapsed time and rounding numbers before taking our cumulative test 3. At the end of the week, our timed test will focus on subtraction this week.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We have almost completed "Stone Fox", but won't read the exciting ending until next week.  The skills we've been working on throughout the story have been cause and effect, sequencing events and context clues. We do not have a buzz word this week, but we still are working on our prompt for treacherous from last week. Our prompt is a newspaper article describing the who, what, when and where of a treacherous scene. There is a spelling list this week to study. Be sure to have your child(ren) practice on Spelling City this week!
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - This week we will learn about the cultural diversity that came to the United States as immigrants and spread out into the rural, urban, and suburban areas of our country.

WEEK OF SEPT. 11

I am looking forward to talking with all of you at "Meet the Teacher" night. Mrs. Schweickart and I will present together so you can get an overall picture of your child's year in fourth grade.
The week ahead is another busy one. We're still presenting routines and trying to establish them as we work through different areas of our curriculum. New teachers, new procedures, new routines, and new expectations will all become second nature to our students very soon. It's a slow moving process!
 
RELIGION - The focus this week will be the Beatitudes. It is a challenge to bring the Beatitudes down to a level in which the students can relate and understand.
 
MATH - We're hitting on several topics this week which are skills that have been taught in previous years, but are good to review and learn if there is complete understanding among the students. The easiest, being temperature and expanded form  and the more challenging skills focusing on adding columns with regrouping and expanded time.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - This week is the first week we are having spelling and vocabulary work at the same time. Our timing is off a little because we're trying to finish our prompt from last week, before starting our new one this week. All students have signed up for Spelling City and should be working on the activities throughout the week. The "Buzzword" this week is "treacherous". We will work on a newspaper article that will report on a treacherous situation.  We are still reading "Stone Fox" and trying to relate to the hardships that Little Willy has to face. We will add a little drama to our reading activities and act out some of the scenes from the book.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are spending a good part of our time working on our elevation maps and reviewing for our first test. The first test is always one that shocks them because it is filled with information, but it is a good learning experience that prepares them for future assessments. We will finish up the week learning about the different climates and natural resources found throughout the United States. 

WEEK OF SEPT. 5

 I hope your Labor Day weekend was fun and relaxing. It significantly marks the end of summer freedom and the continuance of a year working with a bunch of magnificent students, who are willing to learn and absorb whatever they can each day. The week ahead is short, but busy!
 
RELIGION - This week we will discuss how trust in Jesus leads us to peace within ourselves and in our relations with others. The Beatitudes will be introduced and we will learn how it is our duty to treat others as Jesus would like.
 
MATH - The focus of this week is to review subtraction using multi-digit numbers with and without regrouping. At the end of each week, we almost always review math facts, (whether it be addition, subtraction, or multiplication) with a 3-minute timed test. The purpose is to encourage each student to work hard to improve their scores from the previous week, with speed and accuracy. As the students reach perfection in accuracy, then they will work on their speed. When a student knows the facts, it is easier for them to progress through the process of solving problems, because they're able to recall the facts quickly.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - There will not be a spelling test this week, due to the short week, but we will introduce their first vocabulary word, otherwise known as a "Buzzword". With each weekly vocab word, there is a prompt assigned that will focus on different kinds of writings that will be due at the end of each week. The first "Buzzword" is ability. We will start our second class novel, "Stone Fox". This week we will focus on character traits, cause and effect, and sequence of events.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - As we learn general facts about the U.S., we will spend this week learning about the various landforms that stretch from the east coast to the west coast. We will also learn the meaning of elevation and show our understanding by making an elevation map of the U.S. using modeling clay.
 
Have a great week!