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WEEK OF AUGUST 28

The year is off to an amazing start!  All the students are energetic and quite eager to learn. We spent the first couple days learning about each other, doing fun activities that encouraged the students to interact with various classmates. Hopefully, you may have heard about our snowball fight, our experience with toothpaste and a toothpick, and our team building activity to build the highest structure using spaghetti and marshmallows. It was certainly enjoyable to watch the class work together to problem solve and interact with each other in a way that you would expect Catholic school children to act.
We have actually delved into our books to start the year rolling!
 
RELIGION - The main topics of discussion this week will be the Incarnation, seeing Jesus as divine and human and also discipleship, learning to recognize our duties to fulfill Jesus' wishes.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - In Reading, we have started our first class novel, Freckle Juice. It is a quick read in which we will recognize some obvious character traits among the characters and there is an easy plot to follow as we make our way through the five chapters. The first spelling list could be a challenge, but
each day we use the words in activities to help them learn how to spell these words. Friday is our designated spelling test day! In English, we are working with nouns. So far, it seems to be an easy start for the students.
 
MATH - At the beginning of the week, we took a benchmark test to find a good starting place for our students. They did quite well, so we are starting on Lesson 11. We will be working on solving for missing numbers in addition and subtraction number sentences and by week's end we will be adding three-digit numbers.  There is no stopping these children!
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - Throughout the year, we will study the five regions of the United States with a side trip to learn about Ohio History. Right now we are reviewing a lot of general information and terms relating to the geography of the U.S.

WEEK OF MAY 15

THE END IS NEAR!   We're tying up all our loose ends this week.
     Tuesday - May 16 - West States and Capitals Test
      Wednesday - May 17 - Ten Commandments Test
      Thursday - May 18 - 50 States and Capitals Test
      Friday - May 19 - Mystery Book Report Due

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

OUR TEACHER FOR THE DAY, MR. CLIFTON, HAS ANNOUNCED "NO HOMEWORK" FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW IS "OUT OF UNIFORM DAY!
THANK YOU MR. CLIFTON!

WEEK OF MAY 8

Many thanks for all the cards, flowers, candy, snacks, and adult beverages that were bestowed on me for Teachers' Appreciation Week. I am very grateful for each and everyone of you and the graces you share with me day in and day out!
I know the countdown is on, but the students' countdown is going much faster than mine. I still have much planned in the next weeks, but my dear students seem to think we are in our final days. I will still persist with my agenda despite the push back!
There are still a few pressing items to get through before the end. The book clubs in my reading class still have a book to complete, as well as a group poster to present. Don't forget the Mystery Book Report is due Friday, May 19. Each student is to design a game (to be played by classmates) that reflects what there mystery book was about.
Students should be studying for the Fifty States and Capitals Test which will be given next Thursday, May 18. We will be practicing in class!
There will also be a Ten Commandments Test next week. Students will have to write them from memory!
Hang in there, it's almost over!!
4B was the best represented class at Marco's Pizza recently, so that means 4B gets a pizza party this Wednesday, May 10, at lunch.
Also, remember the fourth grade goes to the Appalachian Festival on Friday, May 12. Send your child in uniform, send snack because we're not stopping to eat lunch, and send money to buy souvenirs. PRAY FOR WONDERFUL, SUNNY WEATHER!
 

WEEK OF MAY 1

The final weeks of this school year are here! We still have many loose ends to tie up before our year ends.
In Religion, we have to finish our study of the Ten Commandments.
In Reading, we have our book study clubs in place to help us finish our six historical fiction books. Book report requirements for the mystery game were sent home last Friday. Don't let your child(ren) wait for the last minutes to complete this project.
In English/Writing, we still have various writing forms to experience before our year ends.
In Math, we're going to work with fractions , mixed numbers, improper fractures, common denominators, and equivalent fractions.
And in Social Studies, we will be taking our Ohio History test this Thursday, and moving on to finish the last two regions of the United States, the Southwest and the West. I'm not worried, we can accomplish it all!

WEEK OF APRIL 24

I hope your spring break with your children was eventful, but relaxing and I hope your Easter was holy, but memorable!
There are five weeks left to fill your children's brains with educational and inspirational thoughts to help them accept the challenges of future grades. They thought they were coming back to fun and games and little work. Much to their dismay, we are still forging ahead at full speed! There is still going to be homework responsibilities to fulfill, new books to be read, projects to be completed, tests to assess the knowledge they have achieved, and lifetime experiences to embrace!
Please be aware that the April Tic-Tac-Toe Reading Activities are Due Friday, April 28. If your child has completed this assignment, it would be wise to get them started on a mystery book, required for their May book report. Directions will be sent home on Friday. 
We just started multiplying two 2-digit numbers in math. If your child is having difficulty, please lend a helping hand!
Next week, we will have our final test for Ohio History! Students can study the content that is in their Ohio History notebook! We will be reviewing everything in class.
We have started our historical fiction books clubs this week. Each student has been assigned to one of five books to read and discuss with other students reading the same book. This is a new experience for them in hopes to encourage reading here and beyond.
 
 

Week of April 10

The main focus of this week is to get our fourth graders prepared for their presentation of The Stations of the Cross. They are getting their hearts and minds ready to act out the most prayerful presentation of all Catholic prayers. It is scheduled for Thursday at 12:00 in the Church.
 
The second most important thing to focus on would be the completion of the ABC Books of Ohio. I've gotten a glimpse of some in progress and I'm quite impressed. The students' goal throughout this project has been to be informative and to make their book eye appealing for their readers.
 
Besides our stations and ABC Book, we are expected to finish our next class novel "Sarah Plain and Tall". It is an easy-read an and example of an historical fiction, telling of a family living on the prairie in the early 1800s. When we get back from spring break, we'll tackle another historical fiction book. There will be no Spelling Packet or Buzzword Prompt due to the short week.
 
The main focus for math will be reading and writing of decimals to the thousandths place and then on to multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000.
 
Have a fun filled spring break and a Blessed Easter! There are only 6 more weeks of hard work left, when the children return!

WEEK OF APRIL 3

We are nearing that point where everyone is in need of a break. They have steadily kept up with the rugged demands we have made over the last month or so. There has been a change in their somewhat routine with us adding a few long term projects into the mix of their ordinary homework. They have had to manage their time to make adjustments to fit everything into their busy schedules. The life of a fourth grader has been stressful lately! (not to mention the stress that has been put on you as parents to give these little darlings the little extra push they needed to start and then that last push to complete those long term projects). Looking ahead, there are three more long term projects to look forward to: 1) ABC book of Ohio - Due April 14  2) Tic-Tac-Toe reading activities -Due April 28 and 3) May Book Report - Due May 19.

WEEK OF MARCH 27

It's a busy week for handing in long-term assignments. On Wednesday, March 29 , the Tic-Tac-Toe Reading assignments are due. The students have been reading their current book through the month of March and have three activities to choose from that need to be completed. Hopefully, all have managed their time to complete this project on time!
Also due this week, is The Famous Ohioan Oral Report. Students should be preparing and practicing the report for Friday's due day. All students must be prepared to present on Friday. We will not get to everyone on Friday, but we will get to everyone by Monday or Tuesday. Students have been told that they may use cards to prompt them and keep them organized, but they may not read directly from the cards. The intent is to inform their classmates of famous Ohioans, to research through various resources, and to present with confidence. Hopefully, the week will not be stressed filled, but a time to learn something new!

WEEK OF MARCH 20

Happy Spring Everyone!
The months, weeks, and days are quickly passing us by! We have a lot to still accomplish!
 
RELIGION - We will finish our study of the Fourth Commandment this week! I'm sure that since the fourth graders truly understand the meaning of the Fourth Commandment now, they will be able to share their knowledge with their siblings and all be perfect children for you. On another note, it is a tradition that the fourth graders act out the Stations of the Cross. In the next few weeks, we will study each station so that the children understand the impact that Jesus made on the world. Holy Thursday is the day and the time is 12:00 in church.
 
MATH - We will be studying various topics this week in Math, from dividing with zeros in the answer to working with geometric transformation and finding the fraction of a set. It doesn't look like it will cause too much frustration for the students.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - One project down, two to go! The students' next attempt to learn something on their own  about Ohio will be with their Famous Ohioan oral report, which is due Friday, March 31. Each day we are learning new things about Ohio. We are constantly adding information to our notebooks to help us learn and understand Ohio history.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - The students are still fully engrossed in "The Tale of Despereaux" , now trying to figure out how all the main characters' thoughts and actions will come together to finish the story. Be aware that the Tic-Tac-Toe Reading activities are due on Wednesday, March 29. Students should be close to finishing their book soon.
Spelling this week includes many homophones. They will have to be familiar with each words meaning so they know which homophones are being used in a sentence.
The "Buzzword" is scrumptious. It is the students' job to portray the meaning of scrumptious in an advertisement. As you have probably noticed, we have been introducing different forms of writing to replace the normal paragraph prompts, in hopes of building an experience and knowledge of many different kinds of written communication.

WEEK OF MARCH 13

It's Testing Week! We will test each morning, usually from around 9-11. Encourage your children to do their best each day! Homework load should be light all week!(perfect for working on a president report that is due on Friday)  In fact, there will be no prompt or spelling packet this week. We are doing our best to hit all subjects areas throughout this week.
RELIGION - We will be studying the fourth commandment "Honor thy father and mother". This is the one commandment that we should have studied extensively since birth, so that their school years would go more smoothly.
LANGUAGE ARTS - Miggery Sow, the third major character in Despereaux, is coming to life as we read the third section. They will learn how Despereaux, Roscurro, Miggery Sow and the Princess begin to intertwine within each others' lives. Students should be reading for their next monthly reading activities. The Tic-Tac-Toe sheet was given to the students on Friday. It will be due Wednesday, March 29.
MATH - The key words in math this week will be millimeters and fractions of a set. We may get stumped a little, but we always find our way to understanding with some patience.
SOCIAL STUDIES - Your child has received the guidelines for each of the Ohio Projects today. Help them to organize their time! We've been having fun adding information to our notebooks about Ohio. Don't forget the Ohio President report is due on Friday.

WEEK OF MARCH 6

     It seems every week just flies by leaving us standing in our own storm of dust. There is still so much to do!
The Iowa Standardized Tests are happening next week. We will start Monday,March13 and end by Friday, March 17. We are scheduled to test an hour to an hour and a half each morning. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and is fed a nourishing breakfast each morning. We have been preparing for these tests by practicing test taking strategies in reading and  math. The students have actually been doing fairly well with the practice questions.
We have a new interest in Social Studies, that will be around for the next six weeks! It's Ohio History! It will be a quick fast paced race learning as much about Ohio as we can. In class, we will use an interactive notebook to keep track of our learnings. At home, there will be three assignments to work on, an Ohio president report, a famous Ohioan oral report, and an ABC Book about Ohio. Directions and due dates for each project will be coming home this week. Just remember, things will be FAST PACED for the next six weeks!
A few changes are taking place this week in language arts. You have probably noticed that there is no spelling packet this week. We decided to work through "Spelling City" and assign required time each evening this week. the prompt this week will be in letter form versus a paragraph. Please be advised that the March reading activities will be due Wednesday, March 29. Your child should be reading a chapter book with at least 100 pages. The Tic-Tac-Toe activities will be distributed next week.
There are no major changes for Religion and Math this week. We will continue to follow the texts and forge ahead. 
 

WEEK OF FEB. 27

It's hard to believe that we have completed two-thirds of the school year already! It's at this time of year where we are teaching new things constantly and the intenseness of difficulty has increased. Those who used to find everything easy are experiencing new challenges, while those who were already having difficulty are facing bigger challenges.
 
In Math, our main challenge is learning the long division process. It will get easier as we take more time to practice in class.
In Language Arts, we are expecting their writings to be more polished and filled with more content. Many students are resisting, just because it's more time consuming. Reading novels requires students to read between the lines and make inferences about the characters and the plot of the story. Answers to comprehension questions need to be more detailed and less simplistic.
In Social Studies and Science, it's time for students to build on previous facts making connections and expanding their knowledge.
 
At this point in fourth grade, we're taking steps to prepare them for fifth grade. It's time for them to accept the challenge and to think and make decisions on their own. As fourth graders, they are responsible for managing their time to get things finished. It's time for them to do things on their own without parental pushing.

WEEK OF FEB. 13

 We're nearing the end of the second trimester and many children are in need of scissors, glue, pencils and colored pencils or markers. Please check with your children to see if they need any school supplies to get them through the rest of the year.  
 
LANGUAGE ARTS
We are in the midst of reading "The Tale of Despereaux". The girls are enjoying the story of royalty in a castle with kings, queens, and princesses, while the boys are enjoying the parts about the rats in the dungeon. It's nice to see that they all are enjoying the book and are joyous when we take time to read it. We will spend some time acting out significant parts of this book to help us comprehend the story better and to share our dramatic talents.
The students have been reading silently for 10 minutes each day in preparation for their first attempts at some kind of book report assignment. They have been given a TicTacToe reading assignment where they will choose three activities in a row to do about the book they have read. The first three activities will be due Tuesday, February 28.
There is a spelling packet this week that will be due on Thursday. Due to the short week, we will not have a "Buzzword Prompt" this week.
 
RELIGION
 Learning about the Second Commandment and how we can live it is on the agenda for the week. We will emphasize the importance of the word "God"
and learn the need to respectfully use it.
 
MATH
We just learned how to display data in a pictograph, a bar graph, a line graph, and a circle graph. Our next challenges will be to multiply three digits
together and understand the purpose of exponents.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
We have begun our study of the Midwest Region. The students will be assigned a state from the Midwest to research for their next regional project.
We will learn about the region's geography, climate and natural resources. Ohio History is just around the corner!

WEEK OF JAN. 30 - FEB. 3

Thanks to all who attended our Open House. The students were eager to show off all their hard work. I have to say I was quite proud of them!
This week we will attempt to get back to our normal schedule, but there are some special activities as part of our schedule that may hinder significant progress!
 
LANGUAGE ARTS
     Reading - We are about to begin our next class novel, "The Tale Of Despereaux".  It is another fantasy in which a tiny little mouse impacts so many lives within the castles' walls. The focus will be to realize that all the characters do not follow the same path and that they also have different points of view.
     Writing - We will begin using Google Docs and Google Classroom to write our rough draft of the prompt. The students will share their writings with me and I will be able to make suggestions to make their writings better. They will edit and adjust their rough draft by adding new information, deleting unnecessary words and making changes to make their prompt more interesting.
     Spelling - The list is all review words this week. It should be an easy time studying!
 
RELIGION - We have learned a little about each commandment. Now we are going to concentrate on the first commandment and understand its content and what we can do to live that commandment .
 
MATH - We are going to learn to compare fractions. Are they smaller, greater, or equal in size? We will attempt to also  order fractions from least to greatest. We will end the week with multiplying three digit numbers!
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will review this week and try to correlate everything we've learned about the southeast , in preparation for a test to be given early next week. Don't forget that the southeast states and capitals will also be included on the test!