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In an effort to show our parents and other visitors what we are learning in class, we are working very hard on projects that will be displayed at our Open House, Jan. 31.
RELIGION - We are working on a poster that is reflecting our understanding of the Great Commandment. As we learn about the first commandment and how it is important to love God above all things, we will research a few saints and act out a particular event in the life of that saint to emphasize their love of God.
MATH - Multiplication of multi-digit numbers will be the focus of our math classes until most of the students have a clear understanding of its process. Studying of the facts is very important. It will help your child to stress less  as we learn how to multiply. We will teach a variety of methods, hoping to find a way which is easiest for each student. parents, don't be alarmed by the different strategies and don't try to teach your way, it only causes major confusion.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will continue our study of the Southeastern States by making a booklet that will show the difference between the Atlantic States, the Gulf States, and the Inland States. The finished product will be on display at Open House.
     READING - We are in the process of reading "The Tale of Despereaux". The goals associated with this novel are to be able to identify the various themes, know the characteristics of a fantasy, and recognize character traits of the main characters. Each student should be reading a book of their choice and working on three assignments from the tic-tac-toe sheet. The reading assignments are due Thursday, January 28.
     SPELLING - Our spelling words are contractions this week. Please study so you know where the apostrophe goes.
     ENGLISH - This week our "Buzzword" is adventurous. We will not have a prompt, like normal, but since we have our winter writing assessment, we will use the word adventurous in that writing assignment. It will be a short impromptu 15 minute writing.


RELIGION - We are studying about The Great Commandment and how it summarizes all the commandments. We will concentrate on the First Commandment and what it is we need to do to follow that commandment.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are learning about the early history of the Southeast states. Each student is part of a small group that will present a small portion of this history in skit form to the class.
MATH - We are reviewing the skills we learned in Unit 4 to prepare for a test scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13. We have gone over adding and subtracting decimals, metric conversion of millimeters, centimeters, and meters, and comparing and ordering decimals. The next unit will lead us into the multiplication of multi digit numbers.


Hopefully everyone has played, relaxed and rested over the recent holiday break. Believe it or not, we are only two weeks away from completing the first half of the school year. If the second half flies by as quickly as the first did, we need to surge ahead and get busy! There is still a lot to learn before we pass these current children on to fifth grade.
RELIGION - We have begun our study of Moses' plight to protect the Israelites and how he was chosen to expose his people to the Ten Commandments. The fourth grade will study each commandment to know and understand what they must do to follow the laws of God.
MATH - As we ease ourselves back into school mode, our goals in math this week are to be able to read, write and understand decimals through the thousandths place. We will also learn to convert millimeters to centimeters and centimeters to meters. We are expecting to complete Unit 4 this week and we are anticipating a test will be scheduled for next Tuesday. We will send a study guide home on Friday.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are outlining sections about the southeast to learn about the land, its climate and its natural resources. Outlining helps the students to recall information we have discussed in class.
     READING - Up to this point, we have been reading class novels that have been realistic fiction. This week we introduced the fantasy genre, helping the students recognize the characteristics of such writings.
     ENGLISH -  The "buzzword" this week is tedious. The prompt that will reiterate its meaning is: Tell about a tedious task that you were asked  to complete at home. The prompt will be due on Thursday, but could be pushed to Friday if we don't  get time to complete our rough draft.
    SPELLING - The words this week are plurals using s, es, or ies endings. Please take time to study with your children, the words are harder than usual.


The week is a busy one, but we are trying to maintain our academic schedule, even though we have a big production to perform this Thursday.
It appears we have completed all our activities for Winn Dixie and are ready to read "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". The students like to compare and contrast the events of their own Christmas performance.
Our Buzz Word this week is "elated". The prompt assigned to help the students understand this word is: Describe an event when you felt elated.
The words are not extremely difficult this week, but they are ones that could easily be misspelled. It is a busy time of year, but try to go over the spelling words some each evening. Several  students  are in need of constant repetition and study time.
RELIGION - As we learn about the season of Advent, we are encouraging the students to bring peacefulness to our little corner of the world. We will be working on our personal Jesse trees for the remainder of December to learn about the people that preceded the birth of Jesus.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will begin our study of the Southeast states, learning about the geography, the climate, and the natural resources. We will continue to learn to outline the important facts of the chapter. 
MATH - We are learning to recognize decimals to the nearest tenth, hundredth, and thousandth. We will also practice adding and subtracting decimals, emphasizing the importance of lining up the decimal points


The fourth grade actors' guild has been busily practicing for their presentation of "On Our Way To Bethlehem". They are taking pride in their parts with intent of sharing the Christmas story with utmost perfection. You will be amazed by their angelic voices and their awesome stage presence!


     We will review the sacrament of Reconciliation and learn about
God's forgiveness and everlasting love.
     We are learning how the Northeast progressed into modern times with the help of student presentations. Each group was responsible for constructing a poster to inform about their given topic. The students are in the process of sharing their information to the rest of the class. Our next endeavor will be to learn about the individual states of the Northeast.
     After the completion of our test on Wednesday, we will begin identifying decimals through the thousandths place. We will also learn to                                
compare and order decimals smallest to largest, as well as read and write them correctly.
     READING - We are hoping to complete "Because of Winn Dixie" before the Thanksgiving break. As we near the conclusion of the book, we are learning stories in the characters' lives that changed them forever. The students will have a chance to analyze each character and reflect how their life situations have changed them.
     WRITING - The "Buzzword" this week is efficient. The prompt is: What is the most efficient way to handle your busy evenings?
      SPELLING - It's a review! All children are expected to get a 100%


     The students did a great job last week at mass. They were able to get up in front of the congregation and report one fact about the saint they researched with confidence. With the saint reports completed, we are back in our text books. We are discussing the word conscience and understanding that we were given this gift of conscience to know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil. Some of our fourth graders graciously volunteered to color Veteran Coloring books which will be given to the veteran residents of The Laurels in Milford.
     We are continuing our study of the Northeast. We have completed written outlines about the geography, climate, and natural resources of the Northeast. We did illustrative outlining about the early history of the Northeast. Next we will make posters to show the growth that occurred in the Northeast.
     Math is requiring more intense thought. We are working with true and false number sentences, solving equations with parentheses, and solving open number sentences. Don't forget to practice multiplication facts each evening!
     READING - We are about halfway through "Because of Winn Dixie". Characters are an important part of this book. As the characters grow and become more apart of the story, we will be analyzing the traits and personality of each. We will also discuss the importance each character has in building the main character's person.
     WRITING -  Our "Buzzword" this week is diligent. The prompt is : Describe the study habits of a diligent student trying to make the second trimester more successful.
     SPELLING - I am expecting high grades on the spelling test this week. The list of words contain the long sounds of a,i, and o and they are not exceptionally challenging.


    We are in our final stages of completing our written saint reports. The oral reports, in which we our explaining the symbols we used to represent the saints we researched, are coming along very nicely. Most of the students have been able to get up with confidence and present their classmates with some interesting information.
     This week we will sharpen our word problem solving skills, work with true and false number sentences, and solve number sentences with parentheses. Multiplication facts should be studied a little each evening. It will only help make the multiplication of multi-digit numbers easier. We are expecting to give a Chapter 3 Test next week, probably Wednesday.  
     Fourth graders are learning to outline important information from their textbook. We have learned about the geography, the climate, and important natural resources of the Northeast region. We will tackle the  early history of the Northeast with an illustrative outline.
     READING - We are midway through the novel "Winn Dixie". We are working on analyzing the characters and learning the purpose that each character adds to understanding the themes presented in this story.
     WRITING - We will not assign a "Buzzword prompt" this week due to the fact that we are putting our energies in to completing the saint reports.
     SPELLING - Our spelling list this week include words that contain short vowel sounds. Most of our words can be spelled easily by sounding out the sounds, but some will require the students to study.


     The students are fervently working on their saint reports. Many are still researching to find out all they can about their assigned saints. Others are diligently using the knowledge they have acquired to write a well informed report on their saints. It is our intent to have the saint reports totally completed by early next week. Don't forget the second part of the saint project is to make a shield representing  a particular saint's life. This is due on Monday, November 2. The fourth grade students will share their prized shields at Mass next Thursday, November 5.
     We are practicing our multiplication facts repeatedly to recognize them immediately, hence the weekly timed tests. Study facts a little each day!
We will also learn to measure air distance and we will practice solving word problems for the remainder of the week.
     Our focus for the next couple of weeks will be on the Northeast region. We have made states and capital cards to use as study tools. Our newest endeavor is to learn how to outline facts from our textbook. We are learning about the geography and climate of the northeast region this week.
     READING - We are reading our way through Winn Dixie and learning how the main characters have influenced the way the story is progressing.
     WRITING - The Buzzword this week is "fortitude", significant as we research the lives of the saints. The prompt will be , "When will a person need to show fortitude and explain why."
     SPELLING - Our spelling list contains words using the many spellings for the short and long e sounds.


RELIGION - We will be spending a lot of time researching and writing about the saints we have been assigned. At this point we are researching information from books and internet resources. It is definitely okay to help them to find information on their particular saint. Help them find things that are somewhat easy for them to understand. When we think we have read and gathered enough information, we will begin writing the paragraphs for our reports. There is a definite outline we will be following, as we progress through this process.
MATH - Focus will be on memorizing the multiplication facts 0-12. It is important to know these facts with an immediate response. Knowing  the multiplication facts verbatim will help the process as we learn to multiply and divide multi-digit number
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are reviewing for the Chapter 2 Test and will start learning about the Northeast region.
     READING - Our newest class novel is "Because of Winn Dixie". As we read about the adventures of a friend and her dog, we will learn to recognize the themes within a story.
     SPELLING - Our word list contains words that have double letters. Some are easy, and of course some are rather difficult to spell. Be sure to study with your student some each evening.
     WRITING - Our buzz word this week is "cantankerous". The prompt will be : How do you feel when you are around a cantankerous person? The prompt will be due on Friday.


 By week's end the students should know the difference between venial and mortal sins and also sins of commission and sins of omission.
This week we will practice making bar graphs and line plots using a specific set of data. We will also learn a few methods to make subtraction easier. We are finding a method that helps your children get the correct answer most easily.
We will continue learning facts about the three branches of government, as well as doing our artistic rendition of the Capitol Building, the White House, and the Supreme Court Building. We will also learn about the Constitution and the rights and duties of a citizen.
Reading - We have finished Stone Fox and are now in the mode of finishing our Stone Fox projects. We will watch the movie and compare and contrast the movie form to the book form.
Writing - There will be no Buzzword Prompt this week, but I have some fun creative writing activities planned for almost every day.
Spelling - Our words this week will include the ch, tch, and sh sounds somewhere within the words.


RELIGION - This week our focus will be on sin.  We will learn ways that we sin by what we do and don't do. There will be a retake on the Beatitude Test this Thursday for those students who didn't do so well.
MATH - Our quest this week, has us reviewing some ways to add multi-digit numbers. We expose the students to different possibilities of solving problems in order to maybe find a way that helps them to connect to the process more easily. Some of the methods are helpful  and encourage solving problems mentally.   
SOCIAL STUDIES - This week we are concentrating on patriotism and the three branches of government. We will work on the lap tops to research
some of the symbols of patriotism. Another project that we will begin this week is our drawing of the three government buildings. Very impressive to see!
     READING - Our intention is to finish "Stone Fox". We have spent time analyzing the characters and the setting. Now we focus on the sequence of events that have built the story.
     WRITING - Our "Buzz Word" this week is repulsive. The prompt will be one in which the students will convince their reader to believe that a snake is or is not a repulsive creature.
     SPELLING - This week is a review week. There are words that are taken from our previous five lessons. Therefore, all students should get an A on their spelling test!


RELIGION - We are using our religion time to focus on the Pope's visit to the United States. We are sharing information that may help the children connect to something they may hear on the news as they are passing through for a snack. We will also finish our work on the beatitudes for the test that we will have on Friday.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are reviewing a lot of general information about the United States, as we prepare for our first Social Studies test. The students are always shocked by the length of this test and tend to become over anxious. It should go well for most because the material has been repeated over and over in class several times. Through the remainder of the week, we will learn about the cultural diversity that makes up the United States.
MATH - Our focus this week will be to recognize the place value of numbers in the millions. We should be able to read and write these rather large numbers with ease. We will also learn to recognize the landmark words, such as maximum, minimum, mode, range and median, when talking about a set of data.
     READING - We are midway through "Stone Fox" realizing the purpose of each character and  also understanding the affects the setting has on the outcome of the story.
     WRITING - Our "Buzz Word" this week is perplexed. The students are working on a prompt which tells about a time they were perplexed.
They will probably have a lot to talk about!
     SPELLING - The students are working with words that end with the suffixes er and est. They will be working with words that often change from their original base word.


     As we learn about the Beatitudes, we will be making a Beatitude booklet. The purpose of this booklet will help the students define and understand their job as disciples of Jesus.
     We are reviewing the math skills we learned in Unit 1 for the test that is happening on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
     Each Friday, we will take a timed test of one hundred math facts. For the first couple of months we will alternate addition and subtraction, and then eventually work to strengthen our knowledge of the multiplication facts. The goal is to improve each week, with hopes of reaching 100% within the 3-minute time limit.
     The week ahead has us learning about the various climates throughout the United States. We will also learn about the natural resources and how they affect how people make a living in the various regions.
   Reading - We are working our way through "Stone Fox" and learning about the main characters. As we read, we are always responding with a written response, taking every opportunity to practice and improve our writing skills.
   Writing - The "Buzzword" this week is rickety. The prompt is : Describe something you have seen that is rickety. The Final copy is due by Thursday.  We have been working on our weekly prompts during class, so the most you are probably seeing is the final copy.
   Spelling - The weekly packet is designed to have the students use the words and forcing them to practice spelling the words correctly. Please practice those words with your child each week before the Friday spelling test.