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The end of the first trimester is upon us. With the second trimester, comes holidays, Christmas play, winter weather, and many more academic challenges.
RELIGION - We are diligently working to complete our saint reports. For many, the end is very near. We have headed back to our textbooks and we are learning about the different kinds of sin.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will finish the book "Because of Winn Dixie" by the end of the week. The students are working on a poster, showing the characters with riddles to describe them. The word for the week is diligent. The students will write a review of their first trimester and explain how they will be more diligent for the second trimester. Spelling list this week include words with the oi and oy sounds.
MATH - We are beginning our quest to divide. We will start out simple and progressively get more challenging. We will also touch upon prime and composite numbers this week.
SOCIAL STUDIES - Our newest challenge is to learn about our economy and the role the government plays. We will also learn about the different types of economies.


It seems we have made it through all the various celebrations that have been occurring throughout October. As we work our way through the activities of November and December, we will work hard with thankfulness and gratitude in mind.
RELIGIONWe have been diligently working on our rough draft for our saint reports. We are hoping to complete the first writing and the revising and editing process by week's end, so we can produce the final copy.
LANGUAGE ARTS - Reading "Because of Winn Dixie" has been keeping us entertained. It's been a fun book to read as we recognize character traits, settings, and visible themes. Our prompt this week will actually be a revised edition of the third paragraph of our saint report. The word "fortitude" will have to be infused strategically as we tell the reasons the researched saint became a saint. The spelling list this week will include many of the contractions we use in our writings.
MATH - The division facts are creeping into the picture. Practice with multiplication and division facts are a must. It will be helpful to the students as we work with multi-digit numbers to multiply and divide.
SOCIAL STUDIES - Since this is the week of voting, we will learn about the three branches of government, compare the federal and state responsibilities, and as citizens of the U.S., learn about our rights and responsibilities.


Conferences last week were very encouraging and positive. We all seem to be heading in the same direction for the betterment and success of our children.
This week we welcome several parents into our classroom to help us become  aware of the hardships that our disabled friends endure on a daily basis.
And academically we will be very busy.
RELIGION - The students are busy researching their saints in order to prepare for their written report. Hopefully, the saint shield you are working on at home is coming along. Remember, shields are due in on October 30th.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We have recently begun our third novel of the year, "Because of Winn Dixie". It's about a girl and her dog and the friendships that develop around them. The focus of the story  revolves around the growth of the various characters and their personal situations. In the first five chapters, the students have been entertained by the situations the dog gets involved in.
The vocabulary word of the week is "cantankerous". We will be writing a descriptive paragraph on how to handle such a person. The spelling list is full of compound words, some easy and some difficult. Be sure to encourage your child to study with "Spelling City"
MATH - This week we will add and subtract decimals, round and estimate multiplication problems, and begin developing the skill of multiplying multi-digit numbers. Daily practice of the multiplication facts will help the process of multiplying larger numbers easier.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We have learned some basic facts about the American Revolution and now we will learn how the state of Ohio was affected by the same war. We will have a test on Friday on the material covered in Chapter 2, Lessons 1 and 2 (pages 48-63).


4B IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF YOUR HELP! 4A IS WAY AHEAD OF US IN THE COLLECTION OF FUN RUN DONATIONS. We don't tend to be overly competitive,  but there is no way we want 4A to beat us. If you have not donated yet, please consider making a small donation to our cause. Every little bit helps!
The week ahead is a busy one! Of course, we still have to get through our classes, but we have some serious celebrating to do and we can't forget about the Fun Run.
RELIGION - It's that time of year for the fourth grade to begin working on their saint reports. I will assign each student a particular saint to research.(usually the students will get a saint that relates to their own first or middle name) If their names are not associated with a saint, we will try to assign a saint that they may have a connection with somehow. Directives will be coming home soon concerning the saint shield that will be completed at home. We'll do the research here at school and write the report and you'll work on the shield at home.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We've completed Stone Fox and are working this week on learning about famous people who had a hard time getting started and experienced failures before their success occurred. We're identifying character traits with the articles we are reading. There will be no prompts this week. The spelling list is a review of past words that seem to be most frequently misspelled.
MATH - We will be working with mixed numbers on a number line and measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch. Students should be practicing their multiplication facts on a regular basis. Many are well on their way to speed and accuracy, while others still need lots of practice.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will be learning the basic history of the United States, starting with the Native Americans and the European settlers. We will see how both groups intermingled to set the history of the U.S. in motion.


Another busy week ahead for our fourth graders!
 RELIGION - We've drawn pictures to help us understand the Beatitudes, we've played games to help us memorize the Beatitudes, and we've had discussions. The Beatitudes test is this Thursday for sure.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will finish Stone Fox this week and learn of the dramatic ending Willy faces. Our vocabulary word of the week is "Repulsive". Don't be alarmed if you get a letter from your son or daughter this week complaining about food that you have cooked that is just repulsive, because that's what our prompt is all about! Don't take offense, it's a teacher driven assignment. Spelling words this week contain words that have the "j" or "soft g" sounds.
MATH - Our focus this week revolves around fractions, naming fractions, drawing pictures of fractions, naming mixed numbers, and understanding that cents are a fraction of a dollar.
SOCIAL STUDIES - The students will be made aware that no matter where we live or what conditions we have to deal with, there is always ways to adapt to our environment. We will also begin learning some of the early history of the United States.


The minutes are ticking away and the weeks are flying by. We are quickly approaching the halfway mark of the first trimester. Wow! I hope the year is flying by for my students as well. You know time flies when you're having fun!
We've got to keep moving to keep up with passing time.
RELIGION - We're working on a beatitude book to help us understand the message Jesus is teaching us to live by. If the students have a grasp on the beatitudes, we will probably have a  test on Friday. It is necessary for the students to memorize the Beatitudes.
LANGUAGE ARTSWe are working our way through the exciting story of Stone Fox. We have been working hard to understand the role of each character, the sequence of the events in the story, and how the setting is significant to the happenings in the story. Our word of the week is "perplexed".
In our prompt this week, we will find out what the students do when they are perplexed about something. Spelling words include spellings for the sound of "s". A Tic-Tac-Toe chart will be used for spelling homework. Each student will choose three activities to complete by Friday.
MATH - We've been working on solving subtraction story problems and learning to recognize the key words to help us find a solution. We will also practice subtracting three digit numbers with regrouping.
SOCIAL STUDIES  - We are learning about the natural resources found in the different regions and how the people of those regions adapt their way of life to use the resources available to them.


It was a pleasure meeting many of you last week at Meet the Teacher Night. It looks like we have many supportive parents to help us make this a successful year in fourth grade. Many thanks to those who were so generous and thought of me on my 29th birthday last week!!
The week ahead is another busy one!
RELIGION - The children were very happy to be a part of Mass this week. The readers read well, the singers sang with all their hearts, and the gift bearers presented lovingly. We are still working our way through the Beatitudes and trying to understand Jesus' message.
LANGUAGE ARTS - The students can't wait to read the next chapter of Stone Fox. It's been fun to watch their excitement as we work our way through the adventures of Willy and Searchlight. The new word of the week is "rickety". They will have fun writing their prompts this week as they describe a rickety item that they see in a picture. Their spelling words consist of spellings for the long "e" sound.
MATH - We are checking into the geometry section to review about circles, lines, angles and perimeter . We'll even learn to draw circles using a compass.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We finished our physical maps having learned that the U.S. has mountains in the east and the west. We will learn about the climate that the U.S. has, as well as the natural resources that comes from the different regions.


I'm looking forward to meeting many of you on Thursday evening for Meet the Teacher Night. Mrs. Schweickart and I will be presenting together so you can get a feel of how this fourth grade team works as a whole.
The week ahead looks busy as usual.
RELIGION - Our focus this week will be on the Beatitudes. We will learn what they mean and how we can live them in our everyday lives.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will be starting our next class novel, "Stone Fox". It is about a young boy who has to grow up and make responsible decisions. Our vocabulary word of the week is "treacherous". The prompt that emphasizes the word of the week is "Would you like to try a treacherous sport someday? Why or why not? The spelling list this week includes words that have long i spellings.
MATH - Some of the skills we will touch upon this week are writing numbers in expanded form, finding missing numbers in subtraction, adding columns of numbers with regrouping, and elapsed time.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are getting a brief overlook of the five regions of the United States and its landforms. At week's end we will use modeling clay to make a physical map of the U.S.


I am happy to announce that the fourth graders are off to a great start! They are readily accepting the challenges we throw their way each day. As we worked our way through some team building activities, they learned to work together to put tooth paste back into its tube, build tall towers with marshmallows and spaghetti, dramatize a part of a chapter in reading, and even create a song about another chapter in "Freckle Juice". The students have learned lessons, built memories, and had fun doing the activities. That tends to be our philosophy in fourth grade, to involve the students in activities that will teach them the necessary curriculum. It is our hope that the fourth graders will learn from their successes and continue to be curious and determined learners as they journey through the years of their education.
In the week ahead, our agenda looks like this:
RELIGION - We are learning what we should do as a disciple of Jesus, understanding the meaning of Savior, and discussing what original sin really is.
READING - We are completing our first class novel, "Freckle Juice". We have learned to recognize character traits and understand how those characters have impacted the story. As the story ends, we will make connections with ourselves, our world, and other books that are similar.
WRITING - We will experience writing our first vocabulary prompt. We will web to organize our thoughts and learn to write a topic sentence. We will learn to include supporting thoughts that emphasizes our main topic. And finally, we will learn to end our paragraphs with a concluding sentence. There is no spelling list this week, due to the short week and also because we want to concentrate on the writing experience.
MATH - This week we are brushing up on our subtracting skills. We will be reviewing and strengthening the borrowing process with three digit numbers.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will recognize the difference between physical, political and elevation maps. We will also understand the purpose of lines of latitude and longitude. At week's end we will begin making our own physical map of the United States with modeling clay.


Thank you for thinking of me each day last week during Teacher Appreciation Week. The candy, the coffee, the spiritual bouquet, the lunch, taking my playground duty, the flowers and the gift card are things that every teacher looks forward to. I am blessed to work with and for such loving families. May God's peace be with you always.
We're still forging ahead with a vengeance, making an attempt to fulfill our goals for the year.
RELIGION - Our plan is to complete our study of the Ten Commandments before the year ends. Presently we are studying the Ninth and Sixth Commandments.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We are working hard to follow the adventures of a little mouse, as we read "The Tale of Despereaux". The students are being made aware of the sequence of events through timelines made for the main characters. There will be no spelling list this week, but we will have a vocabulary word to create a story around. Our word this week is "heirloom".
MATH - We're touching on review topics this week. We will try our skills at averaging, finding mean, median and mode and recognizing geometric solids and prisms.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We have completed our study of Ohio History and now we are moving on to complete our study of the regions of the U.S.. For the next week and a half we will be looking at the Southwest Region and discovering the characteristics of that region.


We're always pushing forward in fourth grade to make our students prepared for fifth grade. Our deadline is getting closer and closer!
RELIGION - We're concluding our study of the fourth commandment and was wondering if you noticed any behavior changes at home?!?  We will be moving on to the fifth commandment and we will learn that even as nine and ten year olds, they do have things they can do to follow that commandment.
LANGUAGE ARTS - The students are enjoying the book about a mouse and a princess. As we progress through "The Tale of Despereaux" we will watch how the characters' lives intermingle. Our focus will be to follow the time line of several characters and understand how they end up at the same place by the end of the story. The word of the week is scrumptious. The prompt will not be a normal writing of a paragraph, but an advertisement to show the scrumptiousness of a product. The theme behind the spelling list this week is words ending with y that have along i or a long e sound.
MATH - We have various skills to brush up on this week. The newest skill will be to identify mixed numbers and improper fractions. The areas to be reviewed will be decimal place value and classifying quadrilaterals.
SOCIAL STUDIES - I have extended the due date for the ABC Book of Ohio one day, being this Thursday and not Wednesday. Many students still had some significant work to do before completion. We are almost finished with Ohio History.  I am looking at next Friday, May 4 for the test to finish up our study of Ohio.


The only redeeming factor of this winter weather in mid-April is that the kids are not realizing the little time that is really left in this school year. Shhh! Don't tell them just yet!
RELIGION - We are learning about the Spiritual and Corporal Works of mercy as an extension of the third commandment. We will also begin to understand what the fourth commandment requires of us. Hopefully, their understanding will follow though at home.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We are tying up loose ends to finish our work with "The BFG". Our next novel to tackle will be "The Tale of Despereaux", a fantasy about a mouse, a princess, and a spool of thread. Spelling words this week are easy to spell, but require an understanding of the words' meanings because they are homophones. Our word of the week is "enthusiasm" and our prompt is to describe the enthusiasm they will need to finish the year.
MATH - Our main focus this week will be to learn how to multiply a two-digit number by a two-digit number and to understand how to use remainders in a division story problem.
SOCIAL STUDIES - I have to say that the fourth grade students were well informed about their famous Ohioans. They showed confidence and understanding as they shared their presentations. We have about two weeks left of Ohio history. In that time we will be working on The ABC Book of Ohio, which is the last major project.  We will be working on it a little each day, but it also has to be worked on at home each evening for at least 15-20 minutes. The due date for this project is next Wednesday, April 25th.


It appears that we are in the final stretch of this school year. That doesn't mean we will coast our way through the next eight weeks, we still have much to accomplish before we send this set of students on to fifth grade.
This week in:
RELIGION - We will study and understand the meaning behind the third commandment.
LANGUAGE ARTS - Our ultimate goal in reading is to complete the novel, "The BFG" and to create sketch notes that will help the students recall the story. The word of the week is "indulge" and the prompt will be to tell about something that you indulged in over spring break. Spelling words include many plurals.
MATH - We will practice the skills of identifying decimals to the thousandths and also multiplying numbers by ten, hundred, and a thousand.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will listen to our classmates share information about a famous Ohioan they researched.


IT is my hope that somewhere along the way, somebody got hold of a leprechaun this weekend that brought joy and happiness to you and your family!
We're rounding the final weeks of March with anticipation of a much needed break in mind!
RELIGION - We are going over the Stations of the Cross with drawings and inspirational thoughts as we prepare to present  the final hours of Jesus' life next Wednesday in Church.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We're trying to get through "The BFG" before spring break arrives. The kids are having fun interpreting the made up words that resemble some words that are popularly used in our English language!
In spelling, the words on our list are ending in -al, -el, -le -or and -ar. Be sure your child is practicing on Spelling City throughout the week.
Our vocabulary word this week is "conform" and its respective prompt will be to write about when it is good to conform or not.
MATH - This week we will classify triangles according to their angles and sides. We will also learn to measure angles using a protractor.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are learning about the prehistoric and historic Indians of early times in Ohio, spanning  time before the Ice Age to the times when the Indians and Europeans fought for the land in Ohio.


As hard as it is to believe, we are in the final trimester of this school year! It won't be long before spring and summer will be knocking on our doors and it is important we get as much accomplished in every subject area before the students answer that door.
LANGUAGE ARTS - The students are enjoying the writings of Roald Dahl in the "The BFG". He has a way of making up words that are totally comprehendible, but equally entertaining. Our vocabulary word of the week is "bedlam". What a perfect word to describe the activities that the little leprechauns are thinking of pursuing. The spelling list this week includes words that have qu within each word. The students are required to complete activities in a spelling menu which are due on Friday. Be sure to have your children go on Spelling City to practice their words.
RELIGION - We are learning about the Second Commandment and what we should do to live this commandment. We are also preparing our hearts and heads to perform the Stations of Cross on the Wednesday before spring break. In order to act out these stations we have to be able to feel and understand the pain Jesus endured.
MATH - Long division has been a major focus recently. It seems that most students are grasping the process, but we will continue to practice  and work toward mastery. We will also tackle some geometry this week, even going as far as learning to measure angles.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We've been learning all the general facts about Ohio and now we will begin with the early history, studying the prehistoric Indians, the mound builders and the historic Indian tribes. Remember, the Ohio President report is due on Friday!