Puzzle Piece Project - The students were assigned this project today. Coming home this week, you will find the parent letter, information sheet for their book choice, and the rubric used for scoring this assignment. Their book choice is due by this Friday. I wanted to give them enough time to read the book and AR test on it, so that they can complete their projects without feeling rushed. These projects are due on Book-o-Ween, which is Friday, October 31st. As per the handbook, no late projects will be accepted, so if you know that your child will not be here that day, please make sure they turn it in early. I have uploaded the documents pertaining to this assignment.
Yearbooks are on sale right now thru Tuesday, September 30th for $25. Please make checks payable to VCS.
Our Field Trip is almost here! On Friday, November 19th our Fourth Grade Classes are going on a field trip to St. Augustine! Remember, if you would like to volunteer, the slips with a Volunteer Application Form must be received by Friday, September 5. A copy of your driver's license is required, as well. I will pick 5 names on Monday, September 8 and let you know either way if you have been chosen or not. Permission slips are due Friday, September 19th along with a deposit of $40. The balance is then due on Thursday, October 16. Don't forget to notarize the permission slip. We are going to have a great time!
This year Language Arts and Social Studies are connected together online under www.mcgrawill-hill.connected.com. Our focus skill is on theme and our vocabulary strategy is using context clues to figure out words we do not know. Our comprehension strategy is ask and answer questions. Weekly Language Art Assessments will take place on Fridays. Spelling tests will be on Fridays, unless other wise noted, and our skill this week is on digraphs, such as ketchup and sharing. In writing we will begin to focus on informative essay writing, which will encompass expository writing skills. Students will be able to explain why about a topic and use details to prove the main ideas about the topic.
Math and Science are connected together on www.thinkcentral.com. In math we will continue with multiplying one-digit, two and three-digit numbers. We will also focus on numerical expressions with letters as the unknown number. Continue memorizing those multiplication facts from 0-12. Please practice these nightly. We also have timed fact practices each day, with a timed quiz on Thursdays. Your child will have fact homework Monday-Wednesday. Our Chapter 3 Math Test will be Friday, September 26. Chapter 4 will start by having the students put objects into equal number groups evenly. This is an introduction to long division with remainders. Our Unit 4 Math Test will be in October.
Science will continue with Unit 3: Rocks and Minerals. Our Science Test for Unit 3 will be Friday, October 3. We will have Unit tests that will be posted ahead of time and also written in the agenda by your child. All science tests are open book.
In Social Studies we will learn and study all about Native American Tribes in Florida, which ties right in with our St. Augustine Field Trip. Our Unit 1 Test is Friday, September 26. We will then continue right into Unit 2, which is all about Spanish Colonization. Your child will also continue to learn about the tribes of Florida.
Our class is collecting box tops and soup can labels. Please send any you may have in with your child anytime.