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Week of October 12th

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Dear Fourth Grade Families, Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 3 Understand Multiplication and Division Our class worked on relating multiplication and division by using fact families and then relating division and subtraction by using repeated subtraction. We also multiplied or divided equations using bar diagrams. The benefit of using a bar diagram is to be able to visualize the equation and solve it. We ended the week by identifying phrases in word problems that communicated the operation needed to solve the word problem. Science: Properties of Matter We accomplished two labs this week, Describing Things and Layers of Liquids. In Describing Things, students were paired and given a bag of objects that they had to describe by just looking at the items and then describe by touching the items. We were able to classify the object’s properties by color, texture, temperature, size, and weight with our eyes and hands. In Layers of Liquids, students started with 40ml of blue water and po

Week of October 5th

  Dear Fourth Grade Families, Highlights:  4th grade did a wonderful job hosting Mass this Wednesday while MJM7 sang in the choir loft   Rice High School’s drumline welcomed our students to school on Thursday Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 2 Add and Subtract Whole Numbers Our class worked on a new strategy, using a diagram, to solve word problems. Then we dived into multi-step word problems, creating an equation with a variable and then solving. We finished off the week with our Chapter 2 Math Test. Next Tuesday we will dive into the introduction of multiplication and division. Science: Properties of Matter Due to our short week and a surprise visit from Father Justin, we just had time for a preview into our unit of Properties of Matter as students answered questions of what they knew of matter and also what they’d like to learn.  Grammar/ Vocabulary: Grammar: We continued action, linking, and helping verbs this week, but worked on them separately. Read Aloud: Tales of a Fourth

Week of September 27th

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Dear Fourth Grade Families, Highlight:  Our first Popcorn Friday was this last Friday and kids enjoyed the hot buttery popcorn that was delivered to our classroom. 4th-grade watched the launching of 5th-grade’s rockets We learned interesting information on the cultural diversity of our classroom Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 2 Add and Subtract Whole Numbers Our class continued the lesson on subtracting whole numbers and subtracting across zeros. We also welcomed back Mr. Lutz this week as he helped enrich students that had mastered the class content that we were working on.  Social Studies: Our National Story We finished Chapter 7 at the beginning of the week, studied our vocabulary on Tuesday, did a review of all 7 chapters on Kahoot on Wednesday, and took our unit test on Thursday. Next week we will be switching to our science unit. Grammar/ Vocabulary: Grammar: This week students learned and practiced linking, helping, and action verbs. We had our mini-lesson on Monday, wor

Week of September 20th

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  Dear Fourth Grade Families, A big shout of thanks to Mia’s family  for donating Pringles to our class for the 1st day of fall.  The kids were so appreciative! Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 2 Add and Subtract Whole Numbers Our class rounded whole numbers by place value and either added or subtracted the equation. We continued on to adding and subtracting whole numbers. If our schedule goes to plan, we’ll be testing out of chapter 2 next Friday.  Social Studies: Our National Story Students read about the events that happened in the 1900s from: Reform efforts for better working conditions Who was involved in War World I and why the war happened The struggle for women’s suffrage Life in the 1920s The stock market crash of 1929, and how it led to the Great Depression Who was involved in War World II What was the Cold War and who was involved If our schedule goes to plan, we’ll finish out the social studies unit on Monday, review our vocabulary on Tuesday, review the 7 units on We

Week of September 13th

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  Dear Fourth Grade Families, Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 2 Add and Subtract Whole Numbers Our class started Chapter 2 on Thursday after taking our Chapter 1 Math test on Wednesday. Students learned Addition Properties and Subtraction Rules and applied their knowledge by identifying the unknown (algebra in 4th-grade, woot woot!) and the property or rules used. We ended our week by adding and subtracting whole numbers using patterns and place values. Social Studies: Our National Story Students recognized this week how slavery led to a civil war in our country that almost tore us apart. We identified the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and Confederate armies and the challenges we faced after the war. We also strengthened our knowledge of facts from this time period by playing Old King.  Grammar/ Vocabulary: Grammar: This week students learned and practiced personal pronouns. We had our mini-lesson on Monday, worked on our interactive notebooks on Tuesday, wrote a writing