Monday, September 12, 2016

September 2016 News

September 12, 2016

I have enjoyed meeting your children and beginning our work in fourth grade!

The children excitedly received their laptops a week ago. We have spent time discussing appropriate laptop use, trying out various applications, and personalizing each child’s computer. The laptops will stay in the classroom for several weeks. I’ll let you know when you can expect them to come home.

During writing workshop periods the students have approached their work with enthusiasm and confidence. We have begun our essay-writing unit, and are working on the Unit 2 list in our Everyday Spelling book. Our spelling test will be this Wednesday, September 14.

We have been working on Unit 1, “Working with Whole Numbers,” in mathematics. According to our Math in Focus book, the Big Idea of this unit is “to read, compare, and order numbers according to the place value of their digits. Also, we learn to add and subtract multi-digit numbers.”  Additional math practice is provided by our “Math Cycles” assignments.

Our fourth grade social studies curriculum is based on United States geography. We have begun our study of the New England region. Electricity and magnetism are topics we are studying in science.

School will not be in session on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7, as those days are designated for parent-teacher conferences. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions. We’re off to a great start!