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4th Grade Teamletter

April 17, 2014



Dear Families of 4th Graders,


Fourth quarter is flying by. Hard to believe we are halfway through. You should be seeing your child’s progress report today.  In grammar we are learning about types of adjectives and pronouns. In math we are learning about fractions. In science we are learning about the water cycle.  Mrs. Grosboll came in with Agriculture in the Classroom and tied her lesson right in. We learned many new things, such as that the aquifer is connected all the way to New York. Also on the 22nd our eggs are coming to start the embryology unit. This is always exciting as we wait to hear the little chirpings.


By now you should have seen the pink note sent home telling about the book report. It is a poster book report. The directions are on one side and the grading rubric is on the other. Each student will read a book pre-approved by the teacher. When close to finishing the book the student will get the four sheets that go together to make the poster. It is due on May 15th.


Please keep checking homework and signing planners on a daily basis.  This time of year can be a busy time for all of us, but keeping the students on task and organized remains a priority.  Thanks for your assistance with this.


Technology/Mrs. Thomas:  This week students continued practicing keyboarding and created a word cloud in Tagxedo about Illinois. They also received a handout that is homework due next week on a variety of things that we have discussed throughout the year. They are to complete the Speak Geek homework as best they can and then I will go over the answers next week in class so they can study for a test the week of April 28th. Most of the answers can be found on my webpage under the Technology Sources tab. The homework grade will be based on their attempt to complete it, not necessarily how many they have correct. Here is my website where students can go to practice keyboarding at home or access a variety of other web links that we use during school - http://protopage.com/portatech#Untitled/4th_grade.  Next week we will be continuing to practice keyboarding and will be learning how to do formulas in Excel.


>>Dates to remember:

Thursday, April 17 – 2:00 Dismissal

Friday, April 18 – No School

Monday, April 21 – No School

Wednesday, April 23 - 4H and 4C Midwest states location quiz

Friday April 25 - 4K Science test



Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Howard, Mr. Kelly, & Mrs. Rudd


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