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4th Grade Teamletter

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Please continue to check planners nightly and see that homework is completed.  The planner is a great communication tool as well.

We have been doing Mastering Math Facts (multiplication facts) since the beginning of school. Some students are struggling with this. Please practice facts so this will come easily for them. They need to know the facts quickly and this will help for future math areas such as two-digit multiplication, which is our next math unit.

In social studies, we have been learning about the West region. Be sure to ask your child about their state and facts they have learned so far!

As a study skill enhancement, we are allowing students to correct poorly completed assignments.  Grades below a 75% can be corrected and turned back in for up to a 75% C for a grade.  This is only for the first semester. Please reinforce with your child not to rush and to check over their work.

On Friday, October 31 all 4th grade classes will be doing pumpkin science in the morning.  For this, we would love to have parent volunteers join us, as well as donations of pumpkins for this project.  If you are able to help or are willing to donate a pumpkin, please let your child’s teacher know.  All classes will begin carving/working at 8:30.

The Halloween parade will begin at 2:00 tomorrow. Classroom parties will follow the parade and take place in your child’s homeroom. 

We have been taking part in Red Ribbon Week all week. Tomorrow’s theme is “Follow Your Dreams! Don’t Do Drugs!” Students are encouraged to wear pajamas to school.

Technology/Mrs. Thomas:  This week students practiced keyboarding using Typing Club and used their Halloween stories to incorporate a variety of options available in Microsoft Word (such as font color, font size, font styles, inserting graphics, and Wordart). We also talked about 15 special keys or items on the keyboard. They will be having a quiz next week over these and I gave them a study guide to study from at home. 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. The goal for 4th grade is 20wpm by the end of the year. I can tell which students are really putting in extra time and effort on mastering their skills as it shows in the assessment. Keyboarding is a lifelong skill that students need to become proficient at and the only way to do it is by practicing.  Next week we will be continuing to practice keyboarding, take a quiz over Special Keys and finish making the changes to their Halloween stories.

 

>>Dates to remember:

Oct. 31 – 2:00 – Parade and parties for Halloween

Oct. 31 – All 4th grade classes will do Pumpkin Science

Oct. 31 – Mrs. Rudd’s States and Capitals Test

Nov. 3 – 4C and 4R Unit 3 Math Test

   

Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Howard, Ms. Reed, & Mrs. Rudd

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