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4th Grade News 9/9-9/13

Reading


In reading this week, students read two related articles titled, “Nugget Nation”  and “Mac and Cheese Mania.” After reading these two articles, they had to compare and contrast what made these two foods gain popularity among Americans. 

Key Skills we focused on were problem and solution, vocabulary, interpreting and analyzing text.


Small-Group Lessons:  Students are working with leveled text in small groups during our guided reading lessons. During guided reading, all students are engaged in independent literacy activities.

Writing


In writing, students are working on their second narrative piece. working on adding details and elaboration. 

Students also used a double bubble map to write a well-constructed response to compare the two articles from whole group reading. 

PBL


In PBL students got started with their final project for our space unit. For this project, they got to pick something in space that they wanted to learn more about (a planet, constellation, space mission, etc.), write inquiry questions, and research to find out the answers. After they finish researching, they will present their learning to the class. Be sure to ask your child what they are learning about their chosen topic!  


We had a visit from Mr. Reitsema today. He works for Lockheed Martin and spoke to the kids about satellites, Mars, and engineering. The kids had a wonderful time!

 

In Focus


This week we focused on four different types of strengths and areas of ability. We discussed the fact that there are many ways in which people think and learn and that there are many ways to show off these “smarts.” Topics covered this week: include linguistic ability (a preference for talking, reading, teaching, learning languages, etc.), spatial ability (a preference for drawing, photography, tinkering, daydreaming, etc.), logical/mathematical ability (a preference for performing experiments, problem-solving, asking questions, doing math, etc.), and bodily-kinesthetic ability (a preference for acting, juggling, crafting, playing sports, etc.). The kids filled out a chart to identify their level of preference for each of these areas. We will continue with four more abilities next week. 

Other Stuff

Just a reminder, when your student has a change in dismissal or needs a reminder about after-school plans, please make sure to call the office to let them know. I do not always have the opportunity to check my emails before dismissal and I want to make sure your student gets home safely. 

 

Move-a-Thon

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!  Move-a-Thon is only successful when we get parent volunteers to help us run all the stations during the day.  Please come have some fun with your student!! Click here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45a4af2fa0f58-moveathon

 

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR STUDENT'S WAIVER.  All students need to turn in a waiver to participate in Move-a-Thon.  Please turn in to your teacher or the front office by Thursday.

 

WE NEED POP UP TENTS! Do you have a pop up tent that we could borrow to provide shade to all of our wonderful volunteers at Move-a-Thon?  Please reach out to Claire Bryant tteamoveathon@gmail.com

 

Book Fair

Volunteers Needed for the TTE Fall Book Fair

 

The TTE Fall Book Fair will take place on Sept 23-27.  We still need many volunteers on Sep 19 to set up the fair, to staff the fair on Sep 23-27 and to tear down at noon on Sept 27.

 

You can sign up at the TTE Book Fair website

 

For privacy purposes, you will need to create a Scholastic username and password if you don't already have one.  This may be done right on the website after clicking on the Volunteer Sign Up.  

 

Thank you for any time you can volunteer to make our book fair a success!

 

If you have questions, please contact Diane Kilian, TTE Library Specialist.

 

National Parks

Did you know all 4th graders and their families can get a FREE pass to National Parks? Check it out! https://www.nps.gov/everykidoutdoors/index.htm

 

PTO

Click here to see the PTO minutes from the latest PTO meeting. 

 

Important Dates

The Move-a-Thon is Thursday, September 19. The 4th grade time slot is 1:50-3:10. 

 

No school Friday, September 20 due to a district-wide meeting.




4th Grade News 9/3-9/6

Reading


In reading this week, we read an article titled, “Our Beautiful Town Is Gone” in our Storyworks magazine. The article is a story of horror, heroism, and hope from the wildfire in Paradise, California. Students were required to identify key details that helped them understand what people experienced during and after the event. We focused on the following key skills:  key details, author’s purpose, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and the main idea. 


Small-Group Lessons:  Students are working with leveled text in small groups during our guiding reading lessons. During guided reading, all students are engaged in independent literacy activities.

Writing


In writing, students are working on their first narrative piece. We used Thinking Maps to brainstorm and plan. For this first piece, we are focused on establishing the structure of a narrative. Then, we will begin working on adding details and elaboration. 

PBL


In PBL we focused on stars and constellations. Students discovered why constellations are only visible during certain seasons. Then, they created their own model of the universe called “Universe in a Box” to solidify their understanding of how the earth moves through space. 

In Focus


This week we focused on the nervous system. Students learned and practiced strategies to calm their nervous systems. Be sure to ask your child about the calming strategies they have used and what they find most effective. 


We also worked on building conflict resolution skills.This week, all of our 4th grade students learned a new strategy for resolving conflict. Our school counselor, Jamie Shull, taught students the “SEAL” method and we practiced different scenarios together. Every student was given a yellow pocket-size handout with what SEAL stands for:

Stop – Take a deep breath and look at what is happening. Don't respond right away. Think about a good time to talk.

Explain – How are you feeling? What is going on that you don't like? What do you want to have happen instead? Use an “I-message” to express yourself.
“I-message”: I feel ____when you___ can you please___?”

Ask/Apologize – Ask: “Did I make you mad?” and if the person says “yes,” apologize: “I am sorry for that.”

Lock – Do you want to lock in the friendship, lock it out, or take a vacation? (You may need to decide this after you speak to the person). Brainstorm possible solutions and try them out!


Please ask your child about the “SEAL” strategy at home and use this helpful handout for even more strategies and ideas. Encouraging resilience and empathy are cornerstones in how you can help. For any questions, please contact Jamie Shull


Other Stuff

Did you know all 4th graders and their families can get a FREE pass to National Parks? Check it out! https://www.nps.gov/everykidoutdoors/index.htm

 

LOCKDOWN/INTRUDER DRILL 

On Tuesday, September 10th, TTE will have its annual Lockdown/Intruder training and drill.  Staff will receive training from DCSD Security personnel before school on Tuesday. In the afternoon (approximately 1:30-2:00) DCSD Security personnel will return to conduct a walkthrough of the drill with the entire school.  Please note that during this time the phones and doors will not be answered. 

 

During the drill, teams of DSCD Security and staff will check rooms for line of sight and that doors are locked.  Contact will be made with teachers and students to answer questions and give suggestions. Our district Security team is wonderful and they work hard to make this training as informative and non-threatening as possible for our staff and students.  Teachers will be going over the Lockdown procedure with their students prior to the drill. Please don’t hesitate to contact your teacher or the office if you have any questions.





4th Grade News 8/26-8/30

Reading


We read "The Cello of Mr. O" this week to round out our unit focused on the theme of strength in Junior Great Books. We reflected on the unit by analyzing the similarities and differences of each of the 3 stories. We also discussed theme and how the theme of strength is evident in each story.

Writing


This week, we focused on laying a solid writing foundation by revisiting the parts of a complete sentence and learning about nouns and verbs. Next week we will dive into our unit on narrative writing. 

PBL


This week, we learned all about the moon. Some of the main points we focused on were: the moon reflects the sun’s light; the moon orbits the Earth; the moon affects the tides; the moon has phases; the moon’s gravity is ⅙ of Earth’s gravity.

In Focus


This week, as we continue to build our classroom culture and focus on safety, we learned about bullying. We defined it, determined strategies for standing up to it, and practiced speaking up against it.

Other Stuff

Our class is still in need of a room parent. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering this year! Thanks in advance for considering!


CHOIR

Please use this link for more information: 

4th and 5th Grade Choir Info

 

No School on Monday, September 2 in honor of Labor Day.




4th Grade News 8/19-8/23

Reading


We continued with Junior Great Books this week by reading the story "Doesn't Fall Off His Horse". This story continued with our theme of strength as the main character was in the Kiowa tribe and he had to have both physical and emotional strength as he completed one of his tribe's rites of passage. We continued learning how to create meaningful annotations and intriguing discussion questions. Be sure to ask your child about this story! It was a good one!

Writing


This week we reviewed and introduced three Thinking Maps. The Flow Map (used for sequencing), the Multi-Flow Map (use for analyzing cause and effect), and the Bridge Map (used for seeing analogies).  


We also spent time journaling with and without prompts.

PBL


This week, we wrapped up learning about the sun by studying shadows, seasons, and the relationship between the Earth and the sun.

Next week, we will learn about the moon. 

In Focus


This week, students learned about the three main areas of the brain (brain stem, limbic system, and cortex). Learning how the brain works helps them to focus and manage emotions and impulses. They also learned about how the nervous system has two branches: the sympathetic (supplies energy) and the parasympathetic (helps us to slow down). We practiced belly breathing to help calm our minds and body. 

Other Stuff

Assessment Day is August 27th. Your child was assigned a 30-minute time slot. They will participate in a small, guided reading group assessment. Please click here for the schedule so you can see your child's time. Your child needs only to be present for the 30 minutes this day. Should your child not be able to attend, please call the office to ensure their absence is excused. This will not be a regular school day and there will be no bus service or lunch served. Our B.A.S.E. program will be open and operating from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm that day.  



Please see this flyer for more information on the fun activities planned for the kids in BASE on the 27th 

 






4th Grade News 8/12-16

Reading


We have started our Junior Great Books program in reading this week. Junior Great Books is built on shared inquiry which requires students to think deeply about the text and support their opinions with evidence from the book. This week we read "Tuesday of the Other June" which was about a girl who was bullied by another student. The kids learned how to annotate their text, how to write open ended questions, and some of the expectations for shared inquiry discussions in 4th grade. They also learned how to respectfully agree/disagree with their classmates during a book discussion. All of the stories in this first unit are centered around the theme of strength. We also spent time discussing the different types of strength (physical, emotional, internal, external) a character, or a person can exhibit. Next week we will be reading another story with the same theme and continuing with annotations, questioning, and discussion.

Writing


This week we focused on reviewing and introducing the first four Thinking Maps (circle, bubble, double bubble, and tree maps) to students. Maps will be used across content areas throughout the year and will be extremely helpful in planning organized writing pieces. 

We will be sending home a packet with information about each of the maps in next week’s Thursday Folder. Please feel free to read through and use the maps to assist your child. 

Additionally, students used their personal journals to write about their fears and begin to create narrative stories about themselves or various characters.

PBL


This week, we set the stage for scientific thinking by discussing neuroplasticity, growth mindset, fixed mindset, inquiry, and curiosity. 

Then, we began our first science unit: “Out of this World,” where we will explore the sun, the moon, the stars, and the solar system.

In Focus


This week, we focused on building a safe classroom community by sharing our fears and understanding that we are all connected. Creating a safe environment within the classroom is critical to learning. Be sure to ask your child about the web activity we did with yarn on Thursday.

Other Stuff

Assessment Day is August 27th. Your child was assigned a 30-minute time slot. They will participate in a small, guided reading group assessment. Your child needs only to be present for the 30 minutes this day. Should your child not be able to attend, please call the office to ensure their absence is excused. This will not be a regular school day and there will be no bus service or lunch served. Our B.A.S.E. program will be open and operating from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm that day.  

Please see this flyer for more information on the fun activities planned for the kids in BASE on the 27th!

Movie Night featuring, The Lorax, is Friday Aug. 16th 7:30-9:30pm. 

 

The recent PTO meeting minutes are

 

If you missed Curriculum Night, the presentation that I shared can be found here. Please let me know if you have any questions after reviewing the presentation.