Mrs. Sadowsky's 4th Grade Class

Last Updated 8PM on 11/29/2020

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REMINDERS:

Because of Winn-Dixie

If you did not pick up your students materials during our most recent material pick up (November 18-20), please do this ASAP. We will start using the novel "Because of Winn-Dixie" on Tuesday this week, therefore students will need to have it with them. There will be bins placed outside La Mariposa School (LMS- located at 4800 Corte Olivas) from 8:30-5:45 tomorrow- Monday, November 30th.

End of the Trimester and Report Cards

The first trimester will come to an end on Friday, December 4. Please make sure that your child has completed and turned in all work by this day to be counted for the first trimester. Report cards will be ready for parents and students to view on Friday, December 18.

You can view our daily agenda for this week on the Homework tab.

Curriculum News

Language Arts

We are taking a break from some of our Benchmark work to do a novel study with “Because of Winn-Dixie” over the next few weeks. Students will be covering the same skills that Benchmark would cover but with an additional/ different primary text. We will still use the Benchmark website to practice/ enforce some of these skills and take our weekly quizzes. Students will not need the Benchmark close reader, we will only be using the Benchmark website for these few Benchmark lessons. Please do not have your student read ahead in "Because of Winn-Dixie", here is our novel reading schedule: Tuesday- Ch. 1-3, Wednesday- Ch. 4-6, Friday- Ch. 7-9

This week, we will be getting to know the author of Because of Winn Dixie- Kate DiCamillo, going over point of view (first and third person point of view), making inferences, exploring theme, drawing inferences, and writing a summary. Students will also learn about relative adverbs, punctuating dialogue, compound words, and explore new vocabulary words. We will have our Unit 4 Week 1 Quiz through the Benchmark website on Friday.

Students will be practicing their writing within their “Because of Winn Dixie” novel study. When reviewing your child’s writing (any work in general), please compliment them on something you see them doing well, and feel free to give them one thing to work on. For some students, it is remembering to capitalize the word I or using ending punctuation. For others, they might need encouragement to add more details to their writing. However, please do not sit and edit your child’s writing. They are at an age where they need feedback and then need to make their own edits and revisions.


Math

We are wrapping up Module 3 over these next few weeks. In Topic H, students will learn various strategies for multiplying a two digit number by another two digit number, including: place value chart, area model, and partial product. This week, we will have math lessons on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Tuesday and Friday, students will be taking IAB practice quizzes. These are not quizzes that can be practiced for. They are just practice quizzes and are not anything the students should stress over.

Reminder: It is important to practice multiplication facts at home. Students can use flash cards or Moby Max Fact Fluency. A little practice goes a long way.

Social Studies/History

We are wrapping up our study of the Native California Indian tribes that lived all over our state before Winter Break. This week, we will be completing our Studies Weekly- Week 7, California Indians in the Desert. We will have our Week 7 quiz on Friday.

Science

We are wrapping up Chapter 2: Living Things and Their Environments. This week, we will be going over Chapter 2: Lesson 4- Adaptations. We plan to test chapter 2 the week of December 7.


Materials Distribution

We will be sending home some new materials, as the novel Wonder on December 17-18. We will read the novel together after Winter Break and ask that your child not read it ahead of time. Please return the Because of Winn-Dixie novel when you pick up the new materials. There will be bins placed outside La Mariposa School (LMS) from 8:30-5:45 to do this. La Mariposa is located at 4800 Corte Olivas.


End of the Trimester and Report Cards

The first trimester will come to an end on Friday, December 4. Please make sure that your child has completed and turned in all work by this day to be counted for the first trimester. Report cards will be ready for parents and students to view on Friday, December 18.


Student Grades and Feedback

Please remember to look over your child’s work and grades once a week. Grades are placed in both Parent Connect as well as in Google Classroom. Google Classroom also contains notes and specific feedback given to students on various assignments. Please also check your child’s Zearn account on a regular basis to make sure he/she is staying caught up with our lessons.

Save the Date

December 4 End of the First Trimester

December 18 Report Cards go Home. Mrs. Howard’s last day

Dec. 19-Jan. 4 Winter Break

January 5 Return from Winter Break- Mrs. Sadowsky is back!