Mrs. Shifflett's

4th Grade News

What We Are Learning


This week, we will conclude our learning about equivalent fractions and begin learning about converting mixed numbers and improper fractions, as well as converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. The students will use visuals and then focus on the values themselves. We will also begin comparing numbers with like and unlike denominators. The students will have a quiz next week, likely on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the progress we make this week.

Optional (and encouraged!) Resources: Reflex Math, IXL and Prodigy.


Reading improves with reading, so please have your child read at least 20 minutes per night! Please encourage this to become a part of their daily routine. If your child decides to bring home the book from their reading group, feel free to ask them questions about the reading. We have comprehension tests every Friday.

Next week, reading group book tests will be Thursday, March 21.


Students are to complete 1 word study activity at home each week. They should also complete a pretest before Friday to prepare for the test. I will provide opportunities during the week for additional practice.

Next week, new spelling tests will be Thursday, March 21.

As a reminder, students will receive a 75% for word study homework if they do not show an activity and pretest on Friday. They will receive a 50% if I receive nothing.

Social Studies

This week, we will begin learning about Western Migration! We will discuss the reasons for migrating, the result of this movement, and how it changed the lives of the settlers. If time permits, we will also begin learning about the Civil War in Virginia by comparing the North and the South, then discussing the events leading up to the war.


We will focus on Social Studies for the next few weeks.

Classroom Reminders

A HUUUGE thank you to all of the chaperones who attended the Jamestown field trip! The students had a great time and it was a ton of fun! I truly appreciate each of you and your assistance in keeping the children safe!

  • Wishlist Items: Liquid glue, clorox wipes, and pencils.

Dates to Remember

3-5 School Store - March 21

1:00 Dismissal - March 22

Forbes Center Dance Performance Field Trip - March 22

Spring Break - March 25 through 29

Checking Students out of School for Appointments

  • Try to make appointments for after the school day ends.
  • If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note with him/her that morning.
  • We will not call students to the office until the parent arrives at school. Please do not request we call your child up early, as this impacts their instructional time.