This Week at A Glance

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Week of Monday, February 11, 2019 to Friday, February 15, 2019

Our class will be participating in the Chinese New Year Celebration 
on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  

This is what your child will be learning this week! 
  • Reading
AWC Curriculum: Students will begin reading Words of Stone.
Key Question:  Choose either Joselle or Blaze. What traits does he/she develop that will make him/her a better friend?
Expeditionary Learning:  Students will begin working on our IB Unit on Immigration
                                                      will begin reading Inside Out and back Again.
                                                     Key Question:  Why do people immigrate?
  • Spelling  
               Spelling Words for This Week
Students will be tested on these lists of words on Friday, February 15, 2019.  Students are also responsible for incorrect spelling of words from last week's previous test.  Please check with your child to confirm the accurate amount of words that they should study for this week.   

                  1.     though                      11.   perhaps              21.  schedule
                  2.     traffic                       12.   pleasant             22.  settled
                  3.     trouble                      13.   possible              23.  shouted
                  4.     usually                       14.   problem             24.  single
                  5.     weight                       15.   property             25.  solution
                  6.     whole                         16.   quietly
                  7.     wound                        17.   reached
                  8.     noun                           18.   remain
                  9.     orphan                        19.   represent
                 10.    paint                            20.   ruin

The list of fourth grade spelling words:     

  • Word Study  -  Besides the spelling words, we also learn vocabulary words from the Wordly Wise workbook. Each lesson has 15 words, and we move on to the next lesson every week.  Students will take the Wordly Wise Book 5 Lesson Twenty  vocabulary test on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Lesson 20

        ample adj. 1. Plenty; more than enough.

                One large turkey will provide ample food for eight people.

                2. Large in size.

                The cat’s ample stomach was proof that he was given plenty of food.

        burden         n. 1. Something that is carried, especially a heavy load.

                Carrying his frail son on his shoulder was never a burden.

                2. Anything that is hard to bear.

         The burden of caring for four sick children was too much for the


                v. To add to what one has to bear.

                Don’t burden your grandparents with this problem.

        compassion n. A feeling of sharing the suffering of others and of wanting to

                help; sympathy; pity.

                Shazia’s compassion for the homeless led to her working each

                weekend at the soup kitchen.

                compassionate adj. The state of showing compassion.

                The doctor’s compassionate manner made her loved by all of her


        comply         v. To act in agreement with a rule or another’s wishes.

                Unless you comply with the requirement to wear shoes, you cannot

                enter the restaurant.

        cumbersome adj. Awkward and hard to handle; unwieldy.

                The crate of oranges was cumbersome, but the clerk managed to get

                it up the stairs.

        distress         v. To cause pain or sorrow; to trouble or worry.

                It distresses me that no one offered to help when they saw the


                n. Pain, sorrow, or worry.

                Our class felt distress because of our friend’s illness, so we made a

                large poster with our get-well wishes.

        encounter v. 1. To meet unexpectedly.

                The actress encountered a crowd of fans in the lobby of her hotel.

                2. To be faced with.

                As the frightened children ran around the corner, they encountered a

                stone wall.

                n. A chance meeting.

                Our encounter with our neighbors at the party was a pleasant surprise.

                2. A battle or fight.

                The first major encounter of the Civil War occurred at Fort Sumter on

                April 12, 1861.

        exert v. To put forth effort.

                If Jane doesn’t exert herself more in Spanish class, I’m sure she will not

                be able to speak the language.

                exertion n. The act of tiring oneself; a strong effort.

                The exertion of climbing to the top of the ruins left the explorers feeling


        indignant adj. Angry or resentful about something that seems wrong or unfair.

                Brandisha was indignant when her friend ignored her repeated texts.

                indignation n. Anger that is caused by something mean or unfair.

                My indignation was aroused when I was not given a chance to defend


        jest         n. A joke or the act of joking.

                My remark was made in jest; I’m sorry you took me seriously.

                v. To joke or say things lightheartedly.

                “Surely you jest,” I said when my aunt suggested throwing out the

                television set.

        mirth n. Laughter; joyfulness expressed through laughter.

                The sight of the three-year old wearing her mother’s hat and shoes

                provoked much mirth among the family.

        moral n. A useful lesson about life.

                The play’s moral was “Look before you leap.”

                adj. 1. Having to do with questions of right and wrong.

                Animal cruelty is a moral as well as a legal issue.

                2. Based on what is right and proper.

                You have a moral duty to report a crime if you see it.

        outskirts         n. The parts far from the center, as of a town.

                The plan to build another large, shopping mall on the outskirts of town

                was voted down at the meeting.

        resume         v. 1. To begin again after a pause.

                The concert will resume after a fifteen-minute break.

                2. To occupy again.

                After the quick stop, the bus passengers resumed their seats for the

                next part of the journey.

        ridicule         v. To make fun of; to mock.

                People once ridiculed the idea that flight by heavier-than-air machine

                was possible.

                n. Words or actions intended to make fun of or mock.

                Their ridicule of my friend finally provoked me to lose my temper.

                ridiculous adj. Laughable; deserving of mockery.

                It is ridiculous to suggest that a bridge could be built across the Atlantic



    MathematicsStudents will be able to solve multi-step word problems using the standard addition algorithm modeled with tape diagrams, and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding.  Students will be able to use place value understanding to decompose to smaller units once using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm solve word problems using tape diagrams.  Students will be able to use place value understanding to decompose to smaller units up tp three times using the standard subtraction algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.  Students will use place value understanding to fluently fluently decompose to smaller units multiple times in any place value using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.  
  • Social Studies: Students will continue exploring the Northeast region of the United States.
  • Writing:   Students will review their Mid Year Writing Prompts and compare it to the rubric.
  • Science: Students will continue working on their projects about energy.
  • Visual Thinking Skills: Students will examine three images and describe their thoughts on what is happening in these images.
  • Framing Your Thoughts: Students will examine barebone sentences.