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     Monday-  Library           Tuesday-  Art        Wednesday- P.E.       

Thursday- P.E.      Friday- Computers          

Specials Time Slots:

Monday - Friday 11:00am-12:00pm

RECESS: 10:15am-10:35am  Lunch:  10:35am-11:00am
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January 17th-
Math NWEA Testing

January 31st-  
Field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry!



Weekly tests or quizzes will be given in Reading, Spelling and Math.



This week in 4th grade...


                                                          Students will NOT have a Reading and Spelling test on Friday  

                    Students will review literacy skills and build their reading comprehension with leveled texts.

All vocabulary and spelling words are listed below.  Students can login to or/and to build their comprehension skills from home.  Students can also go onto their accounts to access the Reading textbook. They can review their answers and scores for the following grade book entries:  Selection Tests, Weekly Comprehension Checks and Skill of the Week Quizzes.

                                                     A Reading Quiz will be given each Thursday based on the Skill of the Week. 


                                                                                          1/16  -  1/19 Weekly  IXL Skills:   NO SKILLS THIS WEEK

 Last Week-  Weekly  IXL Skills: Weekly  IXL Skills:  AA.2     Z.2     U.2     D.7    D.8

Students have until Sunday evening to reach 80% mastery for each skill.  I provide time for students to work on the skills at school and many will finish before the weekend.  Students who go to 100% will receive those points as extra credit.  Each skill is worth 8 points in grade book.  You will see the weekly grade as a total of 32 points.  Students who get to 100% on each skill would then earn 40 out of 32 points which represents extra credit in grade book.       Password: mathclass4

                                     Teacher Name: mmanasa        Password: Student Initials


                                                                       Password: Reading221



Writing:     Writer's Workshop: Personal Narratives Unit. Students are writing about small moments in their lives. We are also learning how to give compliments to our peers based on the writing traits. Our focusing on ways to revise our writing and other writing selections for practice. Our focus will be on Organization. 


  Ideas      Voice Organization Sentence Fluency Word Choice  Conventions
 The Ideas are the main message, the content of the piece, the main theme, together with all the supporting details that enrich and develop that theme. The Ideas are strong when the message is clear, not garbled. The writer chooses details that are interesting, important, and informative–often the kinds of details the reader would not normally anticipate or predict. Successful writers do not "tell" readers things they already know; e.g., "It was a sunny day, and the sky was blue, the clouds were fluffy white …" Successful writers "show" readers that which is normally overlooked; writers seek out the extraordinary, the unusual, the unique, the bits and pieces of life that might otherwise be overlooked.
Voice is the writer coming through the words, the sense that a real person is speaking to us and cares about the message. It is the heart and soul of the writing, the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath. When the writer is engaged personally with the topic, he/she imparts a personal tone and flavor to the piece that is unmistakably his/hers alone. And it is that individual something–different from the mark of all other writers–that we call Voice.     
Organization is the internal structure of a piece of writing, the thread of central meaning, the pattern and sequence, so long as it fits the central idea. Organizational structure can be based on comparison-contrast, deductive logic, point-by-point analysis, development of a central theme, chronological history of an event, or any of a dozen other identifiable patterns. When Organization is strong, the piece begins meaningfully and creates in the writer a sense of anticipation that is, ultimately, systematically fulfilled. Events proceed logically; information is given to the reader in the right doses at the right times so that the reader never loses interest. Connections are strong, which is another way of saying that bridges from one idea to the next hold up. The piece closes with a sense of resolution, tying up loose ends, bringing things to a satisfying closure, answering important questions while still leaving the reader something to think about.
 Sentence Fluency is the rhythm and flow of the language, the sound of word patterns, the way in which the writing plays to the ear, not just to the eye. ... Fluent writing has cadence, power, rhythm, and movement.  It is free of awkward word patterns that slow the reader's progress. Sentences vary in length, beginnings, structure, and style, and are so well crafted that the reader moves through the piece with ease.
 Word Choice is the use of rich, colorful, precise language that communicates not just in a functional way, but in a way that moves and enlightens the reader. In descriptive writing, strong Word Choice resulting in imagery, especially sensory, show-me writing, clarifies and expands Ideas. In persuasive writing, purposeful Word Choice moves the reader to a new vision of ideas. In all modes of writing figurative language such as metaphors, similes and analogies articulate, enhance, and enrich the content. Strong Word Choice is characterized not so much by an exceptional vocabulary chosen to impress the reader, but more by the skill to use everyday words well.
 The Conventions trait is the mechanical correctness of the piece and includes five elements: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar/usage, and paragraphing. Writing that is strong in Conventions has been proofread and edited with care. Since this trait has so many pieces to it, it's almost an analytical trait within an analytic system. As you assess a piece for convention, ask yourself: "How much work would a copy editor need to do to prepare the piece for publication?" This will keep all of the elements in conventions equally in play. Conventions is the only trait where we make specific grade level accommodations, and expectations should be based on grade level to include only those skills that have been taught. (Handwriting and neatness are not part of this trait. They belong with Presentation.)






                                                                  Students will begin Topic 10: Developing Fluency- Dividing by 1 Digit Divisors.

                                                                                                  Topic 10 test will be on Tuesday January 23rd

Khan Academy is a great way to reinforce 4th grade skills as well as to work on more advanced skills that your child may be ready for.  It is important for your child to select 4th grade and click on the "Mission". Working in this area adjust the math skills to their level of mastery and will allow them to progress to more skills once they are ready. If they complete all of 4th grade they can move on and work on the 5th grade "Mission"! Students will be given the opportunity to work in Khan Academy at school and it is encouraged that they continue to practice their math skills at home.  Students who complete the 4th grade mission will earn a no homework pass valid for a full week! 

  1/16  -  1/19 Weekly  IXL Skills:   NO SKILLS THIS WEEK

 LAST WEEK:    Topic 9 Weekly IXL:      E.7    E.8     E.9

 Students have until Sunday evening to reach 80% mastery for each IXL skill. I provide time for students to work on the skills at school and many will finish before the weekend. Students who go to 100% will receive those points as extra credit.  Each skill is worth 8 points in grade book.  You will see the weekly grade as a total of 32 points.  Students who get to 100% on each skill would then earn 40 out of 32 points which represents extra credit in grade book. 

   Students are given IXL skills in grades 3-7th for differentiation for each math topic. 

Every other week each students score in Xtramath will be entered as their quiz score for DIVISION math facts.  So far the students have been working hard at mastering their multiplication facts and have already transitioned to Division Fast Facts! If your child has not transitioned to Division facts they will earn a 0 for fast fact quizzes as of January 16th, 2018.

 Has your child mastered their multiplication facts with automaticity?

     Students who have not yet mastered the basic multiplication facts are at risk of falling behind in 4th grade math.   Our topics lead into long division and fractions.  Mastery of multiplication facts is crucial to be successful in these future math skills. If your child is still struggling they should login to daily to catch up.  It's an additional 10-15 minutes of practice that will help your child meet and/or exceed the standards in 4th grade math.


Social Science:    

Social Science topics:

Geography of the United States

 Students are also exposed to current events around the world through 

Scholastic Weekly Readers that focus on Social Science topics.

Science:                                                Electricity

                                                                                                                                          This week we will continue to work on the FOSS magnetism and electricity unit.





Topic 10: Developing Fluency--

Dividing by 1- 

Digit Divisors

*10-1: Using Objects to Divide--Division 


as Repeated Subtraction 


(IXL Skills: E1, E2)



*10-2: Division as Repeated Subtraction 




*10-3: Using Objects to Divide--Division 


as Sharing  (IXL Skills: E4, E5)




*10-4: Dividing 2 Digit by 1 Digit 


Numbers  (IXL Skills: E4, E5, E7)




*10-5: Dividing 3 Digit by 1 Digit 


Numbers  (IXL Skills: E8, E9)



*10-6: Deciding Where to Start 


Dividing  (IXL Skills: E8, E9)



*10-7: Dividing 4 Digit by 1 Digit 


Numbers  (IXL Skills: E8, E9)



*10-8: Problem Solving: 

Multiple Step 


Problems (IXL Skills: F4)


*Topic 10 Test


Fourth Grade Scott Foresman
Reading Street Unit 3-Week 4

  Social Science

My World: Regions of Our Country

Regions of our Country: 

  1. Geography of the United States
  2. Americans and Their History
  3. Government in the United States
  4. The Nation's Economy
  5. Regions: The Northeast
  6. Regions: The Southeast
  7. Regions: The Midwest
  8. Regions: The Southwest
  9. Regions: The West

Features and Benefits

  • Engaging and Fun – Developed with the input of kids, the myStory System brings meaning and fun to each stage of instruction. Engaging videos will hook students and activities provide creative, fun ways for them to demonstrate their learning.
  • Reinforce literacy instruction - Reading and writing assignments focus on target reading skills proven to increase reading comprehension.
  • Comprehensive instruction support - Detailed lesson plans and audio podcasts


Student Worktext

The interactive Student Worktext promotes active learning, supports students who are learning to read in the content-areas, and promotes active reading strategies. The Student Worktext encourages greater interaction with the content and more active reading leading to long term retention of skills and concepts. Your child will love writing, drawing, circling and underlining content as they connect, experience and understand the world of Social Studies.

Each chapter incorporates a real life story that relates to the lesson providing the basis for discussion. Lessons feature a variety of activities providing your child an opportunity to interact with the material to apply their knowledge. Checkpoints are featured throughout to ensure that your child understands of the material.

Maytee Manas-Sosa,
Sep 14, 2017, 6:36 AM
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Dec 8, 2017, 7:40 AM