Mrs. Ward's 4th Grade Class

Welcome to Room 204

Tell me and I forget,
Teach me and I remember
Involve me and I learn

---Ben Franklin

        Happy spring!  The snow and ice is finally gone, and we can enjoy longer and warmer days!

         Please continue to check your child's red communication folder and sign the agenda book every evening after the homework has been completed.  This is the best way for us to all work together to make this year the best it can be!  

       The weekly Spelling list and nightly homework assignments can always be found on this website by clicking on the link to the left.  Spelling must be written neatly in blue or black pen and letter size and formation is very important.  I have noticed that some students are still using a pencil and are not writing as neatly as they should be. Homework must be neat and Spelling words need to be underlined.  

        You can find the vocabulary list and definitions for the Math chapter we are currently working on by clicking on the link to the left.  This information should be helpful to both students and parents. Your child should continue to study all math facts.  This studying may be done with the use of flashcards, computer games, or written practice.   Students in the fourth grade must be confident with all of their basic math facts, so I appreciate your help with this. We have spent a lot of time on fractions and have begun lessons on decimals, measurement, and geometry.  We also practice these skills during our daily Calendar Math instruction while reviewing concepts from earlier in the year.

        Reading is also very important, and your child is expected to set aside 15-20 minutes every evening to read for pleasure.  It makes a huge difference!  We are reading two chapter books this month!  Mayor Ted Bettencourt is our class "Guest Reader".  He continues to read My Side of the Mountain to the class every Friday morning.  In addition we are going to begin reading the novel So Far From Home to prepare us for our field trip next month to the Lowell Boot Mills. 

        Our first field trip to the Saugus Iron Works is on Friday, May 26th.  We will be visiting the Northeast Animal Shelter on Thursday, June 1st and are now collecting voluntary donations.