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 New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful vacation with your families.  Now its time to start our new year with lots of energy and good work habits!

         Please remember 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!

        On Friday, January 13, 2017  we are very excited to have the MWRA (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority) coming to spend the day with the entire fourth grade. The children will participate in two programs.  The first program is called Building the System where they will pretend to work for the water department developing water mains and positioning pipes "in neighborhoods". This activity will allow the children to become junior engineers which is part of the new Massachusetts Science standards. The second program is called Down the Drain  which will teach our students about the stages and process of wastewater. This is going to be a great learning experience and best of all--it is all free! 

        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.  They have come so far already, learning more complicated multiplication and long division operations!  We will begin learning about fractions later this month.

        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 getting ready to read two chapter books this month!  In addition to our end of the day whole group reading, Mayor Ted Bettencourt will be our class "Guest Reader". He will be reading every Friday morning to the students for the next few months.