Class Notes
OCTOBER:

READING:      

In reading, we have been focused on building a reading life!  We have discussed many ways to be a good reader.  Good readers:  reflect on their reading experiences; set goals; read good fit books; read faster, stronger and longer; read with expression and make meaning of the text; recognize when comprehension breaks down; reread; entice others to read books by summarizing; keep a constant supply of good fit books; solve unknown words; and share their reading lives with others! We will continue to practice these skills and add new skills to build our reading lives and become our best reading selves!

            Remember every student should be reading 20 minutes each night.  You can also be working toward the Book-It goal of 400 minutes for the month!

 

WRITING:

Fourth graders have been working hard starting their writing notebooks.  We will look at personal narrative writing.  Students will generate ideas for writing, write several small moment stories, and be introduced to the writing process.  We continue to practice grammar, usage, and mechanics of good writing. 


SPELLING:

We will spend time modeling sorting and spelling activities, and students will begin to have their individualized spelling sorts and words to practice.  Look for these words and sorting/spelling activities to do at home!


MATH:

Our first unit has been focused on place value of numbers to the millions place, writing numbers different ways, rounding, estimating, comparing, adding and subtracting greater numbers, and problem solving.  We will test Unit 1 in the middle of October!  Then we will begin Unit 2 with a focus on multiplication!  We will be multiplying by one, two, and three digit numbers, estimating, and adding algebraic number sentences!  

Please continue to practice facts at home, every night for 10 minutes.  

 

SCIENCE:  

Our first unit of study will be about Rocks and Minerals.  Students will become geologist to conduct observations and experiments on a “mock” rock to understand the different properties of rocks and minerals.


SOCIAL STUDIES:
  

The state of Wisconsin will be our focus of study for the entire year.  To introduce students to this great state, our first unit will be about Wisconsin’s geography and a map study.  Students will need to know what states and lakes border Wisconsin, the capital, largest city, major rivers, the largest inland lake, and city they live in.  Throughout the month, we will learn about cardinal and intermediate directions, map legends, map grids, latitude, longitude, land forms, and continents. On Wisconsin!


OTHER:

KEYBOARDING - We have begun reviewing our keyboarding skills.  Students will be reviewing posture, home row, and finger reaches.  At this time in fourth grade, students should be able to type a minimum of 8 words per minute, with 95% accuracy.  By the end of fourth grade, students are expected to type 20 words per minute, still with 95% accuracy.  Get typing!

CURSIVE - We will practice our cursive handwriting, especially our signatures! 

COMPUTER LAB - We are practicing memorizing our logins and passwords.  We are exploring the MPSD, Franklin, and classroom website.  We are also logging into our Google accounts.  We are also reviewing keyboarding!