September 20 – 24

Curriculum for the week:

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.4

Writing: Begin unit focused on Opinion Writing. Students will support a point of view with reasons and information. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1

Grammar: Study and learn about prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs. Review nouns and verbs.

Religion: Learn and reflect on the Seasons of Creation.

Social Studies: Hispanic Heritage Month study and banner project.

Reading with Mrs.Halley: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. Read and respond to informational text related to Hispanic Heritage. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

 

Week of September 12

Math: “Consensograms” collect and analyze class data.
Problem solving using “YouCubed” as well as growth mindset for mathematics.
Writing:  Discuss “Why do we write?”  Students will also complete baseline writing assessments.
Social Studies: Hispanic History Month activities and discussions. Also, an introduction to the Washington State History Textbook.
Religion: Learn about our  Saint of the Month: Mother Teresa.
The class will also be introduced to the Season of Creation. The next five weeks lead to the feast of St. Francis. This time, the Season of Creation, emphasizes the need for prayer and action as we care for our environment.
Second Step: Ms. Shaw will join us every Thursday this Trimester for a whole class lesson. This Thursday’s lesson will focus on  Emotion Management; “What is Rethinking” 
Grammar: 10 minutes a day! Review this week.
Reading with Mrs Halley: Strategy Practice and introduction to close reading.
Additional Activities: Growth Mindset Work, Art: Behind the Mask!   and Buddy Cards

Summer Post

Dear Families,
Thank you for your support during this challenging and ever-changing school year. Your frequent check ins and monthly ” pick me up” gifts really helped raise our spirits!
Thank you for the end of year gift of the Mimosa Kit, handmade cards, gift cards and thoughtful treats! It means a lot and I truly appreciate your kindness.
We have been through a lot this year. Although our time together in Fourth Grade has come to a close, I am not going anywhere! I will hold a special place in my heart for the class of 2020/2021 and for our shared experience.
As you unwind and transition to summertime mode here are some resources to continue learning and growing:
Summer Learning opportunity from our Student Support Team: https://st-johnschool.org/2021/06/10/take-10-jumps-this-summer/
Summer Solutions workbooks. Choose the level that matches your child’s current grade level, so Fourth Grade. It can be ordered here https://summersolutions.net/index.cfm
Math N Stuff on Roosevelt has countless fun and engaging recourses. One workbook series my family is using is Spectrum Math. Get the grade level your child just completed. It is for review of the past school year to build a strong foundation for next school year.
Have a wonderful summer!

May 24 – May 28

The class completed the MAP Tests for reading and math this week. The results will be shared with report cards.  Students have been working so hard in all academic areas and since we have been back on campus, we have seen some amazing growth. Also, the opportunity to interact with peers has allowed the kids to grow socially and emotionally. Thank you for your support as we continue to   help the kids in their journey during this unprecedented time!

Reading: from Mrs Halley: Check your child’s backpack. Mrs. Halley sent home Achieve Level Set reports this week. Students are asked to have a parent sign the envelope and return it to Mrs. Halley. Thank you.

Math:  Student will wrap up chapter 12 with a math test Monday  and begin Chapter 13 Algebra Perimeter and Area. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.2 and CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.3

Science: Due to Map testing our Science from last week was pushed forward to this week: Students will explore the questions: How does the speed of an object relate to the energy of the object? 4.ps3.1
Writing:  Students are almost done with their Greek Mythology Trading Card Project. Students will begin to write their own Greek Myth this week.
Religion: We will learn about the Beatitudes this week.
P.S.: After we completed a symmetry art project involving origami the students have been fascinated with the art of paper folding. During our free time they find very cool projects to try. If you have any origami paper to donate to the class that would be great!

May 17- 21

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful Seattle sunshine this weekend!
Student will take the MAP Test for Math and Reading this Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  We encourage plenty of rest and a healthy breakfast to be ready for  testing.
Academics this week:
Math: Continued work with Metric Units of Measurement http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/MD/A/1/
Reading: With Mrs Halley: Novel study in small groups and  Teacher read aloud Front Desk by Kelly Yang. Also ties into Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 
Science: Students will explore the questions: How does the speed of an object relate to the energy of the object? 4.ps3.1
Writing: Greek Mythology Study and Trading Card Project. Students will begin to write their own Greek Myth.
Art project– Project for 8th graders
Religion: Students will be asked to reflect on intentions that come to the aid of others and thanksgiving for our own blessings.

May 10 – May 14

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a special Mother’s Day!

This week in Academics:

Math: Measurement! CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.1
Writing: Learning about and preparing to write our own Greek Myth! This week we are reading Greek Myths and making trading cards of our favorite gods and goddesses.

Science: Through observation and exploration students will answer the question:

How does the speed of an object relate to the energy of the object? 4-PS3-1

Religion: 10 Commandments.  Continue learning and reciting the St. Francis Peace Prayer.

Reading with Mrs. Halley: We are beginning a small group novel study with books students chose to read.
Next Week:
Map Testing will take place on Tuesday and Thursday for our class. More information will be sent out soon!

 

May 3 – 7

Tomorrow we celebrate the crowning of Mary as “Queen of the May.” We will say the rosary as a class. If your child would like to bring in their own rosary please do, I have many extras in class too.

Academics this week:

Math: We begin chapter 11! Geometric Measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.C.5 

Science: Students will engage in activities to answer the questions: How can you tell the difference between an open and closed 
circuit? How is energy transferred from place to place? Science standards 4-PS3-4.

Writing: Students will begin a Greek Mythology trading card project. This will prepare them for our next project to write their own myth. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.9.A

Reading with Mrs Halley: Achieve study and level set. Focus on specific skills to solidify fourth grade reading expectations and expand range of reading.

Religion: Crowning of Mary. Study and learning about the Rosary.

April 26 – 30

The class did a great job on campus this week. It is so nice to see the students together. We look forward to another fun week!

We are asked to remind parents that when a child leaves campus during the school day for an appointment we are not able to re-check the student in that same day.  Also, Mrs. Q would like to remind you to use the attendance link on the school webpage to inform her about absences.

Academics:

Math: Geometry: Angles, lines, and symmetry. The students will have a test on Friday. They will also do a really cool art project involving Symmetry. Please keep up with math fact practice! About 5 – 10 minutes daily😊

Reading/Writing: Poetry- Plus novel study Front Desk 

Social Studies: Share Oregon Trail stories with classmates and do a self reflection on the finished Oregon Trail Story.

Science: Eyes: Your eyes sense light which is electromagnetic energy.  Discussion and exploration of how vision works.

Religion: Learn the St. Francis Peace Prayer

The Peace Prayer
by
St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life

March 29- April 2

Holy Week, March 28 – April 3, 2021, is the week before Easter Sunday, beginning today with Palm Sunday. It ends with Holy Saturday. Easter is not part of Holy Week, but rather the beginning of the Easter season of the Liturgical year.

Enjoy this 3 minute video about Holy Week 

Reminders and events:

  • Rice Bowls: If your family utilized the Rice Bowl during Lent, I ask that you return it to school by Thursday. 
  • Wednesday: We will stream the School Musical in the afternoon. I hear it is amazing!
  • Friday: Half Day. Noon dismissal- Stations of the Cross via parish Facebook page
  • Spring Break Begins Friday, April 2nd at noon – return to school Monday April 12
  • HAPPY AND JOYOUS EASTER TO ALL
This week in Academics 
Religion: We will study and discuss Holy Week

Math: Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers The class will take the Chapter 7 test on Tuesday and have. a quiz on new material Thursday.

Reading: Both informational text and literature skill practice

Social Studies and Writing: Oregon Trail

Science: Investigating Rocks/Volcanos