Learning Outcomes 10/2 – 10/6


Religion: Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Mass on Wednesday.  

Math:  Part two of Chapter 1 test covering 4.NBT.4 and beginning chapter two:  Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations.4.NBT.5

Reading: Bunnicula RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions)  

Vocabulary: suffix less CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.B
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word 

Spelling: val, vali, valu (strength, worth) 

Grammar: Linking, helping, and action verbs. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 

Science: We begin our unit on the Human Machine. In this unit, students investigate structures and functions of the human body. Students explore how our bones and muscles are interconnected, how our eyes interact with light and impact our vision, and how our brain responds to stimuli in our environment.  

Social Studies: The early history of Washington State 

Learning outcomes this week!

Religion/Second Step LO: Set a goal that is specific, challenging, and doable 

Math:  First math test! The test will cover place value, rounding and comparing numbers CCSS 4.NBT.1, 4.NBT.2, 4.NBT.3

Social Studies: Symbols and Geography of Washington State. Plus, Hispanic Heritage Month 

Vocabulary: Old English suffix FUL CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.B
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word 

Grammar: Verbs CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. 

Reading: Class Novel Bunnicula RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. 

Spelling: ern, ward, wise (direction) 

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Inscribed on the wall of Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta.”
― Mother Teresa

Rosary and Map Testing!

The fourth graders lead the Living Rosary this past Monday with reverence and were awesome role models for their preschool buddies.  We are all so proud of them! 

MAP testing begins for Fourth grade this week. Wednesday will be the reading test and Friday the Math. Please help your student be prepared by encouraging plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast. Send in an extra snack and a full water bottle on test days. 

Remind your students of the Customary Measurement Challenge! This is a challenge test by choice that will take place Monday morning. 

The Math class has been introduced to customary measurement and the metric system. Study of these topics along with line plots and elapsed time will culminate in a take home practice test Wednesday followed by a fun(ish) task card Quiz Thursday. Measurement practice activities can be found on the google classroom classwork page.

Students seem to love writing and sharing poetry with their classmates. All poetry will be sent home at the end of the unit. Several students also took on the challenge of writing extensive Oregon Trail journals and are steadily finishing.  It has been great hearing the shared entries in class!

During reading class students will continue to strengthen their reading skills by reading and analyzing Greek Myths. This unit is always a favorite and a great way to celebrate their growth in reading and analyzing literature.  

The fourth graders showed off their leadership skills when they walked with their preschool buddy to Greenwood Library. We are so proud of them!  

Tomorrow they will lead the school in a “Living Rosary” at 9am. Students are encouraged to bring a flower to school for Mary.  A flower from your yard works great. It is a dress uniform day. 

Reminder: Homework is a page a night of the Simple Solutions book. There is a glossary with definitions and examples at the back of the book.  

Planning Ahead 

Busy time of the year! Below is just a preview of the many happenings at school. AND REMEMBER TO REGISTER for the Heart Healthy Challenge.

Monday, May 1st   DRESS UNIFORM 9am 4th graders will lead the school in the Rosary 

Wednesday, May 3rd Bike to School Day 

Thursday, May 4th Family STEM night 

Friday, May 5th Greenwood Library and Department Mass at 9 am.  

Thursday, May 18th Jump a thon day! Free dress 

MAP TESTING Dates: 8:30 am 

  • Wednesday May 10  
  • Friday, May 12 
  • Wednesday, May 17th 
  • Friday, May 19th

January 9 – 13

Martin Luther King Jr

The class will work on a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. collaborative poster to inspire students and show that when we work together, anything is possible.

 Math: Division

4.NBT.6 Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.


Religion: The meaning of the mission statement of St. John School

St. John School is a welcoming Catholic community, committed to celebrating diversity and inspiring moral development, academic excellence, and the courage to act for the common good.

Reading: In depth analysis

RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. 

Vocabulary CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.B

Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).

Science: The Birth of Rocks

In this unit, students investigate features and processes of the Earth’s surface.

Writing: Animal Essay

 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Mass and Library this Friday!

Mass at 9am for the Feast of the Epiphany. Students should be in dress uniform and all parents are welcome to join us!

Library visit to Greenwood Library leaving St. John 12:25. Remind your student to bring back any books to return and have their library card handy! Let me know if you would like to join us!