4th Grade News: 1/13

Happy Friday, Families!

We hope you all had a wonderful winter break! We loved getting to see everyone’s smiling faces returning to school this week. It is hard to believe that we are kicking off the third quarter of the school year!

Coming Up…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday –Just in case you haven’t had enough of a break, here’s a three-day weekend ahead! 😉 No school for students on Monday, January 16.

FASTBridge Mid-Year Reading Assessments-Thursday, January 19

What is my Fourth Grader learning next week?  

ELA (English & Language Arts): 

Wit and Wisdom, Module 2, Extreme Settings

  • Essential Question: How does a challenging setting or physical environment change a person?
  • Focus Question: How does setting influence character and plot development?
  • Text: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Intermediate Foundational Skills/Grammar/Writing

  • Intermediate Foundational Skills:  Review and preactice Inflectional Endings (-ed) and. (- ing) requiring no change, e-drop, and doubling; Morphology – Practice Suffix -ly
  • Weekly Language Review (new skill: modal auxiliaries); prepositions/ prep. phrases, quiz Friday, 1/20/23
  • Writing: We will be writing narrative Mountain Survival essays over the next few weeks as our end of unit writing assessment.  

ELA Homework: distributed Monday, 1/9/23,  due Friday, 1/13/23

Social Studies: 

  •  Studies Weekly 18: Manifest Destiny; Test: Friday, 1/20/23


  • DIVISION! This week, we introduced division with larger numbers (fourth graders are expected to be able to divide up to 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers). We have learned our first strategy for division, Area Model (or Box Method), and next week we will learn about standard algorithm (the strategy most of us were taught). Along with standard algorithm, students will learn about interpreting remainders:
    • Use only the quotient if the question asks for the number of full groups. Ignore the remainder for these types of problems! 662 people want to ride a roller coaster at the amusement park.  Each car can hold 9 people.  How many full cars can be filled with this group of people?  
  • Use only the remainder if the problem asks “What is left?” or “What is left over?” after something has been divided.  The remainder is also the answer if the problem asks for the amount of “partially full” items.  Susie has 47 beads.  She would like to make bracelets that can only have 5 beads on them.  How many beads will be left over after she makes as many bracelets as she can? 
  • Add 1 to the quotient if the question asks to use the full amount, including items that may not be in an equal or full group.  Ben needs to give tours to 80 people. He can take 7 people on a tour. How many tours will he need to give to accommodate all 80 people?

-Homework will be sent home Tuesday and Wednesday and needs to be returned the following day.

-Weekly quiz on Friday due to the short week!

Final Few Reminders…


Please make sure your child has headphones for the classroom. We use them daily when working on computers.

Disinfectant Wipes:

We are running low on wipes. If you would like to send any to your child’s homeroom, we would greatly appreciate it!

Clever Badges:

With the start of a new semester, students were given updated passwords for their computers and Clever accounts. QR codes for Clever logins will be sent home in Friday Folders this afternoon. There are instructions on the paper for accessing the site.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Grace, Kate, Emily, and Jessica

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