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Important Dates to Remember:

-First Communion – Saturday, May 12

-May Crowning Mass – Tuesday, May 15 9am

-Restaurant Project Presentations! – Following Mass on Tuesday, May 15

-Field Trip to Naper Settlement – Thursday, May 24

-Spring Open House and Registration – Sunday, May 20 at 12pm

-No school – Memorial Day, Monday, May 28

-8th grade clap out, Thursday, May 31

-Graduation at 7pm, Thursday, May 31

 

Reading/Language Arts: The students just finished up their reading of Hatchet and many say they loved it! The students explored and analyzed Brian’s ability to survive, the changes he went through after what he experienced in the wilderness, and his range of feelings during his experience. The students are now working on projects that show their understanding of the text. They will be presenting these projects next week.

In writing the students created narrative stories in the perspective of a school object. These stories turned out great and students used many of the new skilled they learned to create interesting and detailed tales. They then worked on publishing their story to go in a class book!

In spelling the students finished their second to last spelling unit on words with more letters than sounds, which are often very tricky. Their last unit of the year will be unit #15 which focuses on spelling words with silent consonants. In Shurley English, room 115 just finished with chapter 5, all about helping verbs and compound sentences. They will move on to the last part of speech, Interjections!

Math:  We have been working on adding and subtracting fractions, changing fractions from mixed numbers to fractions larger than 1 (improper fractions) and back again. The students then used this skill to add and subtract mixed numbers and solve word problems. Students finished up the chapter this week with a test. In the next few weeks the students will continue their knowledge of fractions by multiplying them by whole numbers. The students can expect one last quiz before the year ends! We will also continue completing activities that include multiplication, division, measurement, geometry and problem solving.

Social Studies: The students recently wrapped up their chapter on the Southeast region. We are taking a quick break to study our state, Illinois! The students are creating an Illinois iPad, including nine apps that discuss Illinois topics like places to visit, resources found here, weather and climate and much more. They will decorate and bring their iPad’s to life during class time next week. These will be hanging in the hallway, make sure to stop by and take a look! To finish off the year, the fourth graders will research and read about the remaining three regions (Southwest, West and Midwest). Through Google Classroom, the students will create a Region Project online. They will include three facts about that region, resources found there, and people who originated there.

Science: The students and I have been so excited about our current unit-energy. The students have taken a few steps away from their textbooks and labs to explore using Hot Wheels cars. The students are exploring potential and kinetic energy, the scientific method, and engineering through hands on experiments. Some of these experiments are assigned by the teacher, but many ask the students to design an experiment to test a certain variable. The students are asked to use math concepts like graphing, averages, and measurement, as well as language arts skills like research methods, communication and writing. It has been so wonderful to see the student’s excitement as they see how gravity and friction impact how things move in our world. Students just began working on creating their own experiment. They are asked to test it and then report and present their findings to the class.  Check out a few action shots below from our first experiment below.

Religion: We are continuing our study on the Commandments, as well! This week we focused on the Fourth Commandment, Honor Your Father and Mother. What great timing going into Mother’s Day Weekend! The students explored how our families are a domestic Church and about our responsibilities towards one another. We will be moving onto the Fifth Commandment next week. We will discuss how all human life is sacred, and that the right to life is the most basic human right. The test on both of these Commandments will be the last of the year. We will move on to a Commandment project and complete lessons in class.

 

As always, it’s a great day to be a cardinal!

Ms. Kasl and Ms. Gross

 

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Finally Spring in Fourth Grade!

Important Dates to Remember:

April 23 – $1.00 dress down in green/blue for Earth Day
April 25 – Science Test (Chapter 6), 1:30pm Spring Musical Dress Rehearsal for the school

April 26 – Room 114 English Chapter 6 Test, Rooms 114 & 115 Spelling Test Unit 13

April 27 – No School

April 30 – Assembly for the Cardinal O’Hara Band Performance at 8:30am

May 1 – Room 114 Religion Test (Chapters 11-12), Room 115 Religion Test (Chapters 10-11)

May 2 – Social Studies Test (Chapter 6)

May 4 – Room 114 Math Test (Chapter 7)

May 15 – 9:00am May Crowning Mass, 4th Grade Presentations 10:30-11:40am

 

The students had the opportunity to attend the Health Fair this Friday. They learned about meditation, dental cleanliness, as well as how to keep active with stretches and activities. Take a look at pictures from the fair below!

 

 

Reading/Language Arts: The students started reading their next class novel, Hatchet. During their class novels, they will use context clues to understand hard vocabulary words, visualization/imagery to see what is happening in their minds, character change, as well as questioning the story. They are working to understand how to ask different leveled questions. They are required to complete the comprehension packet to keep track of the information they’re reading, and to show their teachers they are reading the book. After this class novel, students will be split into groups of 4 or 5 to read a lit circle text! Students will be responsible for different jobs within their group. This will be a fun way to end our year and use all of our close reading knowledge!

In Shurley English the students have been working on helping verbs, subordinate conjunctions, as well as compound sentences and complex sentences. The students have a lot to remember now in Shurley English, so consistent practice will be very beneficial. Room 114 will be having their Chapter 6 Test on April 26th. Room 115 will have their Chapter 5 Test on May 1. Students have begun working on their perspective stories for our classroom books! Each year, the students pick a style of writing and a topic to write about. These stories will be drafted, edited, and submitted to be published into a hardcover book. Parents are able to purchase a book to keep at home! Students are currently in unit 13 of spelling where they are studying r-controlled vowels of a. They will look at the differences between the -ar sound and the -are sound in words. They will have their Unit 13 Spelling Test on Thursday, April 26.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math: The students completed Chapter 6, and recently took their quizzes! We are staying in the fraction family for Chapter 7. Students will learn how to add and subtract fractions, as well as label and change improper fractions with mixed numbers. They should be practicing their basic facts at home by doing flashcards each night. While continuing our learning of fractions, the students will still be responsible for their in class assignments. They will have assignments in Simple Solutions, Zearn and fraction supplemental activities. Check out a few pictures of students working together to organize fractions on a number line!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: We are continuing our study of the Ten Commandments. Room 114 is wrapping up Chapter 11 on the third commandment, and will begin Chapter 12 on the fourth commandment next week. They will have their religion test on both Chapters on Tuesday, May 1. Room 115 has finished reading Chapter 10 on the second commandment, and will continue reading Chapter 11 on the third commandment next week. They will have their test on Chapters 10-11 on Tuesday, May 1 as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science: The 4th graders have made a trip into space and  landed on the moon. The past few weeks the students have been exploring the ways Earth moves in space and how this affects our lives each day. They then found out that the moon also moves like the earth, rotating in orbit, making it appear differently each night. The students were able to directly observe these movements by acting out the moon’s movements and singing about the different phases. (Check out some action shots below!) The last portion of this chapter explored the different objects that move about in space, comets, moons, and planets. To expand their knowledge of the planets, students were asked to make a model of the solar system to scale. It is now hanging in the hallway so check it out! The students were also asked to create our notes for the inner and outer planets. Students are reviewing in class and the test on this chapter will be on Tuesday, April 24 for Room 115 and Wednesday, April 25 for Room 114. After the test we will move on to force and motion with Hot Wheels cars!

 

Social Studies: The fourth graders are continuing to dissect each of our five regions. We have recently finished learning about the landforms, climate and resources of the Northeast region. Now, the students will be focusing their attention on the sunny, warm Southeast region! The students have already read about the landforms such as the coastal plains, the Piedmont, and the Appalachia. We recently finished up learning about the climate of those states by reading a climate map and researching the different areas that receive more coastal winds. They also learned more about hurricanes and hurricane season. Now, the students are beginning to read about the resources that are found in the Southeast region. The test for Chapter 6 will be held on Wednesday, May 2.

**While studying about the five regions of the United States, the students are beginning to research our wonderful state of Illinois! They are completing an in class project about Illinois. They are expected to research 6 different areas of Illinois – famous people born here, events that occur(ed) here, resources found here, sports teams that are here, and much more. They will turn the information they researched into “apps” for their Illinois iPad! Once these are complete, they will be displayed in the hallway outside both fourth grade classrooms! They are already working extremely hard, and doing a great job.

Thank you so much for your continued help and support.

It’s always a great day to be a cardinal!

Mrs. Duffy & Ms. Gross

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Fourth Grade News

Important Dates to Remember:

March 16 – No School

March 19 – 9am All School Mass

March 20 – Bring the Change (Quarters), Museum of Science and Industry field trip

March 21 – Last day for Bring the Change (any money) – regular dress down

March 22 – Living Stations at 2 pm

March 23 – Washing of the Feet Mass at 1:55 pm

March 24-April 2 – Spring Break

April 3 – School Resumes

April 9-13 – ASPIRE testing

 

Reading/Language Arts: Students have been working on developing tools to dissect informational texts. While reading, Skeletons: Inside and Out, the students explored how information is shared through text features, and how these help a reader to better understand the information in the text.They have also been looking at the 5 different structures that an informational text can be organized by: description, sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution. They have looked at how clue words, such as: similar, different, first, second, etc. can give clues about what the author is trying to say about the information they are providing. Students have also been exploring how to close-read a text, exploring a text on multiple levels looking at basic information you can gather as well as the information you can gather if you dig deeper as you read. They have also compared and contrasted how authors discuss the same topic in different ways, and how this can add to our understanding of the topic. We will be reading about earthquakes, volcanoes, and the ancient city of Pompeii in the coming weeks.

In Shurley English the students have been working on pronouns and conjunctions. Students have been working on both poetry writing and honing their skills in expository writing using graphic organizers, paragraph practice, and timed final draft writing to practice for ASPIRE. Students will be entering their poems in The America Library of Poetry National Student Poetry Contest. We are very excited about how hard students worked to create their poems and wish them luck in the contest! Students are currently in unit 11 of spelling where they studied r-controlled vowels (ur, ear, er, ir). Unit 12 will review the concepts covered in the last 5 units.

 

Math: The students have been working on fractions this past week! We have gone from equivalent fractions and common denominators, to putting fractions into simplest form. We will continue working with fractions by comparing which fraction is larger, and to put fractions into order. In order to be successful with fractions, the students need to know their basic multiplication facts, as well as how to create a list of factors. They should be practicing their basic facts at home by doing flashcards each night. While diving into fractions, the students will still be responsible for their in class assignments. This past week, they worked on Simple Solutions, Zearn and fraction supplemental activities.

 

Religion: The students have begun their Ten Commandments study! We are moving onto the Second and Third Commandments! The students will get the opportunity to discuss each commandment in depth, as well as find ways we can live these Commandments out each day at school and at home. During this time, the students will be assigned a project to learn more about their own name. Since we discussed respecting God’s name, as well as everyone else’s, we thought it would be fun to find out more about our own names! Your student will bring home a question sheet to fill out based on the reason they are named their name. They will then get to design their name on a blank sheet of paper in a way that describes who they are.

 

Science: The 4th graders have made a trip into space and  landed on the moon. The past few weeks the students have been exploring the ways Earth moves in space and how this affects our lives each day. They then found out that the moon also moves like the earth, rotating in orbit, making it appear differently each night. The students were able to directly observe these movements by acting out the moon’s movements and singing about the different phases. The last portion of this chapter explores the different objects that move about in space, comets, moons, and planets. To expand their knowledge of the planets, students were asked to research a planet and design a vacation destination, including hotels, attractions, transportation, and nutrition. We are excited to see what creative ideas the students come up with! (Project is due Thursday, March 22.)

 

Social Studies: The students recently wrapped up dissecting the Northeast region! They worked hard to understand and learn the resources that come from the Northeast, special places that are in the Northeast, as well as events that take place there! They had a lot of fun learning all about this region. With only a week before Spring Break, the students will get the opportunity to use their technological skills to complete an online Social Studies Scavenger Hunt. This Scavenger Hunt is bringing them to historical websites to find out information about the White House, Daylight Savings Time, State Capitals, and much more. Once we return from Spring Break, we will dive into learning all about the Southeast region.

 

 

Thank you so much for your continued help and support.

It’s always a great day to be a cardinal!

Mrs. Duffy & Ms. Gross

 

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Fourth Grade News!

Important Dates to Remember:

8am Mass – February 8th

(Room 115) Chapter 4 math test-Friday, February 9th

Wear Your Auction Shirt – February 9th, 16th, and 23rd

All School Mass (1st and 4th leading) – February 14th

Stations of the Cross – February 15th and 22nd

No School – February 19th

 

 

Over these last few weeks since Christmas Break, the students have worked extremely hard to complete three projects! They worked hard in class to develop a project showing their comprehension of the book Because of Winn-Dixie. They shared these projects in class! They also wrote an informative paper about their Bottle Buddy, and transformed that paper into a speech for the class! They did an incredible job bringing their person to life. Finally, the students learned persuasive techniques, many of which we see during Super Bowl commercials. They put these techniques to good use when picking a product and creating a persuasive commercial! These commercials were displayed during Open House. We were so happy to see so many of your faces at Open House celebrating all of the wonderful things these fourth graders, as well as the whole school, have been working on!

 

Reading/Language Arts: Students have been working on developing tools to dissect informational texts. While reading, Skeletons: Inside and Out, the students explored how information is shared through text features, and how these help a reader to better understand the information in the text.They have also been looking at the 5 different structures that an informational text can be organized by: description, sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution. They have looked at how clue words, such as: similar, different, first, second, etc. can give clues about what the author is trying to say about the information they are providing. Students have also been exploring how to close-read a text, exploring a text on multiple levels looking at basic information you can gather as well as the information you can gather if you dig deeper as you read. We will be reading about earthquakes, volcanoes, and the ancient city of Pompeii in the coming weeks.

 

In Shurley English the students have been working on pronouns and conjunctions. The students are currently in unit 9 of spelling where we will be studying diphthongs (blended sounds) /oi/ and /ou/.

 

Math: Over the past month, the students have been practicing their division! Although a difficult chapter, the students are persevering and doing very well! They have practiced dividing with basic facts, dividing by two and three digit numbers, as well as dividing within a word problem. It is very important for the students to continue practicing their multiplication facts as that helps make division easier! Each class will be having their Chapter 4 test this week. After, we will skip ahead a few chapters to begin working on angles. The students will learn to classify angles, as well as use protractors to measure them! Looking forward to having fun in geometry!

 

Religion: Students will begin their study of the Ten Commandments. Each chapter will focus on just one. This week, the fourth graders will begin dissecting the First Commandment. They will get to read about our belief in the one true God, as well as ways we can worship and honor the one true God. The students will get the opportunity to think about their lives and the people in them, and how the things in our life help to put God first. Students are also learning about Ash Wednesday and its importance to our faith while preparing for the Mass next week. In Second Step we continue to look into how students can help themselves deal with the emotions and situations we discussed in unit 1. Throughout this unit students will gather methods and tools to help them navigate through life’s social situations.

 

Science: The students have been learning about what creates weather and how weather is shown on a weather map, through research students are learning about fronts, weather tools, wind patterns, and the water cycle. Later this week students will explore severe weather through videos, informational text, and hands on weather maps activity. They will explore the “recipes” that create this terrible storms and research certain famous storms to gather information about the destruction they cause and how we can be better prepared for these storms in the future. Over the next few weeks students will also be exploring the Winter Olympics, reading about certain sports and participating in STEM versions of some of these sports as well!

 

Social Studies: Time to explore our regions! We will begin studying each individual region. The students will get to learn the resources that come from that region, as well as the landforms and people from there. We will begin with the Northeast region. The students will explore the Niagara Falls, the Appalachian Mountains, and many more places. The students will get to explore the Appalachian Trail even deeper through a partner project in class! Each group will be assigned a different part of the trail. It will be their responsibility to research that part of the trail and show us, with detail, what that part looks like through drawing! These will be shared in class and hung up!

 

Thank you so much for your continued help and support.

It’s always a great day to be a cardinal!

Mrs. Duffy & Ms. Gross

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What’s Happening in Fourth Grade

Important Dates to Remember:

-Dress down day $1,  December 21

-Kindergarten and 8th grade Christmas Mass, December 18

-Early Dismissal 1pm, Friday, December 22

-Christmas Break, December 22-January 7

-Classes Resume, Monday, January 8

What a whirlwind these past two weeks were! We had a wonderful time helping the students to prepare for the Christmas Play. It is always to fun to see the kids in a new light and this year was no exception. We appreciate the hard work you and your students put into making the play awesome, it was really a treat to be a part of the experience with this group. The last days before break we will take a little time to finish up a few things and tie up a few loose ends on topics we will pick up after break. I know the holidays can be busy, but it is also a great time to help your students set themselves up for success when they return. A few things to do with your student over break to keep their brains in shape would be to read their Bottle Buddy biography and work on the bottle person and practice multiplication skills.

 

Reading/Language Arts: The students will finish reading Because of Winn-Dixie next week. We have been making connections between the book and other stories or events, exploring figurative language, comparing characters and their changes, gathering information on themes, and following the plot. Once students complete the novel we will be watching the movie to compare how a movie and book tell stories in different ways. When we return from break, students will be working on their Winn-Dixie projects in class. For this project students will choose from a list of possible projects to demonstrate their learning from the book. They should collect any materials they will need over break.

 

The 4th graders are excited to hear that we will be working on informational text for our next class book. Each student will choose a person they would like to read about in a biography.  It was stipulated that they choose someone different from their 3rd grade biography person. Students will read this book over break and then these biographies will serve as our class book when we return from break. We will be looking at the different ways informational texts can be organized by their author to showcase what they want to say about a topic. We will also take a look at how readers gather information and why. The students will be creating a “bottle” biography buddy as their project for this book. Project packets will be sent home next week.

 

In Language Arts we will also be taking a chance to learn from these informational texts as writers. We will be exploring expository writing and develop our ability to take the information we gathered through reading and use it to explain why our topic is so important. The students will put together a written report on their biography buddies with this process. These past few weeks the students have been exploring poems. We have written limericks, acrostics, and color poems. Next week we will write haiku’s and Christmas poems!

 

Math: Over the past month, the students have been practicing their multiplication. The students did a great job at using different methods to solve multiplication problems. This knowledge was shown during their math test these past weeks! We will be working on a bit of chapter 4 before break, working with estimating quotients and using remainders. After break, we will continue learning about division in Chapter 4. It will be important for the students to know their multiplication facts as we jump into division, so please keep up this practice over break.

 

Religion: Students got to practice and use their knowledge of conscience, reconciliation, and penance during reconciliation this week. We have been discussing advent and Our Lady of Guadalupe and will continue to talk about these topics and Christmas throughout the weeks leading up to our break. Room 115 will take their chapter 4 test on Wednesday, December 20.  In Second Step the students will be finished up Unit 1 before break. Our last lessons will cover intentions and perceptions of our actions and words.

 

Science: We began our chapter on matter last week. We focused on observing the physical properties of matter using objects in our classroom. We then saw how matter acts in water and how this might affect the ways we measure matter using matter, volume, and density. The students saw how density affects how liquids interact with one another and how to find density using water. Next week we will continue discussing matter examining using hands on activities and seeing how matter can change from one type of matter to another. We are combining the short matter chapters into one larger study of matter. After break our test will include lessons from chapters 7 and 8.

 

Social Studies: Before our performance, the students learned about trading and businesses. They discussed the differences between needs and wants, as well as bartering for goods they needed. We talked about our economy, and how it’s called a free enterprise system. Monday, the students learned how supply and demand affect one another. They worked in groups to create a visual showing the relationship between supply and demand. Before we go on Christmas break, we will focus on what opportunity cost is. The students will get the opportunity to create a skit showing what the opportunity cost is. When we get back from break, we will start learning about transportation and communication and how it has changed over time.

 

Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy celebrating with family and friends.

 

Merry Christmas!!!!!  See you in the new year!

 

Thank you so much for your continued help and support.

 

It’s always a great day to be a cardinal!

 

Mrs. Duffy & Ms. Gross

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Fourth Grade Fall Festivities

Important Events:

-End of Trimester 1 Thursday, November 16

-D4D Baker’s Square, November 13-16

-Report Cards Monday, November 20

-Book Fair, Sunday, November 19-21

-Parent/Teacher Conferences, Tuesday, November 21 12-8pm

-Thanksgiving Break, Wednesday, November 22-Sunday, November 26

-8am Mass Tuesday, December 5

Last week, the students attended an assembly with Matt Wilhlem. Matt Wilhelm is a BMX rider who has been on America’s Got Talent, won the X Games, as well as multiple other tournaments. At the assembly, he showed us a lot of awesome tricks on his bike. He also told us the story of his life, and how he was bullied. He talked to the students about bullying and how they, just by doing something small and kind, they can be someone’s Batman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading/Language Arts:

The students are currently finishing up their study of tall tales by reading John Henry. In each of the tall tales we read, students learned about how authors use figurative language and word choice to help a reader picture a character and their traits and actions. Students have also investigated dialogue and how it is used to push a story along. They have also learned about how tall tales use hyperbole to exaggerate the action of a character to make the theme of the story stand out. This week we will work on comparing each of the tall tales we read in this unit, comparing the larger-than-life characters and the author’s word choice and how it affects how we see certain characters within a story. The items we focus on in this past unit will influence our lessons and what we practice when reading our next novel. When we return from Thanksgiving break we will begin Because of Winn-Dixie where we will continue to study main idea, theme, and author’s craft. The students have also been focusing on prefixes and suffixes as well as homophones. These skills will help us to break down new vocabulary as we read.

In writing, the students have been studying how to put together a narrative using The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. The students wrote their own version of the mysteries first created by Harris Burdick and Chris Van Allsburg. They used some of the lessons we have focused on in reading like: using descriptive language to tell about the setting and characters, creating a logical plot, using dialogue to help a story along, choosing more interesting transition words. The students then typed their narrative and we worked on editing it together on Google Drive! Check out these spooky stories when you visit during conferences. This week students will finish up these final drafts and begin working on poetry.

Math: The 4th graders finished chapter 2 this past week and have been working on Chapter 3, which works on double-digit multiplication. The students quickly gathered knowledge of multiplying with zeroes and rounding to estimate. This week we will be learning how to multiply double-digits using an area model with partial products. They will learn both the partial product and regrouping methods and will be learning about how they can choose which they prefer to use; either with every problem or based on the numbers within a problem.

Please continue to use https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/dashboard/home  for extra practice, help, or homework. Nina Nelson on YouTube is also a great resource for a quick reminder of each lesson.  Please remember as students work through this chapter it is important that they know how each new strategy solves a problem. By learning many different strategies, students will be able to find the way that makes the most sense to them. To help with these tougher multiplication topics it is important for students to continue to practice their basic multiplication facts, no matter how well they think they know them :).

Religion: In 2nd Step the students continue to work on empathy and how to identify other people’s feelings, how feelings can be perceived, and how intent plays into how our actions are perceived. Feelings, perceptions, and intent will continue to be our focus for the next couple of weeks. This week students focused on temptation and how we can avoid or not give in to temptation in order to stay away from sin through public service announcements they presented in groups in room 115. This week the class will finish up this chapter and present a mini-play about the Good Samaritan to their buddies next week. In room 114, the students completed their chapter on sin and will be taking their Chapter 3 test on Tuesday, November 14.

Social Studies: The students dove into the United States political system over the past few weeks. They learned about the levels of government, and the branches of government. They also read about the Constitution, and how it can be changed. Finally, they learned about the responsibilities they have as a US citizen. They will be taking their Chapter 2 Test on Friday, November 17th.

Science: We are finishing up our chapter on ecosystems, food webs, natural resources, and human impact on the earth. The 4th graders gathered information on food webs and even acted out a food web, seeing what would happen if just one animal disappeared from that web.  This week students are finishing up their study of pollution and how we can work to conserve those natural resources available to them. The students will be taking their test on Friday, November 17th. Study resources can be found in Google classroom, Quizlet and Jeopardy.

Thank you so much for your continued help and support.

It’s always a great day to be a cardinal!

Miss Kasl & Miss Gross

 

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Fourth Grade Fall Festivities

Fourth Grade Fall Festivities

Important Dates to Remember:

-Choose Kindness 5K, Saturday, October 21

-Red Ribbon Week lasts from Monday, October 23-Friday, October 27

-Living Rosary, Tuesday, October 24

-Halloween class parties, Tuesday, October 31 at 2pm

-No school, Friday, November 3

-8am Mass, Monday, November 6

 

**Our Halloween celebration is Tuesday, October 31.  The students will come to school in school appropriate costumes (please refer to scoop last week). Parents are preparing a celebration; check SignUp Genius for ways you can help out.**

Yesterday we took our field trip to the Chicago History Museum and the students loved it! They got to see the bed where Abraham Lincoln died, study the movement and affect of the Chicago Fire, explore artifacts from Chicago’s history and see the progression of bridges. Next week week we will participate in the Living Rosary and celebrate Red Ribbon week. We will discuss ways to stay drug free throughout the week. Each day will have a different theme that we will focus on, some days will involve a dress down, refer to the schedule emailed out this week. The fourth graders have been busy learning many new things as well. Check out what we’ve been up to below.

Reading/Language Arts: This week, we started our second story in our Reading textbooks! The students are reading a tall tale called, “Why the Sea is Salty.” The story will help the kids to understand parts of a tall tale, as well as determining a theme in a story. We will bring in other short stories that relate to this book, and have the kids compare and contrast themes, setting, and more. In writing, we are wrapping up personal narratives, and moving onto a new paper! We are close reading phrases and pictures in the Mysteries of Harris Burdick. This book is full of images and incomplete phrases that go together. The students will get to choose a phrase they like, and will finish the phrase within their story. In English, the students in room 114 are going over prepositions and prepositional phrases. They are learning how to classify these within a sentence. They are also looking at subjects and verbs and how they have to agree. In room 115 the students are finishing up their study of types of sentences, new vocabulary words, and topic sentences. They will take their test next week on Wednesday. The students are continuing to complete in class rotations using their spelling words, as well as writing about the books they are reading. Please make sure your students are studying their spelling words at home, and reading 30 minutes a night!

Math: This week students worked on how to solve a multiplication problem using partial products, play with number bonds and solve problems using mental math, and problem solving for multi-step multiplication problems. Next week we will continue to learn a few more multiplication methods to solve multi-digit by 1-digit problems. Please continue to use https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/dashboard/home for extra practice, help, or homework. Nina Nelson on Youtube is also a great resource for a quick reminder of each lesson.  Please remember as students work through this chapter it is important that they know how each new strategy solves a problem. By learning many different strategies, students will be able to find the way that makes the most sense to them. To help with these tougher multiplication topics it is important for students to continue to practice their basic multiplication facts, no matter how well they think they know them :).

Religion: In 2nd Step the students continue to work on empathy and how to identify other people’s feelings, how feelings can be perceived, and how intent plays into how our actions are perceived. Feelings, perceptions, and intent will continue to be our focus for the next couple of weeks. In religion the students are exploring what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus. They are exploring how Jesus’ teachings bring us closer to God and our acts bring us closer to the Kingdom of God. They are also looking at the freedom that God gave to us and how important it is to value and respect all people and turn away from sin.

Science: We are currently learning about ecosystems, habitats, and niches. The students have explored how when living things want for basic needs it often caused competition within a habitat, just like in their homes! To explore this a bit further, students created a business card for a living thing, stating their address (habitat) and job/company (niche). Next week they will explore food chains and food webs. The students will act out these chains, watch a few videos, and eventually make their own web.

Social Studies: In Social Studies, we are learning how the United States grew in land and population. We are studying the European explorers and where they came from. We also made a chart of when they came to the United States, and why. We are moving onto immigration and culture. The students recently completely a little project answering questions about where they family came from and when they immigrated to the United States. On Friday, the students shared their stories of how their families came here!

Thank you for all of your help and support this year.

Remember, it’s always a great day to be a cardinal!

Ms. Gross & Miss Kasl

 

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Fourth Grade Fall News

Important Dates to Remember:

-No School – Monday, October 9

-Frindle quiz (room 115)-Wednesday, October 11

-9am All School Mass – Thursday, October 12

-Frindle Story Cube Project (completed in class) due-Friday, October 13

-8am Mass – Wednesday, October 18

-Chicago History Museum field trip – October 19

 

Fall in Fourth Grade

The past two weeks students have been learning about the importance of responsibility, for our actions, our learning, our work ethic, and our listening and respect. We have spoken about how they are the drivers of their learning and that the work and effort they put in, shows in their learning and successes. We know they can accomplish wonderful things and cannot wait to see them grow as they just keep pushing themselves throughout the year. We have also had the chance to finish our first class novel, complete a few of our first tests, and build and test bridges.

Reading/Language Arts: The students did a great job of reading and completing their very first class novel, Frindle! This past week they took a quiz on the book to see how much they remembered. They will begin their in class Frindle project next week. Their project will dive deeply into the book; including a summary, the characters, main events, and more. We will start to get into myths by reading our next ReadyGen book! We will practice analyzing problem and solution, figurative language, and theme. We will focus on these details within one text and then across multiple texts while reading this book, as well as other books, stories, and articles during small group rotations. As we continue to read new books, the students will continue to use context clues, discuss the main characters and their traits, pick out the main events in the story, and identify the problems and solutions within the story.

In writing, students continue to work on organizing a piece of writing. We are practicing how to pick an appropriate topic by starting with a list and narrowing down to just one. The students are using these topics to write personal narratives and explanatory papers in class. They have focused on building an introduction, and connecting their body paragraphs to that introduction. The students will work on adding details that support their main idea/topic to help the reader visualize what the are reading.

Math: Hello chapter two! The students recently started the next chapter on multiplication. They have been working on drawing models to solve multiplicative comparison problems. This is a very tough lesson! We will continue to practice this lesson with problem of the day, as well as in small groups. They are starting to move into rounding numbers to create an easier multiplication problem. They are also using patterns to find the answer to a multiplication problem. It’s important to remember and use these patterns to help the students get the right answer. We finished the week with learning about the distributive property! Remember to use flash cards at home to practice basic multiplication problems! Knowing their basic facts will make this chapter much easier.

Religion/2nd Step: After a successful Grandparents/Grandfriends Mass, we will be moving back into our textbook! The students will be discussing how Jesus brings happiness to each of our lives. They will learn about The Beatitudes and how they connect to our life. In 2nd Step, the students are learning that their friends may have different preferences on different activities. They discussed why it’s important to be friends with those people you enjoy being around, even if they prefer different food, movies, or sports.

Social Studies: Chapter one has come and gone! The students did a wonderful job getting into Social Studies, and learning all about the five regions of the United States. They took their Chapter 1 Test on Thursday. Next week, the students will start to dive deeper into each of the five regions. We will start with the Northeast region! They will learn about the people who have come from there, and continue to live there. They will also learn about events that take place there, and have happened there in the past! They will learn about all of these topics within each region as the year goes on.

Science: Our study of science processes, the scientific method, data, and models has finished this week. We ended our learning with a STEM mission to build a model of a bridge using straws, tape, and paperclips. We tested to see how many marbles each bridge could hold before collapsing. Students did a wonderful job and designed some very sturdy bridges. We will then move on to Chapter 4, working on ecosystems, food webs, and the human impact on ecosystems and the environment in general.

As always, it’s a great day to be a cardinal!

Mrs. Duffy and Ms. Gross

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Fourth Grade Fall Beginnings

Important Dates to Remember:

-Chapter 1 Math test (room 115) Tuesday, September 26

-Grand-friends Day Mass (hosted by us!)- 1:15pm on Friday, September 29

-D4D at Brookfield Ale House-Wednesday, September 27

-8am Mass Wednesday, October 18

-Chicago History Museum field trip, October 19

This week was filled with many exciting events! We enjoyed participating in the International Day of Peace celebration hosted by the junior high and spoke about how we can bring peace to those people in our daily lives as well. The 4th graders were also very excited to meet Mr. Enns and begin learning about band. Finally, the students had a wonderful time celebrating homecoming with the pep rally, singing and dancing.

Reading/Language Arts: Students were excited to start reading Frindle this week. We began by digging into Nick and Mrs. Granger, the two main characters in the book. We explored their character traits by looking at the character’s feelings, actions, what they say, and their thoughts. We then compared the two characters to really see how these two people might affect the rest of the story. Students also worked on responding to the text, asking questions, sharing their opinions, and writing a response using text evidence. As we continue to read students will explore context clues, sequence of events and how characters influence a story, and finally how to identify problem and solution within a story.

In writing the students continue to work on how to organize a writing piece. They first narrow down their ideas to focus on one topic when writing. Students then use this small topic to write their personal narrative. They have mostly focused on how to make a story move from beginning, middle, and end as well as how to add sensory details and extra information to entertain the reader and help them to visualize what they are reading.

Math: This past week the students completed chapter one, which focused on place value, addition, subtraction, problem solving, rounding and comparing numbers. We will began our second chapter next week. Chapter two features multiplication. In this chapter students will learn different strategies to multiply 1 digit by many digits, basic algebra (solving for an unknown), and      solve multi-step problems. As students work through this chapter it is important to remember that they need to know how each multiplication strategy solves a problem. By learning many different strategies, students will be able to find the way that makes the most sense to them. To help with these tougher multiplication topics it is important for students to continue to practice their basic multiplication facts.

Religion/2nd Step: This week students have been preparing for the grandparent/grandfriend Mass that takes place next week (Friday, September 29). The students learned about archangels, the Kingdom of God, and the structure of the liturgy. We will also be continuing our study of feelings and empathy in 2nd Step. As we work through this unit, students will discover ways to deal with these emotions in themselves and others.

Social Studies: The students are furthering their study on regions by learning about their climates. We have been practicing how to read different types of maps on weather and climate as well. The students will begin their third and final lesson of Chapter 1 next week. They will discuss the resources that are found in each region. They should expect to have their Chapter 1 Test during the first week of October.

Science: 4th graders have been working hard on using the scientific method and have completed several experiments practicing the steps. They then learned how to create their own experiment by choosing a variable to test. Students got the chance to learn how to use measurement tools like a: pan balance, spring scale, tape measure, and their own unique unit. They had a ton of fun exploring the room and were surprised by the weight and length of many of the things they tested. Next week students will explore how data can be represented and analyzed. They then will study how models are used in experimentation. Their STEM challenge will then be to build a model of a bridge that can sustain the most pennies.

As always, it’s a great day to be a cardinal!

Mrs. Duffy and Ms. Gross

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Fourth Grade News!

Fall Beginnings

The students have been working very hard these first two weeks. They are still in the process of getting down our classroom procedures, jobs, and expectations. As we continue to practice we will begin to work like a well-oiled machine.

Important Dates:

-Fall Fest, Thursday, September 7-Sunday, September 10

-No School, Monday, September 11

-Picture Day, Tuesday, September 12

-School Mass, Wednesday, September 13

-Bulls/Sox Academy Field Trip, Friday, September 15 9:30-12:30

 

Check out what we’ve been up to and what’s ahead:

Reading/Language Arts: During our first few weeks the students have been learning about how we will be working on reading throughout the year. During word work lessons and practice, students have been working on suffixes (-ed and -ing), short vowels, capitalization, and punctuation. In reading, students have been exploring Porpoises in Peril, our first mentor text. They have focused on character traits, problem and solution, sequence, and context clues. We will continue to practice these skills by applying them to our class novel, Frindle by Andrew Clements. Students will read this  in conjunction with our mentor text that is read aloud in class.

In writing the students have begun to explore how to organize a writing piece. They then worked on narrowing down their ideas to focus on one topic when writing. Students will use this small topic to write a personal narrative. Students will also explore how to organize based on beginning, middle, and end, how to add informative details, and how to use their writing voice to draw a reader in.

Math: Just as with reading, the students are currently working on developing their stamina for working individually on math assignments. We began chapter 1 last week, which focuses on place value, rounding, and reviews addition and subtraction. Many of these concepts are review for students and just push the concepts a bit further. This allows the them to work on not only math, but the procedures for how small groups, activities, and extra practice will work the rest of the year. We will get through the first half of the chapter this week. The second half focuses on adding and subtracting numbers, so please continue to practice and review these skills with your student. Look for a chapter 1 test in the next two weeks.

Religion and 2nd Step: The students began the year exploring how kindness impacts our lives as christians. We read The Invisible Boy and discussed how we could help others to not feel invisible. Students then chose a quote about kindness to illustrate, these are currently decorating the hallway! Students then began their first chapter covering how important Jesus is to our faith. We reviewed why Jesus was sent to us, and what it means to live like him. Our class also began 2nd step by building a set of rules or expectations for our conversations in 2nd step, this allows for students to feel comfortable to share their thoughts and feelings so that everyone can get the most out of our 2nd step time. The first unit of study builds student understanding of empathy and recognizing emotions within themselves and others.

Science: The 4th graders were eager to work on developing their knowledge of the scientific method the first few weeks of school. We discussed how each one of us is a scientist so we must develop our observation, communication, and experimentation skills. The students begin exploring their engineering skills by working as a team to figure out how to save our friend, Fred, from his unfortunate boating accident. Check out the pictures of this experiment below. As this past week has gone on the students continued to practice the scientific method and learn about variables, observation skills and the importance of communication. Our first chapter will continue to build on the student’s science inquiry skills and STEM procedures.


Social Studies: Over the last few weeks, the students learned all about our country, and how it’s divided into five regions. We have started learning about the different landforms that are found in each region, as well as which states make up that region. We will continue to study each region in depth as the year goes on. Students were also introduced to the State and Capital game! This game will help the students learn and remember where each state is in the United States, as well as its’ capital. Make sure they’re practicing at home!

As always, it’s a great day to be a cardinal!

Ms. Gross and Mrs. Duffy (Kasl)

 

 

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Fantastic Fourth Grade News

Summer break always seems to fly by, but we’re ready for our new group of fourth graders! We hope you had a fun and relaxing summer! Get ready to take an adventure and have a sweet time this year! Fourth Grade is a fun year filled with new and exciting opportunities like…switching classes for science and social studies, trying out band, recycling with 1st grade buddies, and meeting new teachers and students! We look forward to working collaboratively with you and your student to make their experiences some of the best yet. We cannot wait to see what they all accomplish throughout the school year. We’re very excited to see each of you at the Meet and Greet on Monday, August 21st! Please email us with questions or concerns throughout the year!

 

As you are settling into a new school year, below you will find a few important dates that you can add to your calendar:

½ Day of School with School Mass – August 22nd

First Full Day of School – August 23rd

No School – September 4th

½ Day of School – September 8th

No School – September 11th

Fall Fest – September 7th-10th

 

 

Specials Schedule:

 

Gross – 114

A: Art and Spanish

B: Science Lab and TLC

C: Library and Music

D: PE and Science Lab

E: Spanish and TLC

F: Music and PE

 

Duffy (Kasl) – 115

A: PE and Science Lab

B: Music and Spanish

C: TLC and Science Lab

D: PE and Art

E: Spanish and TLC

F: Library and Music

 

 

It’s ALWAYS a great day to be a cardinal!

Ms. Gross & Mrs. Duffy (Kasl)

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Important Dates to Remember:

-Tuesday, June 6 – Buddy Booknic and Dress Down Day!

-Wednesday, June 7 – Cleaning Day, please let your students know what you would like them to keep and donate!

-Thursday, June 8 – Field Day and Picnic, room 114 wears white, room 115 wears red!

-Friday, June 9 – End of School Mass, Dismissal at 11:30am

 

The students enjoyed an awesome field trip to Naper Settlement. Chaperones, students, and teachers enjoyed the interesting things we learned. It was great to see the students’ faces light up when they got to see actual artifacts from the 1800s and a real-life blacksmith. Many of them enjoyed the strict school-teacher as well. The year is dwindling down and the students are working hard to cram in the last bit of learning we have prepared for them. We are all enjoying the 8th grade events and the beautiful weather.

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Check out the awesome things we’ve been up to below.

 

Reading/Language Arts:

  • In room 115…
    • The students have been extending their thinking and challenging themselves as we closely read two passages about baseball. One text was about baseball’s beginnings and the other was “Casey at the Bat”. The students read each passage a few times and analyzed different things, such as: the main idea, figurative language, author’s purpose, and comparing the texts to each other. The students worked hard to really understand the crazy language within each of the texts, extending the comprehension skills we’ve worked on all year. They then compared how the rules of the game have changed from “Baseball’s Beginnings” to now.
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    • The students have gone back to using reading strategies to fully understand a text. In small groups, the students each read a text about inventions, being lost, and mysteries. They predicted, analyzed, and discussed the characters and settings in each book. They did a great job of feeding off each other to create summaries and discussions to further their thoughts.

The students were asked to write a letter to the incoming 4th graders. They were asked to choose one word to describe the year and they will include this word in each paragraph of their letter describing 4th grade. The future 4th graders will be enjoying these stories next year as they begin their 4th grade journey.

In spelling, the students have been working on making connections between their spelling words and the spelling patterns we have learned – beginning/ending sounds, rhyming, and synonyms/antonyms. We have also been working on how to add suffixes to base words and how those suffixes sometimes change the spelling of a word. The students were happy that we took our last spelling test of the year on Friday! We are also exploring the last part of speech, interjections!

Math: What a year in math! The students did a wonderful job working in their small groups to further their knowledge on each chapter. During these last few days of school, the students will begin to wrap up their study on shapes, lines, angles, and symmetry. Their Chapter 10 Test is this Friday (and once again, they’re VERY excited to know it’s their last). They will show their learning by creating a school, neighborhood, stadium, etc. using geometric shapes! This project will be completed in class. We will end the year by furthering our knowledge in geometry, completing hands on activities with measurement, and problem solving tasks.

Social Studies: The students wrapped up the year with a region study project! They were split into small groups, and assigned one  region. They were given a set of topics that they needed to research and present. The students did a wonderful job of finding great facts, working together, and creating an exciting presentation! With the last few days together, we will begin to study our fabulous state of Illinois. The students will create an iPad with nine apps connecting to different things about Illinois. We will end our year by presenting these iPad’s, as well as playing a few rounds of their favorite game – The State and Capital Game!

Science: The students finished up their Hot Wheels Speedometry unit on potential and kinetic energy this week. The last lab asked students to study how collisions affect potential and kinetic energy and how car engineers use this information to design safer cars. Students worked with a group to decide what experiment they wanted to conduct, how they were going to conduct it, how they would log data and then the students discussed the results to come up with what they discovered. This was a great way to round out their STEM learning for the year, To finish out the year the students will conduct a few labs exploring other types of energy like: electricity, wind, and solar energy, the most exciting lab being our end of the year Ultimate Paper Airplane Competition.

Religion: The students are working on exploring the other Commandments to finish up the year and creating a Ten Commandments mini-book. To end the year, students will be asked to create a class set of Commandments. In Second Step the students worked on using our problem solving steps to keep promises, make conversation, and avoid/resolve conflict.

As always, it’s a great day to be a cardinal!

Ms. Kasl and Ms. Gross

 

The countdown to the Kasl/Duffy wedding is on! All students and families are invited to attend the ceremony at St. Cletus on Friday, June 16! Students received invites in Wednesday envelopes last week, however Ms. Kasl has extras if they went missing :).

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4th Grade Spring News

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Important Dates to Remember:

-Field Trip to Naper Settlement- Thursday, May 25

-No school-Memorial Day, Monday, May 29

-8th grade clap out, Wednesday, May 31

-Graduation at 7pm, Wednesday, May 31

-Last spelling test-unit 13, Friday, June 2

 

The past week has been very busy in 4th grade! We heard all about the 8th graders and saw them receive their ribbons on Wednesday. Thursday was our big Battle of the Books championship, the 4th grade winning team (Agnes, Maeve, Sean, Gabe, and Isa) battled against the winning 5th grade team (Dominic, Gabi, Morgan, and Evie). It was a very close match, as the score was tied after multiple rounds. The game ended in a final tie-breaking bonus question and the 5th grade won. It was such a fun experience for all of the 4th graders, as it was the first time 4th grade participated in the annual event. A few pictures of previous battle can be found below.  Lastly, today we enjoyed 8th grade day as we cheered on siblings, friends, and teachers.

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Reading/Language Arts: The students just finished up their reading of Hatchet and many say they loved it! The students explored and analyzed Brian’s ability to survive, the changes he went through after what he experienced in the wilderness, and his range of feelings during his experience. The students are now working on projects that show their understanding of the text. They will be presenting these projects next week.

In room 115, students finished up their study of poetry with a concrete poem, some of which were created for their moms for Mother’s Day. They were asked to use all that they have learned about imagery and figurative language to explore the topic they chose to write about. They then moved on to thinking about their future in 5th grade and beyond with a little help from Dr. Seuss’s Oh the Places You’ll Go. The 4th graders were asked to use their excellent paragraph writing skills to explain: things they want to learn, places they want to visit, dreams they want to accomplish, and people they want to meet. We then put their answers together in a hot-air balloon figure. Check them out in our room! In room 114, the students wrapped up their Harris Burdick stories. These stories were based off a small phrase. The students did a great job transforming a phrase into a story! With the year flying by, room 114 thought back to their favorite memories and wrote them on kites. Check them out on our door!

In spelling the students just finished up their lessons on plural noun spellings in unit 12. The students will continue to look at these spelling patterns as they move into unit 13. In Shurley English the students continue to work on creating compound sentences to fix run-on sentences and helping verbs.

Math: Fractions, fractions, fractions! The students finally finished up the fraction unit with a quiz on multiplying whole numbers by fractions and mixed numbers. They then spent a day reviewing decimals with special guest teachers (Charlie Wangard, Reichan Ziemba, and Matthew Rife). We then moved on to geometry. The students have been exploring this topic throughout the year in math group assignments and activities, however we are digging into it with more detail now. The students reviewed types of angles and how to name, draw and write geometry figures. As we continue in this chapter the students will explore different two-dimensional shapes, classifying them by their angles, sides, and parallel or perpendicular lines. They are completing Simple Solution lessons, journals, area and perimeter dream houses, decimal activities, as well as practicing new geometry concepts like angles, measurement, and shapes.

Social Studies: The students were delighted to find out they’re done taking tests in Social Studies for the rest of the year! Now, they’re taking their knowledge on the U.S. regions, and creating an in-depth presentation. Each class was divided into 5 small groups (one group per region). They are working together, in class, to create a Google Slideshow on their region. They have requirements like events, celebrities, weather/climate, resources, and common jobs found in their region. They will begin presenting these projects on Tuesday, May 30th.

Science: The students and I have been so excited about our current unit-force and motion. The students have taken a few steps away from their textbooks and labs to explore using Hotwheels cars. The students are exploring potential and kinetic energy, the scientific method, and engineering through hands on experiments. Some of these experiments are assigned by the teacher, but many ask the students to design an experiment to test a certain variable. The students are asked to use math concepts like graphing, averages, and measurement, as well as language arts skills like research methods, communication and writing. It has been so wonderful to see the student’s excitement as they see how gravity and friction impact how things move in our world. Students were asked to create their own experiment, test it and then report and present to the class. The students did wonderfully and really demonstrated their knowledge of potential and kinetic energy. Their next experiment has them exploring collisions and how energy is transferred from one object to another. Check out a few action shots below.

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Religion: We are continuing our study on the Commandments, as well! This week in room 115, we’re focusing on the Third Commandment. The students are discussing how they keep the Lord’s Day holy by going to church, praying, spending time with family, and singing songs. The students of room 114 just took their test on the Third and Fourth Commandments! We will be moving onto the Fifth Commandment next week. We will discuss how all human life is sacred, and that the right to life is the most basic human right.

 

As always, it’s a great day to be a cardinal

Ms. Kasl and Ms. Gross

The countdown to the Kasl/Duffy wedding is on! All students and families are invited to attend the ceremony at St. Cletus on Friday, June 16! Look for invitations in next week’s Wednesday envelope, I hope to see you all there!

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4th Grade’s Spring News

Important Dates to Remember:

April 28 – Science Test

April 28 – Shurley English Test (room 115)

May 2 – Social Studies Test

May 3 – Math Test

May 5 – Spelling Test

May 9 – School Mass (May Crowning)

May 10 – Student Council Dress Down ($1)

May 12 – 8am Mass

May 17 – School Mass

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Reading/Language Arts: The students wrapped up their lit circle books before break. They each had the opportunity to read another book written by Kate DiCamillo. They met with their groups a few times a week to discuss characters, problems, and eventually the solution. In the end, students created multimedia projects to describe and illustrate the book they read. Now, the students are moving onto another class novel! They will be reading Hatchet. We will mix this book up with in class reading, partner reading, and reading to self with a packet. We will take a close look at new vocabulary words within the text, as well as visualizing, predicting, and connecting the text to other areas.
The students are continuing their study of classifying sentences in English by adding compound subjects, pronouns, and verbs. They are also learning how to identify different types of sentences – fragment, simple, and compound. We will also continue to edit sentences. In spelling, the students are focusing on Unit 11. We will touch on contractions, spelling patterns with soft-syllables, and suffixes. In writing, the students are furthering their knowledge with poetry. They are creating a 4th Grade poem book about the best part of them. Some students choose to write about their smile, eyes, feet or hair. We will be able to print this book so everyone can have one 🙂

 

Math: Fractions, fractions, and more fractions. The students are well into Chapter 7 and learning the difference between an improper fraction and a mixed number. They have been practicing how to change an improper fraction to a mixed number, and reversed as well. They are moving onto adding and subtracting mixed numbers in the next few days! We will be having our Chapter 7 test in the middle of next week. The students are still working with rotations during math. They are completing Simple Solution lessons, journals, fraction task cards, as well as geometry concepts like angles, measurement, and shapes.

 

Religion: The students were assigned a very fun religion project this week! They will be researching and learning all about their name and how it’s unique to them. Students will have the opportunity to tell their class about their name, how they got it, and what it means. We are continuing our study on the Commandments, as well! This week in room 114, we’re focusing on the Third Commandment. The students are discussing how they keep the Lord’s Day holy by going to church, praying, spending time with family, and singing songs. Room 115 is focusing on the Second Commandment. The students are connecting their study of their own unique and special name to the unique and special name we use for God.

 

Science: Everything matters, because everything is matter! Students have been exploring the substances that are all around us through our study of matter’s physical and chemical properties. Before break students explored how physical changes occur by creating Origami cups they also observed the similarities and differences between solutions and mixtures through an experiment where they mixed salt with water and salt with alcohol. This week students are exploring chemical changes, like rust, burning, and tarnishing. We will be taking our quiz on these chapters on Friday, which is on both chapters 7 and 8. Our unit next week will focus on physics. Students will explore motion and energy through experiments and inquiry using Hotwheels cars!

 

Social Studies: We are now traveling to the Midwest region! Before break, they students learned how to read and create bar and line graphs. They were assigned a state and had to research the average temperatures in each month. Together, they created a bar or line graph to illustrate the weather trends in their state. Now, the students are learning all about the different landforms, places and weather in our own region. We have discussed the different farms in our region, and how the land in the midwest is good for agriculture. We will end our study of the midwest by learning about the resources found there. On Tuesday, May 2, the students will have their Chapter 8 test on the Midwest region.

 

Thank you so much for your continued help and support.

 

It’s always a great day to be a Cardinal!

Ms. Gross and Ms. Kasl

 

 

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4th Grade March Madness

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Important Dates:

-Parent Teacher conferences Thursday, March 9

-No school Friday, March 10

-Bring the Change fundraiser March 13-17

-Planet Project due Tuesday, March 14

-Stations of the Cross Thursday, March 16

-8am Mass Tuesday, March 21

-Literature Circle book finished by Wednesday, March 22

-4th grade hosted Stations of the Cross Thursday, March 23

-Auction T-shirt dress downs: March 17, 23, 31

-St. Cletus Hoopla Auction Saturday, April 1

The 4th graders have been busy the past few weeks competing in Rock, Paper, Scissors, watching Ozma of Oz, and kicking off St. Cletus’ Bring the Change fundraiser. The students have also kicked off their last trimester by finishing up a chapter in math, beginning a study of Lent, and starting their first literature circle books. The students are truly taking control of their learning this trimester and we look forward to seeing how much they grow.

Reading: The fourth graders have been working on many different things within our reading block. We have been analyzing informational text: looking at the text’s main ideas and details, its vocabulary and text structure, and making connections between its contents and other texts or our previous knowledge. Students will continue to work on these skills both at home with their lit circle books and informational articles, as well as in small groups at school. Students have made their choice on which Kate DiCamillo book they would like to explore and planned a reading schedule along with their peers who also chose this book. The students will be exploring these books through specific jobs in which they analyze a specific area of the text. The students then meet and lead discussions about the text each week. We are also asking students to use their new Google Classroom skills to pose questions and discuss their reading online with their group.

In Shurley English students are learning about subject and possessive pronouns, coordinate conjunctions and compound sentence parts. They will also get the chance to review different types of sentences (simple, fragments, run-ons, and compound parts). The students have enjoyed exploring great writing though mentor sentences. We have seen the students further their knowledge in writing interesting and complete, fourth grade sentences.

We are currently in unit 9 in spelling, learning about prefixes, suffixes, and irregular verbs. We will be looking at the second batch of vocab words with our new vocabulary activities. The students have enjoyed expanding their knowledge of interesting words and we cannot wait to see more of them pop up in the students’ daily writing and speech.

In writing we explored how to use figurative language through writing color poems. The students are currently learning about how to expand their expository writing with details, craft organized paragraphs, and use graphic organizers to organize their prewriting thoughts. The students will be asked to try out these skills when they write about what makes an excellent friend. Students were asked to write a piece about this same topic earlier and will get the chance to compare their writing and see how much they have learned and improved.

Math: We have cruised through factors and multiples with ease and are now moving onto fractions! The past two weeks, students explored how factors and multiples can be used to solve word-problems, find prime and composite numbers, and identify patterns. These new skills will come handy, in the next few chapters, as we explore how to compare and order fractions, make equivalent fractions, and add fractions with like denominators. Students will continue to explore geometry and develop math writing skills through assignments on area and perimeter, classifying shapes, and converting measurement through journals, activities, and technology.

Religion: The students have begun discussing the ten commandments, and how we live them out everyday. We will take a closer look at each commandment individually to further our knowledge on how we’re expected to act as God’s followers. This week we also begin Lent. The students will discuss what Lent is and complete various activities to better understand the true meaning of the Lenten season. The students will be going to Mass on Wednesday, March 1 to receive their ashes.

Science: The 4th graders have made a trip into space and  landed on the moon. The past few weeks the students have been exploring the ways Earth moves in space and how this affects our lives each day. They then found out that the moon also moves like the earth, rotating in orbit, making it appear differently each night. The students were able to directly observe these movements by acting out the moon’s movements and singing about the different phases. The last portion of this chapter explores the different objects that move about in space, comets, moons, and planets. To expand their knowledge of the planets, students were asked to research a planet and design a vacation destination, including hotels, attractions, transportation, and nutrition. We are excited to see what creative ideas the students come up with! 
Social Studies: The students are diving into the United States regions! Throughout the next few weeks, the students will get a closer look at each region individually. This week, the students are learning about the Northeast, and how this area has incredible scenery and magnificent natural formations. The 4th graders just finished an in-class project on researching different parts of the Appalachian Mountain Trail. They did a wonderful job understanding the elevation, difficulty and surroundings of their part of the trail. We will move onto the resources the Northeast produces, as well as the vast bay life the Northeast offers.

 

Thank you so much for your continued help and support.

It’s always a great day to be a Cardinal!

Ms. Gross and Ms. Kasl

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