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Grade 4 News

October 26, 2018

We will be having our Fall Festival Party on Wednesday, October 31st from 1:15-2:45pm. Parents are welcome to attend the party. During math, we will be playing fun Halloween math games and the students will not have homework. After math and until lunch-recess, the whole fourth grade will attend our Treasure Island and “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” movie party. The students will get to pick between three different versions of Treasure Island movies and then watch the Disney version of “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” For students that would like to wear a costume that day, we would like the students to come to school in their costumes and stay in their costumes the whole day. If a child would like to change at any point in the day, they will need to change into their AA uniform. Therefore, please send your student to school with their uniform in their backpack that day. If your child does not want to wear a costume, they need to wear their AA uniform all day.

Fall Festival Costumes should be:
 School-appropriate - No scary costumes, no revealing costumes, no masks, no hair color, no face paint, or blow-up/inflatable costumes
 No weapons of any kind - weapons are NOT ALLOWED on school grounds, even pretend weapons
 Core Knowledge costume themes are strongly encouraged - the curriculum content is full of school-appropriate, creative costume ideas
 Administration reserves the right to disallow a student costume if it fails to meet the guidelines. If a costume is disallowed, the student will need to wear their school uniform.

After-school Activity Reminders
If your family has a last minute change after-school that is not noted in your child’s planner, please call the front office. Please do not email the homeroom teacher. All regular ECA activities, carpool, walker hill, etc. should be noted in your child’s planner. We are happy to remind all of our classes at the end of the day to check their planners for their after-school activities. It is difficult to field reminders through our emails and track down individual students throughout our day when the students switch classes frequently. If your child has a cell phone or phone watch, feel free to send your child a text. He or she can check their phone or phone watch at the last bell each day. The students are not allowed to play on their phones during carpool, but are always welcome to check for messages at the beginning of carpool. The school policy states that students are required to keep their phones and phone watches off and in their backpacks until 3:35pm.

Hake Grammar Book
The password for the online Hake book is: aacastle89

Math
We added a very helpful homework sheet under “Downloads” on the fourth grade page. If your child would like to use this page, please print it at home and place copies of it in his or her binder. Some students are doing very well organizing their math using the notebook paper or graph paper. If your child is having a hard time keeping his or her problems organized, this math sheet might be a great solution. Most math classes have between 15-30 minutes of homework time at the end of class. If your child is coming home with barely any homework done, please speak with him or her about using their homework time at school.

History
This week, we have wrapped up Colorado History and started our American Revolution unit. Students will be learning about the early years of the United States and how we became and independent country. Vocabulary assignments will begin on Monday, October 29, so please make sure students are completing their assigned times each week. As a reminder- students MUST clean out the history section of their binder of all Geography and Colorado History materials!

Science
In science we are finishing up our Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition unit. The students will have a test on Tuesday, October 30th. In case a student misplaces the study guide or any of the class notes, they are all posted on our OneNote class notebook. The study guide answers are also posted on Infinite Campus and OneNote. Then, we will jump right into our next unit where we will explore Pangaea, the Theory of Continental Drift, and fossils. This unit will take us all the way up until Thanksgiving Break. If you are looking for some interesting dinner table discussion topics, here are some from our “I Wonder” board: What is first, day or night? Do islands in the ocean float, or are they attached to the bottom?

Literacy with Mrs. Summers
This week we are working on a compare and contrast essay comparing Ichabod and Brom Bones from the story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” We will continue working on this essay next week as well. Students will continue to have Hake homework 1-30. Please check IC for spelling words each week. There will not be a spelling test next week due to no school on Friday. The book report is due November 9th. Book report projects can be found in Share point by going through Office 365. Click on textbooks, 4th grade, and book projects. Students must use one of those choices. Please check in with your child to make sure they are stocked up on all school supplies. Students seem to run out of pencils, dry erase markers, or red pens.

Literacy with Mrs. D
We read a short version of “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” last week and are listening to the unabridged version this week. We are also working on a compare and contrast essay comparing Ichabod and Brom Bones from the story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” We will continue working on this essay next week as well. Next Thursday, we will read the story of “Rip Van Winkle”. There will not be a spelling test next week due to no school on Friday. The book report is due on November 12th. Book report projects can be found in Share point by going through Office 365. Students must use one of those choices in the fourth grade folder.

Literacy with Mrs. Gallina
Over the next two weeks our sound/spelling focus is on vowel + r sounds ( ar, are, eer, ear, air, ur, or, ir, our, & oar) . We will also look at antonyms, shades of meaning, and multisyllabic words. For reading, we will read Rip Van Winkle.
For grammar over the next two weeks, we will learn how to use quotation marks to show conversation and make base words that end in y plural. We will also review writing complete sentences. For writing, students will work on compare/contrast writing. They will compare/contrast 2 characters from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Literacy with Ms. Hanshaw:
Next week the spelling focus will be on words that have the same vowel sounds as the words tool and brook. The following week the spelling focus will be on words that have the same vowel sounds as the words cloud and dawn. We will also look at Latin words parts (phon, photo, graph, auto, tele) and how they add to the meaning of a word. For grammar, we will identify the subject and predicate of a sentence and review plural nouns. We will begin reading Rip Van Winkle. Then we’ll begin reading Robinson Crusoe. We will work on comparison writing and summarizing for our writing focus.

Sincerely,
Anna Doody adoody@aak8.org
Katie Hoehn khoehn@aak8.org
Kelsey Montag kmontag@aak8.org
Summer Summers ssummers@aak8.org
Julie Gallina jgallina@aak8.org
Bobbi Hanshaw bhanshaw@aak8.org