Grade 4



I am very excited to have your child as one of my SUPER fourth grade students this school year! Also, I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with you and your child. I have high expectations for the academic school year, and am devoted to helping your child succeed! I believe that all students are unique and capable of learning.

Throughout the year, we will be working diligently to meet our curriculum requirements while preparing for the New York State tests in Language Arts, Math, and Science. We will be learning about New York State in Social Studies, covering many topics in Science, building our skills and concepts in Math, reading wonderful pieces of literature, and continuing to improve and fine tune our writing skills.

Here’s what we will be working on during the month of January!

In Reading we will practice our comprehension strategies to interpret data in graphic sources, determine what is a fact and what is an opinion, and generalize to have a better understanding of what we read. Knowledge of important ideas, text structure, and the ability to visualize will enhance our comprehension skills, as well, this month. In Spelling, we’ll review rules for adding –ed and –ing endings, homophones, and the vowel sound we hear in the word shout .

*** Spelling words and vocabulary words with definitions are sent home in your child’s Homework Folder every week. Studying spelling words and vocabulary every evening will ensure success on Spelling and Reading Tests. ***

Fourth graders continue multiplying in Math, but this time we’ll multiply by two-digit numbers!!! We will estimate products by rounding, use area models to multiply, and use multiplication to solve multi-step word problems. We will check our progress mid-half way through each chapter, review skills as we continue through the chapter, and close each chapter with a Math assessment. Vocabulary in Math is very important in 4th Grade. We will talk like mathematicians. Practice at home on vocabulary terms, in addition to practice at school, is encouraged.

In Religion, we will talk about and come up with our own New Year’s Resolutions. How will we keep this promise to ourselves? We will also be learning about how God, too, always keeps his promises.

New York Long Ago is our focus in Social Studies. For thousands of years, Native Americans made their homes in New York, using its many geographical benefits to help them establish their rich cultures and live out their lives. This interesting unit will have 4th graders learning about our state’s early settlers.

In Science we will learn about Circuits – Parallel and Series. Students will visit the lab to create these circuits, as well. This will wrap up our unit on Magnets and Electricity.
A busy month lies ahead! Working together – parent/student/teacher will ensure success for your child in 4th grade.

Mrs. Shivinsky









Mrs. Kelly Shivinsky - Grade 4