Grade 4

   

WELCOME TO 4TH GRADE!


December 2019

I am very excited to have your child as one of my 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 learning during the month of December! 

Our novel study is Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner.  It tells the story of 10 year old Willy and how he must try to save his grandfather's farm. It's set in Wyoming, and inspired by a legend Gardiner heard while traveling in Idaho. We will be very busy learning new vocabulary for each chapter, new spelling words from the novel, and using our comprehension skills to answer evidence based questions.

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

            It’s all about Multiplication in MATH during the month of December.  We will multiply with one-digit numbers, multiply multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 using basic facts and patterns, use place value to multiply, multiply by a two-digit number, multiply by a multi-digit number, and multiply with regrouping.  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 talk like mathematicians. 

Practicing vocabulary terms at home, in addition to practice at school, is encouraged. ***

In Religion we will focus on the season of Advent.  We participate in the joy, peace, and hope that Jesus brings the world.  Advent is a time of waiting and preparing.  We’ll learn about the Advent wreath and reflect on how Catholic families prepare for Christmas and appreciate the meaning of Christmas.

No matter where you live in New York, we know that the weather affects how people live. We’ll continue our SOCIAL STUDIES unit on weather terms and analyzing and comparing how geographic features affect New York’s climate.  We’ll learn about New York’s many different kinds of resources (renewable and non-renewable), and discover the many different kind of animals in New York State.

Energy is the ability to do work or the ability to move an object. By the end of this Science unit, 4th grade students should be able to differentiate among the forms of energy, including light, heat or thermal, electrical, mechanical, and sound.

A busy month lies ahead!  Working together – parent/student/teacher will ensure success for your child in 4th grade.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families.

                                                                                    kshivinsky@cawb.org

 

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Mrs. Kelly Shivinsky - Grade 4
kshivinsky@cawb.org