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 be learning during the month of October!
Our READING series has us practicing our comprehension strategies: literary elements, finding the main idea, and determining author’s purpose. We will monitor and clarify, use questioning strategies, and use our background knowledge to help us understand what we read. Our spelling words will have words with long e and long o, and long u. 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.
We will Add and Subtract whole numbers in Chapter 2 of our MATH Series. We’ll stress that these operations involve repeated calculations; add or subtract the ones, then the tens, then the hundreds, and so on, regrouping as necessary. This helps students transition easily to multiplication, which also uses repeated calculations. MULTIPLICATION FACTS NEED TO BE STUDIED DAILY – YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO BE FLUENT IN BASIC FACTS 2 THROUGH 12.
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. Practicing vocabulary terms at home, in addition to practice at school, is encouraged.
“Where is New York?” We’ll be answering that question in SOCIAL STUDIES this month. We’ll study its location in relation to hemisphere, continents, country, and region.
Fourth graders continue to “shake it up” with our knowledge of earthquakes, and it will be a “real gas” continuing to learn about volcanoes, in SCIENCE. Landslides are another rapid change in Earth’s surface will be learned, as well.
In October, we learn the first 3 Commandment show our love for God, and the next 7, we will study, in RELIGION, show our love for each other. The Great Commandment will also be a part of our studies this month.
PARENTS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THEIR CHILD'S PROGRESS THROUGH THE PARENT PORTAL AVAILABLE AT ESCHOOL DATA. THE PORTAL IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING LINK:
PARENT PORTAL: https://parentportal.eschooldata.com/Login.aspx
Mrs. Kelly Shivinsky - Grade 4