Mrs. Williams

welcome September 24, 2018

Dear Students & Parents,

We are off to a fantastic start in 4th grade! Students are settling into our daily routines and enjoying the responsibility of switching classes multiple times a day. Please remind them to leave any hard cover textbooks in their backpacks at home. These books may stay home until June as we have extra copies to use in the classroom during the school day.
We have a pretty quiet week ahead, but please be diligent about checking both class websites for upcoming assignments and assessments. 
Just in case anyone was unable to attend Back to School Night, a PDF version of our PowerPoint presentation will remain on the website for another week. To view, please click Fourth Grade BSTN Powerpoint 2018-2019.pdf.  

Important Things to Know This Week
1. Individual Picture Day is on Monday, September 24th! Students may wear either of their school uniforms OR dress "Up". 
2. Chapter 1 Math Tests will be sent home early this week. These must be signed and returned. Students will keep tests in their file organizer for each trimester.  
3. Contact paper (clear) was not on the school supply, but I have asked that everyone in 4th grade purchase 1 roll of it. Our math books get used daily and are soft sided so book socks do not work. These 2 books will need to be covered if you have not already done so. Thanks!

In math this week we will be:
-reviewing the concept of renaming numbers from Chapter 1
-starting Chapter 2 - Multiply by 1-Digit Numbers. Our essential question - What strategies can you use to multiply by 1-digit numbers - will be the driving force of each lesson.
This week students will be learning how to model multiplication comparisons, how to write multiplication sentences in standard form and in words (ex: 5 x 7 = 35, 5 times as many as 7 is 35), and how to multiply numbers with 0 in the tens, hundreds and thousands place (ex: 6 x 700 = 6 x 7 = 42 hundreds = 4,200). We will be learning a variety of strategies, which we will be practicing during each math lesson and in our independent work. Math notebooks may be brought home on any night to assist with homework as needed. Just please make sure they get back into their backpacks as we use them daily. 

In science this week we will be:
-finishing Unit 1 - Studying Science. Students will not be formally assessed on this chapter as it was mainly a review of critical science terms from last year. 
-starting Unit 3 - Plants and Animals which focuses on how living things are adapted for survival in their environment. 
This week students will be learning about plant structures, vascular vs. nonvascular plant types, how plants make food and will be participating in a STEM driven activity in which they'll explore water irrigation systems. The following objectives will guide our lessons:
-Describe the structures of typical plants.
-Describe the process of photosynthesis. 
-Identify problems that an irrigation system can help solve.
-Compare past and present types of irrigation systems.

In religion this week we will be:
-reviewing Chapter 2 - Jesus Leads Us to Happiness
In Chapter 1 students learned that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Son, was sent by God the Father to be our Savior. In this chapter the students will learn that Jesus Christ leads us to happiness. We will be focusing extensively on the Beatitudes in class and for homework over the next couple of weeks. Students will be working in small groups to create exemplar scenarios of each of the beatitudes.

For news about Reading, ELA and Social Studies, please click HERE to go to Ms. Grant's website.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at any time or call/leave a message at school (516-432-8900).  

Mrs. Williams

Mondays -  MUSIC
Tuesdays - LIBRARY

Wednesdays - SPANISH/GYM

Thursdays - COMPUTER
Fridays - ART