September 1, 2014 Issue No. 1 Fourth Grade – Marion Elementary 4th Grade Road Trip Adventures Pit Stops: Labor Day-NO School: Monday September 1st PTA Fundraiser Kickoff: Tuesday September 9th Reading with the Eagles: Thursday September 11th at 7:30 am Rise N Shine Assembly: Friday September 19th Mrs. Hardy’s and Mrs. Milam’s classes perform! Monday September 22nd: Life Touch Pictures Watch DOG Hotdog Night and PTA Meeting: Tuesday September 23rd at 6:30 pm in Café Reading: Social Studies: This year is all about TEXAS! We will start our tour of Texas history by learning all about maps and the geography of Texas and its regions. Math: Math is off to a Marvelous start. We are beginning the year with Place Value of Whole Numbers. We will take a look at charting data with stem and leaf plots. and will finish off September with the study of Operations. Practice your multiplication facts daily! We are going to be doing lots of reading this year! The first few weeks of school will be dedicated to setting up procedures for Readers’ Workshop, reviewing how to choose “just right books”, and learning the characteristics of different book genres. Reading Rocks!! Writing: Science: We’re starting off the year learning about science tools and reviewing safety in the lab. We are also learning to use an excellent online resource called “Stemscopes” which will be something you and your child can use together at home to review concepts covered in science class. Read for 20 minutes every night! Writing is off to an exciting start. We will be talking about the Writing Process, generating ideas, creating quick writes, and reflecting on our learning through Reflection Tickets. The students will also be learning about how Writers’ Workshop will work in class. It is going to be an exciting year with books to publish, poems to create, leads to write and so much more! Homework: Monday: Reading/Science Tuesday: Writing & Math Wednesday: None Thursday: Writing & Math Friday: None A Few Reminders: .Please call the Marion office to leave a Maverick Mail note if you need to get a message to your child regarding how he/she is getting home. Students should bring a water bottle with a sports top to school each day. This cuts down on the amount of time they miss instruction for water breaks, and keeps spills to a minimum.
Curriculum Night Curriculum Night this year will be all digital. Be on the look out for the 4th Grade Curriculum Night Presentation which will be on the 4th Grade Website on September 9th. Follow us on Twitter: @MarionMavericks @BerryMarion3 @ConwayMarion4 @HardyMarion4 @MilamMarion4 @PowersMarion4 @RommelMarion4 • Classroom/Home Technology Connection • In this section of our 4th Grade Newsletter, the teachers will be adding helpful websites and apps your child can use at home for extra practice. Be on the lookout for new additions! • Writing: • www.chompchomp.com – this website offers extra grammar practice • Science: • STEMscopes login • -- this online resource will contain activities specific to your child’s current unit of study. This is a great way to review at home what was covered at school in science class. • Math: • Think Through Math is the main resource we encourage students to use to practice math concepts and the process of problem solving. Within the next few weeks, your child’s Math teacher will send home login information for this site. Visit the 4th Grade Website: 4th Grade Website Be sure to check out our team video! Conference Requests: We don’t have any required parent/teacher conferences in 4th grade, but we are always happy to meet with you if you have questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact your child’s teachers if you every want to meet to discuss your child. Birthday Book Club The Birthday Book Club honors student’s birthday. With a $15 donation to the library, we purchase a book that becomes a part of the permanent collection and inscribe it with your child’s name and birth date. Enrollment can be made through SchoolPay on the Marion Website until Sept. 18th. Paying online is the preferred method of payment. You may also pay with cash or check (include driver’s license please). Enrollment forms may be obtained through the Marion library webpage. If you have any questions, please call Carol Fancher at 214-495-6784 x.5173.