Grade 4 November Update

Monthly News - 4th Grade
November 04, 2019

Language Arts

During November, students will explore and analyze poems.  They will discover the poetic tools authors use and try these tools as they write their own poems. They will investigate word choice, organization, mood, and tone. They will then consider how these might contribute to their understanding of poems. During Writer’s Workshop, students will write many poems, choosing meaningful topics from their lives and applying specific poetic techniques to share their message.  As students dig deeply into the heart of the poems that they read and write, they will consider how poetry changes their perspective of the world.


This month students will explore the concepts of multiplication and division by using a variety of visual representations such as arrays, equal group pictures, and number lines. Students will solve problems set in real world contexts that involve composing and decomposing units into groups.

Students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers as they create and solve multistep practical problems.  

Advanced Math

Students will have opportunities to deepen their understandings of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, while solving practical problems involving those operations. Order of Operations and the distributive property of multiplication over addition are also introduced.

Virginia Studies

During the month of November, students will apply historical thinking skills to demonstrate an understanding of the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. They will consider how the geography, climate, and natural resources effected the way people lived in the Jamestown colony.  


We will begin our Weather and Beyond unit this month. This unit of study focuses on Earth and space relationships and weather phenomena. Throughout the unit, students will develop their understanding that scientific ideas are durable and yet subject to change as new technology is developed. Through hands-on science, students learn to inquire, observe, experiment, solve problems, collect and record information, and come to conclusions concerning matters about the solar system and weather.

In the Earth and space relationships section of the unit, students will study and understand reasons for the seasons and moon phases. Students will also use models to discover the vast sizes and distances between and among the Earth, sun, moon, and planets.


We make a great TEAMTogether Everyone Accomplishes More

  • Monday & Tuesday,  November 4 & 5  – Teacher Workdays
  • Friday, November 8- Dress as your Favorite Book Character
  • Monday, November 11 – Sangster Veteran’s Day Program 9:30 am
  • Thursday, November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch for all 4th grade classes (times vary)
  • Tuesday – Friday, November 19 – 22- Book Fair
  • Monday, November 25- FLE Parent Preview Night 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Tuesday, December 3- Jamestown Field Trip