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Monthly News - 4th Grade
September 09, 2019

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Language Arts— During the first month of school, we work to build a community of readers and writers by establishing reading and writing workshop routines. The reading workshop serves the purpose of shaping students into passionate, independent readers. Students will understand that readers develop their own reading identities by discovering their needs, interests, and habits. They will engage with others in thoughtful discussions to develop ideas and perspective.

The writing workshop is purposeful, authentic, and joyful so that students think of themselves as writers who willingly write for a range of purposes in a variety of genres. They will understand that writers do their best work when they write what they know, care about, and want to share with others.

Math—This month we will be establishing routines that students can engage in throughout the year.   This allows students to continually access mathematics content and deepen their mathematical understandings. These routines also provide opportunities to make connections to the real world and other content areas. In Grade 4, throughout the year routines include determining elapsed time; collecting, organizing, displaying, and interpreting data; and investigating numerical and geometric patterns. In our first unit, we will explore place value and rounding of higher values (hundred millions). We will also work with addition and subtraction forms of computation.

In addition, students in Advanced Math will investigate various attributes of numbers (prime, composite, even, and odd) and explore relationships between numbers and factors, and between multiplication and division.

Social Studies- This year, our social studies curriculum is on the study of Virginia. In the first unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of the physical geography of Virginia by locating and describing bordering states, five geographic regions, and major waterways.

Science— Our Sangster Falcons are scientists! They will make observations and inferences throughout the year. Our first major unit will be about Virginia Ecosystems. We will explore natural resources, watersheds, and plants and animals native to Virginia. This unit will continue throughout the first quarter.

 To support learning at home students can...

  • Build stamina by reading at least 20 minutes a night.
  • Improve fluency by reading aloud or being read to by family members.
  • Build automaticity by practicing multiplication facts weekly.

September Dates:

9/2 - Labor Day Holiday, No School

9/10 - Grades 4-6 Back to School Night (two sessions offered: 6:00-6:45 and 7:00-7:45)

9/20 - Picture Day