Monday, January 22, 2018

Dear 4A Parents,

I hope you enjoyed the taste of chilly weather over the weekend. Ahhh, our winters : )


Important Dates:


  • January 25th - Class Photos
  • February 2nd - Field Trip to the MIM - Please pay the Field Trip Fee (in the payment portal of the school's website) if you have not done so already. This serves as the permission slip also.
Academics this week:

We will finish Robin Hood this week by comparing and contrasting the book with other media. The final assessment will be a written assignment that we will begin on Tuesday and end on Wednesday. The students will be given a graphic organizer and rubric to help facilitate the assignment. On Thursday and Friday, we will learn about the common elements of a fairy tale and introduce The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Please make sure your child has the version of the book that is shown in the Current Literature section in the left margin of this blog.


In math this week, we will expand our knowledge of decimals by introducing the hundredths place. We will be playing some fun games to cement these key place value concepts.

We will review for our quiz about rocks, weathering, and erosion on Tuesday. We will begin our next unit on the cardiovascular system (CVS). We will be able to identify the parts and functions of the CVS including the heart, blood, and blood vessels. We will see what happens to our heart rate when we exercise. 

This week in history we will finish our study of African Kingdoms during the Middle Ages. We will focus on the Songhai Empire and the travels of  Ibn Battuta. At the end of the week will begin our review for the quiz on Monday 1/29.


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Thank you to those who have replenished our tissues!! We are set for a couple of week, I think.

Grateful for so many things,
Mrs. Gore

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dear 4A,

I hope the weekend was a restful one for everyone!

I'm so proud of how well a majority of the class did in their recitation of Paul Revere's Ride! Just think how easy the next poem will be to memorize :) 

Important Dates:
  • January 16, 18, and 19 - MAP testing (mid-year assessment)
  • January 17th - Parent Positive - Bar Models with Mrs. Barksdale, 8:15-9:15
  • January 25th - Class Photos
  • February 2nd - Field Trip to the MIM (check your email for more specific information)

Academics this week:

We will finish Robin Hood this week. On Monday, January 22, we will have a culminating activity and on Tuesday, January 23 we will have the final test on Robin Hood. Our next book will be The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. I have placed a picture of the cover under Current Literature in the left margin. Please make sure your child has this version. 

In math this week, we will be starting a new unit on decimals. We will introduce the tenths place this week and do a lot of practice with manipulatives as we approach this new topic.

This week in science, we will conclude our study of meteorology with a quiz on 1/16. We will study the three types of rocks, how they form, the rock cycle, and weathering.

This week in history we will continue our study of African Kingdoms. We will focus on the Trans-Sahara Trade and how trade helped to spread ideas across Africa. We will also study several important Kingdoms including Ghana and Mali, as well the impact of Mali's Mansa Musa and his pilgrimage to Mecca.
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Classroom needs: Tissues : )

I hope you have a good week,
Mrs. Gore

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dear 4A Parents:

I hope you had a restful and fun break. I'm so glad that I was able to meet with many of you at the conferences and want to thank you for encouraging me. I'm excited for this next quarter : )

Important Dates:
  • January 8 and 9 - Fourth Grade Project: reciting "Paul Revere's Ride" 
  • January 15 - no school - Civil Right's Day
  • February 2 - field trip to the MIM - an email will be sent out soon with information about this trip
Academics for the week:

In ELA this week, we will learn about Point of View and begin working on informative and explanatory texts. We will continue to read and discuss Robin Hood, as well as, recite Paul Revere. 

This week in math, we will review the concepts we covered in the first semester, including place value, the operations of whole numbers, fractions, operations of fractions, and measurement.

In science, we will learn about forecasting and climate. We will compare weather and climate. There will be a quiz during the week of the 16th.

This week in history we will begin our study of African Kingdoms. We will focus on the geography of Africa including the countries of Africa as well as major mountains, rivers and other geographic features. We will then begin studying the Kingdoms of the Kush and the Aksum and how these kingdoms impacted Africa. 
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Classroom needs: Tissues :)

Excited for the new quarter,
Mrs. Gore

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Dear 4A Parents:

There are 3 early release days left before the break. One of those will be our Middle Ages Celebration; it should be a fun day. Thank you to those who are able to help donate and volunteer. There are still some spaces left. If you have the time, we could use the extra help : )

Important Dates:
  • Dec 18 - last day to contribute for Tax Credit Drive and be entered in raffle for gift basket
  • December 18-20 are early release days.
  • December 19th - Middle Ages Celebration
  • Winter Break starts on Thursday, December 21st. The 3rd quarter starts on Monday, January 8th
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences for 2nd quarter are January 4-5 (Thursday and Friday). This the link for the sign up: 
  • January 8 and 9 - Fourth Grade Project: reciting "Paul Revere's Ride" 
  • January 15 - no school - Civil Right's Day
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Academics for the week:

We will continue learning about author's purpose and theme this week. There will be an activity with idioms and we will also have time to work on the poem.

"Paul Revere's Ride" is the fourth grade project for Project Week. It will be recited the first two days back from Winter Break (January 8th and 9th). Parents are welcome to watch their child recite the poem. Just email me if you would like to come and I'll give you an approximate time for your child's turn.  

This week in Math, we will conclude our unit on measurement with a unit test. This test will be structured like the previous one on fractions. On Monday, the students will take the test and after that, I will go through them, highlighting incorrect answers and work. It is most beneficial for the students’ learning if they show all their work, so I can highlight exactly where they started to go wrong. On Wednesday, I will hand back the test and the students will be able to correct the highlighted problems for full credit.

In science, we will continue learning about weather. We will focus on thunderstorms and lightning.

In history this week we will finish our unit on Islamic Empires. We will study the Crusades, why they occurred and the impact they had on Islamic and Christian Empires as well as the world around them. We will take a quiz on Wednesday. Students already have the study guide to use to prepare for this quiz. 
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Please remember to sign up for conferences and practice the poem over the break!

I hope you have a great week,
Mrs. Gore

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dear 4A Parents:

Wow, just one full week left in the quarter! We will finished strong not only with academics but some fun activities as well.

Important Dates:
  • Dec 12Birthday Book Club
    • AM Kinder (Jul-Dec) @ 11:30 a.m.
    • Full Day Kinder - 2nd @ 2:30 p.m.
    • 3rd - 5th @ 2:45 p.m.
  • Dec 18 - last day to contribute for Tax Credit Drive and be entered in raffle for gift basket
  • December 18-20 are early release days.
  • December 19th - Middle Ages Celebration
  • Winter Break starts on Thursday, December 21st. The 3rd quarter starts on Monday, January 8th
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences for 2nd quarter are January 4-5 (Thursday and Friday). There will be a sign-up for this in the coming weeks. 
On Tuesday, December 19th, the fourth grade will have our Middle Ages Celebration. We will need A LOT of volunteers. So if you have been fingerprinted and have some time on that day (any time between 8:30-12:15), we would love for you to help out and have fun, too!
There will be a sign-up for this event coming soon.
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Academics this week:

We will continue to practice writing comparing/contrasting paragraphs through the week. The emphasis will be on writing strong introductory and concluding sentences, and using effective transitions. In literature, we will learn about author's purpose and theme. In grammar, we will learn how to write possessive nouns.  Please continue to help your child memorize Paul Revere's Ride.

This week in math, we will conclude our unit on measurement by applying what we’ve learned about fractions to measurement. We will practice expressing measurements as proper fractions and mixed numbers. The measurement unit test will be next week.

We will finish learning about tornadoes and hurricanes. There is a quiz on tornadoes and hurricanes on Tuesday 12/12. The cumulative test is on Thursday 12/14 which covers the atmosphere, solar radiation, atmospheric heating, hurricanes, and tornadoes. There is a “jeopardy” review game available at this web address 
On Friday, we will about air masses and fronts. 

In history we finished our Middle Ages unit last week. This week we will start our unit on Islam. We will study the Five Pillars of Islam, Muhammad, the spread of Islam and Islamic culture. We will also focus on important contributions to mathematics, science and art/architecture.
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I hope you have a good week,
Mrs. Gore

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dear 4A Parents,
Our Winter Break is fast approaching. As the quarter winds down, we still have a lot of interesting things to learn. I hope these next few weeks will be an enjoyable time of learning for your children.

Important dates:
  • Dec 12 - Birthday Book Club
    • AM Kinder (Jul-Dec) @ 11:30 a.m.
    • Full Day Kinder - 2nd @ 2:30 p.m.
    • 3rd - 5th @ 2:45 p.m.
  • Dec 18 - last day to contribute for Tax Credit Drive and be entered in raffle for gift basket
  • December 18-20 are early release days.
  • Winter Break starts on Thursday, December 21st. The 3rd quarter starts on Monday, January 8th. 
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences for 2nd quarter are January 4-5 (Thursday and Friday). There will be a sign-up for this in the coming weeks. 

Academics this week:

This week in ELA, we will continue our focus on comparing and contrasting. We will use 2 characters in Robin Hood and some other passages to hone this skill. In grammar, our focus will be on defining and using similes and metaphors and classifying and diagramming possessive pronouns.

In math this week, we will continue studying measurement. We will practice adding and subtracting measurements and learn how to multiply and divide as well. These skills will mirror the skills our students already learned when we studied the operations of fractions.

We will continue our study of hurricanes and then go on to tornadoes, in science this week.

In history we will finish our study of Europe during the Middle Ages. We will learn about Joan of Arc, and the plague that swept through Europe in the 1300s. 
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Mrs. Rockmaker, our music teacher wanted us to pass on this information:

Now that the November concert has passed students will return to the use of their notebooks (for grades 3,4 and 5) and Theory Time books (for grades 4 and 5 only).  I would also like students to bring a folder and a pencil to music.  Students who have left materials in the music room can retrieve them outside of class time.  New 4th and 5th grade students can purchase Theory Time books to be purchased from Barnes & Noble at the Chandler Fashion Mall from the school book list. I have attached a copy of the list.
http://archwaylincoln.greatheartsacademies.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2017/04/Consumable-List-17-18.4.28.17.FINAL_.pdf

Needed this week:
Clear 2-liter bottles to make tornadoes!

I hope you have a great week!
Mrs. Gore

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Dear 4A Parents,

I hope you all were able to enjoy your Thanksgiving Break. I know I did. It was restful and refreshing!

As we come nearer to the end of  the 2nd quarter, I want to encourage your child to finish strong. Our curriculum continues to be challenging and I hope to instill confidence in your child as they realize how much they can learn by perseverance and hard work.

Important Dates:


  • Winter Break starts on Thursday, December 21st. The 3rd quarter starts on Monday, January 8th. 
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences for 2nd quarter are January 4-5 (Thursday and Friday). There will be a sign-up for this in the coming weeks. 
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Academics this week:


This week, we will be focusing on finding the main idea and supporting details of certain passages in ELA. We will continue classifying and diagramming sentences, adding a subject pronoun. Toward the end of the week, we will start character analysis in Robin Hood in preparation for comparing and contrasting characters the following week.  

Please continue to encourage your child to keep memorizing Paul Revere's Ride. Many are doing a great job but some are falling behind. Help them to memorize a bit at a time so they can achieve success and then realize they can tackle more. 

This week in math, we will wrap up our unit on the operations of fractions. We will spend one more day practicing word problems, then review for our math test, which will be on Thursday (Nov. 30). On Friday, we will start a new unit about measurement.


In science, we will continue to learn about solar radiation. We will begin learning about extreme weather like hurricanes and tornadoes. There will be a quiz on the atmosphere and solar radiation on Thursday.


This week in history we will continue our study of the Middle Ages. We will explore topics including Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Magna Carta, the Hundred Years War and also the changes in European government during this time.
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Thank you so much for bringing in so many tissues. We should have enough to get us through the end of the quarter : )


Thank you also for entrusting your child's education with me. It is a great responsibility but also a great blessing,
Mrs. Gore