Grade 4 Announcements

Weekly News

Lunch Service

The Main Kitchen has resumed food service. K – 8 students who wish to purchase lunch from the kitchen will give their lunch orders to the teacher in the morning. Lunch will be delivered to students in their classrooms. This fall, the kitchen will offer two sack lunch options with a choice of deli sandwich or hot item of the day. All sack lunches include chips, dessert, fruit, and water bottle. Daily menu options are posted on the school website.

You may add money to your child’s lunch account at any time.

We have worked hard to ensure the kitchen follows all recommended COVID-19 food preparation guidelines. 

  • Social distancing will be maintained during all food preparation.
  • The kitchen has been updated with a new sanitizing system and cleaning and safety protocols are in place.
  • Kitchen staff will wear masks and gloves during all food preparation and delivery.

If you choose to send a home-prepared lunch to school with your child, please follow our new no-nut guidelines, to keep all of our students safe.

Lower School Curriculum Night on October 1

Lower School teachers will present an overview of our curriculum for the 2020 – 2021 school year on Thursday, October 1. Most parents say that Curriculum Night is one of the most valuable events of the school year. Teachers will share information about the curriculum, schedules, activities, and expectations to assist you in supporting your child this year. 

Join grade-level curriculum presentation, then break out into an individual classroom connection meeting with your child's teacher. Break-out meeting links will be provided during the grade-level sessions.

Learn how to join a Teams meeting without affecting your child's remote learning experience.

Accelerated Reader

We have enabled Accelerated Reader (AR) testing to continue at home through this period of the Step Start and Bear Creek Choice plan. Please read through the following rules with your children before you begin AR at home testing.

The following rules apply to AR at home testing:

  1. Students may not refer to the book in question when taking an AR test. The book must remain closed for the entirety of the test.
  2. Students may not ask for help on any questions of an AR test.
  3. If a student is a beginning reader, an adult may read the test questions and answer choices aloud. No other assistance may be given.
  4. AR tests taken from home will not be deleted due to a low score. 
  5. Non-compliance with any of the rules of AR testing may result in the following actions: blockage of remote AR testing, removal of points from a student’s account, and/or disqualification from higher AR point clubs.
Grade 4: Curriculum for September 21-25

Biographies: Students are making progress in reading their biographies. Please keep encouraging your child to do his/her best on the written report. I encourage students to look over these reports for grammatical errors so they will receive full credit. This is a wonderful opportunity to help students acquire heroes and learn from them: people who inspire us to be brave, honest and full of character.

Novel:  As we read our novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, we  join Kit on her adventure from the warm island of Barbados to a cold climate in Connecticut.  Students will see the differences in culture as they learn to identify main events. We will focus on finding main events throughout this novel.

Writing: We are enjoying a new writing unit that teaches the key components of writing a fictional narrative. The students are enthusiastic about their new ideas and beginning thought processes.

Science:  We have begun to explore the wonderful world of birds and will be creating our own field guides using our 6-word charts.

History: We in are fully engaged in our new unit on Explorers.  This is an interesting time period to explore the many countries and men who explored the new world.

Bible:  This week we will enjoy looking at the names of Christ. This week we will write reflective essays on the names that were chosen. We will continue our study of the life of Jesus as told through the four Gospels. 

Memory:  This week we will recite the entire poem, “Something Told the Wild Geese.”

Spelling: Click here for this week's spelling list.

Geography:  The test over the New England States will take place next Friday, October 2nd. Students are given a word bank of the capitals so they must be correctly copied during the test. Students are not counted off for misspelling the state. We hope the following website is a great tool for your child to master this knowledge: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm  Thank you for encouraging your child to practice at home as well as at school. There is a study sheet and practice test in their binders.

Grade 4: Curriculum for September 28-October 2

Spelling/Vocabulary: Students absorb Grammar and Vocabulary easier if it is applied.  This year your child will work with the same Spelling List for two weeks.  The first week s/he will be tested on spelling.  The second week s/he will be tested over the definitions and grammar using a fill in the blank and matching test.  After two weeks of studying the same words and digging deeply into meaning and usage, the students are more likely to incorporate them in their vocabulary for life.  This in-depth study of words encourages students to acquire and appreciate a richness in their vocabulary.  All of these words were chosen from our text, Wordly Wise.  Students will be tested over the definitions of these words from chapter two Friday, October 2. You can find a list of the words and their definitions here.


Reading: You will see more silent reading time in order for them to reach their biography goal and maximize their vocabulary and comprehension growth at this important time in their development. This silent reading time is SO valuable and important even if they also read outside of class. The research points to reading during the school day with a purpose in mind (book reports). This also helps students move away from the screens for a healthy visual break, and instead, find a comfy spot to hunker down for extended reading.          
 
History:  We are engaged in our opening unit on Explorers. This is an interesting time period to explore the many countries and men who explored the New World. Our open book/note unit test will be October 30 and will cover chapters 1 and 2 from our textbook. Students are diligently taking notes in class and have put together their own study guide of explorers. No preparation at home is needed yet.
 
Science:  Birds are filling our everyday conversations!  Be sure to ask your child what s/he knows about how to identify the many different kinds!
 
Bible: We will enjoy looking at Zaccheus and the Rich Young Ruler. What did they do with Jesus? We will continue our study of the life of Jesus as told through the four Gospels.  
 
Novel:  As we read our novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, we observe Kit on her adventure from the warm island of Barbados to a cold climate in Connecticut.  Students will see the differences in culture as they learn to identify main events. We will continue to focus on finding main events throughout this novel.


Poem:  We will begin our poem this week called, “Columbus.”  It is a classic poem full of rich vocabulary and deep meaning. Students need to have the first stanza memorized with hand motions for this Friday. Click here for a PDF of this poem.


Verse: Click here for a PDF of this week’s verse(s).
 
Biographies:   Students are making progress in reading their biographies. Please keep encouraging your child to do his/her best on the written report. I encourage students to look over these reports for grammatical errors so they will receive full credit. This is a wonderful opportunity to help students acquire heroes and learn from them: people who inspire us to be brave, honest and full of character. All reports are due by October 23.            


Geography:  The test over the New England States will take place this Friday, October 2. We hope this website is a great tool for your child to master this knowledge. Thank you for encouraging your child to practice at home as well as at school. There is a study sheet and practice test in their binders.

Memory Verse

Poem

Columbus

Columbus
By:  Joaquin Miller

Behind him lay the gray Azores,    
  Behind the Gates of Hercules;    
Before him not the ghost of shores,    
  Before him only shoreless seas.    
The good mate said: “Now must we pray,    
  For lo! the very stars are gone.    
Brave Admiral, speak, what shall I say?”    
  “Why, say, ‘Sail on! sail on! and on!’”   

Stanza 1- Due Friday, October 2nd

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