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Week 17, Dec 16th

December 15, 2019 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

Good afternoon 4th grade parents! While everyone is excited and highly anticipating our Christmas break, we are still in full learning mode and trying to take advantage of our class time together.

4th Grade Math: Last week we started and finished our unit on bar graphs and line plots. While I feel the kids have an understanding of how to read and interpret these graphs, they continue to struggle with labeling their answers. This week we will complete our symmetry unit. This involves identifying symmetrical figures, finding lines of symmetry, and drawing the other half of a symmetrical figure. We will be testing on this on Wednesday and on Thursday will create a fun winter scene with symmetrical figures. IXLs that match this week’s instruction are: Y.1-4.

3rd Grade Math: Last week we started on our geometry unit involving polygons and angles. This week we will talk about different quadrilaterals and identify how shapes can be sorted. We will test on these concepts on Wednesday and then use polygons to create a fun winter picture on Thursday. IXLs that match this week’s instruction are: DD.4-8, CC.4 and CC.6.

In writing, we continue practicing strategies to use in our new opinion masterpieces. Students have picked an opinion topic to write about and we have begun coming up with reasons to support our stated opinions. We also took a few days to write a fun opinion piece about why gift giving is more fun than receiving gifts during the holiday season. These short essays will proudly be hung on our bulletin board in the hallway upon completion. This week we will practice writing a lead for our opinion essays, as well as writing supporting examples to match our opinion reasons. Any students who have completed the daily assignment will have time to work on their weekly grammar worksheet. The lesson this week reviews prepositional phrases.

In projects last week, your child picked their own project partner. Together, they decided upon an animal to research for our life science unit. Each pair picked a different animal that they are researching to discover internal and external structures and functions. We have also discussed structural and behavioral adaptations that pairs will include into their slideshow. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and pairs finishing this project at different times, we will not be presenting these animal slideshows to parents.  This week we will also review (and test on WEDNESDAY) our plant structure vocabulary words and dissect a flower to see how the structures and functions look in “real life”. 

As stated in a previous email, kids really wanted to participate in a Secret Santa for our Christmas party this Thursday. We will draw names on Monday and ask that your child brings a WRAPPED gift for the other person on Thursday. Please do not write your child’s name on the gift… it’s a surprise! I’ll be sending out a signup genius soon for a few little things that will help make our party fun and special. Our Christmas party will start around 2:30 on Thursday, 12/19. We will make a fun craft, play Secret Santa and other board games,enjoy snacks, and relax. Thank you for your generosity and contributions to our classroom!


  • 12/16- I’m All Ears Forum, 8-8:30am and 5:15-5:45pm
  • 12/19- Classroom Christmas Party- 2:30pm, please bring your child’s wrapped Secret Santa gift and anything you signed up to bring through our classroom signup genius
  • 12/20-1/5 Winter Break
  • PLEASE label all coats, jackets, hats, and other winter accessories with your child’s first and last name.