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4 Grade News
The Monthly Newsletter for Fourth Grade
Monthly Message
Happy New Year!!! As your children begin
2015, they have new goals for the year
ahead. January is a great time to reflect
on the areas in our lives where we felt
successful during the past year. It’s also a
time to consider how to make changes in
areas where we would like to improve.
Some tips to help students start the New
Year off on a positive note:
*Get Plenty of Sleep
*Eat Healthy
* Read, Read, Read
*Exercise
*Time + Effort = Achievement
*Attend School Regularly & On Time

January 2015
Special Days in January
Jan. 1- New Year’ Day
Jan. 5- Welcome Back to School
Jan. 9- Great Citizen Assembly
Wear Assembly Dress
Jan. 12-16- Grades 3-4-5
Classroom Spelling Bee
Jan. 16- School Spirit Day
Pajama Day
Jan. 19- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
School Closed
Jan. 21- PTA Meeting @ 7pm
Reminder: Snack Wednesdays
Please remember that units are tentative. Some areas of

Writing Workshop

Writing for ELA/
Writing with Independence

Although the students will be taking the
English Language Arts Test in April, we
have begun various strategies for answering
ELA type of questions that they will
encounter. They will focus on rereading the
passage, answering questions and using text
evidence to support their answers. While
preparing for the NYS ELA test, the
students will continue to write
independently, focusing on the various
genres of writing that were taught up until
this point in the school year. During this
unit, students will also write short
nonfiction books and/or persuasive essays.
They will also continue to learn various
editing strategies in order to improve their
spelling and grammar.

the curriculum may overlap in months and some dates on
the calendar might change.

Reading Workshop

Reading for the ELA Test

Students will continue to learn test-taking
strategies for reading ELA type passages that
they will see on the state test in April. This
includes how to read and answer multiple choice
question as well as other various strategies to
use while reading a passage silently. This includes
how to read with a critical lens based on the
genre being presented. The genres include
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Articles, Letters,
Folktales, and Fables.

Ready Gen Program

Students are currently reading Nonfiction texts
and are identifying nonfictions tools found in
these texts. This includes read alouds, complex
texts, and small group work.
The Language Arts book will also be used to enhance
the students’ grammar and writing and writing skills.

THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS REQUIRE IN DEPTH LEARNING OF EACH SUBJECT MATTER

Social Studies
The fourth grade curriculum is focused on
the history of New York. This month, the
4th grade Historians will be learning about:
 Explorers
 Life in Colonial New York
 American Revolution
 Constitution & Statehood

Math
This month the
Mathematicians of fourth
grade will be learning about
the following topics:
 Multiplication & Division
 Fractions

The “Time For Kids” magazine will be used
to keep up to date with current events.

Science
The young Scientists of grade 4 will be
learning about Electricity & Magnetism.
They will be learning how to construct
and diagram an electrical circuit,
identify conductors and insulators, and
how electricity is helpful and harmful.
They will be doing hands-on experiments
to enhance their learning of science
skills.

Remember…
GRRRReat Citizens are
RESPECTFUL,
RESPONSIBLE,
FOLLOW THE RULES,
HAVE A GOOD
REPUTATION,
&
ARE HONEST!!!

DON’T FORGET!!!
*Homework must be completed EVERY night!!! Please check all homework
assignments.
*Students must read 25 minutes every night, log their reading, and have a
parent signature.
*Parents should check their child’s folder for important notices and return
any notices that need a signature as soon as possible.