Weekly Newsletter for Mr. McRae's 4th Grade & 4th Grade Reading Class
Week of September 24—28
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• Houghton Mifflin Reading, Theme 1 Review
"Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride", Garth Williams
"The Parcel Post Kid" Michael O. Tunnel
Comprehension Strategy: Predict/Infer
Comprehension Skill: Noting details, Text Organization
Spelling: Review Theme 1 words
Structural Analysis: Review:
Grammar: Review: Subject / Predicate
Writing: Personal Narrative
• Substitutions can be made if homework is lost or forgotten:
Math: a multiplication "times table"
Reading: 25 minutes of free reading, with a signed note from
• Homework is not counted in grade, but it does determine
Class Raffle eligibility!
• PTA Meeting
· Date: September 24, 2012
· Time: 6:30 PM
· Location: Library
ReadingWe are finishing Theme 1 (Journeys) in Houghton Mifflin Reading. This is a review week. Our plan is to review:1. Reading comprehension: keyword summaries, noting details in text, & test taking skills2. Subject / Predicate: writing complete sentences, identifying simple and complete subject & predicate3. AlphabetizationMathThis is Multiplication / Division week. We are departing from the Houghton-Mifflin textbook and focussing onmultiplication and division, with an emphasis on the language of word problems. The goal is for each student to be able to solve AND write word problems using "times" and "divide". Word problems are more fun when we write our own! Help your 4th grader to "think" in multiplication and division by relating real-world situations to simple multiplication/division equations. And of course-- it is ESSENTIAL that 4th graders memorize their multiplication facts and their corresponding fact families. (For example: if you know 3 x 4 =12, then you also know that 12 ÷ 3 = 4)WritingWe have finished our "Personal Narrative" rough drafts. In writing this week, we plan on a final phase of peer editing & teacher editing before we go to press with the narratives. In particular, we are looking at ORGANIZATION of ideas in a story, as well the usual struggle to use correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar.ScienceLast week, we finally got the science ball rolling! We studied SCIENTIFIC METHOD (hypothesis, procedure, data, conclusion), the method by which science "proves stuff." We did this by performing Mr. McRae's award-winning "ESP Experiment #2". Ask your 4th Grader for details! We are also studying classification of living things.
• EDITOR'S CHOICE sentences from last week
The door creaked when I peeked.
There were monsters in my closet.
I wrung SpongeBob SquarePants.
Don't wear a ring when you wring that thing.
He was slow because he had a lot of weight.
I would like to meet my meat before I eat it.
My gramma has a lot of cookware.
Beets taste gross.
I like to visit Dexter Creek.
I put the lead weights on my rod, then I led the way.