4th Grade Newsletter
Teacher’s Note: Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I look forward to meeting our new students and creating a positive teaching environment during these unprecedented times. I have fun activities planned the first few weeks of school, and students will get started right away learning how to use the Canvas learning management system (LMS) that the district adopted. You will want to explore your child’s Canvas LMS. You can find Canvas in your child’s gmail account. Click on the waffle (the nine colorful dots), and scroll down to the Canvas icon. Please be patient as I build my new platform for kids and parents to access information, as this LMS is new to me, too. Please take time to visit our Kolb website. There you can find essential information, such as the district calendar, a link to Kolb’s PFC website, the bell schedule, and current Kolb Headline points.
English Language Arts:
Our first Benchmark Unit is Government in Action. Students will practice honing their informational reading skills like using text features to support comprehension, vocabulary development and determining the main idea and supporting details of a text.
I will also read aloud the novel Wonder. Topics that students will be discussing this month will be character development, figurative language, using context clues to find the meaning of new words, and answering short response questions. In fourth grade, we use RACE to answer questions. We will start with just the RAC part. If you want to help your child at home, please refer to the attached RACE worksheet.
Our Writing focus will be to write an opinion essay. Students will learn the components and structure of an opinion essay. Students will learn what is a claim and how to support it with persuasive reasons. A good way to practice supporting claims is to have “Would You Rather” discussions during family meal time. Ask your child to elaborate on his or her opinion.
This month in math we will begin with Topics 3 and 4 because they set the basis for talking about numbers and review skills learned in third grade.
Topic 3 :Place Value
Topic Essential Questions:
- • How are greater numbers read and written?
- • How can whole numbers be compared and ordered?
Topic 4 :Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers
Topic Essential Questions
- • How can sums and differences of whole numbers be estimated?
- • What are standard procedures for adding and subtracting whole numbers?
Students should memorize their facts with fluency. This includes recalling addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts with automaticity. Two suggestions would be to use flashcards on a regular basis, or to find free online websites where students can practice their math facts in a fun way.
Remember, Kolb students have access to IXL to practice math skills.
In fourth grade, we cover California history. The district adopted a new Social Studies curriculum, TCI, which we are excited to use this year. In our first unit of study students we will be exploring the Regions of California.
The fourth grade team decided to focus on either Social Studies or Science at one time so that we can delve deeper into the topic. This month, we are focused on Social Studies.
Next month, we will start our Life Science unit.
- August 13-September 8- synchronous and asynchronous learning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
- August 19- Collaboration
- August 26- Collaboration
- September 7-No School due to Labor Day
What is RACE?
RACE is a formula that helps students complete open answer questions. By the end of the year, students should master all 4 parts of a RACE question. RACE questions can be used for both fiction and nonfiction texts. Here is what each part stands for:
- R (RESTATE) - A student must rearrange the words in the question to begin saying their answer.
- A (ANSWER) - Students put the answer to the question at the end of their restate. Must be written in their own words.
- C (CITE) - Students provide evidence from the text to prove their answer is correct. Must use this format- According to Title, by Author, on page/in paragraph #, it states, “One full sentence copied from the text.”
- E (Elaboration) - Students must explain their answer. Talk about how the Cite proves their answer. The elaboration needs to be EXTRA INFORMATION not already said in the R, A, or C.
Here is an example of a good RACE. The colors refer to the part of RACE that is being completed.
Question: How was the Himalayan Mountain Range formed?
The Himalayan Mountain Range was formed by the tectonic plates being pushed together. According to Earthquakes, by Kathy Furgang, in paragraph 5, it states, “The plates collided and pushed upward, slowly forming the mighty mountain range over the last ten years.” This shows that the mountain range was formed naturally. Plates moving can also cause volcanoes and valleys.
Please send in Box Tops to raise money for our school. They are worth 10 cents each, and every penny counts.
Please contact the band teacher asap, Ms. Chris Immesoete, if your child is interested in joining band. Band starts soon.
Every Friday we encourage students to wear their Spirit Wear.
Please review these tips to keep kids safe during drop off and pick up times:
Utilize the loading zones while remaining in your vehicle
Refrain from making U-Turns on Palermo
Turn only right out of our parking lot
Drop your children off along the street instead of a loading zone
Consider parking at Fallon Sports Park
Allow extra time each morning for traffic
Be patient with the process
Thank you so much for your continued support as we embark on another great school year.