4th Grade Newsletter
It’s hard to believe we are already in our 4th week of school! Students and teachers handled the new classroom demands of distance learning with much patience. The district, school, classroom teachers and Kolb families have come to the common understanding of the need to show grace when technology does not go smoothly for either party.
As a reminder, we need each student and his or her family to maintain the integrity of the classroom experience. We know it is tempting to hover and watch to make sure your son or daughter is answering questions correctly. We need to allow students to make mistakes, and give them opportunities to learn from them. We also understand that sometimes adult assistance might be necessary to come to a child’s workspace to troubleshoot technology issues. However, it is inappropriate for parents to interact or interfere with their child’s learning while instruction is taking place.
Please know that we are preparing lessons the best we can given the time constraints of direct instruction. For the most part students have been remembering to come back and join the Zoom meeting at their scheduled time. In addition to hosting small math groups for students who may need extra support, this month we look forward to pulling small groups for reading. Starting September 8th the school day will extend. Please refer to the Dublin Unified School District Distance Learning Schedule. We are still developing the exact schedule, but the expectation is that students should participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning, and that students should be working on schoolwork during the full school day.
Mrs. Burrell, Ms. Cisneros, Mrs. Coleman, Mrs. Freschi & Ms. Moore
English Language Arts:
This month in ELA we will begin our reading curriculum using Benchmark Advance. Unit 1 will focus on:
Essential Question: How can government influence the way we live?
Students will hone reading skills such as identifying the main idea and key details, summarizing, and learning to annotate their thinking. We will also be using the R.A.C (restate, answer, cite) format to answer short, open response comprehension questions.
Our writing focus for trimester 1 is to write a perfect paragraph, with a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and details. The writing genre focus is opinion, or persuasive essays. Students will write a five paragraph essay focusing on stating a claim and supporting it with reasons and details.
This month in math we are finishing our work on topic 4: Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers.
Topic 1: Multiplication & Division will be our primary focus for the bulk of the month. Towards the end of the month, we will begin to work on Topic 2: Generate and Analyze Patterns.
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?
Topic 1: Multiplication and Division: Meanings and Facts
Topic Essential Questions:
- • How can patterns and properties be used to find some multiplication facts?
- • How can unknown multiplication facts be found by breaking them apart into known facts?
- • How can unknown division facts be found by thinking about a related multiplication fact?
Please have your child practice their multiplication facts. Knowing the facts with automaticity will help the with future topics like division and fractions.
We will be learning about the different regions of California and how diverse our state truly is!
We are excited to delve into the new lessons from our newly adopted curriculum, TCI. The scheduled materials pick up for grade 4 will be Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students will pick up their Social Studies materials at this time.
We plan to start the year with social studies. Students will begin life science instruction after we complete our social studies unit.
September 7 Labor Day No School
September 8 Distance Learning Zoom instruction extends to 8:30-12:30 p.m.
September 16 Collaboration Day
Fourth Grade Materials Pick-up Day, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.