Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Friday
Dec012017

FOURTH GRADE FRIDAY NEWSLETTER     December 1, 2017   MRS. CALLAGHAN

DO NOT FEAR LITTLE FLOCK….MR. CLARK HAS BEEN MY SUBSTITUTE FOR MANY YEARS AND KNOWS ALL OF MY ROUTINES AND KNOWS THE KIDS.  Yesterday we had a nice chat about what he should do and I told him what a delightful class this is.  They are very responsible and they know our routines and where I keep everything.

Please practice the memory for the Christmas program which is Wednesday evening.  They have to look their best and look their smartest in front of the congregation.  I apologize for not being able to spend a lot of time on this.  We spent so much of our time on Chapel presentation.  They did a great job and I was very proud of them.

Monday will be my last day here until after Christmas break. Please pray for me!  If I am able I will try to visit that last week of school, perhaps on the 22nd.  I will try as best as I can with a Friday note.

MONDAY…         FINAL SPELLING TEST   AND READING, VOCAB. TEST    LESSON 14

TUESDAY…          “EMERALD’S EGGS”  LESSON 10 (a play)      spelling pretest

                                castle  handle  ruffle  icicle  fable  soccer  appear  hollow  classic  college  accent  service  jersey  mother  problem  subject  complete  mattress  purchase  luncheon

WEDS…                 CHAPEL    AND  CHRISTMAS  PLAY (MR. CLARK WILL TELL THE KIDS WHAT TIME TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM THAT EVENING AND ANY OTHER DIRECTIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW)

FRIDAY…              FINAL TEST ON LESSON 10, VOCAB, SPELLING, COMPREHENSION

(The following week will be lesson 15, “The Adventurers”, another play.  Spelling words are:

Event  rival  solar  moment  unannounced  reuse  retrace  unpleasant  nonmetal  likable  comfortable  horrible  invisible  loneliness  requirement  fearless  cotton  listen  fountain  orphan)

(The week after will not be a traditional week with any spelling tests)

Mrs. Uffenbeck will help to have the kids find biographies of famous people within a certain time  line in U.S. history.  The kids will get a book from the library or their own library.  They will do a biography of the person using a two liter empty bottle.  This will be due before the end of the quarter.  Right now they just need to find a book and have it approved by Mrs. Uffenbeck.  If I don’t find the book report now, they will get it when I come back.  We make a pop or water bottle into the person they read.  It’s a cute way to do a book report.

I told the kids to save anything recyclable that could be made into a Christmas decoration, like bottle caps, alum foil, left over beads, sequins, plastic lids from margarine tubs, coffee can lids, etc.  Creamer bottles could be dressed up like snowmen.  They will be learning about recycling.  NO GLITTER!

I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW AT THE BREAKFAST!!!

Friday
Nov242017

Book Report talks:

 

If you are the character in your story:

  1. 1.        Tell when the story takes place.
  2. 2.       Tell where it takes place.  Describe it in detail so we get a picture in our head of what it is like there.
  3. 3.       Describe the main character, or yourself.  For instance, “I am nine years old and I have two brothers who are always in trouble and a little sister who always wants to hang out with me.

I like to go to school, cook and help my mom with chores. 

My favorite thing to do is….

 

  1. 4.       Tell about three things that happened in the story. Talk about how you felt during these events.

Describing emotions and your reactions are the things that make a book interesting.

  1. 5.       What lessons did you learn as that character in the story. (You might talk about what your life is like and what you learned about survival.)
  2. 6.       If you are the Wimpy kid, what are some lessons you learned to survive school, big brothers, bullies or anything else.
  3. 7.       Does your story deal with friendship?  What did you learn about being a friend?
  4. 8.       Did you have a difficult situation in your story?  Tell us about it and how did it get resolved?
  5. 9.       Was there a problem in your story?  You wanted something but someone didn’t let you get it?

What happened then?  How did you solve the problem?

  1. 10.   Was there someone in your book, you did not like?  Why not?  What happened to that person?
  2. 11.   Were there any funny parts?  Tell us about it from your characters’ point of view.  What did they think?
  3. 12.   Be able to answer questions!

 

Summary:

A summary of the book tells what happens at the beginning of the book, the middle of the book and the end of the book.  Do not give away the ending.

You tell who the main characters are with a description, age, personality traits, (nice, funny, show-off, bully, class clown, etc. are some descriptions of personality traits)  You also write about any conflicts in the book---like problems between people or a situation that happens.

Write about the setting of the book.  Where does most of the story take place?

What did your main character learn about life or friendship or survival in the book?

Write the name of your book, and author, please.

Friday
Nov242017

BOOK REPORT CHOICES                    DUE DATE_______________________

 

BOOK BOX

CREATE A SCENE FROM YOUR BOOK USING A SHOEBOX.  You should have the box represent a scene from your book with all four sides of your box covered inside to represent the scene.

You must include the MAIN CHARACTER and any other important characters in the scene.

You will write a paper about why you chose this scene.  In it you will tell about the characters, plot and theme (moral of the story) of the book.  Do not reveal the ending.  Tell why you would recommend this book to someone.  Please have the title and author’s name on your paper.

 

BOOK BAG

USING A LUNCH BAG OR ANY OTHER BAG ABOUT THAT SIZE,  you will write the name of the book you read and it’s author.  Decorate the rest of the bag pertaining to the book.  You will write a paper with a summary of your book.

Fill the bag with 5 to 10 items that describe or relate to your book.  These can be pictures, drawings, 3D items, that will help you tell the story of your book.  This could be something that tells about your character, something that tells about the setting, something that tells about the conflict, theme or anything else that will help tell about your book.

POSTER

ON A POSTER BOARD, CREATE AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR YOUR BOOK.  This poster should have interesting pictures relating to your book that would encourage us to read your book.  You should write a blurb about your book similar to what is on the back cover of a book that  gets a person interested in it.  You  might write recommendations that you find for the book, which is usually on the back of the book.  Or if someone in your class or family read your book have them write a sentence with a review of the book (one or two sentences) and put that on your poster.

Have a title for your poster, like,  “HAVING A TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO-GOOD, VERY BAD DAY?  THEN READ, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID!

ONE PERSON SHOW

DRESS UP LIKE THE MAIN CHARACTER OF YOUR BOOK.  YOU WILL TELL US YOUR “STORY” AS THE MAIN CHARACTER.  I WILL GIVE YOU A PLANNING SHEET FOR THIS IF YOU WANT TO DO THIS.  You should bring “props” to tell your story.  This is similar to the book bag, but you are talking as the character in your book and retelling the main part of the story to get us interested in reading your book.

Saturday
Nov182017

Fourth Grade News                                     November 17, 2017       Mrs. Callaghan

 

Hello families,

Going home today are many Social Studies papers that the kids should study.

Most importantly their study guide should be in their Friday folders.  The test is Tuesday and I hope everyone will be present and  not sick.  Speaking of which, my surgery is Dec. 6th and I cannot be sick, so if you have a sick child please, please don’t send them to school until they are well.  I have a good immune system, but you never know.

We did not get time to do our memory and it has difficult words so I would rather do a Bible study about it next Monday.

Also,      IMPORTANT…. The book report choices are in their Friday folders as well.  They are not difficult to do and should be rather fun for them.  They seemed to be excited about the choices.

Next week, we will not have our regular classes in Reading and Spelling, so no tests except for Social Studies next Tuesday.

The three and four year olds visited our class to see our habitat boxes.  I don’t know who was more excited…the fourth graders or the little kids!  I loved the way the fourth graders interacted with the little ones.

Please remember to send in canned goods for the needy!  We all have numerous blessings like a million smencils while others have not enough money for those or food.

In the kids’ folders is the memory sheet for the Christmas program.  Please review with them.

Also, check out the Friday bulletin which has a lot of Fourth Grade pride!!!!!!

Blessings,

Mrs. Callaghan

Friday
Nov102017

Mrs. Callaghan's Fourth Grade News Nov.10, 2017

Hello Fourth Grade families,

The class is having fun in Spanish using the chromebooks and hearing words and songs in Spanish.

The snow created much excitemSent and was a reminder that we need to be prepared with boots and gloves.

Please let me know if your child will not be here any days in November and December.  I get my surgery on Dec. 6th, so I have got to do all of my lesson plans.

We will be starting oral reports November 28th, so all books must be read by then.  I will send book report forms home next week or choices for book reports.

Mr. Tim Bouman enjoyed our class and we had a great time with our vocabulary sentences and learning how to edit.  He thought our class was wonderful and I agree!  Thanks to Kristina for being our art teacher this week.  She did a fabulous job!

Math lesson 29 is due Monday and Friday will be a test on my own information that I have given out in our math folders, such as feet, yards, inches, centimeters, how many days in each month of the year, how many days in those months, parallel and perpendicular lines, radius, diameter, multiplication of 2-6's.

We will have a Social Studies test next Friday and the study guide went home with them today.

Social Studies test guide is due on MONDAY.

SPELLING WORDS:  lesson 8  history  number  hunger  company  window  welcome  blanket  perhaps  service  subject  thunder  furnish  jersey  mother  secret  harvest  winter  problem  chapter  nurses

VOCABULARY:  impressed  slick  nimble  exist  fierce  cease

We have had classes view our habitat boxes and they have loved them.  Parents enjoyed looking at these at the conferences.  these are some of the best boxes ever!!!

Have a grand weekend and remember to send in food for the needy.