4th Grade Weekly Update Week of November 4th

ELA: On Monday, students will be tested on their 8th spelling list. They will also receive their next list, which includes words from our next novel study: Rules by Cynthia Lord. It’s about a 12 year old girl who has an autistic brother and how their family life revolves around his disability. It’s a longer novel than our first choice, with most of the chapters averaging around 12 pages. We will listen to Chapters 1-3 over the course of the week. Students will complete comprehension checks after chapters and complete reading response journal entries that will help them to relate to the novel. At the end of the novel, we’ll compare and contrast Rules to Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing. In grammar this week, we’ll wrap up our nouns and pronouns unit with a test on Friday. We’ll do some cumulative practice over the week to prepare.

Math: We will continue our multiplication unit this week, practicing multiplying with three and four digit numbers and multiplying money. Students will have a quiz on Tuesday from the workbook pages that cover lessons 4-1 to 4-7. The problems will be pulled straight from their workbooks, so reviewing math workbook pages for the lessons they’ve covered will be a good check point to see how well students are doing so far! We will continue our timed tests throughout the week starting with 0-6 on Monday.

Science: This week, students are exploring changing matter. Investigation Four provides students an opportunity to expand their study of matter by exploring the differences between physical and chemical change. Students will learn that there are ten common signs of chemical change, and that these signs are often present during physical changes. Students will observe physical and chemical examples of three of the common signs, and through comparison and discussion examine the process by which scientists determine whether such signs are the result of physical or chemical changes in real world applications.

History: This week we learn how the colonists responded to the Intolerable Acts and the events leading up the First Continental Congress. We will create a graphic organizer that pulls all of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War into one spot. We’ll give a brief description of each and then discuss how the colonists reacted. Then….the long awaited discussion of the first battle at Lexington and Concord!

Week at a Glance:
Monday: Spelling Test
Tuesday: Math WB Quiz covering Lessons 4-1 to 4-7
Friday: Nouns/Pronouns Test