Fourth Grade News

    Tech Edition

    October 2016

     Fourth Grade Technology

       If you saw the Viking Times this past week, you saw that the fourth grade has been trying to utilize the new technology to the building to improve and enhance the learning experience of our students.  That is certainly true in our classroom.  One of the ways we have been doing that is by using Google Classroom.  Through the Google classroom set up for our class, students can access nearly all of the web resources we have been using.  Under the “stream” section, students can access writing assignments.  We will be using Google docs for many of our writing and research assignments.  Under the “about” section, students can access links to websites we use here in class such as Reflex Math, Quizlet, and Read Theory.  

        We have been using the Chrome books every day in our classrooms for all of these resources.  The best part is, they can access it all at home also.  If you have gmail or a Google account, the process for accessing Google classroom should be very familiar.  In order for students to access the Google classroom at home, follow these steps.

    1. Go to Google on your web browser, (the regular search page will do) and click on the “sign in” button which should be located in the top right of the screen.  If you already have a Google account and are signed in, you can click in the icon that represents you in that corner and select the “add account” button.

    2. Enter the student’s school provided e-mail.  All student e-mail are the same.  It is their firstname.lastname@miamieast.k12.oh.us.  Example joe.smith@miamieast.k12.oh.us.

    3. Then click on the next button.  Their password will be the same one they use to log in here at school. It is a series of 4 letters followed by 4 numbers.  Your child knows it.

    4. From there, students can access their Google classroom from the apps button in the top right corner which looks like this  .  They may need to select their Google drive first which looks like this.  Then they can click on the apps button again and scroll down to the classroom button that looks like this .

    5. Now they are in their Google Classroom.  I recommend bookmarking this page.

        Now your child can access everything they have been working on at school, at home.  



             We have finally finished up Unti 1 in math where we focussed on place value and our base ten number system.  We will be having a test on it later this week.  Students have worked hard at learning not just things like place value, rounding, and problem solving.  They have also been learning about how our base ten number system works and being able to explain how things like rounding and regrouping in subtraction works and not just being able to recite the steps necessary to do it.  The skills and knowledge gained in Unit 1 will be extremely beneficial as we move onto future units.

        As we move onto Unit 2, we move into multiplication.  Here we will examine the relationships between factors, products, and multiples.  Students often confuse factors and multiples.  Please try to use these terms at home when discussing multiplication with your child.  Another thing you can do to help your child here is to have them log onto Reflex Math.  As I said in the first article, you can get to it through our Google classroom page or by simply searching for Reflex Math.  We adopted the program last year and I can safely say it made a huge impact on student learning!  Students did much better when learning multi-digit multiplication, division, and fractions later in the year.  Please have your child log onto Reflex one or two times a week for at least 10 to 15 minutes.  

    Language Arts

        We just finished our study of myths and fairy tales and the students did fantastic with it.  Students enjoyed it so much that we are postponing our jump into Owl in the Shower and taking this week to look at ancient Greece.  This will give us the opportunity to do our first real research writing.  We will focus on introductions and dividing topics into paragraphs.

        From there, we will be moving into There’s an Owl in the Shower.  This novel will take us some time to get through but as we start we will be looking at character, setting, and the beginning of plot as well as introduce ourselves to the genre of realistic fiction.  

        Each week, we will also be taking time for nonfiction.  Often this will come in the form of Scholastic News.  Through most of the year, we will be looking at nonfiction text structure.  So far we have looked at how some non-fiction is written in a problem and solution/cause and effect format while others are written in compare and contrast.  We will also examine descriptive and chronological nonfiction in the near future.

        While we are on the topic of language arts and to tie into the tech aspect of this month’s news, I would like you to also let your child log onto Quizlet at home.  There students will be able to study vocabulary sets that both myself and Mrs. Scarpella have created for students to learn and practice with words in all subject areas.  There are sets for reading, math, social studies, and science available that we are using in our classroom.  Research has shown that one of the keys to strong reading comprehension as well as learning new information is understanding vocabulary.  Quizlet is a great tool for this.

    Social Studies

        We just finished up the first part of Ohio’s geography where we looked mainly at Ohio’s resources and how we use them.   We also looked at the different immigrant groups that have moved to the U.S. and Ohio as well as their motivations.

        Our next chapter will continue to look at Ohio’s geography as we look at Ohio’s landforms and how they were formed.  We will also look at how humans have helped shape our environment both positively and negatively.

        In this chapter, we will learn about primary and secondary sources and how we get information from both.  Key ideas students need to understand are that primary sources come from people or things that were there to witness or experience the event while secondary sources come from those who got the information second hand such as textbooks or journal entries.  Also, primary sources give us information about personal experiences and specific parts of an event while secondary sources give us a more general and broader view of an event.


        We have now started our spelling groups.  This past week, the different groups received their words and we had individualized lessons looking at patterns in the words.  Because of the nature of this program, don’t expect your child to have a test every week or on a specific day.  Keep an eye on Remind announcements for when your child’s group will be having tests.  Our groups are divided into the colors blue, orange, yellow, and green.  Ask your child which group he or she is in.

    Homework Excellence!

        Congratulations to these students who went the whole month of September without having any incomplete or late assignments.

    Haley Barnes,  Wyatt Black,  Adrianna Carroll,  Clayton Couser,  Baylen Lair, Camera Massie, Connor Maxson, Cristi Olivares, Alli Rose, Hannah Ward, John Weddle

    Upcoming Dates to Remember

    October 17 - No School Teacher Inservice

    October 21 - End of the first quarter

    October 28 - Grade cards go home

    October 31 - Field trip to Stillwater Prairie.  Volunteers will be needed.  Look for a letter later this month.

    November 1 and 3 - Parent Teacher Conferences

    Fourth Grade Generosity!

         Earlier this month, Miami East Elementary had what they called the Dime Wars to raise money for the March of Dimes.  Our class managed to raise nearly $240.  That was the second most amount raised by any class in the building!  Because of that, next Friday, October 14th, we will be having an ice cream party as a reward at the end of the day.  Great job fourth graders!

Last Modified on October 3, 2016