Welcome to 4th Grade

Tuesday
Sep272016

Week of 9/26-9/30

Hello Everyone,

Last week was a busy week. In math we continued our fluency with addition and subtraction unit. In grammar we had our first test on unit 1 sentences. We also had our first test in Social Studies and Religion. We began reading Sarah Plain and Tall. In science we wrapped up our mock rock investigation by identifying our crystals.

This week we will wrap up our fluency addition and subtraction unit with a quiz. In grammar we are begining our second unit, nouns. In reading we are continuing Sarah Plain and Tall. In religion we are studying forgiveness and Bible verses associated with forgiveness. In science we will begin scratch testing actual rocks and minerals. Finally, in social studies we will begin our study of early Maryland colonists.

Also, please if you are able don't forget to donate to the Walkathon. We have only until next Friday to make that new science lab happen!

Thanks,

Mr. Pace

Tuesday
Sep132016

Weeks 2 and 3 (9/12/16-9/16/16)

Hello Families,

 

Last week was a busy week, we were still getting used to the rules and expectations but I am happy with what we were able to accomplish. In math we completed our place value unit and took our first post-quiz. I would love to have you all sign these quizzes so that we can work together to strengthen weak spots or celebrate successes. In social studies we wrapped up chapter one on the geograpy and climat of Maryland. In religion we talked about the ways God communicates with us through creation, The Bible, and The Trinity. In reading we completed our discussion of the book The Lost Lake. We also had our first spelling test, which was a great success.

This week we will be working on introducing multi digit addition and subtraction, this is a short topic and we will hopefully get through it within the week. In science we will be deconstructing our mock rocks and analyzing their mineral composition. For reading we will introduce our second short book Amelia's Road, about a young girl who moves around a lot and longs for a place to call her home. In social studies I am very excited to start learning about the Woodland Natives of Maryland. In grammar we will wrap up our sentences unit and begin learning about parts of speech.

Thank you all for all your support and ongoing communication!

Thanks, 

Mr. Pace

Friday
Sep022016

Wrapping Up a Great First Week!

Hello Families,

It was a great first week in Mr. Pace's 4th grade class. I cannot express how much fun it has been to begin getting to know all of these wonderful scholars. This week we began working on several skills across multiple content areas. In math we have been working on place value and extending our place value understanding into the millions period. In reading we have read the story "The Lost Lake" and we have also learned some pre-reading strategies. In grammar, all the children did an excellent job of distinguishing different sentence types, including, interrogative, declarative, exclamatory, and imperative sentences. In social studies we learned about the geography of our state of Maryland.  In religion we discussed ways we come to know God. Finally the highlight of the week was in science where we introduced our "mock" rocks and the children got to pretend to be geologists making detailed observations about the rocks.

Coming up this week we will wrap up our place value unit and move on to rounding and estimating. We will read "Getting to Know Allen Say"  and work on comprehension strategies. In grammar we will learn about subjects and predicates and practice writing sentences with complete subjects and predicates. In social studies we will learn about the climate of Maryland and take a look at the history of the Chesapeake Bay. In science we will compare our "mock" rock observations and begin to deconstruct them and identify their composition. 

I look forward to seeing you all at back to school night and giving you a first hand look at what your scholar has been learning!

Thanks,

Mr. Pace