Learning Comes Alive – October 18th

4B Weekly Wrap-Up (10/9-10/13)

Hello everyone! Welcome back! We hope that you enjoyed the Mid-Autumn Break as much as we did! Here is our weekly wrap-up for our first week back.

  • Writing – We have completed our realistic fiction unit! Students have typed final drafts and shared their writing in class. When reading your child’s writing, ask them about what the main character learns during the story. Our next writing unit will be Expository non-fiction (essay writing).
  • Reading – We continue to practice choosing Just Right books and making sure that we are reading at a good pace. We have temporarily put aside our current read aloud, Tiger Rising, to concentrate on the Global Read Aloud, The Wild Robot. We have begun work on our final realistic fiction book project – the Character Bag, which will require students to apply their reading skills to identify character traits, setting, how a character changes, and plot.
  • Math – We have finished Module 1, which focuses on Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction. Students have also been learning to read and decode multi-step word problems. We will soon begin our second math module on Measurement. Students should continue to practice their math facts.
  • Word Study – Students have received a list of 100 “must know” words that they should be able to spell by the end of fourth grade. We will be using and practicing with these words for the rest of the year. .
  • Social Studies / Science – We have been exploring the properties of magnets and experimented to determine how strong a magnet is. Soon we will be combining these two concepts when we make our own electromagnets.
  • Guidance – Mr. Bywater taught us about the role of the counselor at SIS. We learned about when it would be appropriate to ask the counselor for help, when we should try to solve the problem on our own, and when we should talk to a teacher first.

PSA Book Sale

4B Weekly Wrap Up (9/18-9/22)

  • Writing – Last week we talked about the importance of establishing our setting and characters early on in our stories by including descriptive details. We also acted out a few of our scenes before writing them to help us visualize the details that we will need to include in our stories. Students were introduced to the Realistic Fiction checklist that they will be using to help them remember what writing elements we will be focusing on in this unit.


  • Reading – We continued to use our read aloud, Tiger Rising, to practice paying attention to character clues and setting details. All students know that they should be reading fiction chapter books during their independent reading time. Students were also being tested to ascertain their current DRA (Diagnostic Reading Assessment) levels.


  • Math – This week we continued with Module 1 (Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction). Students focused on knowing how to read large numbers up to the millions place and also learned to write numbers using different forms (standard, expanded, unit, and word). We also focused on place value to quickly calculate finding 1, 10, and 100 thousand more or less than a given number 


  • Word Study – We continued our study of Parts of Speech with interjections, prepositions, and conjunctions.


  • Science – We began our unit on Energy by using components such as wires, D-cells, lightbulbs, and motors to create working electrical circuits. Students also used their knowledge of circuits to create a way to test what materials are natural conductors (allow for the flow of electricity) and insulators (stop the flow of electricity). We have also been using Quizlet to help us practice our science vocabulary.

4B Weekly Wrap Up

Last week was busy for 4B! Here is a quick wrap up of what happened:

  • Writing – We have begun a Realistic Fiction writing unit. Last week, we used the “Somebody Wanted…But…So…Then” structure to come up with a story idea and then fleshed out our characters by creating a Character Traits chart which detailed the internal and external traits of our main characters. Students are currently at work finishing up their Story Arcs and beginning to draft their scenes.


  • Reading – We continue to practice choosing Just Right books and making sure that we are reading at a good pace. We have been using our read aloud, Tiger Rising, to practice paying attention to character clues and setting details. We also worked on our retelling and synthesizing skills.


  • Math – We have been reinforcing the Mathematical Practices, which focuses on making sure that students can read problems carefully, model their work in a number of ways, and use numbers and words to explain their thinking clearly. We also began Module 1, which focuses on Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction.


  • Word Study – We are currently studying Parts of Speech. Students have learned about nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns so far.


  • Social Studies / Science – We finished our “Create Your Own Culture” unit by having students share their Keynotes in small groups. A few students were chosen to share their presentations to the class. We also began our science unit on “Energy” with a lesson on the Scientific Method. Students went through the steps by designing an experiment to answer the question: “Who can balance for longer on one foot: girls or boys?”

Design a Poster for PSA’s Movie Night

Swimming Dates

Dear Parents,

4B will begin swimming starting September 19th! Please see the attached swim letter from Mr. Elliott, the PE teacher:

MAP Testing

After our impromptu rain day on Monday, we are back at school and ready to work! 4B students will begin MAP testing this week. It is important that they get a good night’s sleep every night and have a healthy breakfast each morning.

The testing subjects and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, 9/7 11:00-12:00 (Math)
  • Friday, 9/8 1:15-2:15 (Reading)
  • Monday, 9/11 8:00-9:00 (Language Usage)

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School is cancelled due to Typhoon Hato

Welcome to 4B!

Dear 4B Community,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We have had a great start to our year so far. 4B has been getting to know each other and building a strong classroom community. There is so much to learn and so much fun to be had as we start this year together! We are currently reading Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain and are learning about the different parts of the brain and what functions they have. Students will learn about growth mindset and how they can s-t-r-e-t-c-h their abilities through regular practice and hard work! 

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