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.
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