4th Grade Newsletter

November 30, 2021

By 4th Grade Team
4th Grade
November 30, 2021

Language Arts

What are we learning?

  • Readers will determine the main idea in nonfiction text.
  • Students will read the heading and subheadings to get ready to learn about their topic.
  • Students will read the first sentence and paragraph of a section to determine the main idea.
  • Students will determine the details that support the main idea as they read.

Writers will begin to write their own nonfiction articles.

  • Students will use features including headings, bold words, pictures, and captions.

Home/School Connection

  • Before reading: What did I learn about the topic from the title and headings?
  • During reading: What is the text mostly talking about? What details support the main idea?What is the same about all these facts or details?
  • After reading: How can I retell the article?


  • Why do authors use headings, bold words, pictures, and captions?
  • What are some topics that I find interesting? What would I like to teach others?


What are we learning?

  • We will learn to do multiplication using area, set, and number line models.
  • We will use our knowledge of patterns to determine multiplication facts.
  • Students will examine relationships between numbers and determine patterns in both visual and number sequences.

Home/School Connection

  • Play with food! Food  is a great way to practice multiplication! (example: if I have three piles with 6 peas in each, how many peas altogether?)
  • Practice patterns; what comes next in the sequence (0, 5, 10, 15……)
  • Count around the table by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, etc. How quickly can you reach 50?


What are we learning?

  • We are comparing and contrasting methods in which plants and animals obtain energy and describe how these processes are related. 
  • We are constructing/illustrating a food web in the local area demonstrating the flow of energy through an ecosystem.
  • We are analyzing a food web and explaining how changes in one part of the food web affects other organisms.

Home/School Connection

  • How do plants and animals work together in an ecosystem?
  • Why is the sun important to organisms in a food web? 
  • How do plants and animals get energy? 
  • Plants get their energy from _____. Animals get their energy from _____. Producers hold the most energy in the food web because...

Social Studies

What are we learning?

  • We will compare Jamestown to the Powhatan tribes.
  • We will explore how the new world changed as more settlers came to Virginia.
  • We will understand the life of an indentured servant.
  • We will explore the new world as it expands.

Home/School Connection

  • Would you travel to Jamestown in 1607? Why or why not? Think about the voyage...
  • Why was the location of Jamestown chosen?
  • What was the New World like? What would you have done if you went to Jamestown? Would you be scared? Why or why not?
  • What are the differences between Jamestown settlers and the Native People of Virginia?
  • How did the government begin to grow in Jamestown?

Click here to see what students are learning in Specials!