Merry Christmas! Week December 16

Greeting 4A Families!

It’s hard to believe that we are in our last week of school before Christmas break! Friday’s music performance was fun and festive, and our class looked smashing in their party attire. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season while taking time to savor the moments with your 4th grader; these young ones are at such a special point in their lives.

The week ahead:

Wednesday- At 10:15 we will be making gingerbread houses with 4B. At the end of the day our class will play some games, watch a holiday movie, and share a treat.


  • Las Posadas 10:30
  • Early Dismissal 12:00
  • No aftercare

Math- We are on our last lesson in this geometry unit. Once complete, we move on to Unit 5: Large Numbers and Landmarks. Our first investigation will focus on extending knowledge of the number system to one million. Students will be identifying, describing, and comparing addition strategies, and using clear and concise notation to record them.

Language Arts- We will continue writing our stories about getting stuck in a snow globe. Some students have chosen to publish their stories in Google documents. I love their drive to use technology! We took some pretty funny pictures to go along with our snow globes. The students can bring those home at the end of the week.

Reading- We will not be going to the library this Monday, since we will be gone for break when books would be due. If your student has books out, they will need to give them to me by Wednesday, and I will return them to the library.

This week we will be reading the article, “The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius” from our StoryWorks publication. Students will learn about the volcanic eruption that destroyed the city of Pompeii, and what life was like in ancient Rome.

Social Studies- Our Southwest Region test is this Monday. We began learning and taking notes on the Northeast Region last week. We will continue our study of this region this week, and upon our return to school in January.

Spelling– words for this week have been posted on Spellingcity. I will also start posting them on the blog each week.

  1. person
  2. sure
  3. touch
  4. tropical
  5. young
  6. island
  7. built
  8. against
  9. different
  10. palm
  11. awhile
  12. answer
  13. mountain
  14. remember
  15. camera

Merry Christmas!


Joanna Baese

Week of December 9

Hello 4A Friends!

On Friday, we got to celebrate St. Nicolas’s Day and put out a shoe for a fun surprise. I didn’t even think about putting one of my shoes out, but the students were certain he would leave me something. They were right, he left me some spiced tea bags and a candy cane! What a wonderful St. Michael’s tradition.

This week:

Spelling- Spelling City would not allow me upload the words this week because they are all possessive nouns. I am including them here on the blog. Students will have to do without Spelling City for this week.

Lesson 14 words:

















As we continue our study of geometry, students will be: dividing irregular polygons into two shapes that have equal areas, using symmetry and congruence to identify equal areas, and finding the area of polygons using square units. The kids are having so much fun with this unit!

Language Arts-

Students used a graphic organizer on Friday to brainstorm a story about getting stuck in a snow globe. They are coming up with some imaginative ideas about how they got stuck, and their plan to get out. This week we will begin writing our essays. One area of focus is using a hook in the introduction in order to entice the reader. We are also using our five senses to give juicy details about life in the snow globe. I am hoping we can complete this before Christmas break.


Last week we read an article called ” I Live in a Refugee Camp,”  from StoryWorks Magazine. Students learned about the life of a young girl from Somalia, and some history about why the camps exist. In the coming days, they will look closer at the article, and answer some critical thinking questions.

This week we will also be reading a fiction story about a 10 year old boy who is trying to earn his orange belt in karate. We will be focusing on character analysis, figurative language, and cause and effect.

Social Studies-

The social studies Arizona State Project was due on Friday. We will be taking a vocabulary and map test on the Southwest Region on Monday December 16. I will be sending home a study guide with students on Monday. Included is an example of a United States map. One thing students will need to do, is identify and locate the four states in this region and spell them correctly.

This week we will also be moving on to learn about the Northeast Region.

St. Nick performance-

Students will have their St. Nick performance on Friday December 13th from 2:00-3:00

Please have your student come to school on Friday in their uniform. Send their “fancy Christmas attire” in a separate bag, and we will change before the performance. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Week of December 2

I hope this evening’s post finds you relaxed and ready for December! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, and thoroughly enjoyed only being in charge of making the mashed potatoes this year! I hope your turkey day went off without a hitch.

4A had a lot of fun last week performing our Readers’ Theatre play, The Thanksgiving Table, and making treats with 4B for local animal shelters.

This week:

Math – We will continue our study of geometry with students using protractors to create and identify angles. Later this week, we will begin measuring area.

Social Studies– The Arizona State Project is due this Friday. Many students have already submitted their work, but those who still need some time will have the opportunity to work on it during technology tomorrow.

Language Arts- This week we will be reading out of our StoryWorks Scholastic magazine. While reading, students will practice identifying the author’s point of view. We will also conclude our novel study this week on Strider with a comprehension assessment.  In grammar we will be identifying adjectives and articles (special adjectives). Spelling words for this week have been uploaded to SpellingCity.

Have a lovely week!