Welcome to Fourth Grade!

  • Teacher: Mrs. Rudnicki


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    Welcome to the 4th grade website! We are nearing the end of the school year, but still have lots to learn before our summer break. 

    Religion: We continue studying the virtues faith, hope, and love, and how these virtues bring us closer to God. We revisit Mary as our model for virtue and discipleship. We learn the four cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) and choose ways to practice these virtues on a daily basis. We discuss ways we are called to show the love of Christ to others, focusing on three major concepts:

    • The Ten Commandments help us put God first in our lives and treat others with respect;
    • Through prayer we grow closer to God; and
    • We show our love for others by being kind and understanding

    Reading/Writing: We end the year learning how to write literary essays. To write well about reading, students not only need to learn more about writing; they also need to learn more about reading. Throughout the unit, students will be taught:

    • The value of close reading of complex texts
    • To read literature closely
    • To write about the literature they are reading
    • To notice details in a text
    • To ask: “Why might this author have made this decision?”
    • To analyze texts for ideas and interpretations
    • To fashion evidence based theories about the text
    • To write structured, compelling essays in which they make and support claims and analyze, unpack, and incorporate evidence
    • To commit to examining all sides of an issue with the most open mind possible
    • To write about the subject, as well as the author’s treatment of the subject
    • To write more about point of view, emphasis, and interpretation, and the craft moves the authors use

    Grammar: This month we work on punctuation and capitalization. Specifically, we will focus on

    • End punctuation
    • Capitalization
    • Titles of works
    • Abbreviations
    • Personal titles
    • Commas
    • Apostrophes
    • Addresses
    • Direct quotations

    Vocabulary/Spelling: Each Monday a pre-test will be given and each day we will spend time learning pronunciations, parts of speech, definitions, how to use in the correct context, synonyms and antonyms, and word associations of the list words. A post-test will be given every Friday.

    5/4/18   Unit 15 words: adopt, agile, analyze, assist, babble, captivity, drab, fatal, generosity, genuine, illegal, merit

    5/11/18 Unit 16 words: adorn, appropriate, assemble, colossal, effective, frail, hostage, landslide, rampage, scamper, symptom, warrant

    5/18/18 Unit 17 words: approximate, construct, crude, decline, distinct, evident, impulse, interpret, orient, sector, submit, zest

    5/25/18 Unit 18 words: abide, contrast, depress, dismal, dispose, exaggerate, indifferent, jubilant, manual, originate, recognition, tribute

    Word Study Steps:

    1. LOOK at the word. 4. WRITE the word.
    2. SAY the word aloud. 5. CHECK the word.
    3. STUDY the letters in the word. Spelling Tip: Become familiar with the dictionary. Use it often.

    Math: This month we work on Unit 8: Fraction Operations; Applications. In this unit, students apply their knowledge of fractions, number concepts, patterns, and geometry to different real-world scenarios.

    Some activities include:

    • Solving challenging multistep number stories
    • Applying understanding of the additive nature of angle measures to real-life situations
    • Applying knowledge of line symmetry to create symmetric shapes and quilting patterns
    • Making line plots and adding and subtracting mixed numbers to answer questions regarding the data
    • Computing with fractions and mixed numbers to answer questions regarding data
    • Computing with fractions and mixed numbers while applying a perimeter formula for rectangles in real-world and mathematical problems
    • Solving number stories by converting decimals to fractions
    • Finding the area of rectangles using fractions and mixed numbers
    • Multiplying fractions by whole numbers to solve number stories
    • Converting liquid measurements and solving problems involving fractions
    • Solving problems with fractions and conversion of units of measure
    • Using understanding of place value and properties of operations to solve puzzles
    • Finding equivalent names for numbers

    ***IMPORTANT*** Students should know their multiplication facts automatically. Please encourage your child to spend 10-15 minutes practicing multiplication facts every night, especially the 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s, and 12s.

    Science: We continue our work in Earth Sciences Unit B: Chapter 9:  Changes to Earth’s Surface; and Using Natural Resources.

    Our learning activities include:

    • Investigating how processes of weathering and erosion constantly change the Earth’s surface
    • Analyzing how the Earth is in a continuous state of change as waves, weather, and shifts of the land constantly change and produce many new features
    • Comparing and ordering commonly used fractions and decimals to hundredths using concrete materials, drawings, and numerals
    • Understanding the importance of data: how it’s collected and interpreted in order to explain an event or concept

    Social Studies This month we will be studying Unit 4: Illinois: The Land of Lincoln:

    • Lesson 5: Our Economy: recognize the difference between wants and needs; understand that businesses are producers; describe the role that banks play in the economy; and summarize the circular flow of the economy
    • Lesson 6:State and Local Governments: recognize that government power is shared; understand how state governments work; describe the work done by local governments and the main way in which they raise money
    • Lesson 7: Our Nation’s Government: Describe the type of government we have in the U.S.; understand the powers and duties of the three branches of national government; discuss the role of tribal government in the U.S.
    • Lesson 8: Our Democratic Values: recognize that citizenship involves both rights and responsibilities; understand that citizens have the power to change things; identify the values and beliefs that unite Americans

    Homework: Fourth grade students have a standing reading assignment: Read (at least) 30 minutes every weeknight and write a response in their reading logs (M-F until the end of the school year). They will also have math Home Links sheets (M-Th) to review and provide extra practice for each day’s lesson.

    Thanks to parents for diligently checking the homework. Your continued participation and support make all the difference in your child’s success. Please ensure that homework, in all subject areas, is accurately and neatly written (name and date included on each assignment); and turned in on-time


    • Please send a note to the office if someone other than the parent/guardian will be picking up the student at the end of the day


    • 5/3 7th/8th Grade Class Trip
    • 5/4 8th Grade Ribbon Mass
    • 5/6 3rd Grade First Eucharist 9:30 am Mass
    • 5/7 4th Quarter Progress Reports
    • 5/8 Special Lunch & Box Tops/$1.00 out-of-uniform day
    • 5/10 Barb-a-thon
    • 5/11 Holy Name Meeting
    • 5/13 Happy Mother’s Day!
    • 5/16 Preschool/Kdg Reading Night 6:30 pm
    • 5/17 Barb-a-thon rain date
    • 5/18 May Crowning Mass 8:30 am/Visiting Day for new 2018-19 kdg students/Free Day for current kdg/preschool students
    • 5/18 11:30 dismissal
    • 5/21 Ladies’ Guild Meeting – Tribute to Blessed Mother/Installation of 2018-19 Officers
    • 5/23 8th Grade Awards Night 6:30 pm
    • 5/28 Free Day: Memorial Day
    • 5/31 Spirit Day and “Dine Out” Night
    • 6/1 Last day of preschool
    • 6/2 Saturday End of Year Cleaning
    • 6/3 8th Grade Graduation 9:30 am
    • 6/5 Kindergarten Graduation 6:30pm (early dismissal for kdg students: 11:30 am)
    • 6/5 End of the Year Picnic/Special Hot Dog lunch (grades 1st – 7th)
    • 6/8 Last Day of School (10:30 am dismissal)
    • No extended day services on 6/8/Holy Name Meeting 7:00 pm
    • 6/14-6/17 St. Barbara Parish Carnival
    • 6/17 Happy Father’s Day!

    Thank you for visiting 4th grade. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact me at the email address below.

    Mrs. Rudnicki

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