"You're never too old to start learning, and you're never too young to aim high and achieve great things." - Asa Hutchinson
I realize how important family time is after school, as well as extra curricular activities that you may have. I do not give regular homework each night, although I do believe that students should be independently reading at home as well as at school.
We will be working on projects throughout the year in the classroom and sometimes students may have to work on certain projects outside of the classroom as well. These projects will be known well in advance.
Extra Practice: (Any Subject)
If your child needs / wants extra practice with a specific skill, please let me know. I can always send home some extra work or activities that may help out.
Math is everywhere! Whether it's practicing math facts in the car or estimating the total amount at the grocery store, there are so many ways fourth graders can practice what they know in math. Below is a list of suggestions to do just that!
I have recently noticed that most of our class is lacking in multiplication skills. Please have your students practice at home (daily if possible), as this is one of the only ways to MASTER multiplication! I am sending home a list of some websites with multiplication games that students can play for free. Let me know if you have questions!
- Measure different things in your home. Use measuring cups, rulers, tape measures, yardsticks, etc. See if the students can estimate measurements as well.
- Practice Math Facts! I do this in the car with my own children. I sometimes even turn it into a game.
- Math games are fun too. Monopoly is a fantastic game for fourth graders. Rummikub, Yahtzee, Chess and Battleship are just a few others. On google, there are many games that kids can practice multiplication, subtraction and sequence with just a deck of cards.
- Survey things in the home (how much time is spent on the computer or how many quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies are found). Then the student can make a bar graph with the results.
- Talk about math vocabulary! Have students talk about what they did in class that day or week.
- Math Websites are usually fun for students as well.
Reading at home can be fun, interesting and educational. I believe reading at home is important, just like reading at school. I compiled the following list from experience, websites, as well as student interests. Let me know if you want to add a book to the list, as I will be adding throughout the year! I have also listed the current SSYRA (Sunshine State Young Readers Award) grades 3-5 Book List.
Fourth Grade Recommended Reading List:
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
- Survivors book series by Kathleen Duey and K.A. Bale
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiMillio
- The Tiger Rising by Kate DiMillio
- The Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson series #1) by Rick Riordan
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Frindle by Andrew Clements
- The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies
- Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
- The Twenty-One Balloons by Pene du Bois
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson
- Seekers #1: The Quest Begins by Erin Hunter
- Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- Bunnicula by James Howe
- Rules by Cynthia Lord
- The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
- Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret
- Lemony Snicket books by Daniel Handler
- The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli
*ALL NON-FICTION BOOKS are recommended and usually popular based on student interests (such as history, animals, space, biographies)
2019-2020 SSYRA Grades 3-5 Book List:
- The Ambrose Deception by Gilbert Ford
- Annie's Life in Lists by Kristin Mary Mahoney
- Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom! by Candace Fleming
- The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
- Bob by Wendy Mass
- Cosmic Commandos by Christopher Eliopoulos
- The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
- EngiNerds by Jarrett Lerner
- Ghost Attack (Monster Itch #1) by David Lubar
- Sled Dog School by Terry Johnson
- Stella Diaz has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
- Superstar by Mandy Davis
- Survival Tails: The Titanic by Katrina Charman
- Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley
- Wedgie and Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors
Reading Suggestions for Parents:
- Ask students about the book they are reading.
- Books and magazine subscriptions make great gifts!
- Encourage reading for pleasure.
- Play games such as scrabble, word lotto or crosswords.
- Read aloud to your child (especially books that may be more difficult for your child to help improve vocabulary).