Welcome Fall Y'all!!

Hope you are all able to attend the Parent Teacher conferences this week!

Reading: Our reading group has recently begun to review a new type of syllable. We have begun to read and spell words with Vowel Team syllables! I'm sure you've heard the rhyme: "when 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking and the second one stays silent". We've studied the two vowel teams "ee" and "ay". You can see these two vowel teams in words like "freeway".

Math: We have recently taken a test over our unit of Place Value. I'm proud to say the students did a wonderful job!! To keep this concept fresh you can continue to practice using IXL! Many students would benefit from reviewing rounding especially. :) We are just getting started in a unit over Multiplication! We are so excited to welcome Mrs. Karen Barber to our fourth grade math team! Welcome Mrs. Barber! :)

Language Arts: We are just wrapping up our study of the book, Hank Zipzer. The students have done a great job! We are so excited to begin a study learning how to write a solid three point paragraph. We are also practicing our cursive writing and our grammar concepts daily.

Social Studies: We are just beginning our study of the European Explorers. The first explorer we learned about was Christopher Columbus himself! What an interesting character he proved to be

Shannon Hipps 4th grade teacher GRACEPOINT School http://www.gracepointschool.org/shannon-hipps-blog

Welcome Fall!

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful Fall weather!

Reading: Our reading group has recently begun to review a new type of syllable. Did you know there are six different types of syllables? When a word ends with a consonant-le (like -ple or -zle) you can automatically divide the word into syllables by starting at the end of the word and counting back three letters! We can divide words like "purple", "dazzle" or "Bible". Be on the lookout for words that follow this pattern as you read together.

Math: We have recently taken a test over our unit of Place Value. I'm proud to say the students did a wonderful job!! To keep this concept fresh you can continue to practice using IXL! Many students would benefit from reviewing rounding especially. :)

Language Arts: We are continuing to read the book, Hank Zipzer. The students are doing a great job using a complete sentence to answer comprehension questions. We are also using Quizlet to review the vocabulary in our novel study. We are also practicing our cursive writing and our grammar concepts daily.

Social Studies: We are just beginning our study of the European Explorers. The first explorer we learned about was Christopher Columbus himself! What an interesting character he proved to be!

Shannon Hipps 4th grade teacher GRACEPOINT School http://www.gracepointschool.org/shannon-hipps-blog

It's almost Fall Break!

Wow!! It's hard to believe that next week is Fall Break! I hope you all have a wonderful week off to enjoy time with family and friends!

Reading: Our reading group is continuing our study of suffixes. We have recently been reading words ending in -ed. This suffix can be confusing simply because it can sound differently depending upon the word it is attached to. To remember the three different sounds of -ed just remember this one simple sentence: "I rented a sailboat, jumped in and sailed away".

Math: We have recently taken a test over our first unit of geometry. I'm proud to say the students did a wonderful job!! To keep this concept fresh, find some different shapes and angles on your drive home each day! Shapes and angles are all around when we stop to take a look!!

Language Arts: We are continuing to read the book, Hank Zipzer. The students are doing a great job using a complete sentence to answer comprehension questions. We are also using Quizlet to review the vocabulary in our novel study. We are also practicing our cursive writing and our grammar concepts daily.

Social Studies: We are wrapping up our study of Native Americans and looking forward to the European Explorers after Fall Break. :)

Shannon Hipps 4th grade teacher GRACEPOINT School http://www.gracepointschool.org/shannon-hipps-blog

Week of September 5 - 9

I hope everyone had a restful Labor Day weekend! Speaking of "restful" our reading group has been studying suffixes recently!

Reading: We have been studying common suffixes like: less, ful, and ment. As you are reading together, see if your student can pick these suffixes out in a word like hopeless or playful. :) When we remove the suffix from a word, it sometimes will make the word easier to decode. Don't forget to put it back on to the end of the word because it will change the meaning of that word!

Math: During our fourth grade math time together, we have been knee-deep in POLYGONS! HaHa! Can you picture being literally knee deep in polygons?! Speaking of polygons, did you know that when you break this word apart it literally means "many angles"! Poly = many and gon = angles! Aren't words fun? We think so!

Language Arts: During our Language Arts block, we have been reading Hank Zipzer together. Hank Zipzer is a humorous novel about a fourth grade boy with dyslexia. It is written by Henry Winkler (the Fonz from Happy Days!) who is a dyslexic man himself. We have found many ways we are like Hank and ways we are different from Hank. If your student has enjoyed this novel, you can check out others like it. It is the first book in a series of books all about Hank Zipzer. He is quite a character!

Social Studies: We are in the midst of studying various Native American tribes of the North American continent. We attempted to construct igloos today (using sugar cubes) as we learn more about the Inuit tribe of the far north region.

Shannon Hipps 4th grade teacher GRACEPOINT School http://www.gracepointschool.org/shannon-hipps-blog

A Great First Week of School!

 

We are off to a great start here in Fourth Grade!! We have enjoyed some interesting "Get to Know You" activities as we have gotten to reconnect with old friends and welcome some new friends to fourth grade at GRACEPOINT! We are continuing to get familiar with our daily routines.

We are looking forward to Parent Night tomorrow night here at GRACEPOINT at 6:30 PM where we will learn more about our day together. Hope to see you there!!

Thank you for entrusting your most precious possession to us! It is a both a privilege and a blessing!

Shannon Hipps 4th grade teacher GRACEPOINT School http://www.gracepointschool.org/shannon-hipps-blog

Spring is in the air!

Welcome Back to school!!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break! I have heard some fun stories of the adventures taken over Spring Break!

Reading: We are continuing our study of vowel teams! We have just begun to read a new book, Jess Dalton's Lost Gold. It sounds very interesting!! Let's try to find some vowels making the schwa sound as we read!

Math: We have just begun a study of fractions during our math time together. As a family, try to find some real life examples of fractions in your world!! They're everywhere!! The students enjoyed dividing a Hershey's chocolate bar into fractions before eating it!! We also enjoyed dividing a pack of M & M's into fractions as well! Don't forget your IXL homework! The practice helps tremendously.

Language Arts: During our Language Arts time we have just begun a new story titled, "Striking It Rich: A Story of the California Gold Rush".

Social Studies: We are studying the three branches of our government and the responsibilities of each branch.

Our Core virtue for the month of April is Joy!! Our memory verse is Psalms 100: 1-2. Be sure to practice this verse at home with your family. It is sure to be a blessing!

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

Reading: During our reading time together we are continuing our study of vowel teams. The students are doing an excellent job of reading, spelling and dividing words into syllables!

Math: During math we are continuing our study of division. We have had fun this week with Division Riddles! This practice also helps us perfect the vocabulary of Division!!

Language Arts: During our Language Arts time together we have learned the structure of a three-point paragraph and began writing on the topic: "The Best Pet Is...". It is fun to see each student's creativity! We will complete our final drafts this week.

Social Studies: We enjoyed a visit from the Atlanta History Museum last Thursday. We were able to touch several objects from the Colonial period as well as dress in Colonial outfits worn by both the young ladies and the gentlemen! We will continue our study of the Revolutionary War this week.

Our Core Virtue this month is Kindness! Our memory verse is Galatians 5:22-23 which teaches us all about the Fruits of the Spirit. Practice this verse at home and be on the look-out for random acts of Kindness around your house!!

Welcome back to GRACEPOINT!!

Reading: During our reading time together we have just begun our study of the various vowel teams!! Our reading group is moving right along!! I'm so proud of the students' progress!!

Math: The students did an excellent job during our study of Unit 4 in Everyday Math!! Who knew numbers could be so much fun? During Unit 5 we will be studying much larger numbers and continuing our study of multiplication as we move into multi-digit by multi-digit multiplication!!

Language Arts: The students are very excited about wrapping up our study of Shiloh with a movie day tomorrow afternoon! We will be comparing and contrasting the novel and the full length movie.

Social Studies: We continue our study of the Revolutionary War. On Thursday this week we have an opportunity to visit the Cobb County Youth Museum where we will participate in various skits to learn more about this important time in our nation's history! I know our students will benefit greatly from this field trip! I can't wait to watch these skits!!

Our core virtue during the month of January is "Orderliness". The students are learning the importance of being orderly and how this helps us to be the best student we can be!!

Enjoying the Holiday Season

Reading: During our reading time together we have begun studying the syllable "consonant-le". This syllable will always be at the end of a word and it naturally divides the word into syllables. The rule is: "consonant-le, count back three and divide". Some examples are: sniffle, table, buckle and dazzle.

Math: During our math time together we are continuing our study of decimals. We will be working only through the thousandths place. Soon we will be adding and subtracting numbers with decimals. You can review numbers with decimals naturally when you work with money!

Language Arts: We are so enjoying our study of Shiloh together!! It is beneficial to listen to portions of Shiloh on Learning Ally as we go along. We are also continuing to practice our cursive writing!

Social Studies: We so enjoyed our study of the Thirteen Original Colonies just before the Thanksgiving break! We were also able to study the Pilgrims and the original Thanksgiving feast enjoyed by the Native Americans and the original settlers. How different their life was when compared to our own!! Between now and Christmas break, we will begin to study the American Revolution. I have put three different children's books about the American Revolution on your student's bookshelf on Learning Ally. These are not required but they would enhance our study of the revolution in a fun and enjoyable way!! Feel free to choose one to listen to before the Christmas break.

During our time together in the morning during pledge and prayer we will be learning more about the Christmas season as a school body. One portion of scripture you could study as a family is Luke 2: 7-14. I have enjoyed memorizing this portion of scripture with my own family. It is sure to be a blessing!!

I hope you enjoy this Holiday season with your own family!

Fall is in the Air!!

Reading:

During our reading time together we have been reviewing suffixes, specifically -ed at the end of a word and the three different sounds it can make!

Math:

The students did an excellent job on the Unit 3 assessment! What a blessing it is to work with such gifted math students!! We have only just begun Unit 4, a unit studying decimals! I know we will learn amazing things! Remember to use IXL for practice!!

Language Arts:

During our Language Arts time together, we have started reading the novel, Shiloh. The students are excited about this new opportunity and I am as well!! I'm sure it will be a special treat!!

Social Studies:

Our study of the thirteen original colonies continues!! We are finding it so interesting to see how different our lives are compared to the original settlers!! We are also learning how the "Great American Melting Pot" has affected our language!!

We are looking forward to celebrating Veterans Day with our students on Wednesday as we have the opportunity to visit the parade honoring our veterans in Marietta!! It will be nice to enjoy the sunshine during a picnic lunch as well!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Parents, look for blue folders to come home on Tuesday!

Looking forward to Grandparent's Day!

Reading:

During our reading time together we have just begun to learn more about the vowels, A and I in an unaccented syllable! The students are making great progress! They always impress me with their ability to read and spell these very challenging words!

Math:

We will have an assessment over the information presented in Unit 3 of Everyday Math soon. My goal is to finish up with Unit 3 and review this week and have an assessment early next week. We will be reviewing in class together before the assessment.

Language Arts:

We are finishing up the story, "The Earth Dragon Awakes" and will have an assessment over the story by the end of this week. You can help your student be most prepared by allowing them to reread and listen to the story via Learning Ally. We have enjoyed learning more about what a Historical Fiction story is like.

Social Studies and Science:

During History we have completed our unit over the European Explorers and have just introduced a unit learning more about the Thirteen Original Colonies! During our time together in Science, we are beginning to study weather!!

I am looking forward to celebrating Grandparent's Day here at school this Friday!!

We're off to a great week!

Reading:

During our reading group we are continuing to practice longer words that combine the open, closed and magic e syllable. During your time together as a family, see if you and your student can practice dividing words in your environment into syllables. If you notice your student struggling to decode a word while reading, encourage them to break it apart into syllables.

Math:

As a school we are kicking off an IXL challenge! The goal is to reach 20,000 problems solved as a school body! I can't wait to see how the 4th graders contribute to the challenge!!

During our time together in math, we are continuing with Unit 3 in Everyday Math. We will have an assessment towards the beginning of the week next week. The students are progressing nicely practicing the multiplication facts! I am very impressed with the demonstration of hard work I am able to observe! Let's continue to remind them that multiplication and division are closely related.

Language Arts:

We took a test this morning over "Mrs. Frisby and the Crow". I'm sure the students did an excellent job! I am stressing the importance of practicing the use of a complete sentence when answering the comprehension questions. Our next story is titled, "The Earth Dragon Awakes". This will teach us more about the infamous San Francisco earthquake.

Social Studies and Science:

We will wrap our unit on European Explorers this week with Vasco Nunez de Balboa and a fun review activity on Thursday. During science we are wrapping up the unit on the water cycle and will be ready to begin a unit on weather!!

The second quarter begins!!

I so enjoyed meeting with each of you during conferences!! Thank you for your time and dedication to the education of your student!

Reading:

During reading we are continuing to work with the letter Y as a vowel. As we continue to practice, we will be reading and spelling longer words with open syllables, closed syllables, and magic e syllables. Our homework at night will include: practicing our red words and reading the short story that comes home.

Math:

During our math time together, we are investigating the relationship between multiplication facts and division facts. We will be looking more closely at "fact families". Some key vocabulary this week includes: quotient, divisor, and dividend. Nightly homework includes practice with multiplication facts and IXL practice.

Language Arts:

During our Language arts time together we will read the fantasy, "Mrs. Frisby and the Crow" from the Imagine It book. It would be a great idea to listen to this story with Learning Ally to prepare for an assessment on Friday this week. We are also continuing to revise our narrative, practice the parts of speech, and practice our cursive writing.

Social Studies and Science:

The students will have a science test on Thursday this week over the water cycle.

In Social Studies we will study our last two European Explorers: Juan Ponce de Leon and Vasco Nunez de Balboa. There will be a fun culminating activity planned for the following week.

Reading:

Did you know that the letter Y can make four different sounds? During our reading time together we have been studying "Y as a chameleon" Just as a chameleon can change colors based on where he is, the letter Y changes sounds based upon where he "lives" in a word. If he is at the beginning of a word, Y is a consonant. If he is in the middle or at the end of a word, the letter Y is a vowel! Have fun looking for words in which the letter Y makes the different sounds!

Math:

During our math time together we are continuing to practice our multiplication facts together. We have begun using "mad minutes" to help us to increase our time and the percentage of problems we get correct. I look forward to seeing the improvement our students make!

Language Arts:

We are learning about poetry this week by reading several poems by Langston Hughes. We are discussing structures that are different between poetry and prose, and we are talking about the imagery and figurative language in each poem.

Social Studies and Science:

We are studying European Explorers in History, focusing on Jacques Cartier this week. The students are working hard creating an interactive notebook with information about each explorer. During science we are learning more about the water cycle! Students are finishing up their water cycle flip books and will write up their experience as a water droplet moving through the water cycle during "The Incredible Journey".

I look forward to seeing each one of you during our conference time together this Friday, October 9 and Monday, October 12. [??]

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Reading:

Did you know that the letter Y can make four different sounds? During our reading time together we have been studying "Y as a chameleon" Just as a chameleon can change colors based on where he is, the letter Y changes sounds based upon where he "lives" in a word. If he is at the beginning of a word, Y is a consonant. If he is in the middle or at the end of a word, the letter Y is a vowel! Have fun looking for words in which the letter Y makes the different sounds!

Math:

During our math time together we are continuing to practice our multiplication facts together. We have begun using "mad minutes" to help us to increase our time and the percentage of problems we get correct. I look forward to seeing the improvement our students make!

Language Arts:

We are learning about poetry this week by reading several poems by Langston Hughes. We are discussing structures that are different between poetry and prose, and we are talking about the imagery and figurative language in each poem.

Social Studies and Science:

We are studying European Explorers in History, focusing on Jacques Cartier this week. The students are working hard creating an interactive notebook with information about each explorer. During science we are learning more about the water cycle! Students are finishing up their water cycle flip books and will write up their experience as a water droplet moving through the water cycle during "The Incredible Journey".

I look forward to seeing each one of you during our conference time together this Friday, October 9 and Monday, October 12. [😊]

Reading:

We are learning more about the "open syllable" and reading words combining the open syllable with a closed syllable and a silent e syllable. Some example words include rebate, skyline, and defrost.

Math:

During our math time together we have just begun Unit 3 in Everyday Math. We look forward to more practice with our multiplication and division facts and applying the things we learn to our every day life!

Language Arts:

We are reading "The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story" to tie into our Science unit. As we read, we are learning new vocabulary words, studying the genre of narrative nonfiction (a nonfiction story told like a story), and practicing sequencing.

Social Studies and Science:

We are studying European Explorers in History, focusing on Henry Hudson this week. The students are working hard creating an interactive notebook with information about each explorer. During science we are learning more about the water cycle!