Mr. Bradford's 4th Grade Blog-September 6

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The fourth grade class is rolling right along with the new school year. We will be hosting the Intermediate back to school orientation night next Monday, September 9 from 6:30-7:30. The school schedule for orientation is the following:

5:30-6:30pm Grades 1-3

6:30-7:30pm Grades 4-5

7:30-8:30pm Grades 6-8

For grades 4-5, parents should meet in their student’s homeroom at 6:30 for a 20 minute orientation. Parents will then proceed to the other classrooms for 10 minute sessions.

The September Virtue of the Month is Faith. Our focus this month is raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer. We will be participating in the G9 Coin Collection. Each homeroom will be collecting all types of coins. The grade that collects the largest amount will earn a pizza. party. Please begin sending in your spare change on Monday. The competition runs through the end of the month.


We have spent the last two week in reading class learning about various genres and the difference between fiction and non-fiction. We ended the week reading a mystery and trying to solve it by stopping frequently to predict and check for understanding.

Reading Logs! On Monday I will hand out your child’s first reading log. We will go over expectations and how to use it. Each log is one week long but double sided, therefore it will be handed in every two weeks. All dates are on the log. My expectation is that your child reads a total of 100-120 minutes a week at home. It can be accomplished by reading a few times a week or 15 minutes a day - whatever works for your child!

This week we will read a story in Journey’s titled My Brother Martin about Martin Luther King Jr. We will also read about the poet Langston Hughes. The comprehension skill we will focus on is author’s purpose and checking for understanding. We will also work on background knowledge of the Civil Rights movement.


Each student has received a a mineral/rock from on the periodic table to research and find some interesting stuff related to it. So we started the year and will end the year working on the periodic table.

Social Studies

We are ready to roll in Social Studies! These past two weeks have given us the opportunity to get organized and into our daily routine for Social Studies class. We have completed our first Presidential Challenge and found the first Where Am I destination. The area of study this week will be maps. Students will be looking at several types of maps and thinking about how they are alike, how they are different and why we would use one map instead of another. The Daily Geography focus this week is understanding the different parts of a map. Here we go!


This week we have been working on reviewing multiplications and place value. The students were introduced to place value behind the decimal. Next week we will continue with place value including how to evaluate and compare numbers behind the decimal. This Friday, all students in 4th grade will be taking the STAR math test. There is no preparation for this test. It is used to help me establish a benchmark for the students.

Language Arts/Writing

We are starting to get letters back that are very encouraging to the letter writers about what they need to do to prepare for the time when they might actually attend this institution.

Although there is no reason as to why they send letters and stuff back to us, they are always so nice and generous.

A little interesting side bar to the college letters is that 9/10 boys have chosen a science major. 4/9 girls have also chosen a science major with 2 additional girls choosing an educational major. Wow 13 of the 19 students have chosen a science major as something they would like to study in college.


The examples of the Saints is a good way to end the year. How these different individuals lived their lives is an insoiration to all.

********Kaiser’s team traversed the nearly 1,000-mile trail from Willow to Nome in nine days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and six seconds.

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