Mrs. Kuhnmuench's 4th Grade Blog-January 18, 2019

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A reminder that next Monday, January 21 there is no school in order to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

Please join us for a special Mass on January 22 to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
*Scholastic book orders due Tuesday or online by Friday.

*Help your child choose the saint they would like to research and report on. Decisions should be made by Wednesday.


This week we began our new novel The Witches, by Roald Dahl. We began looking at literary elements and the difference between protagonist and antagonist characters. We will also evaluate various themes in this book. Kids will work on comprehension and vocabulary throughout the novel.

Skills: Writing from the first person point of view of a child in the story



Curiosity was at it peek this week. Clear out your garage because everyone wants to bring home “Everything” that we have taken apart. Do not worry I am, only going to allow a couple of pieces of stuff. From motors to speakers, lights and coils, they found them all and were able to get them to work. Next week we will start working on some invertebrates.

This week we will finish up our study of the Northeast Region with a scavenger hunt of fun facts about the 11 states. My hope is that they will already know many of the answers to the questions! Northeast Region tests will be coming home on Tuesday. Please sign the test and send it back with your 4th grader by Thursday. I want to make sure the tests are seen by a parent! Our next region will be the West. We will spend some time learning about the states that make up the Western Region as well as their abbreviations and locations. Daily Geography this week will focus on a physical map of the Rocky Mountain Region.


This week we will begin our unit with fractions. First, we will explore Divisibility Rules. We will then use the rules to determine Prime and Composite Numbers. This will be followed by listing Factors and creating Factor Trees.

Language Art/Writing

Grammar: Unit 3: Action Verbs and present-tense verbs

Daily Oral Language: Every day as a large group we correct two sentences. I will also bring in our past and present grammar skills to continue to review.

Vocabulary: Chapter 9 vocabulary test Friday

Spelling this week: Lesson 14: Final long e spelled with ie, ey or y.

Writing: Research for Saint Reports


As we move into lesson 12: The Church Teaches Us, Jesus calling the Church to continue his mission.

As we tie these two lessons up, we will discuss Saints and how they followed Jesus calling, sometimes even being killed for this. Students will begin researching Saints and decide which Saint they would like to focus on for a report.

Our Virtue this month is Fortitude. Perfect time of the year as we study Martin Luther King, Jr. We will also learn about Saint Bernadette and how she symbolized the virtue of Fortitude.

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