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Wynantskill, NY 12198

7:30am - 5:30pm

Monday - Friday

St Jude School

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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

4th Grade

Jeffers Journal

Week of May 20th – May 24th 

Hello May!  Make this month count!  Accomplish your goals!  You can do this! Are you ready to board the learning train?  Please come to school each day with an open mind, positive “I can” attitude, a friendly smile, and eager to be a member of our team!

Important Dates to Remember:

May 20th: Mass with Father Pat @ 9AM

May 23rd: Race for Education

May 24th: Memorial Day Observed (No School or CASE)

May 27th: Memorial Day Observed (No School or CASE)

May 28th: Race for Education (Rain Date)

May 31st: Kick Off to Summer Festival

June 1st: Kick Off to Summer Festival

June 3rd: Mass with Father Pat @ 9AM

Here’s a breakdown of our learning:

  1. Math: Its important children learn math facts for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division with the goal of automatic recall. Geometry is the theme of Topic 15. Last week, we learned the following geometric terms: point, line segment, line, ray, right angle, obtuse angle, acute angle, and also straight angle. Students were asked to identify, draw, and name the different terms. On Monday, we are going to watch a Brain Pop Jr. video to review the geometric terms. The geometric term we are going to focus on this week is angles. We are going to learn how to find the measure of an angle that turns through a fraction of a circle. Next, we are going to explore measuring different angles. They will explore how to use a protractor. Then we are going to spend time drawing and measuring different angles.  To wrap up the week, they are going to use addition and subtraction to solve problems with unknown angle measures.  They will also take a short quiz each day to check their understanding of the geometric terms.  As a way to review previously learned concepts and skills, students will spend time working on I-Ready Math each day.
  2. English Language Arts:
    1. Grammar: Students will learn how to proofread their writing for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, and punctuation using the proofreading symbols.
    2. Vocabulary: Each week students have 12 new vocabulary words and complete different activities each day (sentence completion, synonym/antonym, matching, word meaning, and context clues).
    3. Reading: An important skill we will be practicing is reading articles or passages and answering comprehension questions.  We have been learning that reading is not just about reading the words on the page it involves so many other pieces like asking questions, making connections, using context clues to help determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. We are also going to learn how to make inferences.
    4. Summary: A summary is a short retelling of a text. It only includes the most important details.  A useful strategy to help you when writing a summary is: “Somebody Wanted But So Then (SWBST).”  Who is the main character? (Somebody) What did the main character want? (Wanted) What is the problem (But) How does the character try to solve the problem? (So) How does the story end? (Then) We will practice writing summaries in class this week and students will be asked to write a summary each night and turn it in the next day.
  3. Writing (Part 1): We are going to continue to use a strategy to help answer text dependent or short answer questions, which is known as RACES. The first letter of the acronym, “R,” means restate the prompt. The “A” means answer the question in your own words. The “C” means cite text evidence or examples. The “E” means explain and give details. The final letter of the acronym, “S” means summarize what you wrote. Students will practice using this strategy as they answer questions in all subject areas.
  4. Writing (Part 2): Our final writing unit of the year is Opinion writing. This type of writing is everyone’s favorite because everyone has an opinion about something! In this unit, they are going to learn how to write a claim and support it with evidence. To start the week, we are going to explore the elements of opinion writing. Now that we now the elements of opinion writing, it is time to brainstorm ideas that address the writing prompt and also think about the audience for the writing piece. Up next is expanding ideas and finding evidence to support his/her opinion and make it stronger.  At this point, they will have chosen their side and write the claim.  To wrap up the week, they will use an outline to help organize and group their ideas and reasons.
  5. Social Studies: Last week, we began our journey into the 20th century.  We learned about World War I and World War II.  In Chapter 11, we are going to learn about local, state, and national government. The first lesson is about local government.  Who is in charge of local government? What are some local government jobs?  How does local government work? Students will complete a quiz on Google Classroom as a way to check their understanding of the lesson.
  6. Religion: The theme of the next chapter is Respecting Others. We have been talking about respect since the beginning of the year and the importance of showing respect to everyone. What are some ways that Christians share God’s forgiveness with others?  Which commandments require us to respect others and also care for the rights of others? The Chapter 16 test will be on Wednesday, May 22nd.
  7. Twenty-sixth Mass of the School Year: On Monday, May 20th, we will be attending Mass with Father Pat at 9:00. All students need to be wearing their dress uniform. Everyone is invited to attend Ma
  8. Race for Education: It’s that time of the year to raise money for our school and have some fun! It is time for Race for Education which will be on Thursday, May 23rd! Don’t forget to send in your donations! If we reach our school goal, every student who sends in one donation will have the opportunity to try to dunk Mrs. Hoffay in a dunking booth! Our goal is to reach $20,000!