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Mrs. Esparza



Welcome to 4th Grade
Mrs. Esparza
Phone: 303-387-6600 

Winter Party- Thursday, December 21st from 2:45 to 3:45
Winter Break- December 22nd to January 6th (No School) 


This year we have several students with nut allergies. Please make sure that snacks are nut free. Thank you for keeping our classroom safe! 

Specials Schedule-10:05-10:45

Monday-P.E.
Tuesday- P.E.
Wednesday- P.E.
Thursday- P.E.
Friday-  No School
Library- Wednesday
Technology- This week

Social Studies

Spanish Explorers
Students are currently learning about the different Spanish explorers and their expeditions in Colorado. Students are also examining how the expeditions have helped shape Colorado and the affects they had on the Native American's that were currently living off the land. 


Science

Life Science
During this unit students will be learning about how animals are classified. Students will also explore food chains and food webs. What are living and nonliving factors. Last, how animals adapt and survive in their habitats. 


4th Grade Daily Schedule


4th Grade Schedule
9:05-9:15 Check-in
9:15-10:00 Writing or Technology
10:05-10:45 Specials
10:45-11:15 Snack, Social Studies or Library
11:15-12:25 Math
12:30-1:10 Lunch/Recess
1:15-2:25 Reading
2:30-2:45 Recess
2:45-3:45 Science
3:45-4:00 Planner and Check-Out
    

Language Arts

Fiction Reading
This year in reading students will be focusing on story elements. These elements include setting, character, plot, problem, solution, and theme. We will read short stories, chapter books, poems, and legends to learn about these elements. 

Non-Fiction Reading
Along with fiction reading skills, students will also focus on non-fiction reading. The students will work on these skill while reading in science and social studies. These skills will include cause and effect, compare and contrast, fact and opinion, main idea and details. These skills will be practiced within the text books for science and social studies, as well as reading articles and diaries. 

Writing
This year in writing students will be completing pieces in several different genres such as descriptive, informative, opinion and reading responses. Students will goals in their writing around the organization, introduction, body, vocabulary, different sentence types, conclusion, conventions, and multiple paragraphs. 



Homework

Reading- Read your choice of book 20 minutes a day. Students will be reading a book that focuses on the reading elements taught in class. Each students will have a book project based on those elements. 

Math Facts- Study multiplication facts 15 minutes a day. Students will be bring home flash cards that they can use at home.  Students can also study facts with Reflex Math online. 

Math- Students will be sent home with a student math link for the lesson they learned on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. 

If your student does not have their homework completed they will complete their work during their second recess. They are responsible each night to complete their assigned tasks. 

Math

Module 3

Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

In this module students will use place value understanding and visual representation to solve multiplication and division problems with multi-digit numbers. Students will start by investigating formulas for area and perimeter. They will then solve problems that multiply single digit numbers by multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000. Next moving into decomposing numbers to find the product of single-digit by multi-digit numbers. Students will then be given an opportunity to apply their new multiplication skills to solve multi-step word problems and comparison problems. Within division students will be focusing on interpreting remainders for both word problems and long division.  Last students will gain valuable insight into patterns of divisibility by
 understanding prime and composite numbers, factors and multiples.  This is going to be a long unit, but will be one of the most valuable to the students.