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Mrs. Esparza

Welcome to 4th Grade
Mrs. Esparza
Phone: 303-387-6600 
Class Picture- March 5th
Conferences- March 13th and 15th

Spring Break- March 19th-23rd
Spring Fling Basket Donations
It's that time again! SPRING FLING!! Our grade level is doing a cash basket. We have wonderful parent volunteers putting together our basket and have sent home envelopes in every child's Friday Folder. They are looking for any donation that you can make to help with our basket. They would like to collect the envelopes on Friday, March 9th. If you have any questions about our basket or Spring Fling please let me know! 
March's Reading Challenge
We are challenging the students to read for 20 minutes each night and follow the challenge below. Once your student has completed one of the boxes please initial. If all the boxes are initialed by March 30th your student will get their picture added to our challenge board in the hall. Have 
fun reading!! 

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

Tuesday- Music
Wednesday- Music
Thursday- Music
Friday- Music
Library- Wednesday

Social Studies

A Changing Colorado

Students are currently learning about how Colorado became a state and what brought settlers to the land as well. Students will learn about the Homestead Act, farming on the plains, and the changes that the railroads brought to our territory/state. While learning this information, students are focusing on visualizing based on the contents read during this chapter. 


Life Science
Students are currently learning about fossils. They are learning that fossils are clues/evidence of our past. They are also learning about the different fossils that are found. Fossils can be found as preserved bones, imprints, casts, or trace fossils. Students are also learning about the types of rocks that you would find fossils in. Last the students are finding out about the different major eras based on a geologic timescale.   

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. 

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. 


Breakout EDU
This week students participated in three different Breakout sessions in technology. The class collaborated and used critical thinking skills to complete tasks to find the combination to unlock the breakout box. Everyone did a great job and had a blast every step of the way! 



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. 


Module 5

Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

In this module students will be learning about fraction equivalence, ordering, and operations. Students will explore fraction equivalences and extend their understanding of mixed numbers. Student start by decomposing fractions and creating diagrams to represent them as sums of fractions with like denominators. They proceed to see that representing a fraction as the repeated addition of a unit fraction is the same as multiplying that unit fraction by a whole number. Then students will learn to how to find the sum and difference of fractions with like denominators. They will finally apply their learning of fractions into real world word problems. This is another long unit that will have 41 lessons.