Mr. Payson’s Fourth Grade Class


(Lake Champlain from the top of Camel’s Hump) 

Friday Notes from Mr. Payson       October 20th, 2017


Halloween approaches!  Personally, it’s my favorite holiday and we will be busy preparing for it in class with spooky (but not too spooky) activities.

It’s a short week coming up— there will be no school on Friday, October 27th for teacher training.

It’s also our Science Experiment week.  The children have selected their inquiries following the Scientific Method.  Ask your child about theirs!  Although we’re going to do most of the experiments in class, your child may ask you for help with some materials, like aluminum foil or bubble wrap.  Don’t worry if you’re missing anything, I will make sure we have what we need.

Our spelling list this week is made up of adverbs— words that describe action. Our spelling quiz is on Wednesday the 26th.  Please take some time to go over this week’s words with your child.

In Math, we’ve been studying arrays in multiplication.  Next week, we will work on multiplying by two-digit numbers.

Please remember that the most important homework is reading at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week.  More is great!  Readers are expected to fill out a book ticket for every book, whether finished or not.  Long books (like the Harry Potters) may take longer than two weeks to read, so just fill out a book ticket up to the page read every two weeks until finished.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep a blank book ticket in their homework folder.

These book tickets are opportunities to show off both comprehension and writing skills, and it is expected that each student complete, at minimum, one book ticket every two weeks.   Many students in the class have been great about turning in lots of book tickets so far, but there are a few who need to step up and may need some parental nudging.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


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