Mr. Payson’s Fourth Grade Class

4th Grade Skating on the TCS rink



Notes from Mr. Payson    February 16th, 2018

Thanks to all parents who contributed snacks to our Valentine’s Day this week.  We had a wonderful time celebrating the life of the man who defied the Roman Emperor and continued marrying couples despite the Emperor’s law forbidding them.  St. Valentine was condemned to death and executed, but not before he wrote a fond farewell to his new friend, the daughter of his jailer, thus writing the very first Valentine.


In our examination of fractions, we’ve studied adding and subtracting like fractions and mixed numbers.  We’ve been honing our skills on converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and back again.  This week we moved into multiplying fractions by a whole number.


Our new unit is on heat and the three different ways heat energy is transferred:  conduction, convection and radiation.  Next week we will be experiment cooking popcorn with the three different methods.  Yum!


The snow day last week messed up our spelling quiz day a bit.  The spelling this week is words with long “u” sounds.  Quite a variety of letter combinations can make this sound:  “oo” , “ue”, “ew”, “ough”, even “o” and “u”.  Time to practice!   Quiz will be on February 21st.  Please take some time to go over this week’s words with your child; click on the link below for a text.

Please remember that the most important homework is reading at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week.  Readers are expected to fill out a book ticket (or book storyboard)  for every book, whether finished or not.  A completed book ticket or book storyboard is expected every two weeks.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep a blank book ticket in their homework folder.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend!

All best, Mr. Payson

4th grade Spelling List 2-21-18

Fourth Grade Book Ticket

Fourth Grade Book Storyboard