For Mrs. Hayes's Students...


 I am available on Tuesdays from 7:45-8:30 a.m.   If you find your child is having difficulty on a particular skill, please e-mail me to let me know the day before the extra help session.  Each student should be prepared to tell me his/her area of concern or weakness.  Please note this is not a one-on-one tutoring session;there might be other students in the room also receiving instruction. I also might send an extra help form home to be signed by a parent if I feel a student needs extra instruction in a particular area.  

Please refer to individual subject areas below for specific information!

Social Studies

Social Studies Essential Question Unit 4:  Why does our country need a wheat-growing region?

Week of  4/23:  We are diving  into the Midwest region!  Midwest map test will be given on Wednesday, April 25.  Students should know the Midwestern states' abbreviations, capital cities, Great Lakes, and points of interest in the region!  They have been given blank maps to complete in class; use textbook pp. R13 & 226 along with the rest of Chapter 8.  

All social studies handouts should be kept in the yellow Social Studies folder until students are tested!  It's essential that students master key vocabulary words in each chapter and study on a daily basis.  Don't wait until the last minute to study for a test; it's too much information and overwhelming! Good organization and study skills are important in fourth grade!

Religion:  Essential Question:  How do the commandments help us to love God and one another?

Week of 4/23:   We have finished Chapter 15, "The Fourth Commandment".  The test will be given on Tuesday, April 24.

   I will grade pages requiring short answers and illustrations in the We Believe book by referring to the following criteria:  (1.)  well-thought out answers in complete sentences, (2.)  neatness, (3.) following written directions, and (5.) eye-appealing illustrations (if there are any).  

  Please send your child into school with rosary beads if you have them at home.  The whole school will be praying the rosary at 2:15p.m in the cafeteria the first Friday of each month. 


Nancy Larson Science Essential Questions Topic D =  What are ecosystems?  What are the characteristics of ecosystems and how can they be examined?

 Week of  4/23:  Students will be continuing the study of ecology this week.   

Students will continue to observe the life cycle of the darkling beetle first hand in class using hand lenses.  They are recording their observations in their small groups. Observations from the larva to the pupa (chrysalis) stage and finally into the adult beetle stage have begun! 

It's essential that students study the vocabulary words and information learned in class.  The Nancy Larson booklets needs to stay in the students' green science folders. These booklets need to be available each day in class.  If the booklets are left at home, students can fall behind since the lessons in school require the students to highlight or complete different activities in the booklets! 

 The students will receive usernames and passwords to access resources online at  They need to click on "Student Links".    

You will see students working in specified individual booklets that relate to the topic being studied rather than actual textbooks.  This program is hands-on with lots of online resources.  The students love the slideshows, experiments, and activities that accompany this science program. 

Students should keep all Nancy Larson handouts along with their booklets in their individual green science folders!  These will be used along with a review sheet to study for an upcoming test!

Math Essential Questions: Topic 10 :  What is the standard procedure for dividing multi-digit numbers?  How can repeated subtraction be used to model division?

Topic 11:  How can the same fractional amount be named using symbols in different ways?  How can fractions be compared and ordered?

Topic 12:  What does it mean to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators?  What is the standard procedure for adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators?  How can fractions and mixed numbers be added and subtracted on a number line?   

 Students need to master basic facts.  Go onto Reflex online program three times per week for 8-15 minutes per session until green light is obtained in program!  Automaticity of facts is essential in fourth grade. 

Week of 4/23:  Students will continue to focus on long division with three digit dividends and one-digit divisors.  They will continue to work with fractions as well.  Lessons will focus on ordering  and comparing fractions.   Students will review all skills in Topic 11; test is scheduled for Friday, April 27.  

  Students have been given fraction bars and tool kits to utilize in class as manipulatives.  We will continue with center activities with partners and playing the mental math multiplication game, "Power of 10".   

Every student's goal should be to complete the Reflex Math Program by the end of fourth grade!


Reading: Unit 5's  Essential question:   What makes an adventure?

Weekly story 4/23: Lost City:  The Discovery of Machu Picchu  

Weekly-tested vocabulary words:  curiosity, glorious, granite, ruins, terraced, thickets, & torrent

*The weekly vocabulary words and meanings are sent home each Friday(unless it is a short week) on a handout with the next week's spelling words. Students should be well-prepared in terms of the weekly words' meanings for the weekly reading test! During the week, students work on vocabulary activities. This sheet also tells students and parents what will be focused on in grammar during the upcoming week.

Weekly reading tests assessing weekly vocabulary, decoding, and comprehension skills will be given on Fridays unless otherwise noted. 

English/grammar:  Week of 4/23:    Students will do oral presentations after spring vacation.  An oral presentation rubric was given to each student before the break; they should know when they are presenting to their classmates!  Presentations are scheduled over a two-week period!  Students will continue to focus on writing well-detailed paragraphs with indented topic sentences as well as pronouns.  Adjectives, articles, and adverbs will be worked with as well!  

When typing any essay, indent each paragraph's topic sentence (hit tab button!).  Use double line spacing throughout with size 12 lettering in Times New Roman Font.  Do not include extra spacing between paragraphs; just indent each topic sentence to signal start of new topics! A full heading should be included at the top of the paper! Remember to save document on the computer in case any changes need to be!    

Sample heading:   Name                                                           Grade 4

                            Our Lady of the Valley                                  Date


Include title of essay underneath the heading before typing first paragraph!  



Spelling:  Week of 4/23:    Please see Important Links section on first page.  Spelling sheet is due on Tuesday, April 24; test on Thursday, April 26th this week!

  On Fridays, students are given the new spelling words for the upcoming school week.  Students are often given a word sort or other spelling activity which is due on Tuesday of the following week.   This should be an easy "100" homework grade every week!  *Please note,  spelling word sorts need to be handed in on time and completed correctly to receive a "100".    If the spelling word sort or assigned activity  is a day late, it receives only 75% credit.  Two days late = 50 % credit.  More than two days late = 0% credit. 

Additional spelling activities are worked on throughout the week.  The weekly spelling test is given on Thursdays unless noted otherwise.  Students are graded on the twenty words on their lists along with two or three dictated sentences that I create to reinforce grammar skills that are worked on during the week.  The five challenge words on the word list are strictly extra credit worth one point a piece.  Students are not penalized for getting the challenge words incorrect. 

Please refer to Grade 4 Weekly Spelling List on first page of Grade 4's web page underneath "Important Links" to view next week's spelling words or the Google Classroom online site.



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