Class News
May News:
MATH: We are in the middle of Unit  7. This unit focuses on multiplication of fractions  by a whole number with a few other things mixed in. We have come a long way since September!
SPELLING: New units each week (unless there are only 3 days of school that week). Packets are completed in class, homework should be varied and your child should try a different homework each night. CHECK FOR NEATNESS AND CORRECT SPELLING!
READING: We have begun a Historical Fiction unit that ties in with our Social Studies unit about the Revolutionary War and the role NJ played. The students  have been split into 3 groups according to their reading level and are reading a historical fiction book . We will meet and read/discuss  the books together and learn some history as well. Your child is also reading for stamina and should be keeping up with their reading log every day, reading at least 20 minutes. If they are reading an average of 7 pages every 10 minutes, then they are reading a book at their appropriate independent reading level.
WRITING: We started a new unit where we are incorporating our own family history  with a research project about a foreign country. Details will follow as we with make our way through the unit, but there will be a culminating activity where we can share our cultural diversity. We have also been practicing some writing pieces on Google Classroom. The “Paragraph of the Week” helps the students understand what a topic sentence is and how to build a paragraph that stays on topic and includes supporting details.
WORD WORK/GRAMMAR:  I am introducing vocabulary from our read aloud SIGN OF THE BEAVER. Latin root words are still being written on index cards and added to a ring. Challenge your child to find them in their daily life. Parts of a sentence are being discussed in Grammar.
SOCIAL STUDIES: A unit on The Revolutionary War and the role New Jersey  played has begun!
SCIENCE: The science program we piloted is finished for now and we have begun our review for the NJASK Science test on May 31.

Important Dates:
1.Friday May 5: Cinco De Mayo and WESTMORELAND SPIRIT DAY: wear your Westmoreland T-shirts or blue and white to show your spirit
2.Monday May 15: Fereh Ozbek Author Visit: Small groups will be meeting with the author in the library. This author grew up in Fair Lawn and attended Lyncrest School. She has written a book of short stories for Children.
3.Tuesday 5/16-Wednesday 5/17: PTO Book Fair
4.Thursday May 18: FIELD DAY, be sure to ask what team your child is on and make sure they dress appropriately. Wear SUNSCREEN!! (rain date is Monday 5/22)
5.Monday May 29 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day!!!
6.Wednesday May 31: NJASK Science test for grade 4