For Mrs. Hayes's Students...


 I am available on Tuesdays from 7:45-8:30 a.m. beginning September 26.  I will not be available for tutoring on October 17.  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 1:  What unites people in different regions of the United States?

Week of 10/23-10/27:  We have moved onto Chapter 2 entitled:  "We All Live Together".  This is a short chapter with lots of information; students should know each lesson's vocabulary words very well!

 Students should master key vocabulary words and study information learned on a daily basis!   


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:  Chapter 2 essential question = How does Jesus lead us to happiness?

Week of 10/23-10/27:  We will be moving on to Chapter 3 entitled, "Sin in Our World".    I will grade pages requiring short answers or 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. In October, we will be praying the rosary each Friday at 2:15 p.m.


Nancy Larson Science Essential Questions Topic B = How are plants examined and classified?  What is photosynthesis?

 Week of  10/23-10/27:  We will continue to focus on Topic B (Botany),and students will be introduced to the scientific method this week!

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 2:  How can patterns be used to describe how two quantities are related?  How can a relationship between tow quantities be shown using a table?  Topic 3:  How are greater numbers read and written?  How can whole numbers be compared and ordered?

Week of 10/23-10/27:   We will be focusing on skills such as input/output tables in Topic 2 as well as rounding and ordering whole numbers.  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. 



Reading: Unit 2's  Essential question:   What is the value of teamwork?

 Students will continue reading the realistic fiction book entitled Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.  Students will be completing literature response activities that accompany this book!  We will focus on "Closely reading" and citing evidence from text when composing responses.

Weekly story 10/23-10/27:  Coyote School News (historical fiction)

 Weekly Words: bawling, coyote, dudes, roundup, and spurs

Test on Unit 2 Week 2 will be Friday, Oct. 27.    

*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 10/23-10/27:  Students will continue to focus on complex sentences and review for the Topic 1 grammar test on Thursday, Oct. 26!  This test will include the four types of sentences:  declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory, compound sentences, subjects & predicates (both complete and simple), as well as compound subjects.   They will be proofreading the first drafts of their friendly letters.  The students will be having a plurals' quiz on Wednesday; they should study the plurals' rules given to them on Tuesday, 10/17.  This resource sheet should be kept in their grammar or language arts folder to refer to throughout the year.   

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  10/23-10/27:  Please see Important Links section on first page.  Test on Unit 2 Week 2 spelling words will be given on Thursday, October 26.   Please see information below for specific details.  Students should study all plural rules; they will receive a sheet with how to form plurals on Friday, Oct. 13.  This sheet is a good resource and should be kept in their language arts or grammar folder.   

  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 assignment 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! 



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