For Mrs. Hayes's Students...

I want to thank of all of my students and their families for the beautiful Thanksgiving flower arrangement!  I so appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity! 

 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 1:  What unites people in different regions of the United States?

Week of 12/11-12/15:  We will finish Chapter 3 entitled:  "Earning and Learning" this week; there is no test scheduled during the week.  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 4 essential question = How can our conscience be our guide?

Week of 12/11- 12/15:  We will be commencing Chapter 5 this week entitled, "Celebrating Penance and Reconciliation".  This will coincide beautifully with the students celebrating the sacrament this week on Thursday, Dec. 11.  Fourth graders received an examination guide with questions to think about and reflect upon in order to examine their consciences before meeting with the priest.  

   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. 


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

 Week of  12/11:  We will continue to focus on Part II in Botany.  Students should refer to resources when completing written responses to lessons. 

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 5:  How can some products be found mentally?  How can products be estimated?  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 12/11-12/15:  Students will continue to focus on problem solving, using the breaking-apart method to multiply, and checking answers for "reasonableness".  Test on Topic 5 is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 13.    


Reading: Unit 3's  Essential question:   What are some patterns in nature?

Weekly story 12/11-12/15:  This week we will finish the Unit 2 Benchmarks and read the expository text story entitled Adeline's Whales in Reading Street.   

Weekly-tested vocabulary words:  lagoon, biologist, bluff, massive, rumbling, & tropical

*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 12/11-12/15:  We will continue to focus on main idea and writing paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details.  We will also focus on main verbs and helping verbs (verb phrases).  

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  12/11-12/15:  Please see Important Links section on first page.  

  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 or the Google Classroom online site.



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