Week of Nov. 16, 2015

1. Please send your child to school on time every single day. School starts at 8:10 a.m. Lateness is a disruption to instruction.

2. Please remember to check your child’s folder daily.

3. Please send your child to school with 5 sharpened #2 pencils daily.

4. All tests must be signed and returned back to school.

5. Please complete all daily homework assignments on the day in which it is assigned so that the students can master the concepts that they have learned at school that day.

6. If you have any questions or comments or concerns, feel free to send a note with your child or email me dfaziola@schools.nyc.gov

7. We will be giving the students an unannounced Reading Comprehension Exam every other week.

8. Please make sure that your child studies their weekly spelling words every night.

9. Our class mommies are Caprice Powe (Makhi’s mom) and Madeline Aliverio (Jaline’s Mom).

10. Just a reminder:

a. Spelling Homework: if you would like your child to just write the spelling words 5x’s each for Tuesday and Thursday instead of completing an activity from the sheet, that assignment will count for their spelling homework.

b. Math: Here is the link to go math to help you assist your child.


Just copy and paste the link into the web browser.

A great tool to help students learn their times tables. http://www.unionbeachschools.org/ubsd/Academics/3rd%20Grade/Michael%20DeMaio/

c. Reading Level Books: here is a link that you give you a list of leveled books your child should be reading. https://www.readinga-z.com/books/leveled-books/?lbFilter%5Blevel-O%5D

11. Black Violin trip is November 12th, please make sure to have all money in by this date.

Important Dates

Picture Day – November 23rd, 2015

SLT Meeting 2:30 p.m.—November 24th, 2015

School Closed for Thanksgiving—November 26-27th, 2015

Homework for the week of November 16, 2015

Spelling Words for the Week

phone blame alive became ignite
surprise beside supervise froze impose
alone adore scrape drapes awhile
lemonade underline include calculate behave


– Reading Response #13

– Math – we started lesson 2.3 in go math

– please check notebook for homework


– Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log

– Math – please check notebook for homework


– Reading Response #14

– Math – please check notebook for homework


– Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log

– Math – please check notebook for homework


– Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log

– Spelling Test Signed & Corrected 3x each

November Units of Study


During the month of November, we will be working on a Unit on Biography. During this unit, we will be reading various “Who Was” books on people such as Christopher Columbus, Elvis Presley, George Washington, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Jim Henson and Jackie Robinson. We will be reading these books to discover information about these famous individuals. As we read these books, we will be reading for important information and comparing and contrasting them.


In Writing, the fourth grade will be focusing on writing a biography. Students will be working in groups of 5. They will be given a person of interest to research and write a biography on that person. Students will learn how to effectively research from various sources and will be able to identify the important information. They will practice note taking skills, as well as organizing data efficiently.


Students will be completing Unit 1 in their Science textbook. The unit is titled “The Nature of Science.” The students will be focusing on the scientific method as well as the various scientific tools used during an experiment by scientists. The students will investigate the results of different variables and figure out many ways how to organize data that is gathered.


During the next few weeks, our math class will be learning about multiplication. We will start by multiplying one digit whole numbers. We will investigate strategies for multiplying 2-,3-, and 4-digit numbers by the numbers.

Social Studies

The students will be working on Unit 1 titled “New York’s Land and its First People” in their Social Studies textbook. The students will be learning about the “First People of New York”. We will be exploring the Algonquian and Iroquois Tribes. As a culminating activity, the students will create a 3-D diorama of an Algonquian or Iroquois village