Dear Parents, 

We had a wonderful first day of school today.  We started the day with a morning math problem, which was the application problem from our first math lesson.  The purpose was to get the students into the routine of putting their things away and becoming productive right away.  They did a wonderful job of demonstrating their math knowledge, and we discussed ways we can improve our math practices.  We also emphasized the importance of working cooperatively.


After our morning problem, we went over classroom expectations:


1)     Be on task

2)     Give your best effort

3)     Be responsible

4)     Maintain a growth mindset


Then, we began our first math lesson.  In the first module of Grade 4, students extend their work with whole numbers.  They begin with large numbers using familiar units (hundreds and thousands) and develop their understanding of millions by building knowledge of the pattern of times ten in the base ten system on the place value chart (4.NBT.1).  They recognize that each sequence of three digits is read as hundreds, tens, and ones followed by the naming of the corresponding base thousand unit (thousand, million, billion).  Please find the attached parent tip sheet for this module.


At the conclusion of our time in math, we walked to music class, followed by recess and lunch.


After lunch, we returned to class to discuss writing.  We talked about the three genres of writing we work on each year: narrative, opinion, and information.  I shared with the class that in narrative writing this year, we will be composing realistic fiction narratives (first unit of the year) and fantasy narratives.  We will also be constructing personal/persuasive essays, literary essays, and historical information books.


In reading, we explored our classroom library and began creating a wish list for enhancing it.  Each time you place on order on our classroom Scholastic site, I will order additional books for our classroom!  We are off to a great start, and I look forward to seeing the amazing growth in each of your children.  If you have comments, questions, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.




Brian Schenkman

4th Grade Teacher

Discovery Elementary School

G$ Module 1 Parent Tip Sheet.pdf