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4th Grade News


Coming into fourth grade brings a new responsibility for the 60 students who are in the class of 2026. Each student has begun the journey of learning how to use a daily assignment planner. The assignment planner is used as a home-school communication tool to let parents know what the students are studying in classes as well as any homework that may be completed for the next day. They are also message areas for correspondence between parents and teachers. This is a great tool to help the students stay organized to ensure a successful fourth grade year.

In Reading class, the fourth graders started by reading the fictional story “Because of Winn Dixie.” They learned about using context clues, question-answer relationship comprehension strategy, understanding the point of view, and how flashbacks work within the story. They are currently reading the story “My Brother, Martin.” This story is a biography of Martin Luther King Jr. written by his sister, Christine King Farris. The students continued their work with context clues and question-answer relationship comprehension strategy. Sequencing and learning how to write a story summary paragraph are the new skills added with this story.

In Spelling the students have worked with long and short vowel sounds. Students are learning how sounds (phonemes) and written letters (graphemes) work together in mapping actives through their spelling lists. This activity then can be carried over to expand the fourth graders vocabulary.

In English, the fourth graders have reviewed parts of sentence and sentence writing. They are currently writing paragraphs over a choice topic.

In Math the fourth graders are going to their sixth year of our math series, “Everyday Math.” This is an aggressive math program that should help our students reach a deeper understanding of math. Everyday Math has many activities and experiences to assist the students learning. We started this year with working on a place value, numbers and operation unit. We are now starting to work with geometry, multiplication and division.  

We just wrapped up the American Landscape in Social Studies. We created IPad icons for each landform, we analyzed specific text about waterways and natural resources, and played a few games about natural resources, humans and the environment, and states.

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The fourth graders also continue to use technology with Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Everyday Math, Skills Iowa, and Starrmatica. Starrmatica is a great skills practice tool for students to use at home. Students have been using Google Classroom to complete short assignments for Ms. Winslow. Kahoot! is a popular game with the 4th graders. We have been utilizing Google Maps and Google Earth to visit places around America. CultureGrams (https://online.culturegrams.com/) is a wonderful website that lets students explore reports around the world and the United States. We will being typing practice to help them become more efficient typers and to build their 21st Century Skills.

2015-2016 Pekin Continuous Notification of Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Pekin Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator: Kim Ledger, PK-5 principal/Curriculum Director,1062 Birch Ave.,Packwood, Iowa 52580,Telephone: 319-695-3707, Email:Kim Ledger