4-1/Mrs. Michelle Saccone

Welcome to Class 4-1    2018-2019
Mrs. Saccone:    Math, Social Studies, Religion

"Every child is someone else's whole world!"
My motto: "Teach like the teacher you want your own child to have!"

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Welcome to Class 4-1: Mrs. Saccone's Class!

Wednesday, Nov. 21st: 12:00 Dismissal (No Aftercare!)
I want to take this time to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am truly thankful that you share your children with me each and every day.

This is my 20th year teaching and my ninth year at Notre Dame. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl playing school with my Grandpa. I am the mommy to my beautiful 5 year old daughter, Gianna. I am looking forward to an exciting year sharing in both your child's educational and spiritual growth. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at: msaccone7211@ndsnet.org

*I am happy to say that 4th grade will be getting chromebooks this year. Once we are all set up, I invite you to join our "Google Classroom" link. There will be a lot going on in google classroom so I encourage all of you to join once we are ready so you can be updated with the many things going on in our classroom. Please keep checking this class page for for further info.

Week of November 19th
We are jumping ahead to Chapter 5 and will visit Chapter 4 afterwards. We will be modeling factors and learning about factors and multiples. I have some fun activities planned, as well as games to play in this unit.  I try to work on times tables for 5 minutes each day playing "Around the World" but it is imperative if your child has not mastered all the facts, they must work on them at home.
This year, the fourth grade will have a big focus on multiplying and dividing numbers starting small and working our way to larger numbers. We will learn several strategies for each. Midyear, we spend a great deal of time on fractions. This year, we will also focus on strategies in solving multistep word problems.
 We will have "mad minute drills" each Friday. Students must master a fact to advance to the next one. Keep practicing times tables. Students must study times tables each night. We also work on "Spiral Review" questions each day to reinforce concepts we have learned all through the year and do "Number Talks" a few times a week! We are constantly using manipulatives, working in groups, and playing many math games.


We will begin our next unit on European Explorers. Students will become familiar with explorers such as Hudson, Champlain, Verrazano, Cartier, and Columbus. We will use our books and SS Weekly newspapers to complete a graphic organizer to become familiar with each one. We will then use the ipads to research randomly picked ones to create European Explorer Trading cards. This is always a favorite activity.
I love 4th grade Social Studies. We learn all about New York State. We begin with the geography of NY. Some of the other topics we cover are: European explorers,  The American Revolution, Colonial America, Civil Rights, Government, Immigration. We do many projects on different topics and we will be using the chromebooks for many activities and research.

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We have started Chapter 3 which focuses on sin in our world. We are learning the difference between mortal and venial sins. We will also listen to the story of "The Good Samaritan." We will also start Advent preparations.
Religion is a very important part of our day. The focus of the year is on the Ten Commandments. We will study each in depth and students will leave 4th grade understanding what each one is, what it means and how to follow it. We study all holy days. We will be keeping a prayer board in our class where each Monday, we will write intentions and keep them on the prayer board for the week. We study the saints and perform a "Living Museum" in the fall.

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1. A note must be sent in if there is any change in your child's dismissal. I cannot take the child's word.
2. Students may bring in a light and healthy snack.
3. Gym is on: Tuesdays
4. Take Home Folders should be checked and emptied each night.

Mondays: Technology
Tuesdays: Physical Education
Wednesdays: Language, Art
Thursdays: Library
Fridays: Music