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Fourth: Anne Marie Duffy

Welcome to Mrs. Duffy’s 4th grade Web Page!! 

Upcoming Dates for the Week of  April 16th, 2018.

*March is Reading Month. A packet was sent home with your child. Students in grades 3-5 are expected to read 300 minutes in the next month (that’s 20min a day 5 days a week) to participate in our reading rewards week April 16-20. You were given log sheets to fill in the name of the book, number of minutes read and your parent signature for each week. Please send in as soon as your child has reached their minutes read. They can also read Saturday and Sunday.

* Reading Rewards Days for grades 3-5

Monday – Wear the same color head to toe

Tuesday – Sports Day

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday

Thursday – Favorite Book Character

Friday – Decades Day – dress like the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s.

* Spring Break from April 21-29th! Relax and enjoy!

NYS Math Assessments: Tuesday and Wednesday, 5/1 and 5/2. Be sure your child is well rested, has eaten breakfast, has a free reading book and plenty of #2 pencils!

* See our specials schedule at the bottom of this page.


Here is what we are working on in each subject and the dates of tests and quizzes!

Religion: We are going to begin Unit #5 with Chapter 21: Happy are the Poor in Spirit with a look at the Beatitudes. Jesus gave us the Beatitudes to live a happy life. There will be an open book quiz sent home Thursday for the students to complete (its a yes/no quiz). We are also still working on our Moses activity.

ELA: We are not going to be starting any new spelling, vocabulary or reading until after we return from spring break. We are going to spend some time in the computer lab completing the progress monitoring for i-Ready and practicing some ELA skills this week.

Math: We are continuing Chapters 8 & 9 on Fractions. We will be doing 2 lessons a day (that go together) so we can cover material before the NYS assessment. I will go back and re-teach all of this material at a slower pace after the state assessment is over. This week we cover mixed numbers, improper fractions adding and subtracting like fractions and mixed numbers and fraction line plots! Students will need extra practice with fractions so please help them along at home. Mrs. Cirincione and I will continue to work with our small groups but students also need to practice at home. Geometry, Angles, Perimeter and Area are great skills to practice on IXL! Please continue to work with your child practicing math facts daily.

Social Studies 4: We are finished with Chapter 7: New Yorkers Move West. We are finishing up women’s suffrage, will review, and note packets will go home Monday. A study guide for Chapter 7 was already sent home so students can begin studying. Chapter 7 Test on New Yorkers Move West/Transportation will be Thursday, 4/19. When we come back from spring break we will begin Chapter 8: The Civil War.

Social Studies 5: We have our Unit #4 test this Monday and Tuesday, 4/16-4/17. Part 1 will be multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false and a couple short answer. Part 2 is short answer with a paragraph response. Study guides were sent home and we have been reviewing in class. We will move on to Unit #5 and begin with Native American groups (Olmec and Mayans) in Latin America.

Here is a schedule of our specials:

Monday: Music

Tuesday: Gym

Wednesday: Art & Music

Thursday: None (hopefully we will visit our reading buddies and go to the computer lab)

Friday: Gym

4th Grade School Supply List


1 subject spiral notebooks with different colored covers:  1 each for ELA (blue), Science (green), Social Studies (red), Religion (purple) and Music (black)

1 marbled composition notebook (ELA Journal)

2 folders (1 labeled take home, the other labeled work in progress)

1-2 highlighters (any colors)

1 crayon box (nothing too large as it won’t fit in lockers or desks)

1 box of crayons

1 pkg of colored pencils

1 pencil sharpener (for colored pencils)


many #2 pencils

1 eraser

Looseleaf paper

1 paperback English dictionary (preferably Webster’s and make sure the print size is readable)

ruler (must have both inches and centimeters)

2-3 glue sticks

1 package of dry erase markers (either thick or thin)

3 boxes of Kleenex

1 package of baby wipes

3 extra large book covers (ELA, Social Studies, Science)

1 pair of headphones (used for I-ready assessments)


** Because students use small lockers, no rolling backpacks or large trapper keepers please!

** Be sure uniform gym clothes are ordered and have your child’s name/initials on the inside tag before the first day        of school!


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