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December 6-10

Monday:  Winter Program 6:00 PM, kids report to the auditorium at the HS at 5:40

Tuesday: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Wednesday:  2:00 dismissal 

Reading:  Poetry

Students will read through poetry and prose.  

Each student will pick a poem to perform for the class.

Score for 4.R4F.04B Accuracy, Rate, and Expression

Cursive: page 30-31 written responses in cursive, focus on connections of letters

Spelling:  none

TTL4: catch up to L10

Fluency: Snow Day (poetry)

Grammar:  none

Social Studies:  5 Regions of the U.S. Seesaw activities slides 6-10 


Math:  factors, prime and composite numbers, begin fractions

Second Step:  L7 Conversations and Compliments

Science:  finish plant and animal structure papers 


November 29 - December 3

Reading:  Animals All Around / How are writers inspired by animals? 

Stories:  (poetry) : Dog / The Sandpiper / Fog

Skills:  vocab, point of view and details, poetry, meter and rhyme, figurative language, suffixes, contractions

Wonders test:  A Visit to the Zoo 6 questions

Wonders essay / writing:  A Visit to the Zoo (setting)

Spelling:  U2 W5 suffixes

Cursive:  page 28-29 review strokes

TTL4: A3

Fluency:  U2 W5 Deer

Grammar U2 W5 Subject nouns


Math:  complete 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication

           begin factors


Science:  written papers about plant and animal structures

Social Studies: begin the 5 regions of the United States


Second Step L6 Understanding Different Perspectives


November 22-23

Reading: Adaptations / What helps an animal survive?  

Use this time to complete the science writing about plant and animal structures

Thankful activities


Wrap up the materials for U2 W4

Spelling:  wrap up U2 W4  r-controlled vowels / begin U2 W5 

Cursive: catch up page 26-27 strokes that curve over n, m

TTL4: catch up lesson 9

Fluency:  Thanksgiving

Grammar wrap up U2 W4 Possessive nouns / begin U2 W5

Begin poetry


Math:  continue 2 digit by 2digit multiplication


Science:  written assignment 1 paragraph each about plant and animal structures.  Must have an introductory and concluding sente. ce. 


November 15 - 19, 2021


Reading: Adaptations / What helps an animal survive?  

Stories:  (expository and trickster tale):  Animal Adaptations / Spiders / Anansi and the Birds

Skills:  vocab, main idea and details, expository text, prefixes, r-controlled vowels, suffixes

Wonders test:  Fireworms 9 questions

Wonders essay / writing:  Fireworms main idea and details


Spelling:  U2 W4  r-controlled vowels

Cursive:  page 26-27 strokes that curve over n, m

TTL4: lesson 9

Fluency:  U2 W4 The Birds

Grammar U2 W4 Possessive nouns


Math:  2 digit by 2 digit multiplication 


Science:  plant and animal structures finish the unit by Thanksgiving break




November 8-12

Classroom counseling this week

Large group data team- 4th grade has no students


Reading:  Natural Connections / How are all living things connected? 

Stories( narrative nonfiction / expository text): Rescuing Our Reefs / The Buffalo Are Back / Energy in the Ecosystem

Skills:  vocab / main idea and details / narrative nonfiction / context clues / 3-letter blends / comparative -er  and superlative -est

Wonders test:  Coral Reef

Wonders essay / writing:  main idea  and details


Math:  Area and 2 digit x 2 digit


Second Step:  L5 Understanding Complex Feelings


Spelling:  U2 W3 3-letter blends

Cursive:  page 24-25 lower case o, a, c,d

TTL4:  lesson 8

Fluency:  A Worm’s Work

Grammar U2 W3 irregular nouns


Science:  dissecting labs


November 1-5

Monday: picture retakes / Mrs. Isaac will be gone



Stories (drama):  The Ant and the Grasshopper / Ranita, The Frog Princess / The Moonlight Concert

Skills: vocab, clue-theme, drama, antonyms, digraphs, possessives 

Wonders test:  The 3 Mie

Essay /written:  Describe the 1st mouse


Spelling: U2 W2 digraphs

Cursive: page 22-23 write and read manuscript and cursive words, strokes that curve down

TTL4: lesson 7

Fluency:  The Crow and the Pitcher

Grammar:  U2 W2 Singular and Plural nouns

Second Step: L4 Respecting Similarities and Differences


Math:  Multiplication 4 digit by 1 digit


Science: Animal structures including the 5 senses 


October 25-29

Book Fair

Conferences on Monday and Thursday 

Thursday 2:00 dismissal

No school on Friday

Reading:  Leveled Reader “The Prince Who Could Fly” (RL.4.7) with individual conferences

Conference folders and materials organized and prepared

Fall activities

Intervention groups

Read aloud


TTL4:  L6

Cursive:  page 20-21 lower case i, t, e, l

Fluency:  U2 W2 Grant and the Flower Stem


Math:  multiplication practice all week 2 digit by 1 digit, 3 digit by 1 digit, 4 digit by 1 digit




October 18-22

National School Bus Safety Week


Reading:  U2 W1 Amazing Animals / What can animals teach us?  

What are some messages in animal stories?

Stories (folktales and fables):  The Fisherman and the Kaha Bird / The Secret Message / The Fox and the Goat

Skills:  vocab, details / theme, folktales, root words, prefixes, inflectional endings 

Wonders test and writing 



M: M5 L1 Represent multiplication pg 101-104

T: M5 L2 Distributive Property to Multiply page 105-108

W: practice pages 119-124

Th: M5 L3 Multiply Using Expanded Form page 109-112

F: M5 L4 Using Partial Products page 113-116


Spelling:  U2 W1 prefixes

Cursive:  page 19 strokes that curve up

TTL4: A2

Fluency:  Anansi and His Children  

Second Step:  L3 Being Assertive


Science:  Plant Structures Investigations B, C, D


October 11-15

Monday:  no school for students, PD 

National School Lunch Week

Mrs. Hospo with School Counseling this week


Reading:  U1 W6 Personal narratives this week

Write about an experience that was challenging (hard, difficult, frustrating, exhausting) OR interesting (fun to know and learn about, exciting, fascinating, inspiring) to you.  You choose your topic and introduce it to the reader in your introductory sentence. 

The Writing Process:  Prewriting, writing, revising, editing, and printing

Wrap up materials from Unit 1

Literature read aloud

Menu presentations 


Spelling:  look at information from U1 and reorganize spelling groups if needed

Cursive:  page 18 review

TTL4:  lesson 5

Fluency:  real and nonsense words 



Monday: Professional Development Day  

Tuesday:  Module 4 / Lesson 2 in workbook   

“Explore Division Patterns with 10’s, 100’s, and 1000’s”   WB Pages 81 - 84

Wednesday:  Module 4 / Lesson 3 in workbook   

“Estimate Products by 1-Digit Numbers”  WB Pages  85 - 88

Thursday:  Module 4 / Lesson 4 in workbook   

“Estimate Quotients Using Compatible Numbers”   WB Pages  89 - 92

Friday: Module 4 / Lesson 5 in workbook  

“Use Mental Math Strategies for Multiplication and Division”   WB Pages  93 - 96



Plants and Animals are Structured to Survive

Lesson 3 Plant Structures

    • Dry bean vs. soaked bean

    • Students should recognize that the seed coat needs to be hard to protect the embryo from animals or weather.  

  • Investigation B: Do Plants Have Structural Adaptations? Students identify common external plant structures and identify structures that are unique based on the plants’ adaptations.

      • Use your photo card set to discuss tulip, sequoia tree, carnivorous, and spiny/thorny plants.



Second Step

Lesson 2   Listening With Attention



October 4-8 

School Pictures October 


Reading:  U1 W5 Putting Ideas to Work / How can starting a business help others?  

Stories:  persuasive articles and procedural text 

Dollars and Sense / Kinds in Business / Starting a Successful Business

Skills:  vocab, main idea and details, persuasive article, suffixes, long o, and compound words

Wonders test:  Open for Business, 9 questions, meanings of words, word parts, synonyms

Essay / Written: main idea and details

TTL4: lesson 4

Cursive: page 17 Taking tests / Review

Spelling: U1 W5 long o

Fluency: A Helping Hand

Grammar:  U1 W5 Run on sentences, sentence fragments, run-on sentences



M:  Module 3 Lesson 2   Multiplicative and Additive Comparisons WB Pages 57 - 60 

T:  Module 3 Lesson 3  Use Division to Solve Multiplicative Comparison Problems    WB Pages 61 - 64

W:  Module 3 Lesson 4  Use Comparisons to Solve Problem Situations  WB Pages  65 - 68

Th:  Module 3 Lesson 5   Solve Multistep Problems with Multiplication and Division  WB Pages  69 - 72

F: Module 4 Lesson 1 Explore Multiplication Patterns with Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands  WB Pages  77 - 80



Plants and Animals are Structured to Survive / Seesaw Activities

M:  Can You Label the Structures?

T: Meat-Eating Plants

W: How Do Seeds Become Plants?

Th: Fall Poetry


Second Step

Lesson 1  Empathy and Respect

Song:  “Walk, Walk, Walk.  Walk in their shoes.”


September 27-October 1

MAP testing this week:  M-T reading, W-Th math, F: makeup tests

Classroom counseling with Mrs. Hospo and Sadie this week


Reading:  U1 W4 Ideas in motion / How can science help you understand how things work?  

Stories: narrative nonfiction and science fiction 

The Big Race / A Crash Course in Forces and Motion with Max Axiom, Super Scientist / The Box-Zip Project

Skills:  vocab, cause and effect graphic organizer, narrative nonfiction, context clues, long i and inflectional endings

Written assessment:  Pedal Power Main idea and Details 4.RI.01 and 4.RI.02

Wonders test:  Pedal Power, synonyms 


TTL4:  A1

Cursive:  page 16 reading cursive and writing in manuscript 

Spelling:  U1 W4 long i

Fluency:  A Firehouse Lesson 

Grammar: U1 W4 clauses, complex sentences, punctuation, proofreading


Math:  Addition and Subtraction of Large Numbers        4.NBT.04 

Monday:   Formative 3 assessment for subtraction

Tuesday:Summative assessment for addition and subtraction

Wednesday:No math core due to MAP math testing

Thursday: No math core due to MAP math testing

Friday: Module 3 Lesson 1 in workbook

 “Explore Multiplicative Comparisons”  WB Pages 53 - 56  


September 20-24

Wednesday:  2:00 dismissal 


Reading U1 W3 Take Action / How do people respond to natural disaster? 

Written assessment: How Quakes Work (main idea 4.RI.01 / 4.RI.02)

Wonders test:  All Shook Up (5 questions) 

Stories expository text:  A World of Change / Tornado / Earthquakes

Skills:  vocab, compare and contrast, expository text, multiple meaning words, long e, plurals

Wonders test/essay:  All Shook Up / Main idea details 4.RI.01 and 4.RI.02


Math:  continued practice and 1-on-1 work with addition and subtraction of large numbers


Cursive: pg 14-15 the cursive alphabet

Spelling:  U1 W3 long e

Fluency: Rising Waters

TTL4: lesson 3


Science: Plants and Animals are Structured to Survive

Social Studies:  hemispheres / equator / prime meridian, states in the U.S. and capital cities



September 13-17

Homecoming Week and activities

Constitution Day

No School on Friday for students


Math: Addition and Subtraction of large numbers



U1W2 Subjects, predicates, sentences, and proofreading for punctuation.  



Science:  Plants and animal structures, germinating seeds in a bag.  


Constitution Day required lesson


Fluency:  Compound Words

Type to Learn L2

Cursive: page 12-13 Manuscript to cursive:  lowercase and capital letters

Spelling:  U1 W2 long a continued / spelling test on Thursday


Reading U1 W2  Think of Others / How do your actions affect others?

Stories (expository text and realistic fiction)

The Talent Show / Experts, Incorporated / Speaking Out to Stop Bullying

Skills:  vocab, problem solution graphic organizer, realistic fiction, idioms, long a and inflectional endings

Wonders test: 10 questions with sequence of events, story order, idioms, and problem solution

Essay/Written Response:  3 Acts of Kindness supported with text evidence



September 6-10

Monday:  no school/Labor Day



Tuesday: M1/L4  Compare and Order Numbers  WB 19 - 22

Wednesday:  M1/L5   Use Place Value Understanding to Round Numbers  WB 23  - 26

Thursday:  M2/L1   Add Whole Numbers and Assess Reasonableness  WB 31 - 34

Friday: M2/L2    Subtract Whole Numbers and Assess Reasonableness  WB 35 - 38



U1 W2 This week’s focus is on our leveled reader Rosa’s Garden / getting information from a picture and supporting your conclusions with information from the text.  (4.RI.07)

Fluency:  Cyber Bully


Assessments in Fastbridge:  AUTOread AND aReading





  • Subjects and Predicates

  • Simple, Complete, Compound Subjects and Predicate

  • Punctuation for compound subjects and predicates 

  • Proofread for punctuation


  • Some students still need to finish revising and publishing the final draft of the friendly letter, then deliver those to recipients.

  • Students may also have free writing time to write in their journals

  • Extra practice writing “essays” describing a character for weekly wonders tests as needed


Spelling:  U1 W2 long a, (2 weeks), test next week 

Social Studies: intro, geography of the US


Science: none this week



August 30-September 3, 2021


Unit 1:  Think it through / Concept:  Clever Ideas 

Big Idea:  Where do good ideas come from?  How can a challenge bring out our best? 

Genre:  Fairy tales and Fables

Skills:  vocab, sequence, character and setting, synonyms, short vowels, inflectional endings

Spelling:  short vowels

Fluency: Coyote’s  Song

Wonders assessment:  Describe the character, Dan 



Grammar: sentence structure and sentence fragments




Writing: continue writing the friendly letter from last week.  

  • Revise and write a second draft.  

  • Show “Austin’s Butterfly” video to discuss revising, feedback, and growth mindset. 

  • See last week’s plans for features of a friendly letter.



Monday and Tuesday, August 30, 31:  Continuation of previous week’s concepts

Wednesday, Sept. 1 Module 1 Lesson 1 Understand Place Value Relationships  WB Pgs. 5-10

Thursday, Sept. 2 Module 1 Lesson 2 Read and Write Numbers WB Pgs. 11-14

Friday, Sept. 3 Module 1 Lesson 3 Regroup and Rename Numbers WB Pgs. 15-18


Cursive:  review manuscript 

Type to Learn: bookmark site

Second Step:  Wait to start.  Complete FAST screening process, Meet individually with students to administrer the PAST (Phonological Awareness Screening Test - Kilpatrick), begin FAST progress monitoring of persistently at-risk students this week. 


Social Studies: intro, geography of the US

Science: intro, structures


August 23-27

The first week of school. 


4th Grade Schedule


 Mrs. Isaac  


Attendance, Lunch Count, Pledge 


Specials:  M: PE        T: Music        W: Art

                 Th:  PE      F:  Music






Specials        M:  Art     Th:  Media


                      T / W / F:  Science / Social Studies / 2nd Step 


Silent Reading


Lunch / Recess











Reading and Math Interventions / Enrichment

Cursive, TTL4, prodigy


*Title 1 with Mrs. Fairley


Clean up, pack bags, bathroom


Load bus


Dismiss walkers / car riders when bus leaves


4th Grade Adjusted Schedule / 2:00 Dismissal

Mrs. Isaac 


 Attendance, Lunch count, Pledge


Specials       W:  Art                 Th:  PE






Science/Social Studies/Second Step


Silent Reading








Prepare for Dismissal


Dismiss bus riders

Dismiss walkers/car riders after bus pulls away



2021-2022 School Calendar


Open House for our class is on Wednesday, August 18 from 4:30-6:00 instead of the 19th with the rest of the buildings because I have a family commitment.  You're still able to come into the classroom on the 19th, but I won't be there to meet students.  


2021-2022 4B Class List

Axel Arriaga-Rangel

Za'Viar Bland

Blake Chapman

Braydon Cigrand

Alyvia Devaney

Zoe Etringer

Roselynn Foster

Gavin Gogel

Ajay Jamison

Beckett Kahler

Declan Kauder

Isabelle Luensman

Jack McElmeel

Winry Mettler

Kennedi Norton

Ronny Olivarez

Eli Reyner

Roslynne Russ

Harper Russell

Nick Schlarmann

Sutton Smith

Cooper Yonkovic

Ivy Young

Adults in the room:  Ms. Jesiee, Ms. Taylor, and Mrs. Isaac


Spelling Lists

Unit 1

Spelling Unit 1 Week 1.pdf

Spelling Unit 1 Week 2.pdf

Spelling Unit 1 Week 3.pdf

U1 Wk4 updated.docx

Spelling Unit 1 Week 5.pdf


Unit 2

Unit2Week1 Spelling.pdf

Unit 2 Week 2.docx

Unit 2 Week 3 Three letter blends.docx

Unit 2 Week 4 r controlled vowels.docx

Unit 2 Week 5 Suffixes.docx


Unit 3

Unit 3 Week 1 Spelling.docx

Unit 3 Week 2 Spelling.docx

Unit 3 Week 3 Spelling.docx

Unit 3 Week 4 Spelling.docx

Unit 3 Week 5 Spelling.docx


Unit 4

Sp. U4 Wk 1 Inflectional endings.docx

Sp. U4 Wk 2 inflectional endings y to i.docx

Sp. U4 Wk 3 words with u sound.docx

Sp. U4 Wk 4 diphthongs oi and ou.docx

Sp. U4 Wk 5 variant vowel o.docx


Unit 5

U5 Wk 1 Closed syllables.docx

U5 Wk 2 Open syllables.docx

U5 Wk 3 Vowel Teams.docx

U5 Wk 4 r-controlled vowel syllables.docx

U5 Wk 5 consonant + le syllables.docx


Unit 6

U6 Wk 1 Words with en.docx

U6 Wk 2 Homophones.docx

U6 Wk 3 prefixes.docx

U6 Wk 4 Suffixes.docx

U6 Wk 5 Prefixes and suffixes.docx


How to Use Google Docs at Home:  GoogleDocsatHome.pdf


Good math websites that are free:






Type to Learn 4

go to:  Sunburst Digital

code:  161043

Username:  (individual to each student)

password:  panthers1



My email is: steph.isaac@monticello.k12.ia.us 


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