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  • Frindle Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/15/2014

    Smith News 8/18/14

              Remember to join us for Parent Open House night next Monday night August 25th. Every parent MUST attend. We will review all important information about our class and our year together. Homework passes will be given to each child who has a parent attend!

              We are reviewing how to write complete answer sentences. For example: “How are Nick and Griffin alike?” would be answered… “Nick and Griffin are alike because both of them like to make plans.” Notice that I used a capital letter to begin the sentence and wrote both of the characters names in my answer instead of “They.” Please also notice that the underlined portion of the question is used in the answer to make in complete and detailed. Please review this orally with your child by asking questions aloud and having him/her answer in complete answer sentences.

    Reading/Language Homework:  Please study nightly by reading each chapter assigned, “Catching & throwing reading ideas” from the story, and using vocabulary words in context nightly. Study spelling & vocabulary until you can’t get them wrong!

    Monday:  Student survey & complete questions, Read, & catch and throw ideas.                      (discuss) Study vocab & spelling

    Tuesday:  Read, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss) Study vocab & spelling

    Wednesday:  Read, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss), Study vocab & spelling,                                   correct signed papers in complete sentences.

    Thursday:  Read, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss) Study vocab, finish correcting signed               papers

    Spelling tests are always on Thursdays Vocabulary and comprehension tests are on Friday each week.

    Chapters 4-8 Vocabulary Frindle

    1. Abrupt p 47- sudden

    2. Absorb p 35 - to take in or hold

    3. Badge p. 43 - a mark or sign to show that a person belongs to a group

    4. Blurt p. 39- to say suddenly without thinking

    5. Clatter p. 35-to make or cause a rattling sound

    6. Concentration p25, 33- to focus thoughts and attention on something

    7. Crumple p 23 - to crush out of shape

    8. disrupt p. 44-to cause disorder or confusion, disturb

    9..embodies p. 27- brings together to form a body or system

    10.emphasize p. 40 -to stress as being important

    11.furious p. 43- very angry

    12.gulp p. 40- large swallow

    13.harsh p. 22- causing discomfort, severe

    14.imaginative p. 27- creative

    15.maximum p. 22- highest amount, most

    16.oath p. 38- a solemn promise

    17.Quill p. 45- a stout feather

    18.stoop p. 35- to bend over

    Latin Roots:

    Dict-say

    Scribe-write

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  • First Week of Fourth Grade!

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/6/2014

    We are so excited to begin a new year together. We enjoyed meeting each of you and cannot wait to see you on Open House night on August 25th.

    Reminder! Summer reading Swindle test THIS Friday! If you are NEW to MAUE, we will give the test 8/29 ONLY.

    OOPS! We were told AFTER Meet the Teacher Night that our supply fee has changed to $35 instead of $30. Please send $5 cash/check in a labeled envelope with your child. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Frindle Spelling & Vocabulary

    We will have a spelling test on the below words on Thursday August 14th. Our vocabulary test on these words will be on Friday August 15th.

    Week 1 Chapters 1-3

    1. Crimson p. 4- deep red in color

    2. hesitate p. 15- to pause

    3. procedure p. 13- a method of doing something

    4. essential p.11- necessary or fundamental

    5. acquire p. 11- to gain or get as one’s own

    6. delight p. 2- to be highly pleased, rejoice

    7. liven p. 3- cheer

    8. jumble p.- mix of jump & tumble, to mix in a confused heap

    9. frantically p. 12-wild with excitement

    10. Glance p. 3, 15 – to take a quick look

    11. profound - deeply felt

    12. complex - two or more parts, complicated

    13. innocently (back)- knowing no evil, not guilty

    14. properly p11- in the appropriate or correct manner

    15. unfortunate p. 15- unlucky

    16. monopoly. 6- exclusive control

    17. acquainted p. 13-to make familiar

    18. promptly p 4- punctual, on time

    Greek Roots

    19. graph- write

    20. biblio- book

     

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  • Welcome to Fourth Grade!

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/1/2014
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    Welcome to Fourth Grade!

        I am so excited to begin a new school year at MAUE!

     Mrs. Rouser and I will be team teaching to help your child have the best year EVER!

        If I have your child first block, I will teach reading, spelling, writing, and grammar until 10:30 each day. Then we will switch classes and go to recess and lunch together.

        If your child is in block two, I will teach reading, spelling, writing, grammar, & social studies, in addition to taking your child to lunch, recess, and all specials.

    I am so excited to meet each one of you. I look forward to loving you this year! 
     

    Mrs. Rouser and I are looking forward to working with each of you to make this year a success!

    Friendly Reminders:

    ·Please pay $30 supply fee on Meet the teacher night

    ·Please be sure your child has read the summer reading book Swindle by Gordon Korman. A test on Swindle will be given the first Friday when school begins.

    ·Please bring ALL supplies on Meet the Teacher night August 5th from 4-6. If you can, go ahead and put lined paper in each of the folders. 

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  • Homer week 4 & 5

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/14/2014
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    Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 4/14/14- 4/25/14
     
    Notes: Because we are having two four day weeks, spelling and vocabulary words given today will not be tested on until NEXT Thursday. This gives you two weeks to study!

     

    Reading/Language Arts:This week and next we are reading the remaining chapters ofThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) THIS WEEK-Monday night- chapters 28-29,Tuesdaynight –Ch 30-31, Wednesday chapter 32-33. (out for Good Friday)

    NEXT WEEK 4/22- 4/25 (Out for Easter Monday) Tuesday night –Ch 34-35 , Wednesday chapter 36, Civil War Facts, & After Words. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test for both weeks is NEXT Thursday (A Day Early!)

    Spelling & Vocabulary Words- Spelling only: explosion, conclusion, invasion. Occasion, partition

    Chapters 28-end pages 155-end

    Addle- confuse(ch 28)                                 Carnage- the brutal deaths of a great number of people, as in a battle

    Staunch- loyal or steadfast (ch 28)           Pommel- a knob at the front top of a saddle

    Advocate- supporter ( ch 28)                     Confined- imprisoned, locked in an area or room

    Rakish- dashing                                                            Keen- extremely sensitive

    Burly- large in body size (ch 33)      Sham- a fraud or a hoax

    Spindly- tall or thin (ch 35)                          Intercepted- stopped someone from reading their intended destination

    Barnacles- shelled marine animals that attach themselves to rocks, the bottoms of ships, etc.

    Chicory- A plant, the root was roasted and used in place of coffee during times of coffee shortage (ch 28)

    Correspondent- a journalist whose job is to gather information and write articles

     

    Math:  Chapter 16- measuring and converting: metric length, capacity, and weight; elapsed time; measuring temperature

    HomeworkApril 14- Workbook pg. 107-109 (selected problems); April 15- Workbook pg. 110; April 22-23- Metric Review Handout  Test: Metric Unit test NEXT Thursday, April 24, 2014

     

    Science: Chapter 7- human body systems

    HomeworkNo HomeworkTest: No Test

     

    Social Studies:Chapter 6- students will be working on a Civil War packet for the next several weeks  

    Homework: Weekly Reader (Students are given every morning from 7:30-8:00 to complete their weekly reader. Please check over them at home.) Test: Civil War  

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  • homer week 3

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/7/2014
     

    Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 4/7/14

    Notes: Jag Store for 4thgraders is THIS WEDNESDAY! Please send money with your child. Mrs. Hurst will not allow the children to call home for money.

    o  Please send your Super Kids permission slip ASAP.

    o  Let us know if you can help proctor during MCT testing.

     

    Reading/Language Arts:This week we are reading chapters 19-27 ofThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class)Mondaynight- chapters 19-21,Tuesdaynight –Ch 22-24,Wednesday& Thursdaynight chapters 25-27. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together.Comp. & Vocab. TestFriday

    Spelling & Vocabulary Words         Chapters 19-27 pages 104-154

    Doffs-to tip a hat (Ch 19)                                                          Grudgingly-unwillingly, reluctantly (Ch 20)

    Proximity-nearness in location, nearness in place (Ch 20)     Endeavor-to make an effort; to strive (Ch 20)

    Pungent-unpleasantly strong in smell (Ch 20)                        Exudes-radiates; obviously projects (Ch 20)

    Abide-put up with, endure (Ch 21)                                          Odiferous-strong smelling (Ch 22)

    Parasols-a lightweight umbrella used for sunshade (Ch 22)     Aeronautics-the science of flight (Ch 27)                      

    Dandified-excessively concerned about appearance (Ch27)   Suffice-enough (Ch 26)

    Indignity-disgraceful condition or action (Ch24)                    Tethered-to fasten or confine (Ch27)

    Emanations-feelings that are sent forth from a person (Ch 24)Dexterity-skill (Ch 24)

    Forbade-to command a person not to do something (Ch 25)   Fetid–stinky, bad smelling, stinking (Ch24)

    Trundles-moves in a wheeled vehicle such as a cart or wagon (Ch26)

    skeptics-people who doubt something or do not believe in it (Ch24)

    Discretion-careful in behavior, in a way that is not showy (Ch 23)

     

     

     

    Math:  Chapter 16- measuring and converting: customary length, capacity, and weight 

    Homework:Workbook pages: Monday-Wednesday: Review handout

    Test: Customary Units Test Thursday, April 10, 2014

     

    Science: Chapter 3- reviewing electricity and magnetism

    Homework:Monday-Tuesday: Study chapter 3 study guide

    Test: Chapter 3 Test Wednesday, April 9, 2014

     

    Social Studies:Chapter 6- students will be working on a Civil War packet for the next 3 weeks  

    Homework: Weekly Reader (Students are given every morning from 7:30-8:00 to complete their weekly reader. Please check over them at home for an easy 100!)Test: Civil War Packet due May 5, 2014 


    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.-Abraham Lincoln

     

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  • Homer P. Figg Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/31/2014
     

    Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 3/31/14

     

    Notes: Reminder! We need everyone to each send a box of pencils to help make it through testing and the end of the year! Thank you to those who have sent a box or two of pencils. Mrs. Smith’s room also needs a playground ball and a football if either class could donate!

     Jubulee Jam is this Saturday from 9:30-11:30. Please send your two bottles of two-lioter drinks ASAP.

    Reading/Language Arts:This week we are reading chapters 10-18 ofThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. This story tells the adventures of a young boy who is trying to save his brother during the Civil War. He gets into all sorts of trouble along the way. We are researching the Underground Railroad, slavery then and in the world today, important abolitionists/leaders during the Civil War, and life in the 1860’s. We are examining figurative language in the story. We are examining our writing and expanding character details.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Mondaynight- chapters 10-11,Tuesdaynight –Ch 12-13,Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 15-18. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday

    Spelling onlygovernment, refrigerate, geography, altitude, political, category, magnificent, punctuation

    Spelling & Vocabulary Words

     

    Slather- spread or smear thickly                          haste-urgency of movement, hurry

    Burble- continuous murmuring noise                  ruse- a trick

    Indisposed- unwell, reluctant                       prosperous- successful financially

    Meek- quiet, gentle, submissive                     comply- obey a rule, wish, or command

    Promenade-a sidewalk on the waterfront           defraud-illegally obtain by deception

    Admonish- firmly warn or reprimand                lurch- abrupt movement forward

     

    Math:  Chapter 15-16- reviewing knowledge of solids and volume; beginning measurement unit: customary length, capacity, and weight 

    HomeworkWorkbook pages: Monday-98, Tuesday-103, Wednesday-104, Thursday-105
    No tests this week

     Science: Chapter 3- reviewing electricity and magnetism

    HomeworkTuesday-Thursday: Begin studying chapter 3 study guide

     Social Studies:Chapter 5- assessing knowledge of Mississippi becoming a state

    Homework: No Weekly Reader this week. Test: Chapter 5 Test Tuesday, 4/1/14

     

    Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?  -
    Abraham Lincoln
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  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/24/2014
     

    Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 3/24/14

     

    Notes: We are completely out of pencils! Please buy a box or two of pencils and send to school this week. If every child buys a box or two, it will hopefully help us make it to the end of the year! Mrs. Smith’s room also needs a playground ball and a football if either class could donate!

     

    Reading:This week we are reading chapters 1-9 of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. 

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- chapters 1-2, Tuesday night –Ch 3-6,Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 7-9. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday

    Spelling & Vocabulary Words-

    scalawag- (page 1) rascal

    perish-to die or be destroyed

    inflicted- (page 4) to cause suffering

    abide-(page 4)  put up with, endure, stand, tolerate

    magistrate- officer of the state or judge ch2

    prodigious- (page 8) an extraordinary amount, much of something, extremely large or great in size, amount, strength, extent, or the like;  enormous

    conscription-(page 10) enrollment of person into the military

    superiors- higher in rank

    valise-traveling bag ch3

    spindle-(page 17) a long stick that is tapered at the ends

    oblige-(page 21, 44)  to be accommodating , to do something out of kindness, to do a favor for

    boughs-branches of trees ch5

    trussed-secured tightly ch 6

    amply-(page 27) greatly; a lot; fully; generous in size

    bounty-a reward, ch7

    ails-to be unwell, ch 8

    subtle-difficult to understand; mysterious, ch8

    fugitive-a run away, ch9

    elixir- a magical liquid medicine

     

    Math:  Chapter 14- determining area of rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle Homework :Monday-Area of rectangle/triangle handout; Tuesday-Wednesday Ch. 14 review handout Test: Chapter 14 Test, Thursday 3/27/14

     

     Science: Chapter 3- studying, observing, and creating electric flow; introducing magnetism  No hw

     

     Social Studies:Chapter 5- Reviewing Chapter 5 Homework: Weekly Reader due Friday (They are given 7:30-8:00 every morning to work on their weekly readers, but we encourage them to take them home to have a parent check over their work.) Test: Chapter 5, Test NEXT Tuesday, 4/1/14

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  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/17/2014
     

    Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 3/17/14

     

    Notes: We hope your Spring Break was wonderful! Let’s begin this last nine weeks ready to learn! Report cards will go home Thursday of this week. Please sign and return on Friday.

     

    Reading:This week we are reading chapters 22- 30 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are excited to complete our literature journey with Charlie & the Chocolate Factory this week! Next week, we will begin Homer P. Figg.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- chapters 22-25 pages 102-124, Tuesday night –Ch 26-27 pages 124-141, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 28-30 pages 142-155.  Comprehension and Vocabulary Test Friday

    Spelling Words (Test Thursday)-crabby, deceive, grieving, pierce, seize, either, weigh, chiefly, receive, reindeer

    Spelling & Vocabulary Words-

    gallantly- brave, spirited, or noble-minded                    rubbish- trash

    intently- showing great determination or attention      staggered- to move unsteadily

    tantrum-an outburst of bad temper                                 violently- showing very strong force

    disturb- to interfere with                                                    hovering- to hang fluttering in the air

     hollow- having space inside                                           petrified- to frighten or scare

     

    Please study nightly! Do not count on the “Luck of the Irish” to help you on the tests!

     

    Writing: We will be writing descriptive writing pieces including fiction and non-fiction. We will be analyzing our writing and look for ways to improve our writing and make it more descriptive.

     

    Language:We will be using adjectives and adverbs to make our writing stand out!

     

    Math:  Chapter 13 and 14- assessing knowledge of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals; determining area of a rectangle and perimeter of a given shape

    Homework:Daily Spiral Review: Monday-Ch. 13 Review Handout, Tuesday-Wednesday- finish workbook pages 90 and 94, Test: Chapter 13 Test, Tuesday 3/18/14

     

    Science: Chapter 3- beginning our unit on magnetism and electricity 

    Homework: No Homework

     

    Social Studies:Chapter 5- reading/discussing how Mississippi became a state

    Homework: Weekly Reader due Friday (They are given 7:30-8:00 every morning to work on their weekly readers, but we encourage them to take them home to have a parent  

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  • Little House Week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/10/2014
     

    Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 2-10-14

    It’s the week of LOVE! This week we are sharing our favorite quotes about love. Send your favorite to school. My favorite is1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

    Notes: Wednesday will be the 4thgraders turn at the Valentine Jag Store.

    Our Valentine’s Day party is Friday afternoon from 1:15-2:00. Mrs. Ambriz will be contacting you about how to help! Be sure to have your child’s LABELED valentines ready to pass out on Friday Morning. We will not have time to address Valentines in class. Send a decorated Valentines Box Friday for the contest or something for your child to put valentines in.

    Reading:We are completing our literature unit on Little House in the Big Woodsby Laura Ingalls Wilder this week. Homework: Read assigned chapter (even if read aloud in class with the teacher) then complete nightly assignment. Book in a bag & reading should be done every single night. Read & complete assignment for Monday-Ch 10, Tuesday- Ch 11, Wednesday- Ch 12, & Thurs-Ch 13. (Not just once the day before it is due) I will check tonight’s assignment tomorrow, Tuesday’s assignment Wed, etc…

    Spelling & Vocabulary (on website)Spelling test Thursday & vocabulary test on Friday: 

     rind (pg. 190) -tough, outer surface of some foods

     appearances (pg. 191)- the way that someone or something looks

     deceiving (pg. 191) - to make (someone) believe something that is not true

     heaping (pg. 195) - holding a large pile of something

     racket (pg. 197) - a loud, unpleasant noise

     stoop (pg. 202) - to bend down or over

     horrified (pg. 210) - to cause one to feel horror or shock:to greatly upset or shock someone

     scarlet (pg. 215)- a bright red color

     pry (pg. 216) - to raise, move, or open (something) with a tool

     pared (pg. 217) - to carefully cut off the outside or the ends of (something)

     

    Spelling only-pioneers, bleachers, disagreement, aroma, Olympics, roasting, approachable, boating, snowboarding, champions

     

    Writing:We have many ongoing projects in class. Please be diligent in checking your child’s work. We must have high expectations for writing and NOT accept errors. Allowing errors reinforces bad habits that are hard to break.

     

     Math: Chapter 11 and 12: Reviewing/Testing adding and subtracting fractions; Begin chapter 12-decimals: Chapter 11 TestTuesday, February 11th  

    Homework: Monday-Thursday: Chapter 11 Review handout, Daily Spiral Reviews 12.1 and 12.2, number line handout

     

    Science: Chapter 1: Reviewing/Testing Chapter 1, TestThursday, February 13th

     

    Social Studies: Chapter 4: Reviewing chapter; Discussing articles in weekly reader

    No Tests this week

    Homework:Weekly Reader, Due Friday 2/14/14 *Please help your child check over their weekly reader at home.

     

    Nightly Reading HomeworK

     

    Monday: Read Chapter 10Summertime. Laura and Mary had a cookie problem. How would you solve this problem? Write a paragraph describing how you would solve the problem so that everyone would be happy.

     

    Tuesday: Read Chapter 11 Harvest. Pretend you are Laura. Write a journal entry describing how you feel about your cousin Charley and the trouble he causes during the harvest.

     

    Wednesday:Read Chapter 12The Wonderful Machine.Think of all of the skills Ma has in this book. Write a paragraph describing Ma’s many talents.

     

    Thursday: Read Chapter 13Deer in the Wood. Create a poem with 3 stanzas or more OR create a song with 3 verses or more describing the setting, characters, and some of the events from Little House in the Big Woods.

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  • Little House in the Big Woods Chapters 7-9

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/3/2014
     

    Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 2-03-14

    Reading:We are still reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Homework: Read assigned chapter (even if read aloud in class with the teacher) then complete nightly assignment. Book in a bag & reading should be done every single night. Read & complete assignment for Monday-Ch 7, Tuesday- Ch 8, Wed/Thurs-Ch 9. (Not just once the day before it is due) I will check tonight’s assignment tomorrow, Tuesday’s assignment Wed, etc…

    Spelling & Vocabulary (on website) Spelling test Thursday & vocabulary test on Friday: 

    Yoke-p. 136 a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the cart they are to pull

    Swagger- walk in a very confident and arrogant way

    Corset- a tight, stiff, piece of clothing worn under clothing to make a waist appear smaller

    Flounces- strip of decorative material gathered or pleated & attached to an edge of a garment

    Cameo- an oval piece of jewelry with a profile carved portrait

    Wisps- a small or thin piece or amount of something such as straw, hair or grass

    Astonished-to fill with wonder or amazement

    Sulked- to be silent, morose, and bad tempered, to pout

    Heifers- a young female cow that has not had a calf

    Curd-a soft, white substance formed when milk sours, used for the basis for cheese

     

    Spelling only-manners, apologies, studious, business, sloppiness, trickiest, happiness, batteries, dutiful, satisfied

     

    Writing:We have many ongoing projects in class. I do need all of you to be diligent in checking your child’s work. We must have high expectations for writing and NOT accept errors. These kids can do it!

     

     Math:  Chapter 11- adding and subtracting fractions with and without like denominators 

    Homework:Daily Spiral Review: Monday-Thursday, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 and 11.4

    Test: Chapter 11 Test, Thursday 2/6/14 (subject to change depending on progress of students)

     

    Science: Chapter 1- Reviewing chemical changes and introducing/practicing measuring matter

    Homework:Begin studying Chapter 1 Study Guide (I will pass out on Wednesday)

    Test:No test this week

     

    Social Studies:Chapter 4. We will continue discussing the first European explorers in Mississippi.

    Homework: Weekly Reader due Friday (Go over with a parent!)

     

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