Upcoming Dates to Remember: Monday, February 18th: No School - President's Day/Teacher Workshop February 25th - March 1st: No School - Winter Break March 6th: NAEP Testing for 4th Grade March 15th: No School - Teacher Workshop Day April 8th - 19th: NHSAS Testing
February Update 2/13/19
Math We're just about to wrap up our 3rd unit in Everyday Mathematics with our Unit 3 test. This unit was all about fractions and decimals. Fourth graders learned about equivalent fractions, common denominators, and decimal notation to the hundredth place. We worked with fraction circles, base-ten blocks, and created decimal place value flipbooks to help us be successful. Coming up is a unit all about multi-digit multiplication and addition! We also took a practice math NHSAS assessment to get us ready for the real thing coming up in April. This was just so that students could become familiar with the format and tools of the online-administered test. Reading So far this year, our focus in reading has been on learning and practicing skills to help us read fiction texts more successfully. These skills included plot, theme, character traits, figurative language, point of view, and inferences to name a few. We will continue to hone these skills in our guided reading groups throughout the rest of the year, but now we are switching our classroom focus to reading nonfiction texts. We've started by learning about the unique features that we find in nonfiction texts, like diagrams, bold-faced type, glossaries, and more. We also took a practice reading NHSAS assessment to get us ready for the real thing coming up in April. This was just so that students could become familiar with the format and tools of the online-administered test. Writing We are in the middle of our opinion writing unit. We've learned about the important components of opinion writing, like an introduction, opinion statement, and reasons supported by evidence and details. Now we are getting ready to start writing our main opinion writing piece. We will start by pulling out evidence from our source, completing an opinion writing graphic organizer, and then working through each piece of our writing as a class. We also took a practice writing NHSAS assessment to get us ready for the real thing coming up in April. This was just so that students could become familiar with the format and tools of the online-administered test. Science In science, we're in the middle of our Earth Movements unit. We've learned about the layers of the earth and the continental and oceanic plates. We've also spent some time studying different kinds of rocks--some students have even brought in their own unique specimens for us to study with our magnifying glasses! Now we're learning about earthquakes, volcanoes, and other natural forces that shape our earth. Social Studies We are about halfway through our social studies unit on the geography of the United States. We've learned about the physical and human characteristics that make the United States unique. We've also learned that the earth is mapped by lines of latitude and longitude to help us determine exact locations. We've just started an in-class research project where students are working in teams to find information and make a presentation about a United States landmark! Other News Today was the 100th day of school! We didn't have a party, but we did find a way to celebrate. We created some fun posters as a class for our hallway bulletin board, and we completed a fun STEM challenge. Students were split into teams and each team had to make the tallest tower they could using 100 plastic cups! See pictures below.