Upcoming Dates to Remember: Wednesday, May 8th: Little Red Schoolhouse Field Trip May 13th - 17th: NHSAS Testing Monday, May 27th: No School - Memorial Day Friday, May 31st: MACS Field Day Tuesday, June 4th: End-of-Year Expo, 1:45 - 2:45, in the MPR
April Update Tuesday - 4/30/19
How is it almost May already?!? Math In April, we covered measuring angles and fraction line plots. We learned how to estimate angle sizes, use protractors to find exact measurements, and find missing angle measurements. Your fourth graders did so well with this short unit! e are all very excited about our upcoming project in math. We will be partnering with 5th grade for a Restaurant Math project where each pair of 4th and 5th graders will create their own restaurant, design menus, and set prices while we learn about calculating tax, tip, budgeting, and making change. This project will end with a restaurant simulation where your students will get to put the practical life skills they learned to the test! Reading In reading, we continued our nonfiction unit by practicing identifying and comparing text structures. We will continue to practice reading and responding to nonfiction texts in preparation for the NHSAS testing coming up in two weeks. We will also be getting into our poetry unit soon. In our reading groups, we have started our final group books of the year! Writing We have now plunged into our informational writing unit at full force! First, we learned the difference between informational and opinion writing. We went over the expectations for informational writing in 4th grade. Now, we are working on our animal research projects. Students have researched the animal of their choice and planned their writing using a graphic organizer. We are in the process of typing up our first draft and will soon be spicing up our writing with text features. Science We are already wrapping up our brief weather unit! We have studied the many factors that cause weather, the different tools used to track and report on weather, and have even become meteorologists and used some of those tools ourselves to describe the weather happening right around us. We will be reviewing what we've learned in this unit on Wednesday, and our short quiz on weather will take place this Friday, 5/3. Social Studies Our geography unit has ended and we are about to jump into our final social studies unit of 4th grade: New Hampshire history. We are all SUPER excited about this unit because this time, your 4th graders are going to be the teachers as part of our big New Hampshire research project! The class has been split into groups and each group has been given a topic relating to New Hampshire. They will become experts on their topics over the next few weeks through research and the creation of a visual presentation, then they will teach their topic to the rest of the class. And here's the best part... you, their families, get to come in and see their presentations as well! This project will be presented at the 4th grade expo, which will take place at 1:45-2:45 on June 4th in the MPR, so mark your calendars! Feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding this project. Other News Just a reminder that our visit to the Little Red Schoolhouse is next Wednesday, 5/8! Another important reminder--NHSAS testing is taking place the week of 5/13 - 5/17.
March Update Sunday - 3/31/19
Math I can't believe March is already ending! Your 4th graders have been busy--another two units of math have been completed since the last update! We learned multi-digit multiplication and long division strategies in Unit 4. We are now wrapping up Unit 5, which has been all about adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. We will be having a review on Tuesday of this coming week and our assessment of this unit on Wednesday. Reading We are in the middle of our nonfiction reading unit. We began with learning about the features that we find in nonfiction texts, such as graph, captioned images, bold-face type, and glossaries. Now for the last two weeks, we've been learning about the different structures that nonfiction texts can be written in. These include Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, Sequence/Chronological, and Problem and Solution. We will continue to practice identifying and differentiating between these structures. Read Across America week happened earlier in March. We had a blast celebrating Dr. Seuss by dressing up and your 4th graders absolutely blew their 40-page/day reading goal for the week out of the water! Writing We have wrapped up our opinion writing unit. Your 4th graders did an excellent job drafting, editing, and publishing their opinion writing pieces on animals in zoos! I will finish scoring these soon and send them home for you to read and enjoy! Now that opinion is done, we are jumping into our informational writing unit. This is the last writing unit of the year! We've just started learning about the 4th grade expectations for informational writing. We will continue to learn about what makes informational writing unique and strategies to make our informational writing great, then we will get into our first practice informational writing piece on our favorite animals. Science In science, we have now finished our Earth Movements unit where we learned all about the structure of Earth and how the Earth changes over time due to fast changers, like volcanoes and earthquakes, and slow changers, like weathering and erosion. We did a fun experiment using different techniques to "weather" cookies and deciding which was most effective. We had our test on this unit last week and your 4th graders did an excellent job remembering the vocabulary terms we learned. This week we will begin a short unit on weather! We have also had our first health lesson of the year! This one was all about healthy eating, specific foods that benefit our bodies, and how we can make good food choices. Social Studies We are almost at the end of our U.S. Geography unit in social studies! We've learned SO much about how geographers map the United States, and have even acted as geographers ourselves to analyze data and divide the U.S. into regions. We have one more project in this unit comparing and contrasting two regions in the U.S., then we will get into our final social studies unit: New Hampshire History! Other News On Friday of last week, we celebrated spring and kindness with our Spring Enrichment Day! Mrs. Troy came in and led us in a messy and illuminating toothpaste experiment that showed us how hard it is to take back unkind words once we say them. We also painted kindness rocks which we will be spreading around Roby Park when we head there as part of our Little Red Schoolhouse field trip in May! See photos of some of the fun below! Speaking of the field trip, it's coming up fast! I will be sending home an informational letter, permission slip, and medical form this week which all need to be returned by May 1st. For anyone who has not yet heard, the NHSAS testing has been moved from April to May in order to give teachers more time to prepare your students for success on the tests. They will take place the week of 5/13 - 5/17.
February Update Wednesday - 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.