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4th Grade News - November 2018
4th Grade News - January 2019
In Reading …
We will be taking a deeper look into different types of texts. Students will be practicing reading a variety of texts in preparation for the upcoming ELA exam in April. We will be looking at fiction and nonfiction stories, informational texts, technical “how-to” texts, myths, legends, folktales, poems, and more! We are using read alouds and the READY ELA books to discover the elements of these various texts.
Please make sure your 4th graders are taking the time to read carefully, underline important information, and annotate sections to help them answer the comprehension questions that follow. Ask your 4th graders what they are reading about!
In Writing …
The 4th graders will practice writing literary essays. Some students will be analyzing characters while others will be analyzing theme.
We will also be reading passages and writing short responses based on those passages. To further enrich our writing unit, the 4th graders will be reading two different passages and writing essays comparing the two.
We are also spending time writing both short and extended response answers in preparation for the ELA exam at the end of the month. Students are given credit for an answer that makes sense, and is supported with 2-3 details and examples from the text.
The 4th graders will begin the measurement and geometry unit. We will be learning about measurement tools, U.S. Standard and Metric units, as well as converting measurements using inches, feet, yards, millimeters, centimeters, and meters. Students will practice measuring with rulers and meter sticks while also finding area and perimeter based on measurements given to them.
4th graders will also learn rules and patterns of polygons, including lines and angles. With this information, students will classify and sort shapes based on their attributes. Some of the shapes students will work with are triangles, quadrilaterals and parallelograms. Students will learn the difference between acute, obtuse, and right angles, and parallel and perpendicular lines.
The fourth grade scientists will continue to explore magnetism and electricity. We will be making electrical testers, which will help us sort objects made of various materials. These electrical testers will allow the students to classify objects into conductors (materials that allow the flow of electricity) and insulators (materials that do not allow the flow of electricity). Looking ahead, we will be combining electricity and magnetism to make our own electromagnets.
At home, many students may want to try some of the activities we have done in class, but you may want to review your home safety rules for electricity and magnetism as we do in class:
During the month of March, 4th graders will continue a Research unit on the American Revolution. Thus far, students have chosen their research topic as well as learned about how to identify reliable Internet sources.
Within the next month, students will begin to learn about plagiarism. They will learn how to; use their reliable sources to gather information about their research topic, put the newly learned information in their own words, and give their sources credit.
Students should continue to practice their typing skills at home using their Keyboarding Without Tears account. By the end of the year, students should be typing 15-20 words/minute.
In Social Studies...
We will be continue learning about Colonial America. In this unit, students will read stories from the Colonial time period and compare and contrast lifestyles and types of daily life activities in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies. We will discuss the physical geography, social life, and economics. Students will also study how different groups of people experienced life in colonial America. Any projects will be done by individual classes.
In March, fourth grade artists will practice making a person in a movement pose. They will practice with modeling clay using coils and balls. Their final assignment will be remaking the person out of air-dry clay and painting it.
Kickball Unit - Beginning the basic skills of kickball utilizing the gross motor skill of running and agility during running the bases.