PS 230 4th Grade Team
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4 - 401 Ms. Birshtein, Room 130
4 - 402 Ms. Lauro, Room 217
4 - 403 Ms. Gursoy, Room 129
4 - 404 Ms. Byrns and Ms. Fox, Room 125
4 - 405 Ms. Higaki and Ms. Heinrich, Room 132
4 - 406 Ms. Shed and Ms Feit, Room 127
4 - 407 Ms. Stewart, Room 128
Quote of the Month
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”
- Dr Seuss
4th Grade Archives
What are we learning this month?
Students will continue reading nonfiction, however our focus will be on biography. Student goals for this unit include deepening understanding of how nonfiction text structures help us to better understand what we are learning. Additionally, we are working on researching a topic and synthesizing the information we learn into our own words. Most importantly, we are having fun learning about important people that have changed the world.
Over the summer, it is very important for students to continue reading books with a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction. Check out your local library & grab any reading materials throughout your summer journeys.
Don’t forget, students also have access to myON over the summer. Log in and ready away! Top readers will be rewarded in the fall!
Fourth graders will be finishing up the Journalism unit by creating news articles on local, national and environmental current events and topics. Students will use different techniques to report events including reading research, observations and interviews. Students will create and develop stories that give details about an event and are written with a sense of drama. Reports will be about events and topics that are important to their community and the world around them.
Students will continue to work on their skills as a writer/reporter by writing in paragraphs using complete sentences and correct grammar and punctuation. It is important for students to continue to work on revising and editing their work as they write. Over the summer, students should continue to write about their reading and about their summer activities.
What are we learning . . .
In social studies…
Students will finish up their study of local, state and federal governments and move into learning about immigration.
During the immigration unit, students will learn from read-alouds, BrainPop videos, and small group work to collect information. Class discussions will be about what immigration is and how it is a part of today’s growing world.
HABIT OF MIND FOCUS
Responding with Wonderment and Awe.
Have fun figuring it out!
Finding Humor. Laugh a little!
Book of the Month
Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
Theme: Making the World Beautiful
What we are learning . . .
Students will review multiplication and division strategies, including different ways to solve 2x2 multiplication problems. Fourth Graders will also increase their knowledge of measurement by learning conversions of capacity, mass and volume.
Students will also practice and review all previous topics learned in 4th grade to sum up their year. This knowledge is important to maintain over the summer in order to be fluent upon entering 5th grade. Keep practicing strategies to solve and compare numbers - become comfortable and confident using the the strategies learned in 4th grade. And don’t forget...Practice facts, practice facts, practice facts!
The fourth grade scientists will be ending the school year exploring topics related to Unit 4--Earth Movements. They will learn about the layers of the earth and the causes of earthquakes and volcanoes.
Below are some websites you and your child can enjoy now and/or during the summer break.
Have a fun, safe, and healthy summer!
What we are learning . . .
4th grade students will continue to learn about Computer Science through “Course 2” of the Code.org progression. Throughout the remainder of this unit students will be able to define and describe an algorithm as well as “debug,” or problem solve algorithms they have previously created.
Volleyball!! This month we will be enhancing our hand-eye coordination skills while working again as a team player. Keeping in mind the gross motor skills we've been practicing throughout the year within the social arena of a fun and competitive environment.
In music. . .
We will be introduced to the sixteenth note, and will play songs that use this rhythm
Websites that help practice what we are teaching . . . Check these out!
Math websites that help practice what we are teaching:
Find Fraction Games at http://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html
Keep your brain at work over the summer!
- Read a book a few days/nights a week.
- Read nonfiction books & articles.
- Practice multiplication & division facts so you become an expert by 5th grade.
- Read out loud to family and friends.
- Get some exercise outdoors
- Eat healthy meals.
- Get lots of sleep.
- Keep up your imagination & try new things.
- Write about your experiences.
Questions to Ask Your Child About Reading
- What is the story you’re reading about?
- What is the main idea of your nonfiction text?
- What are the themes you see in your fiction book?
- honesty & trust
- overcoming challenges & obstacles
- What connections can you make between your book and real life?
- How is the author using descriptive language to make you feel like you are living in the book?
- Can you use supporting evidence from the text to explain your opinions about your reading?
- June 5th (Monday)
- New York State 4th Grade Science Test (written session)
- June 7th (Wednesday)
- 5th Grade Talent Show
- June 8th
- NO SCHOOL for students
- June 11th (Sunday)
- PS 230 School Fair
- June 12th (Monday)
- NO SCHOOL for Students
- June 15th
- BCT Performance
- June 26th (Monday)
- NO SCHOOL (Eid al-Fitr)
- June 28th
- Last Day of School (early dismissal)