PS 230 Open House Schedule
PreK Open House and Tours will be held on Thursday January 25, Monday February 12 and Tuesday March 13 at 9:00 am. Visit ps230.org/how_to_apply_for_prek for more information.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
In the Science Lab, 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.
During the month of March, 4th graders will continue a Research unit on their “key player” or “major event” from the American Revolution. Students will begin to prepare for their PowerPoint presentation by seeking answers to their research questions using their reliable websites and recording their findings using an outline. Students are welcome to do additional research on their “key player” or “big event” at home and bring in their findings!
This month is the Basketball Unit. We will work on our dribbling, passing, and shooting skills that will help improve our gross motor, coordination and balance technique.
➔ What is the main idea of the text you are
➔ Is there anything new you learned?
➔ What kind of nonfiction text structures are you
seeing in your books?
➔ How can we use this information to form
opinions about the topic?
➔ What do the words in bold mean?
➔ How can we use pictures and captions to help
us understand the meaning of the text?
➔ How do the different sections come together
to help you understand the main idea?
❖ Read every night for at least 35 minutes.
❖ Read nonfiction books.
❖ Practice multiplication facts every night.
❖ Read out loud for 10 minutes.
❖ Do some exercise every day.
❖ Eat a healthy breakfast and dinner.
❖ Get lots of sleep.
❖ Do your homework.
★ ELA Saturday Test Prep - March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24 (8:30-11am)
★ March 15th (Thursday) - ½ day, Dismissal at 11:40am for Parent Teacher Conferences
★ March 17th - St. Patrick’s Day
★ Spring Recess – March 30 - April 6
(Students return on April 9th)