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
“Unless you do something beyond what you’ve already mastered, you will never grow.”
- Ronald E. Osborne
4th Grade Archives:
What are we learning this month?
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 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, & annotate sections to help them answer the comprehension questions that follow. Ask your 4th graders what they are reading about! In class we are focusing on determining the main ideas or themes of the texts - what is the author trying to teach us?
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.
What are we learning . . .
In social studies…
We will be finishing up our American Revolution Information Book Projects. Students will work on drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their written work. Students wrote informational essays and narrative stories using facts they learned from reading history.
Websites to support learning:
Check out the following websites to learn more about the 1700's & the Revolutionary War:
YouTube: Liberty’s Kids episodes, Schoolhouse Rock songs & videos
HABIT OF MIND FOCUS
Thinking Flexibly- “is there another way to think about it?”
Think: Are there other ways to solve a problem? Could there be other opinions about this topic? Different perspectives?
What we are learning . . .
The 4th graders revisiting addition and subtraction strategies to solidly our knowledge and accurately answer story problems.
4th graders will begin the fraction unit this month, and will learn how to identify fractional parts of a whole. Students will use addition, multiplication, and division knowledge to represent fractions. We will explore fractions of a whole and fractions of a group. Concepts in this unit to study and practice include equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, using a double number line to represent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers.
Students should also continue to review multiplication and division strategies and solving word problems.
Math websites that help practice what we are teaching:
Find Fraction Games at http://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html
In the Science Lab, the fourth grade scientists have combined electricity and magnetism to make electromagnets. They were very excited to be able to turn a “magnet” on and off. We discussed the use of electromagnets in can recycling centers and scrap metal junkyards. As we wrap up this unit, Science Notebooks will be going home. Please make sure your child keeps it safe and prepares for the Unit 2 assessment. A review sheet with your child’s testing date will be going home as well. At home and within the next few weeks, have your child review their notes, vocabulary, science concepts, and the activities we did in the lab in several short intervals.
What we are learning . . .
During the month of March, 4th graders will conclude their unit on Plagiarism. The bibliographies, which include the citations they have created for digital sources will be printed for classroom and home reference. To end the unit, 4th graders will also evaluate online sources and understand what makes a source credible.
Students are using scooters to help improve their balance and core strength, while also working on how to work in partnerships.
In music. . .
We will be practicing our selections for the recorder concert in April. We will also be practicing going on and off the stage and how to present ourselves before an audience.
Websites that can reinforce what we are teaching:
Things to keep in mind & practice at home:
- Read every night for at least 40 minutes.
- Read nonfiction books.
- Practice multiplication facts every night.
- Read out loud for 10 minutes.
- Do some exercise.
- Eat a healthy dinner.
- Get lots of sleep.
- Do your homework.
Questions to Ask Your Child About Reading
- What are the big ideas in your reading?
- Can you identify the main idea in nonfiction reading?
- What are some themes you see in your fiction books?
- honesty & trust
- overcoming challenges & obstacles
- What connections can you make between your book and real life?
- Are there a similar book you have read with the same topics or themes?
- Can you support your opinions and ideas with evidence from the text?
- March 9th (Thursday) - ½ day, Dismissal at 11:40 for Parent Teacher Conferences (12:40-2:30 & 5:00-7:50)
- March 11th - SIP into Spring (adults only)
- March 17th - St. Patrick’s Day
- March 11th, March 18th, March 25th - ELA Saturday Test Prep (8:30-10:30)