4th graders are beginning an informational (nonfiction) reading unit. This Nonfiction unit is going to be all about explorers. During this unit, students will review the three text structures they learned in third grade (description, comparison, and sequence/chronological) as well as learn two new structures (problem & solution and cause & effect).
Our 4th graders will be writing non-fiction persuasive essays, where they defend their opinions using a personal example and connections to convince a specific audience. Students will use their knowledge of essay structure to build their stamina and confidence in the genre.
STEM - Math
This month the fourth grade is working on solving multiplication problems with 2 digit numbers. We are focusing on using arrays to help the students form a good base for using the standard algorithm. Students will be working toward understanding and using the relationship between multiplication and division to solve division problems, while understanding the meaning and structure of multiplication and division.
During this unit we ask that parents practice fluency with their child. We are pushing our students to think multiplicatively rather than additively (ex: 5 groups of 2 is equal to 5 x 2, instead of 2+2+2+2+2).
STEM - Science
Our 4th grade scientists have begun observing walking sticks in the science lab! This will lead to lessons on interdependence of living things in their natural environments.
At home, you can watch National Geographic documentaries and discuss how organisms are dependent on one another. Also, you canm take your child to the public library and take out books related to food chains and food webs. Find out how different organisms need each other!
STEM - Technology
During the month of November, 4th grade students will be learning about Plagiarism and Research through an Applications project using PowerPoint. Students will be combining their background knowledge attained in the classroom as well as conducting research about New York Explorers. We will be starting our Introduction to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) in the near future. Please read, sign and return the Consent Form as soon as possible!
SAVE THE DATE for our 3rd Annual Hour of Code event on Saturday, December 10th. Don’t forget to visit our website:: http://ps230technology.weebly.com for more information.
Students are learning about the Aztecs and the gold jewelry. They are learning about the architecture of the pre-Aztecs who lived in Teotihuacan.
The 4th graders will be continuing circuit training in preparation for their “Citywide Fitnessgram” test. Skills to be practiced include jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, trunk lifts, and other fitness related activities. Let’s work on getting fit and healthy together!
Questions to ask while reading . . .
➔ What is the main idea of the text you are reading? ➔ 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?