4th Grade News - March 2020
What are we learning this month?
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. 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 Social Studies . . .
We will be 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 continue to practice writing literary essays. Students will be analyzing characters and focusing on themes in stories. 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.