Welcome back to another great week in room 17! This week is packed with some exciting events! The students are so excited for our field trip on Wednesday, the Spelling Bee on Thursday, and a helicopter landing from Henry 1 on Friday!
This week, we have many exciting activities taking place! Please read below for curriculum specific information!
In LANGUAGE ARTS, students continue their exploration of unit 3! The unit theme is "That's the Spirit!" It revolves around community involvement and friendship. Our main story this week is called Honest Abe. Students will explore how powerful words can be. Additionally, they will explore what a difference Abraham Lincoln made on our nation.
Please Note: There will be no ELA test on Friday due to the short week, field trip, etc. The spelling test with take place.
Our Grammar Skill this week are Linking Verbs. Linking verbs link a noun to its descriptor.
Examples: The beautiful red apple is huge!
The emerald bay was frigid and cold.
Our Comprehension Strategy is to reread parts of text to enrich our understanding
Our Comprehension Skill is again to think of point of view (feelings and thoughts of the characters) as we are reading.
Our Spelling Words are all plurals.
This week in WRITER'S WORKSHOP, your child is in the drafting phase of their hyperdoc/writing project based on our classroom novel, Wonder. This writing piece is a persuasive essay related to the main character, Auggie Pullman. Some students are finished with their drafts and have moved into the partner read/peer edit phase of the writing process. Students are also including lots of text evidence to support their ideas. I can't wait to see the pieces that are produced.
This week in MATH, students will be finishing our introductory chapter on fractions. We will review on Wednesday and Thursday and will have our math test on Friday.
If you need additional support (so that you can further support your child), please consider using any (or all) of the following math resources:
1. Your child's math notes.
2. IXL.com. This is a resource we use in the classroom to strengthen and practice a variety of skills. Your child has an account (username and password found in binder in the laminated sheet towards the front). Once you log in, click on "Math." There are sections devoted to all subjects we explore in class. This week, the prime/composite number section of IXL is helpful for review!
3. Think Central. Again your child has a username and password. In the resource section, there are videos, games, and personal math trainers provided for your child to utilize.
Also in MATH, we explore MARS task weekly. MARS tasks push students to think critically about math and explain thoroughly the process they use to solve problems. After the students complete each MARS task, they will be given class time to meet with a peer and review (and change if necessary) their responses. This week, your child will be given a "Magic Number" for their Mars Task relating to fractions!
In SCIENCE, students continue chapter 4 which explores matter in ecosystems. Specifically, we are looking at how matter breaks down and is recycled back into the environment. This week's lab will revolve around adding a pollutant to yeast rising to observe its effect.
For STEM/STEAM this week, we will begin engineering Spanish Galleons (which also aligns to our Social Studies unit).
This week during SOCIAL STUDIES, we begin our study of Spanish exploration of Alta and Baja California! Students will learn how California was once a part of Spain (wow)! and what happened when the Europeans and Native Americans made contact. Students will also get to partake in some engaging hands-on activities to enrich their understanding of this time period. Specifically, they will be constructing a Spanish Galleon (ship) out of milk cartons as well as a Presidio (fort) out of recycled goods!
Students in fourth grade have a number of P.E. standards that will be covered throughout the duration of the year. Your child has P.E. on Monday and Wednesday with Mrs. Fluitt and run on Fridays with me each week. Please make sure that your child comes to school with the appropriate gear on these days. You may also wish to send your child to school with a water-bottle on P.E. days to help ensure that he/she stays hydrated. (Drinking fountains can also be utilized of course:) For more information, check out Mrs. Fluitt's website at: fluittphysicaleducation.weebly.com.
MUSIC, BAND, and ENRICHMENT are always highlights during the fourth grade year. Your child has band on Thursday and Friday with Mr. Pulley and classroom music with Mr. Pulley on Monday.
For band questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Pulley at Npulley@grav.k12.ca.us.
Each Monday in our classroom, I send home a folder containing pertinent information and work your child completed the previous week. This is an opportunity for you to review with your child things that are happening in our classroom. There is a place for you to initial that you have seen the work/information in the folder. I will also notify you on our website what should be returned to school on Tuesday.
This week, many items came home. Please see below for a detailed list:
1. Native American Social Studies Packets
2. Chapter 5 Math Test
3. Chapter 5 Math Test Retake Form (sent home with everyone--please recycle or return to school if your child is not retaking)
4. Spelling Test Unit 3 Lesson 3
5. ELA Test Results Unit 3 Lesson 3
Each week, I will post items that I would love to have donated to our classroom for projects, etc. Please do not feel obligated to donate and only do so if you are interested and able! Many thanks in advance.
This week, I am looking for the following items:
1. Rinsed out cardboard milk or juice cartons.
Thank you so much for the many thoughtful gifts your child showered me with prior to the winter break. I felt so very appreciated and loved. I am very grateful for your kindness. Look for thank you cards coming your way soon!
If you need to get in touch with me for any reason, please don’t hesitate to do so! My email address is: Abrown@grav.k12.ca.us. I check my email nightly before 5 PM and will get back to you within twenty-four hours. Of course, you are always welcome to stop by after school with any questions or concerns as well.
I look forward to a wonderful year! Thank so much,