Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend filled with sunshine and fun!
This week, we have many exciting activities planned. Please read below for curriculum specific information!
In Language Arts, we continue our exploration of unit two, which focuses primarily on Science and scientific ideas. The genre we are focusing on this week is narrative nonfiction. Students are reading a story about the Wright brothers titled My Brother's Flying Machine. We are looking specifically at perseverance, and how these two brothers never gave up on their invention.
The inquiry projects last week blew me away! Check out some photos that I uploaded to our Shutterfly account to see some of the amazing projects students shared!
Our Grammar Skill skill this week deals with capitalization. Students will be working with proper nouns to ensure they are correctly capitalized.
Example: I love the story Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Our Spelling List this week deals with the greek roots tract, sign, dic, and man.
In Writer's Workshop, students will be finishing their first narrative of the year. We will celebrate hopefully this week with Author's Chair, where students will sit in my special seat and read their stories aloud. Lemonade and Graham Crackers will also be served at this time:) Students who have completed their narrative are working on another narrative paper (myth) that explains a change we see in nature.
In Math, we continue Chapter 3, which explores multiplication. Last week, we focused on area models, which helps the students conceptualize the process of double digit multiplication. This week, we will be working on regrouping. While this process can be tricky at first, with practice, students will learn the steps that we (you and I) most likely learned in high school.
In Science, students continue learning about energy in motion, our theme for unit two! This week, students will be experimenting more, looking at how energy can be stored as height. They will be building a rollercoaster that involves marbles, styrofoam track, and bumper cars! How cool!
In Social Studies, students will be learning about climate in the four different regions of our state. Over the next couple of weeks, they will be working on a "weather report" that will be filmed in class. I can't wait to see the creative sets, costumes, and scripts that the students design!
In P.E. students are working with Mrs. Fluitt and having a fun while staying fit. Our P.E. days are Monday and Wednesday. We also have Coach Paige on Thursday and Running Club on Friday . Please make sure your child comes to school with appropriate footwear on those days. Check out Mrs. Fluitt's ClassDojo account to see how your child is doing in class.
In Music, students have choral music class with Mr. Burrows on Friday each week. Sectional band class with Mr. Pulley also takes place on Friday. Students also now have whole class band on Thursday with Mr. Pulley. Please help your child remember to bring his/her instrument on both Thursday and Friday for the rest of the year. Practice sheets for Mr. Pulley's band class are now due each Friday!
In our classroom, we complete weekly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) projects. This week, students will focus building their roller-coasters and bumper cars on Wednesday (we didn't get to this last week). During Friday STEAM, we will have a bumper car competition where students will be adjusting their track to try to get their cars (marbles) to reach a specified destination.
For Social Emotional Learning, we use a program called Second Step at Gravenstein. Over the past two weeks, students watched a Second Step Vinette where a girl got very angry in class at another student. She started to exhibit signs of losing control (rapid breathing, racing heart, flushed skin, tight muscles). Students reflected on a time when they have felt that way. This week, students will work in pairs to role play an upsetting situation and practice some of the strategies we've been practicing to calm down. They will be working through the following emotion management steps:
2. Name what you are feeling (mad, frustrated, hurt, etc)
3. Calm down (use a strategy like a body breath, counting down in your head from 5, walking away, use positive self talk, etc....)
Every Friday, I send home a folder containing work that your child completed throughout the week. I will indicate in this section of the newsletter what items are coming home and what items need to come back to school. There is a place for you to initial on the folder that you have looked through the items and reviewed them with your child. Please send the folder back to school with your child on Monday morning.
The following items are coming home this Friday:
1. Chapter 3-Mid-Chapter Checkpoint
2. Unit 2-Lesson 2-Assessment Scores
3. Unit 2-Lesson 2 Spelling Test
4. Homework from the week
(Corrected by me and reviewed with your child if I notice particular concepts they are struggling with)
5. Mayan Numbers-Math MARS Task
6. Inquiry Project Packet (grade on the back page)
The following items need to be returned on Monday:
1. The Friday Folder (empty) with parent initials
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:
A flat of regular sized plastic water bottles
The school year is off to a great start, and I want to say thanks for all that you do to help your child be successful at school. This group of kiddos is amazing and I feel incredibly lucky to be their fearless fourth grade teacher this year!
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,