Happy Monday families! I can't believe we are in the final countdown of the 2018-2019 school year! Our schedule is jam packed full of Fort Ross projects, testing days, Health Classes, Spring Concert, and Gold Rush Day to boot! Hold onto your horses, check your calendars, and make sure to read the newsletter! May is brimming with activities!
This week, we have many exciting activities planned. Please read below for curriculum specific information!
In Language Arts, the students finished the ELA portion of CAASPP testing today! I am so proud of them for the effort they put forth. Every student in our classroom gave it his/her all. Walking around the room, I saw beautiful essays and well-written responses. I'm so proud of each student!
In Writer's Workshop, we have concluded our essay writing for the year. Students have composed so many different writing pieces throughout the three trimesters. These fourth graders are ready and prepared for fifth grader curriculum next year!
In Math, students will completed the entire fourth grade math program! Wow! They are ready for CAASPP testing (Tuesday-Friday this week). We will have one final in class math test next Wednesday on measurement (our last math chapter in the book). We will review next Monday and Tuesday and test on Wednesday.
Additionally, most students have shared their Math Town with me and received a final grade. I have a few more groups that need to present this week. Each Math Town was very impressive and I am so proud of the kids! This unit covered the content explored in chapters 10, 11, and 13 in our math program, and was a fun hand-on exploration of geometric terms and concepts. Students created a math dictionary with me that defined terms they need to understand in the fourth grade. Next, they created a "Math Town" in class that was built out of paper nets (shapes that fold into three dimensional figures). Each town was unique and students created their own themes. Each town had to contain 25 assigned geometric items including various angles, triangles, cubes, and lines. The project is worth fifty points. How fun!
In Science, students continue studying waves, such as waves of sound.
In Social Studies, we will celebrate the end of our Gold Rush unit with a culminating Gold Rush Day on Friday, May 17th. Please remember to send in any items you signed up for by tomorrow (Tuesday). During Gold Rush Day, students will bring gold that they earned in class down to parent run stations on the soccer field. Students will get to snack on traditional gold rush treats, play traditional gold rush games, sing songs, do sack races, get a "shave" at the barber station, etc.
Additionally, we continue our Fort Ross unit in class! Commander Rotchev, a Russian officer from 1812 is time traveling to our room. During his visits, he is teaching the kids about the fort. Each child in our classroom has taken on the life of someone who actually lived at Colony Ross during its time of operation. Students are assuming the role that their assigned person had at the Fort. For example, if Dylan is assigned the life of Petre Sergie, he would play the role of a militia man. At the Fort, he will take on the tasks Petre would have had.
Also, students are working on amazing projects in class, painting wooden eggs, paper macheteing boxes, creating Russian ruble pouches, learning how to dance the troika, and working with their role groups on specific projects. Parent chaperones will be taking on the life of Fort Ross Company members as well. Thanks to those of you who signed up to donate necessary project items for Fort Ross. I'm grateful for the ongoing support, especially during this crazy time of year!
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 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 Wednesday each week. Students have whole class band on Thursday with Mr. Pulley. Additionally, students have sectional band class with Mr. Pulley on Friday. 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 due each Friday!
In our classroom, students participate in many hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) projects. This week, students are projecting it up for Fort Ross, designing beautiful wooden eggs, spoons, etc!
For Social Emotional Learning, we use a program called Second Step at Gravenstein. This week, we will be working in groups for Fort Ross, making sure to listen and collaborate on various group activities.
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 9 Math Test and any remaining Math Town Projects that were not sent home last week
The following items need to be returned on Monday:
1. The Friday Folder itself
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!
This week I am looking for:
1) Baby Wipes
Gold Country Chaperones----You ARE AMAZING!! Our camping trip ran smoothly because of you! I am so grateful for all your hard work. Thank you a thousand times over!
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,