Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a lovely week with your child. I heard all about the amazing adventures, playdates, and activities that took place during the students' spring break!
This week, we have many exciting activities taking place! Please read below for curriculum specific information!
In LANGUAGE ARTS, students have begun the last unit in our Wonders ELA program. Unit 6 will explore tall tales and legends, while also reviewing curriculum previously in the fourth grade. It's a nice comprehensive review of things we've learned this year. This week, we read about Paul Bunyan, a fun story that explains how the Sierra Nevada Mountains came to be!
Our GRAMMAR SKILLS will focus on pronouns, adverbs, and adjectives this week. Some of the students forgot what a pronoun was. As a refresher, a pronoun replaces a noun. He, she, they, we,it are all great examples.
This week in WRITER'S WORKSHOP, students will continue their writer's workshop project revolving around our last genre of writing we explore in the fourth grade. Over the next six weeks, students will be learning about the Donner Party using a Hyperdoc I've compiled about these ill-fated pioneers. They will write an informative essay using the brainstorm, drafting, and peer/teacher conferencing steps. After they have produced a well-written essay, students will share with the class during Author's Chair.
This week in MATH, students continue Chapter 12, which explores units of measurement. We learned today about liquid volume using a strategy called "The Gallon Castle." Ask your child to draw you a picture of the castle today. It really helps with the difficult conversions students are being asked to do.
Additionally this week, we continue "Math Town",a fun and hands on way for your child to study and learn geometry in room 17. This unit covers three chapters from our math book (chapters 10, 11, and 13), and culminates in an amazing "town" you child will build out of nets, shapes, and angles. Your child's assessment will be to incorporate 25 items that I assign into their town. They will need to be able to identify all 25 items in order to receive the highest score possible! To help with this process, your child has a math dictionary that he/she is creating with definitions and pictures relating to a variety of geometric shapes, angles, and concepts.
If your child needs ever needs additional math support, 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.
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. Before spring break, we completed a sample performance task from the CAASPP website. Students were able to see how their answer to one part of a problem can affect the outcome of a latter problem that is connected in some way. Look for this to come home soon!
In SCIENCE, students did an AMAZING job presenting their animal poster board to their peers at Clem Miller. The poster boards will be on display during Open House later this year for all to see. Since our Science project has concluded, we began a new unit today which follows a different program than what your child has explored in previous months. In an effort to more align to new Science standards, students will be exploring a variety of material using a program called Mystery Science. Today, we looked at how volcanoes explode and discussed why some explode slowly and some explode quickly. We also learned the difference between a cone and shield volcano. Students will conduct a "lava lab" later this week!
In SOCIAL STUDIES, another teacher continues to visit the classroom for our month long study of the California Gold Rush. Her name is Miss Clementine, and she time travels from 1849 through a special cupboard in our classroom. While she looks a lot like me, she has a distinct accent and will be teaching the kids all about life during her time. The students in room 17 will even get to to pick a name popular during this time period for Miss Clementine to use, will learn to curtsey and bow before they speak, and will earn gold in class to use at Gold Rush Day later this year. This unit is amazing and naturally gets the kids excited for our camping adventure through Gold Country in mid-April! Ask your child tomorrow what Miss Clementine is like!
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.
1. ELA Unit 3 Lesson 4 Assessment
2. ELA Unit 3 overall assessment
3. Mystery Science Reflection Sheet
4. Corrected Homework Packet
5. Spring Picture Order Form
6. Book Order Form
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. Kettles to borrow for the Gold Rush trip. Do you have a kettle I could put on a grate for boiling water? If so, please email me to let me know! Thanks!
Thank you to every chaperone/cook who was able to attend Clem Miller. I had the most amazing time with the kids and with each of you. I appreciate you braving the rain, sleeping in cabins, participating in mole crab studies and just generally being such a great group! I love our class and I am thankful for this year and for each of you!
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,