Welcome to another great week in the fourth grade. I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine this lovely long weekend!
This week, we have many exciting activities planned. Please read below for curriculum specific information!
In Language Arts, we continue unit four which revolves around animals and plants and their many adaptations. The story this week is called Plants Found a Way. This narrative nonfiction piece looks at the structure of plants and the ways they compete for resources to survive.
Our Grammar Skill focuses on verb tenses such as past tense, future tense, or present tense.
I walked to school yesterday.
Walked is in the past tense form due to the "ed" ending.
In Writer's Workshop, students will continue moving through the writing process. We are spending this trimester focused on opinion/persuasive writing. Students are exploring a hyperdoc (a document on the computer filled with links, videos, and other options for the students to review)over the course of this month. During this process, they will be working their way through the writer's workshop process to create a final draft that they will share with their peers. We always celebrate the completion of a major writing project with an author's chair, where treats are shared and writing is celebrated.
In Math, students will finish chapter 7, which focuses on adding/subtracting like fractions/mixed numbers. I'm proud of the students for their perseverance as converting improper fractions to mixed numbers is a difficult concept to grasp. This week, we will do our review on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will take our Chapter 7 math test on Thursday.
In Science, students will continue their new animal project that connects directly to an animal that lives in Point Reyes (where Clem Miller Education Center is located). Students have been assigned a partner, and chose an animal that interested them. Partners are conducting research and will put together a Science Board to present at Clem Miller for their peers. Each child will receive their own individual field guide to take notes in during the presentation. They will then get to keep (and use) these field guides during hikes out in Point Reyes. There is an art component as well that goes with their project and students will present to third graders and parents prior to our trip. Stay tuned for dates and more information.
In Social Studies, students finished the Exploration and Early Settlements unit that focused on Spanish rule in California. We will now begin exploring California under Mexican rule. Students will look at why the missions system ended. General Vallejo was an important person during this time, responsible for the development of pueblos and ranchos in our area. We will visit his rancho next week to gain a more thorough understanding of this time period!
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 will continue working on a Science project that revolves around an animal out at Clem Miller!
For Social Emotional Learning, we use a program called Second Step at Gravenstein. This week, students will look at how to make a plan when things don't go their way. This is an important step in the problem solving process.
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. Homework from the previous week-corrected by me
2. Unit 4-Lesson 2-ELA Assessment
3. Unit 4-Lesson 2-Spelling Test
4. Unit 4-Lesson 3-Spelling Test
5. Human Machine Unit-Science Test
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!
Thanks so much for the clay that came in last week!!
This week I am looking for:
A parent who is interested in a Clem Miller book binding project. If you have some spare time to come to school, make photo copies, and learn how to bind books, contact me and we can set up a plan!
Thank you for the wonderful holiday gifts you showered me with. I felt very loved and spoiled this winter season. Thank you cards were sent home to extend my gratitude!
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,