The next few weeks of school are jam packed full of exciting events, from our Fort Ross overnight to the Spring Lake bike ride. Please continue to check the calendar on our Home Page to ensure your calendar matches ours!
This week, we have many exciting activities taking place! Please read below for curriculum specific information!
In LANGUAGE ARTS, students have completed the required reading from their Language Arts Anthology. We are now using our ELA block to delve deep into our Fort Ross curriculum. In class, students are learning about the fort and why it was established. They are earning company script (good for use at the Fort Ross trade store) while also role-playing the life of someone who lived at Fort Ross during its time of operation. Students are learning Russian, making fabric banners, creating coat of arms, flags, dancing the troika, and the list goes on! Life in the fourth grade is pretty hands-on and engaging at the moment!
This week in WRITER'S WORKSHOP, students continue their writer's workshop project. Students are learning about the Donner Party using a Hyperdoc I've compiled about these ill-fated pioneers. They are writing 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 have completed their studies in our Go Math program! Yay! I'm so proud of all their hard work and feel confident that we have hit each target in the common core standards for fourth grade. Our final project that we are wrapping up this week is "Math Town",a fun and hands on way for your child to study and learn geometry in room 17. This unit covered three chapters from our math book (chapters 10, 11, and 13), and has culminated in the creation of an amazing "town" built out of nets, shapes, and angles. Your child's assessment (given this week) will be to identify 25 geometrical items that they have incorporated into their town (from an assigned list I provided). 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 created with definitions and pictures relating to a variety of geometric shapes, angles, and concepts.
In SCIENCE, in an effort to more align to new Science standards, students are exploring a variety of concepts through a program called Mystery Science. This week, we will be focusing on our Fort Ross weather project. I will be showing students how to take the data they gathered over ten days and graph it accordingly.
In SOCIAL STUDIES, Commander Rotchev is time-traveling daily to teach students about the Russian American Company. How exciting!!! Students may provide their own costume for Fort Ross, or they may check out costume pieces from me (to borrow). I will be lending out costumes this Friday, May 18th.
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. I look forward to seeing you this evening at the Spring Concert (5:45 PM).
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. Bike Ride Sign-Up Sheet/Information
2. TOP SECRET PARENT HOMEWORK----Shhhh!!! Check your email as well for additional top secret information!
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.
I am all set thanks to the many gifts you bestowed on me during teacher appreciation week!! <3
Thank you for making me feel so incredibly loved during teacher appreciation week. From my beautiful door decorations to the notes, classroom supplies, flowers and gift cards---my heart is so full. Thank you for making me feel like the world's most loved teacher!
Additionally, thanks for hanging in with me these last few weeks of school. I know it's full of activities and events. Each year, I get a little stressed with so much crammed into so few days. It is the chaos that naturally occurs at every elementary school across the country during the month of May. I love your kids, and just want the end of their year to be filled with wonder and fun. In other words, thanks for joining me on this crazy end of the year ride! <3
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,