- Writing – We have completed our realistic fiction unit! Students have typed final drafts and shared their writing in class. While reading your child’s writing, ask them about what the main character learns during the story. Our next writing unit will be Expository non-fiction.
- Reading – We continue to practice choosing Just Right books and making sure that we are reading at a good pace. We have been using our read aloud, No Talking, to practice paying attention to character clues and setting details. We have begun work on our final realistic fiction book project – the Character Bag.
- Math – We have finished Module 1, which focuses on Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction. Students have been learning to read and decode multi-step word problems. We will soon begin our second math module, Measurement. Students should also be practicing their multiplication facts.
- Word Study – Students have received a list of 100 “must know” words that they should be able to spell by the end of fourth grade. We will be using and practicing these words for the rest of the year. A copy of this list can be found under the ‘Writing Resources’ tab on my blog.
- Social Studies / Science – We have begun the Energy science unit by learning how to make simple and parallel circuits. Students have learned that electric energy can be converted to other kinds of energy, such as light. We have also explored the properties of magnets and experimented to determine how strong a magnet is. Soon we will be combining these two concepts when we make our own electromagnets.
- Guidance – Mr. Bywater taught us about the role of the counselor at SIS. We learned about when it would be appropriate to ask the counselor for help, when we should try to solve the problem on our own, and when we should talk to a teacher first.
4A Weekly Wrap Up
- Writing – Last week we talked about the importance of establishing our setting and characters early on in our stories by including descriptive details. We also acted out a few of our scenes before writing them to help us visualize the details that we will need to include in our stories. Students were introduced to the Realistic Fiction checklist that they will be using to help them remember what writing elements we will be focusing on in this unit.
- Reading – We continued to use our read aloud, No Talking, to practice paying attention to character clues and setting details. Students were also being tested to ascertain their current DRA (Diagnostic Reading Assessment) levels.
- Math – This week we continued with Module 1 (Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction). Students focused on knowing how to read large numbers up to the millions place and also learned to write numbers using different forms (standard, expanded, unit, and word). We also focused on place value to quickly calculate finding 1, 10, and 100 thousand more or less than a given number
- Science – We began our unit on Energy by using components such as wires, D-cells, lightbulbs, and motors to create working electrical circuits. Students also used their knowledge of circuits to create a way to test what materials are natural conductors (allow for the flow of electricity) and insulators (stop the flow of electricity). We have also been using Quizlet to help us practice our science vocabulary.
Last week was busy for 4A! Here is a quick review:
- Writing – We have begun a Realistic Fiction writing unit. Last week, we used the “Somebody Wanted…But…So…Then” structure to come up with a story idea and then fleshed out our characters by creating a Character Traits chart which detailed the internal and external traits of our main characters. Students are currently at work finishing up their Story Arcs and beginning to draft their scenes.
- Reading – We continue to practice choosing Just Right books and making sure that we are reading at a good pace. We have been using our read aloud, No Talking, to practice paying attention to character clues and setting details. We also worked on our retelling and synthesizing skills.
- Math – We have been reinforcing the Mathematical Practices, which focuses on making sure that students can read problems carefully, model their work in a number of ways, and use numbers and words to explain their thinking clearly. We also began Module 1, which focuses on Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction.
- Word Study – We are currently studying Parts of Speech. Students have learned about nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns so far.
- Social Studies / Science – We finished our “Create Your Own Culture” unit by having students share their Keynotes in with the class. We also began our science unit on “Energy” with a lesson on the Scientific Method. Students went through the steps by designing an experiment to answer the question: “Who can balance for longer on one foot: girls or boys?”
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Upcoming days and events in September.Click here to download: September 4A
Please join us this Thursday, August 24th at 4:00 pm for the 4th grade curriculum night. The presentation will begin in the SPAH with an overview of school wide curriculum and expectations. Following this, I will be giving a presentation in the 4A classroom with more specific information about our classroom.
Hope to see you there!