Welcome to Our Fourth Grade!
Homecoming Week @ Dunlap
What Are We Learning?
Factors, Multiples, and Arrays: Multiplication and Division 1
In this first unit in multiplication and division, students deepen their understanding of the operation of multiplication. Students use rectangular arrays
to represent the relationship between factors and multiples. They will use what they know to solve problems that increase in size, and focus on solving problems efficiently and accurately.
We will continue to develop fluency with multiplication combinations (facts up to 12 x 12). If your child is still working on mastering these facts they should be studying for about 10 minutes nightly. There are some videos and a chart that can help you with this task.
Please do visit the "Helpful Instructional Math Videos" below for videos that will help you to understand how to help your child with multiplication and arrays.
In this first unit, The Arc of Story, students will learn that writers see ideas for fiction stories everywhere in their lives. Students will collect story ideas in their Draft Book, quickly drafting them out to include elements of an effective story. Students spend time story telling their ideas to a partner, making sure to use a storyteller's voice and include literary language. Students will choose a story idea and will learn ways writers develop their main character: developing not only how a character looks, but how they feel and what they are thinking also. Students will learn how to bring a narrative scene to life. They will think about what a character needs and how the storyline will include the character meeting obstacles and trying to solve those problems. They will learn to plan a narrative with a “story arc” with several strong scenes showing the character, plot, and a setting. Next we will focus deeply on drafting, revision and editing in preparation for an audience. In prior grades students were taught to use dialogue as well as action and that will continue to be reinforced. Students will think carefully about how their character changes and how to conclude their story. Endings don't come out of nowhere. Students will learn how to hint at their ending earlier in their story. Most students will produce anywhere between one and 5 fictional narratives.
Fourth graders are welcomed into their reading workshop with an invitation to show off their knowledge, talent and energy for reading. These readers are reading at a variety of reading levels and will be asked to think about the kind of reader they are and want to be. They will think about habits they want to create to strengthen their reading and make their reading community and their own personal reading growth the best it can be. Creating long term and short term personal reading goals, choosing just right text, and helping their classmates meet and exceed classroom stamina goals will show readers the habits necessary for success. Readers need to read at a pace which allows for the greatest number of pages to be read, while still seeing the text in their mind and understanding all that has been read.
Readers will learn that every bit of text they read is important to their understanding. Readers will enhance their strategies to clear confusion by stopping, rereading, and taking the time to figure out unfamiliar words while still envisioning the text and keeping their appropriate pace. Readers will think about their attitudes towards reading with a growth mindset seeing its importance and the need to read many books over days and weeks.
Readers will be paired into like-level partnerships. Readers reading the same or about the same levels, will be paired for thinking and conversation. Part of this thinking uses readers’ previous work with retelling to lift comprehension and conversation by teaching readers to summarize with the author’s message in mind. Readers learn to care for their partner by coming prepared to partnerships, listening well, and keeping an open mind. They will come to see that a reading partner is an important person in life, as partners help each other gain reading stamina and focus. Partners will not read aloud to each other except to prove a point or take their partner back to a page to clear confusion. At this level, it is more important that readers learn to read silently to themselves during independent reading. Looking at reading logs, sharing books read and noticing changes in each other over time will help partnerships bond; building a strong working relationship that will move into the next unit of study.
Students will take a deeper look into the requirements of plants and animals to survive, the roles animals play in their environments, and how some animals and plants have variations that give them an advantage for survival. Students apply what they know and explore the effect of change on the environment.
Social Studies with Mrs. Canfield
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