Welcome to Our Fourth Grade!
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Our classroom code is J6N2Z
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Dates to Remember
3/21 Dunlap Music Concert PHS (evening)
6:45 4th Grade Report 7:00 Perform
3/31 No School
4/3-4/7 Spring Break
3/10-3/13 Hearing and Vision Screening
5/1-5/26 Fourth Grade M-Step Testing
5/2 School Bond Vote
5/5 Half Day (Teacher PD)
5/12 KCC Water Festival (We don't get wet) :)
Bus leaves @ 11:30 returns @2:20
*(We will be holding classes before and after the trip
and sorry, we don't take chaperones to KCC).
5/29 No School
6/13 Half Day, Last Day (Records Day)
8:00-8:20 Attendance, Lunch Order, Morning Work Routine
8:25-9:15 Special-Gym, Art, Tech, or Music
10:25-11:15 Panther Hour
2:15-3:15 Science or Social Studies
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Classroom Number 441-9864
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What Are We Learning?
Fraction Cards and Decimal Squares
In this unit we build on previous understandings of fractions. Students will find fractional parts of the area of different sized rectangles and for groups of objects or people. They will compare fractions and find combinations of fractions that are equal to 1. Using representations and mathematical reasoning, students will add fractions with like and unlike denominators. Students will then compare fractions to 0, 1/2, 1, and 2 and place them in order on a number line. Lastly, we will delve into an understanding of decimals as they relate to fractions of 100. We will use a 10 x 10 array to represent decimals in the tenths and hundredths. Using the context of running a race, students will then add distances in miles and in tenths and hundredths of miles.
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.
We have just begun our final writing unit of the year. We end the year on a lighter note; narrative writing. In the first part of the unit, we explore ways that writers find ideas. Students learn that writers pay attention to small moments and issues in their lives. We are collecting these ideas and from these thoughts we will generate ideas for realistic fictional stories. Students are moving from writing personal stories to fictionalizing those events in order to bring their readers into a world that they create in their narratives. Students will be writing plans for how their stories might go.
Once students have chosen a story idea, it is important for them to develop their ideas. We will focus on developing leads that introduce characters and vividly show the reader the setting. We will learn ways to develop richer characters with real problems that they must strive to resolve. A character has wants and needs and students learn to develop those motivations in their characters. Some students will be ready to learn ways of making the main character's problem become worse before it is resolved in the end. Some will also be ready to develop a theme or a message for their readers in the narrative. When a character learns a lesson, the reader does, too!
All of your child's exploratory writing and drafting is done on Google Classroom in their "Writing Workshop" folder. If you are curious, ask them to show you what they are working on right now. You should see them adding to their writing nearly every day. if you notice that your child is not adding significant amounts of writing, please ask them about this. It is vital that students use their writing time wisely.
During the final stretch of the school year we will be focusing on tackling more complex texts with a focus on deep comprehension. We will learn to keep track of more than one plot line within a narrative, unfamiliar characters, and shifts in time and place. We will review what we know about character development and changes, setting and how it supports the mood, as well as conflict and resolution. We will continue to read non-fiction texts regularly emphasizing thinking through questioning, main idea and details, and connecting to what we know, and extending our knowledge.
We will also spend a little reading time getting familiar with the online environment of the M-STEP test. This test is first of all a reading test since students must read every part of it no matter the subject. We will explore the test set up and the tools that are available to students. We will also discuss test taking strategies in the areas of reading, writing, science and math in order to make students more comfortable with online testing. More details will come your way as we get closer to our May testing days.
After we review for our unit test on "Energy and Waves," we will begin our final unit for the year. In this last unit from the Math and Science Center, "A View From The Earth," students will make long term observations of the position of the sun in the sky. We will develop an understanding of the relative distances of the sun and moon from the Earth. Students will track the appearance of their movements across the sky and will relate the movements to the passing of daylight, nighttime, 24 hours, seasons, and years. We will also track the different shapes of the moon in order to establish a consistent pattern and an understanding of how those shapes occur. We end the unit with a fun look into fossils and evidence of environmental changes in the history of the Earth!
Social Studies with Mrs. Canfield
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