Welcome to Our Fourth Grade!
Dates to Remember
Jan. 15 No School Teacher PD
Jan. 26 1/2 Day Students Records Day
Feb. 9 1/2 Day Students Teacher PD
Feb. 12 No School
Feb. 20 4-7:30 Conferences
Feb. 22 4-7:30 Conferences
Mar. 1 4-7:30 Conferences
Mar. 2 1/2 Day Students Teacher PD
Mar. 30 No School
April 2-6 Spring Break
May 4 1/2 Day Students Teacher PD
May 28 No School
June 13 1/2 Day Students Records Day
8:00 Arrival, Attendance, Lunch Order, Morning Work
8:20-9:15 Special-Gym, Art, Tech, or Music
10:25-11:15 Panther Hour
12:10-12:25 Classroom Book-a-Day
2:15-3:15 Science or Social Studies
SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS
Scholastic Books are a great way to build a home library for your child. Your purchase also helps to support our classroom library.
Our current order is due on January 19th.
For Online Ordering:
Go to : www.scholastic.com
Our classroom code is J6N2Z
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Please note that if you email me, it will likely be after school before I receive your email. I do not check my email often during the school day as we keep very busy.
*****All transportation changes must be made through the office to ensure that your child gets to where they need to go.
Classroom Number 441-9864
Be advised that I do not answer the phone when students are present. Please leave a message and I will return your call when students are not in the classroom. If your need is urgent please contact the office. I will email or call you as soon as I am available.
What Are We Learning?
Size, Shape, and Symmetry: 2-D Geometry and Measurement
This first geometry and measurement unit focuses on classifying two-dimensional shapes, comparing the size of angles, and working with linear and area measurement. Students will learn to measure acute, right and obtuse angles using polygons with familiar sized angles. Students are also introduced to a protractor as a tool for measuring the size of an angle. They continue their measurement work from earlier grades by measuring distance and perimeter, using both U.S. and metric units and finding the area of polygons in square units. This is a fun visual and hands on unit.
Please do visit the "Helpful Instructional Math Videos" below for videos that will help you to understand how to help your child.
In our second writing unit students will be working on opinion essays. Students will undergo an initial “essay writing bootcamp” to help them develop a sense of essay structure and what it feels like to write a whole essay. We will be writing a class essay together “in the air” and then they will go off and “flash draft” it quickly in their own words. Students will spend time writing entries about people, objects, events, and issues they feel strongly about. These writings will be used to develop a thesis statement. Students will then learn to support their opinion with three very different reasons each with powerful and convincing evidence. They will learn to orient the reader with an introduction and also write a conclusion that provides final related thinking. Finally, students will raise the quality of their work by developing a persuasive essay in which they take themselves through the whole process independently. You can watch their progress in Google Classroom once they begin collecting free-writes and drafts. Ask your child about their writing!
We have begun our Informational Reading unit. Students will work on determining importance and synthesizing when reading informational text. They will learn strategies that help them read for main idea and supporting details. As they read, students will see the importance of previewing the text before reading, using text features to predict how information is organized, and think about subtitles as they study pages of expository text. Students will learn a note taking strategy to organize the information they’ve read and use their notes to talk with partners about their topics. They will respond to text based on prior knowledge and life experiences and generate possible central messages based on all that they have read and know. Students will further explore text structures when reading informational text. They will use their knowledge of the way informational text is organized to notice descriptive, chronological, comparison, cause and effect and problem and solution structures within and across sections of text. Students will also learn to problem solve when they encounter topic specific words and will learn strategies for overcoming the challenges of solving unknown words and their meanings.
In this unit, Energy and Waves, students will be actively involved with hands on explorations. This unit focuses on the big ideas of obtaining information to determine how energy moves from place to place, the relationship between energy and forces, the properties of waves. and how waves are used in technology. Students will be involved in active investigations and group discussions to explain the relationship of speed of an object to the energy of that object. They will investigate how energy can be transferred from place to place. Students will also take on the role of scientists as they plan and conduct investigations to predict outcomes about the changes in energy when objects collide. Students will also design, test and refine a device that serves a purpose where energy transfers from place to place. Students will be given many opportunities to interact with how energy moves from place to place and is evident in motion, light, sound, heat, and magnetism and electricity. This is a very active unit and the kids always love the materials and hands on experiences included in the learning!
Social Studies with Mrs. Canfield
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