If they chose an animal, they will be expected to gather the following information:
adaptations of the animal
what it eats and how it gets its food
physical characteristics of the animal
If they chose a person in history they will be expected to gather information about the following:
birth date and place
death/or where and what they are doing now
a childhood story
hobbies or interests
why they are famous
challenges/problems the person faced
greatest achievement/accomplishment of the person
We will be doing lots of research work in class, but any help you can give your child at home would be wonderful. Please let me know if you have trouble gathering information, so that I can help them here at school.
Today your child is bringing home a multiplication and division fluency check paper. They were given 1 minute to complete 15 problems. In fourth grade, they will have 30 seconds to complete 15 problems. Please continue to practice fact fluency with your child. This is crucial for continued success!
“Because of Winn Dixie” was a wonderful story to supplement our personal narrative unit. We often referred back to specific examples that we could incorporate into our own writing. The children were encouraged to:
close their eyes to make a movie in their minds of a small moment
focus in on exact details and specific moments rather than general sentences
zoom in on the most important part of the story
leave out the parts that don’t matter
story tell the events in their story step-by-step across their fingers
tell the internal story by including their thoughts feelings and responses
begin with a strong lead (action, setting, description, dialogue, or thoughts)
close with a strong ending (action, dialogue, thoughts, images, and whole story reminders that leave a lasting impression)
reread the story with a partner, look for confusing parts and revise for meaning
We will be taking our reduce, reuse, and recycle assessment tomorrow, February 7th. If your child misplaced the flashcards that they brought home earlier in the week, click on the picture below for another set. I also included a link for a recycle round up game by National Geographic. This is a short test and they have been practicing these terms all week.
We have been reviewing the correct way to use quotation marks in our writing. If you would like to review quotation marks along with other punctuation marks by taking a quick quiz, click on the pictures below:
We are focusing on the 3-Rs (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce) in science. This is a very easy unit for the students because it builds on their knowledge about natural resources. Flashcards are coming home on Tuesday, but you can visit the following link in advance if interested: http://www.easynotecards.com/notecard_set/11324 . The test will be on Thursday.
We are focusing on words with silent consonants or consonants that make a new sound. Many of the words that we are looking at have the following combinations: kn, wr, gh, or ph. On Thursday, these words will be used in sentences:
Our party is scheduled for Thursday, February 14th at 12:45. If you are available to help, please let me know. I will be sending a note for donations once our solo volunteer has a chance to think about it. Here is our class list if your child wants to start writing out a valentine for each student: