Language Arts 

In Literacy, we spent time working on conjugations of regular verbs and discussing how the tenses change: simple present, simple past, and future. In spelling, we worked on “digrafos”, a combination of two consonants that, when put together, they create a new sound. Ask your child to give you examples of these words. Students took a list home that they can use to practice these words and sounds.

4th grade fire

Campfire activities.

The highlight of our week was our Camping Day! Students (and teacher) had so much fun with the different activities we had planned for the day. Thank you for making sure your child had their supplies to participate. We had a blast. The pictures speak for themselves!

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Scavenger Hunt Team Work

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Nature Hike

 

 

 

Math

In math this week, we continued to spend time on area and perimeter. An example of a given activity is: given the perimeter, find the area of a given shape, and vice versa. We escalated from simple to complex problems. When shapes are combined, students have to really spend time thinking and analyzing ways to find the unknown, going through multiple steps. Students have to show the math skill of persevering in solving the problem. We also met in small groups where we worked on math problems in leveled groups. After checking their assessments and assignments, students were given specific feedback and we focused on particular areas of improvement, such as making sure students follow the appropriate steps to measure angles. We finished the week working on unit a summary.

Suggestions for families to work at home.

Have your child draw an angle. Ask what type of angle is it? How do they know? How do you use a protractor and why? What is the base line? What is the vertex? Why is it important to identify these elements when measuring angle? Then, take turns drawing and measuring angles. You can also draw angles and estimate their measurement. After that, you measure the angles. The person closest to actual measurement wins!

Students took home a math challenge packet in English. This is extra practice for them and it is expected that you work together to help guiding the work. You can also  help them spread the work over the next couple of weeks. You can all pick and choose the math problem you want.

Social Studies  & Science

We had our first town meeting and simulation of the Revolutionary War.  The students had to decide how they would react during the events leading to the Battle of Lexington and Concord.  They then journaled about the events.
We also wrapped up our FOSS investigation on weighing matter.  The students estimated how much water a dry sponge would soak up.  They then had to plan and execute a method to figure this out.  We had groups using a couple of different creative and effective methods.
We look forward to next week, looking at some primary sources, practicing “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and learning about volume in Science.
Also, please remember, our presentation week is coming up soon for our Famous Americans project.  We will be drawing sticks for days on Friday!

Art

The 3-4 students finished their circular weaving this week, and they are all on display on the bulletin board near the water fountain. The students worked hard and did a wonderful job on these colorful weavings. Several students started a second weaving project using the rectangular looms. Weaving would be a great summer project for students, since looms can be made from cardboard, shoe boxes, hula hoops, etc.!

Music

This week we started working with our recorders, learning to play brief melodies and having each student play several brief passages. For homework, they are to work out familiar melodies and bring the recorders back to school on Tuesday (to make absolutely certain that all are there for Wednesday.