Things to Know:
• Declamation Day: April 4 and through to the end of April. Students have chosen their poems. They should be memorizing them now so they are comfortable reciting in front of their 4th grade peers.
The students are/will be working on two final projects for year.
• The electronic state report is due Friday, May 18. Most of the research and project will be done at school. Students have already chosen their state.
• The Author Study – due Friday, April 18. Information about this project will go home in your child’s Eagle Express today. There is also a copy hanging on my bulletin board outside the classroom. Students have chosen an author to research. This project is to be completed at home. You will need a large poster board. The most important aspect of the project is for your child to write to their author, either by email or write a letter. Copies of the email or letter need to be placed on their poster. Students will be presenting their authors to the class.
Standardized Testing – Wednesday, April 4 to Friday, April 6:
• Students will be tested the week we return from break. Fourth grade begins tasing on Wednesday, April 4 through Friday, April 6. Please make sure your child is well-rested and eats a good breakfast. We test in the morning. However, the tests are untimed so in some cases, we may spill over into the afternoon.
Human Growth and Development:
• Fourth graders took part in a Human Growth and Development class with Nurse Huff this week. Please ask your child what they learned about their bodies and puberty. This class opens the door to more in-depth discussions, especially about self-care and anxieties regarding fitting in and peer relationships.
• Students have completed their final copy of the Iditarod essay.
• They are now working on a short ‘color poem‘. We have reviewed examples and brainstormed ideas. Students understand that the poem requires a lot of adjectives and figurative language to be effective.
• When we return from Easter break, students will be learning how to write a persuasive essay.
• We have almost completed the Sign of the Beaver. I will be showing the movie when we have completed the book. Students will be comparing the book to the movie using a Venn Diagram.
• Our next book is Shiloh. This book is wonderful and is also a series. Reading a book series develops student’s reading because an author uses the same language and sentence structure in their works. Students read the repetition thus strengthening comprehension, speed, and fluency. To reiterate, students should read aloud every once in a while.
• We hare now learning about the Federal Government with an interactive notebook.