What’s Happening Week of April 16

Things to know:

Declamation Day: Tuesday, April 24

Religion – finish prayer cards – Tuesday, April 24

Social Studies testgovernment – Wednesday, April 25

Author study – Friday, April 27

Book Log – Monday,  April 30th. (this is our last book log for the year but your child should continue to read every night to maintain their fluency and comprehension.)

 

Reading:

• We should be finishing Sign of the Beaver this week and watching the movie next week. Students will compare the book to the movie.

Writing:

• Students learned about Earth Day and wrote a short piece about the event and what they would do to help protect/save the environment.

• Students work on phonics every week.

Grammar:

• We are learning about adverbs, and underlining movies, magazine names, television shows, and putting quotes around poems and songs.

Social Studies:

• We are working on our state projects.

• Economics is our next topic of discussion.

 

 

Spelling week of April 23

Lesson 30

 

Easily Misspelled Words

 

believe

guess

century

machine

library

probably

recognize

separate

question

portrait

citizen

enough

government

biography

especially

environment (added word)

 

HOMEWORK: Write in CURSIVE please

Due Tuesday: Write the words in alphabetical order.

Due Wednesday: Pages, 134 135, 136, 137

TEST FRIDAY

Science

We have moved on to learning about Light and how it travels.  Students used mirrors to experience reflecting light. They started by using mirrors outdoors to see objects behind them and to reflect a bright image of the Sun onto walls.

In the classroom they determined that a mirror can be used to reflect light. Students then used flashlights, mirrors, and water to observe light in numerous ways, reinforcing the idea that light can reflect and refract. Students build a conceptual model about how light travel.

QUIZ NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 20.  Study guide was handed out today and we will review next week.  Journals and textbooks can go home for studying.

p.s.  There will be an extra credit question on the test regarding French magician, Robert Houdin and his use of electromagnets to make his tricks work.  Students will be asked how they think he used an electromagnet in a trick.

http://weeklysciencequiz.blogspot.com/2011/10/discovery-of-electromagnetism.html

 

What’s Happening Week of April 9

Things to Know:  There is a lot happening towards the end of April!

Wednesday: April 18 – step-up day for 4th grade parents – 5:00 pm.  This is your opportunity to meet the 5th grade teachers and learn more about the grade.

Declamation Day – peer recital only: Students must have their poems memorized by Tuesday, April 24. They will be reciting them in front of their peers only.

Social Studies test (Government) – Wednesday, April 25.  A study guide has been given. Students will be able to use their interactive notebook to study from. They should make index cards or use a white board to write out answers to assist with memorizing.  They should be able to bring home their notebooks this weekend.

Author Study Project – Friday, April 27th. Students should type out their work. They should also write the author bio as an essay to practice this skill we have been learning in class.

Fine Arts Night – Thursday, May 10th.

Reading:

• I hope to finish Sign of the Beaver by next week.

Writing:

• Students are now in the process of writing a persuasive argument.  We read a lot of examples of persuasion in our Scholastic News.

• We will be writing something for Earth Day.

Social Studies:

• Students are now using Social Studies time to research their state.  They began learning about Google Slides in computer class.

Spelling week of April 16

Lesson 29

 

Adjectives ending with ER, EST

 

happy

happiest

happier

cloudy

cloudier

cloudiest

ugly

uglier

ugliest

heavy

heaviest

heavier

pretty

prettier

prettiest

 

HOMEWORK: Write in CURSIVE please

Due Tuesday: Write each of the adjectives using comparison sentences. (er, iest words only) Underline the word in your sentence.

Example: The clown is sillier than the monkeys in the circus.

The clown is the silliest performer in the circus.

Due Wednesday: Pages 130, 131, 132, 133

TEST FRIDAY

 

Science

Did you know that the telegraph that Samuel Morse invented ran on electromagnets?!

Today, students applied their knowledge of circuitry and electromagnetism to build a telegraph. They invented a code and use their telegraphs to send messages to each other.

On Friday, they will take on the long-distance challenge by wiring two telegraph units together using long wires.

Week of April 3

Things to Know:

Progress Reports: Progress Reports will be given to students on Monday, April 9th.

Author Study Report: Due Friday, April 27th.  All students have now chosen an author to research. Research must be completed at home. They will be presenting their research to the class.

Electronic State Report: Students have chosen a state to research. They will begin researching information in Computers, as well as during Social Studies time. The report is due Friday, May 18th.

This is  testing week so please make sure your child arrives to school on time. We test in the morning but the tests are untimed, so your child has the opportunity to do their best.

Reading:

• We continue to read Sign of the Beaver.  I am hoping to complete the book by next week so we can get another novel study in prior to the end of the school year.

• We will be watching the movie The Sign of the Beaver and comparing it to the book using a Venn Diagram.

Writing:

• I revisited one of the 6 Traits regarding focused details.

• Students will be writing a persuasive piece soon.

Social Studies:

• We continue to learn about the Federal Government through videos, Brain Pop, and our interactive notebook.

 

Spelling for week of April 9

I am skipping Lesson 27 because it’s spelling numbers. We will practice these in class.

Lesson 28

 

TION, TURE, URE Words

 

nation

moisture

direction

figure

mention

creature

vacation

pleasure

condition

location

feature

attention

adventure

protection

furniture

 

HOMEWORK: Write in CURSIVE please

Due Tuesday: Categorize and write each word according to their spelling.

Due Wednesday: Pages 126, 127, 128, 129

TEST FRIDAY

 

Spelling Week of April 3

Lesson 26

 

Suffix FUL, LESS

(ful = full of

less = without)

 

cheerful

colorful

spotless

thankful

graceful

harmless

hopeful

restless

wonderful

frightful

breathless

thoughtful

faithful

motionless

beautiful

 

HOMEWORK: Write in CURSIVE please

Due Tuesday: Categorize and write the words according to their suffix.

Due Wednesday: Pages 116, 117, 118, 119

Due Thursday: Pages 120, 121 REVIEW

TEST FRIDAY

 

Week of March 26 – Life in 4B

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.

Writing:

• 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.

Reading:

• 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.

Social Studies:

• We hare now learning about the Federal Government with an interactive notebook.