Fourth Grade

March 28, 2017

It will be an exciting week in 4th grade! We will kick off the week with our field trip to The State House. We will begin to talk about the judicial branch of government in Social Studies. We will also be starting our new ELA module "A New Home." This week we will read Allen Say's "Grandfather's Journey" and discuss new vocab words like kimono and famine. We will focus on the words people, different, enough, between and suppose for spelling. Our class will go to the computer lab again to practice for the upcoming Smarter Balanced testing.

March 22, 2017

This week fourth graders will hear and discuss a story about a constellation. We will discuss that the Greeks came up with stories based on the stars in the sky, and that these stories were myths. Students will get the chance to be creative and write their own constellation story, as well as a piece of art to go along with it. To wrap up our space ELA module, students will choose one piece of space related art that we have discussed, and write an essay explaining why that piece of art should be on display in a museum exhibit titled “Learning About Space.”

We will be going to the computer lab to begin practicing for the upcoming Smarter Balanced testing.

In Artist’s Corner we will continue to work on our NH assemblage boxes, as well as the “Comeback the Kitchen Table” project.

In Science we will be discussing evaporation. We will conduct an investigation on ow fast 2 paper towels evaporate, one exposed to the air, the other not exposed. Everyone has been doing an excellent job with multiplication, we will continue to practice multi-digit multiplication, moving on to division when small math groups are ready. Some groups have finished multiplication and division, and will be moving on to angle measure shortly!

Next week we are going on our field trip to the State House!

March 7, 2017

We are all so excited to be back in 4th grade! We are excited to welcome two new students this week! We will be finishing our New Hampshire essays in ELA and Social Studies. We will begin to make a NH assemblage box, which we will present to the class along with our NH essay. We will start to talk about fixed and growth mindsets, ask your kiddo what each means! In Science we will work in groups to create our own version of a weather tool. Groups will pick the weather tool of their choice, and will have certain materials they can use to design their tools. We are continuing multiplication and division. Some groups will be moving on to the next module shortly, others will start 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication!

February 21, 2017

The focus in ELA this week will be writing opinion conclusion paragraphs! Students will explore and practice how to restate their opinion in a different way, summing up all of their reasons they wrote about in their essays. We will be sharing our hard work with the class when we are finished. Students are pretty much all done with their NH research and will begin to write their essays on NH. We will also start to talk about the different tools meteorologists use to measure weather. Students will work in groups to complete the scientific method in order to construct their own version of a weather measuring tool. We will test out tools when finished and reflect on their accuracy. Students will continue to work on multiplication or division, depending on their math group.

February 21, 2017

The focus in ELA this week will be writing opinion conclusion paragraphs! Students will explore and practice how to restate their opinion in a different way, summing up all of their reasons they wrote about in their essays. We will be sharing our hard work with the class when we are finished. Students are pretty much all done with their NH research and will begin to write their essays on NH. We will also start to talk about the different tools meteorologists use to measure weather. Students will work in groups to complete the scientific method in order to construct their own version of a weather measuring tool. We will test out tools when finished and reflect on their accuracy. Students will continue to work on multiplication or division, depending on their math group.

February 15, 2017

This week we will continue to talk about Apollo 11 in ELA. Students will read an article about the reasons some people believe the USA did not actually land on the moon. Students will think critically and come up with their own opinion, explaining their thinking in writing. We are going to continue to paint our buddy bench for the school. It looks fantastic so far! 4th grade will present the school community meeting on Thursday morning starting around 8:45am. The meeting will last about 15-20 minutes, grown-ups are welcome to come and see our hard work! For Valentine's Day we will make pastel hearts and bird feeders, as well as exchange valentines with classmates. We will continue to talk about weather and climate, and discuss the job of a meteorologist.

February 7, 2017

This week 4th graders will work on adding commas after introductory words or phrases. We will do a fun, whole class activity to practice adding these commas into different sentences. We will be continuing NH research. We will also talk about the five themes of geography, and how they relate to NH. Fourth graders will be presenting the school community meeting on Friday morning. Parents and grown-ups are welcome to come see our hard work! The meeting should start around 8:40 and last no longer than 20 minutes. We will be painting our "buddy bench" for the meeting. We will be using acrylic paints. Students are encouraged to bring in an old t-shirt to wear while painting; we also have some smocks available for student use. In Science, we will start to talk about climate. We will record the weekly forecast and compare it to the observed weather for each day.

January 31, 2017

This week we will start to explore our next ELA focusing question: How did the astronauts of Apollo 11 learn about space? Students will read a story about Apollo 11, and write an opinion paragraph about what they have learned. We will continue our NH research, and begin to write our essays, explaining the different aspects of NH we have learned about. We will also start to discuss the geographical features of NH, including how the mountains up North were formed. In February, we will present the community meeting for the school. Students will work with each other to piece together our presentation. We will be making a "buddy bench" for the school playground, fourth graders will have lots of fun painting the bench! We are continuing our multi-digit multiplication, some groups have moved on to long division!

January 24, 2017

Fourth graders will continue to answer our ELA focusing question, how did Galileo learn about space? We will read a short essay about the moon as well as write our own poems about the moon using figurative language. Students have been doing an excellent job with figurative language, and even call it out when they hear it during read aloud. We will be practicing our multiplication facts, a lot! We will also continue to practice multi digit multiplication. Everyone has been excited about our NH unit! We will continue to research our state in order to write essays about what we have learned. We will take a look at the NH Gazette, our oldest newspaper, and start mapping different geological features of NH on our class map!

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