What are we learning?
Our math program is work shop style, meaning that much of your child's math time will be spent working on his or her individual math goals. I am currrently in the process of completing our mid-year math screener. Students who have mastered their goals from the beginning of the year will be moving on to new goals laster this month. If you have questions, you can, of course contact me.
Although much of your child's math instruction is at his/her level, we are still responsible for providing instruction of the 4th grade Common Core Standards. These standards are taught to all 4th graders across the country. We utilize Math Investigations as a resource for these standards. Each day, there is a whole group mini lesson (often from Investigations Math). After each mini lesson, there is some kind of practice. This may be a work sheet, game, or another in class activity. After your child completes the practice for the whole group mini lesson and activity, he/she will move on to working on his/her individual math goals by choosing an activity from their math menu. They may also be meeting with me one on one or in a small group during this time.
Investigations Unit 4: In this unit, students will investigate measurment using both the U.S/Standard units and metric units. They will learn to convert measurements within and between the two systems. They will also learn about polygons, finding area and perimeter, and measuring angles. Students should be able to differentiate acute, obtuse, and right angles. They should also be able to contruct angles and find the measurement with a protractor. Students will also learn about parallel and perpendicular lines, points, rays, line segments, and symmetry.
At home: Students should continue to work on practicing multiplication facts using the flash cards for "combinations they are working on. I highly encourage all students to spend a little time on Front Row math at home every evening. This is a great way for students to receive practice in their weakest areas. They may also use any of the math resources on the links section of this website, as well as the resources on Moodle.
Reading: We are currently reading for 30 minutes per day in class. We are working on the story elements, focusing on theme. We have been reading stories centered around the theme of money and have been discussing how auhors use the theme of money in differeng ways. We have also explored the different lessons that can be taught through the theme of money. Student will be writing an essay comparing the theme of money from two stories later this month.
We are also working on non-fiction reading. Reading and writing are tied together tightly this month as students are exploring non fiction text in order to determine a topic for their informational essays.
At home: I suggest that students spend at least 20 minutes per day in joyful reading. They may read to themselves, to a family member, or, parents can read to your kids. Reading at home is important, but, do what you can to make it fun. Reading as a family will help your child grow as a reader if it's something they can look forward to every day. Students will have access to their Raz Kids accounts this week. The log in in their first name. (RyanP and RyanN, AveryT and AveryD need to also include last initials). Students will be given their passwords in reading groups this week.
We are beginning our Informational writing unit. Students will be writing informational essays about a wild animal. Right now, we are in the research phase of this work. Students are exploring informational books and determining a wild animal that they might choose to focus on for their informational essays. We have been reading non fiction books and also using the World Book Online for Kids website to conduct research. Students are looking to find an animal that is interesting and that they will be able to find a wealth of information about when they research in books and online.
I checked out several books from Willard Library to help us with this work. I also advised students to take a trip to the library and check out a few books of their own to help them with their research, as I am not able to check out enough books for every student and every animal that they are hoping to research. It is important that all students have at least one or two non fiction books to use as a resource in addition to the online resources we will be investigating.
Social Studies: We have been exploring geography. Students have studied questions geographers ask including absolute and relative location, physical and human characteristics of the United States.
Science: Mrs. Kinnisten will teach science to my class this year. Please visit her web site for more information