Peek at the Week
Week of March 23rd-27th
Math: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.
We will start the week reading about geographical area measurements. The students will compare the area of South American countries measured in square miles. Once again, please discuss area in real world situations. Monday’s homework will pertain to comparing the weight of turtles. This will be the only math homework this week. Because of this, homework will be due on Tuesday. We will spend the rest of the week focusing on both perimeter and area. If there are ANY math skills that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader, please let me know. Measurement March will end with a test on March 31st. Math concepts that will be assessed include perimeter, area, adding and subtracting fractions, probability, and scale.
Social Studies: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text.
As the students read about the mountain and pacific states of the west region, they will use context clues to define the bold words. They will also be differentiating between fact and opinion. At home, discuss the difference between fact and opinion in real life scenarios.
Science: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text.
Monday’s class discussion focused on the quality of water. We discussed how we have different purposes for water in our lives. To further investigate this, every fourth grader will have received a vial and a label during Monday’s science class. With the vial, every fourth grader needs to obtain a water sample from their choice of source. Examples include: bath water, dishwater, laundry water, plant water, lake water, rain water, tap water, etc. Students have been told that they are not to bring in toilet water. During Tuesday’s science class they will identify the color, clarity, odor, particles, and organisms found in the water. On Wednesday, they will observe the evaporation results. On Friday, the water conservation forms are due. In addition to sharing how they conserved water, they will work in small groups to create a water conservation public service announcement to present to the class.
Reading: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
As stated in last week’s Peek at the Week, the fourth graders will no longer be using their Journey’s book for homework. In order to receive the necessary stories for this week’s Tic Tac Toe activities, they must turn in their Journey’s book. This week’s text all pertains to spiders. The students will have the opportunity to read text of the realistic fiction, informational, and poetry genres. In class, the students will be annotating text in guided reading groups. Specifically, they will look at why authors chose different words or phrases in regards to the plot. At home, discuss language choice in the text.
Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
The fourth grade writers will be putting the finishing touches on their informational books. All parents are invited to attend our Publishing Party on Thursday, March 26th at 8:45AM.
||Tic Tac Toe activities due
||Study Link 8.8
||Math Homework Due
||Collect a water sample from appropriate water source.
||Water Samples Due
||Water Conservation Project Due