Peek at the Week
Week of February 29th-March 4th
The fourth grade scientists will continue to study electromagnetism. Inspired by the wonderings of a fourth grade scientist, the students will investigate to see if a circuit would flow using electromagnetic wire. They will also read informational text about how electromagnetism stopped a war. Later in the week, they will read how Samuel Morse advanced communication with the development of the Morse Code.
Math: Draw and identify lines and angles and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
With the end of the month, comes the end of Fraction February. The students will be exploring angle measure through rotations, measurements on the clock, and specifically learning that angles are measured in degrees. They will also be identifying lines of symmetry on shapes. We will end the week with solving multi-step multiplication number stories. The fourth graders will take the Unit 5 Test early next week.
Social Studies: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text.
As the students are reading about the states of the Southwest regions (Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico) they will use context clues to define the vocabulary words. Ask your fourth grader what he or she has learned about these states of the Southwest.
Reading: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Students will be sharing inferences that they are making in the text with their guided reading groups. They will be encouraged to share their inferences in their homework letters. As stated previously, students will be taking a weekly comprehension quiz on Think CERCA. Students have the opportunity to receive a half point on each error. To do this, the student needs to explain why an answer is in fact correct. Each week, we revise a question in class. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the comprehension quiz.
Writing: Orient the reader by establishing a situationed introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
In March, we will our writing genre will be fiction. The students will begin this genre with illustrating a picture of his or her protagonist and listing the external and internal characteristics of this chracter. They will also identify the problem that the protagonist will face in the rising action of the plot (as well as the solution in the resolution). Before the students begin drafting their story, they will illustrate a picture of their setting, list the other characters that the protagonist will interact with, and create a plot mountain. Be sure to ask your fourth grader about his or her fiction story.
As stated in the student handbook, homework accounts for 30% of the final grade in both reading and math. In the first half of the year, I gave the students the opportunity to complete homework during school. Because of our new enrichment routine, students are not always given this opportunity. Please check to make sure that your fourth grader is completing homework at home. Every fourth grader should be reading 30 minutes at home every night. They should respond to their letter weekly. Math homework is assigned every night. If you have any specific questions, comments, or concerns about homework please let me know.
|Reading||Read for 30 minutes||Read for 30 minutes
Letters from North and South America due
|Read for 30 minutes
Letters from Europe, Africa, and Asia due
|Read for 30 minutes
Letters from Australia and Antarctica due
|Read for 30 minutes|
|Math||Homelink 5-10||Homelink 5-11||Homelink 5-12||Homelink 5-13||Math Homework Due|