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Peek at the Week

Week of March 3rd-7th

 

ISAT

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the fourth graders will be taking the ISAT.  Because of our testing schedule, it is imperative that students arrive to school on time.  Administration of the test’s directions will begin each morning promptly at 9:15.  Each morning, the students will take an hour long reading test followed by an hour long math test.  Next Tuesday, the fourth graders will take two science tests.  Since the students are taking the tests, there will be no homework this week in both reading and math.  Regular homework will continue next week.  If you have any specific questions, comments, or concerns about the ISAT, please contact me. 

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles. 

During Monday and Friday’s math lessons, the fourth graders will identify the faces, edges, and vertices of a geometric solid.  The students should also be able to name the specific solid from the base.  In addition to creating the geometric solids, the students will also work in small groups to differentiate instruction based on skill level. 

 

Social Studies: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears. 

To begin learning about the western region of the United States, the fourth graders will use the text features to preview the section. 

 

 

 

 

Science: Formulate questions on a specific science topic and choose the steps needed to answer the questions.

Because of the ISAT, the fourth graders will take a break from learning about the human body this week.  Instead we will be using the scientific process to answer the question about which candy is the chewiest.  To do this, we will start with asking the question.  Before we form a hypothesis, we will research the topic to build our background knowledge or schema.  After every fourth grade scientist creates his or her hypothesis, the students will all test out the product to identify how many chews each candy has.  From the data, the students will draw a conclusion and communicate their results. 

 

Reader’s Workshop: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

When meeting in guided reading groups, the fourth grade readers will be cognizant of which part of the plot mountain they are on in their guided reading books.  Once they finish their guided reading book, they will be able to identify what happened during each part of the plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution).

Writer’s Workshop: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Continuing on from last week, the fourth graders will continue to brainstorm ideas for their fiction writing.  Mini-lessons this week will focus on developing characters through identifying external and internal characteristics, writing dialogue, creating a setting in the exposition, and writing an unforgettable ending.   The writers will be given a rubric next week to identify what they will need for their published writing which will be due at the end of the month.