Tuesday, July 24, 2018

2018-19 School Year!

Dear families,
We are thrilled to be your 4th grade teachers! We work as a team to best benefit all of the students and we are excited for an awesome year! Please see the tabs above for our "Kids' Cave" sites for content related games and activities. Also, check out the '4th Grade Info" tab for the supply list, lunch and specials schedule, and other important information.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Type to Learn

Please encourage your child to practice their typing skills on their Type to Learn account! This is a life skill, and will be needed more and more with increasing technology!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

April and May Curriculum Updates

Math~ We will apply the math standards we have learned to create projects that tie all of our 4th grade standards together and include problem solving. Students are currently working on a Geometrocity project in which students become architects and use geometry elements to plan and build a 9 block city. After that, we will apply our fraction and measurement standards to cook in the classroom!

Social Studies~We are finishing up our Civil War unit with the Reconstruction Era. Students are also starting a project in which they will chose an influential individual that we have learned about this year and research them. Students will "become their individual" at our Wax Museum on May 16th 8:30-9:30 AM! Hope to see you all there!!!

Writing~ After researching, students will write an informational piece about their influential individual.

Reading~ We are reading biographies and informational books for our research project and we chose our own books to read for book clubs!

Science~ We are working on the scientific process through STEM education. Students are currently observing their self sustaining ecosystems. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March Curriculum Updates

Math~ We are moving on from fractions into decimals. Students have made the connection to place value, from the beginning of the year, to decimal notation. We will compare decimals as well as order them. We are also starting geometry this month. Students will learn how to use a protractor to measure angles and identify geometry vocabulary all around us. We will identify parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines, as well as line of symmetry,

Reading~ Students are reading historical fiction through a reader's theater format. We are learning sequencing through Acts and Scenes as well as scene directions, characters, setting, and other theater directions. Students are also reading self-selected novels to just enjoy reading every day!

Writing~ Students will be working on short constructed responses as well as writing opinion pieces where they will cite text to support their side. 

Social Studies~We just finished our unit on creating our New Nation through the Great Compromise, Three-fifths clause, amendments, Bill of Rights, checks & balances, and the branches of government. Next we are moving on to Westward Expansion (The Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark Expedition, The Alamo, Oregon Trail, and Gold Rush) as well as learn about the technology of the 1800s (steamboat, steam locomotive, and telegraph)

Science~ We are working on the scientific process through STEM education. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Curriculum Updates

MATH: Last week we started our fraction unit! We are learning why two or more fractions are equivalent and how to create equivalent fractions. We are also covering standards that compare fractions with like and unlike denominators, adding and subtracting fractions, and decomposing fractions.     

WRITING:  Before winter break students wrote an informational book about animal defenses. We will continue this informational writing throughout the nine weeks and then students will research a topic from the Revolutionary War and will create a book to teach younger students. 

READING:  We will continue to work on reading fiction and nonfiction texts with purpose and understanding.  We will make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying similarities and differences.  Students will be able to explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.  Students will also integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Students will learn about the major events of the American Revolution and explain the factors leading to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown. We will also learn about the writing of the Declaration of Independence; including who wrote it, how it was written, why it was necessary, and how it was a response to tyranny and the abuse of power.  We will describe key individuals in the American Revolution with emphasis on King George III, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold, Patrick Henry, and John Adams.  

Monday, December 4, 2017

December Curriculum Updates

MATH:  We will be reviewing Multiplication and Division Strategies to solve larger digit problems. Please encourage your child to practice their facts to improve their fluency! We will also be working on Factors, Multiples, Prime, and Composite Numbers .  Students will also be looking at number patterns in input and output tables.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are learning the events leading to the American Revolution! Students will trace the events that shaped the revolutionary movement in America, including the French and Indian War, British Imperial Policy that led to the 1765 Stamp Act, the slogan “no taxation without representation,” the activities of the Sons of Liberty, and the Boston Tea Party.  

ELA:  Students will continue to correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., totootwotheretheir).  We will also work on using common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraphphotographautograph). 

READING: We are reading informational text on animal defenses. Students will choose an animal to research and write about. 

WRITING:  We will continue to work on our writing stamina with opinion topics.  We will also continue working on summarizing information and using text evidence to support our opinion.  

Warmth for Winter

Warmth for Winter

December 4-15th

·    We will be collecting NEW hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, socks,

bed sheets & blankets.

·    Please bring the new items to Keheley’s front atrium.

·    These warm items will be donated to local families.Thank you for helping our community!