Monday, October 2, 2017

October Curriculum Updates

We are looking forward to meeting with all of you during conference week, October 16th-20th! Thank you so much for your support at home! Please remember to use this site as a tool to help your child have fun learning our standards! Check out the Kid's Cave links above for websites on each of our standards!


Math~ We are starting multiplication basics and then we will move into multi digit multiplication (example: 53 x 9, 896 x 4,  79 x 31). These higher level problems can be difficult for children if they don't know their facts.  Encourage them to practice those math facts in a fun way by going to multiplication.com ! Also, kids always learn better by doing something relevant... find examples of how they can help you around the house but they are practicing their math skills (add up your grocery list, figure out how much 3 boxes of cereal will cost, etc.)

Science~ We started our unit on Force and Motion. We will be learning about Newton's laws and then tie in Simple Machines to show how they make 'work' easier.
Towards the end of the month we will be learning about Light and Sound! We will be exploring with mirrors, concave lens, convex lens, and prisms. We will also explore how vibrations create sound and how the volume and pitch can change.

Social Studies~ We will be starting our Colonization unit! We will learn all about how the first settlers survived the hardships of the New World and how they made it their own. Then we will focus on how life differed between the Southern, Middle, and New England colonies.

ELA~ In reading, we will continue to read for information in nonfiction text as well as read an extended novel.   Our focus for writing in the 2nd nine weeks will be opinion writing. We will use the OREO format to defend their positions: state OPINION, give REASONS, site EXAMPLES that support that reason, and then conclude with stating OPINION again. We will also write another short research style paper and two narrative pieces. Remember, through all of that, we are focusing on proper sentence format, grammar, and style.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Curriculum Updates

Math~ We are working on the standard algorithm (the adult way:) to solving large digit addition and subtraction problems. Please encourage your child to practice their basic facts frequently so they are able to solve higher level problems more efficiently. We will take that knowledge and apply it to finding the perimeter of rectilinear figures. 

ELA~ We have been focusing on narrative writing through the Lucy Calkins program. Students are learning how to write detailed scenes with descriptive characters.  We are also learning about parts of speech and applying those to our writing.  In reading, we are focusing on comprehension of chapter books through leveled guided reading groups. 

Social Studies~ We finished our unit on Native Americans, focusing on their location effected their food, clothing, and shelter. We are beginning our unit on early explorers of the Americas (Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Henry Hudson, and Juan Ponce de Leon). 

Science~ We finished our space unit and we had a successful STEM day building Mars Rovers with Mrs. Chatha! We will be starting our Force and Motion Unit next so we had a kick-off STEM day with Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Eitenmiller. Then we went to the media center and used the iPads to make Flipgrids showing everything we learned!
 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Solar Eclipse Info

On August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. This means that Earth, the sun, and the moon— which all orbit in space in predictable paths— will align. The moon will move between the sun and Earth, blocking the light of the sun. Thus, the moon will cast a shadow on Earth. Here in Cobb, we will experience a near-total eclipse between 2:35 and 2:40 p.m. that will last approximately two minutes. This alignment of the sun, the moon, and Earth will mark the first time this phenomenon has occurred coast-to-coast in our country in nearly 100 years. 

In order for your student to participate in an outdoor viewing of the solar eclipse, please sign the permission form that was sent earlier this week and have your student return it to his or her teacher by Friday, August 18, 2017. 

Students who do not return this form signed by a parent/guardian will complete an alternate activity from inside the school building during the eclipse.



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Curriculum Updates

Math~ This month we will be working on place value concepts. Our first standard is to read and write multi-digit whole numbers into the millions place, write number names (standard form), and write expanded form. Then we will work on rounding to a whole number and within a number.  Differentiation will take place in guided math.  Trust that your child will be learning at a pace and level that is comfortable yet challenging for them. 

ELA (English Language Arts)~ Students will go through the entire writing process on a personal narrative. We will determine meanings of words and alternate word choices by using a dictionary or thesaurus. In reading, we will be working on poetry and as always, reading with a rhythm, flow, and meter that sounds like everyday speech. In Grammar we will be working on nouns: common vs proper, singular vs plural, and pronouns. Then we will work on action vs thinking verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs. Our first spelling unit will be on 'No Excuse' words. These are every day words that children commonly misspell. 

Social Studies~ We have been working on land forms and we will take our first quiz on Wednesday.  Students will have tested material in their Social Studies spiral. We encourage them to bring their spirals home to study a little each night (this is also the case with science and math).

Science~ With the big solar eclipse coming up on August 21st, we will begin our Earth and Moon unit next week! What an incredible experience the eclipse will be for our students!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Welcome to 4th Grade!

We are very excited to meet our new 4th grade students! Come visit us on Friday, July 29th from 7:30-9:00 AM for our Sneak-a-Peek!  Check out the 'Grade Level' tab for the supply list and additional information.