What's New in Fourth Grade
We have been SO busy!!! Congratulations to all of the 4th graders... The Ocean Animal Research projects are complete!!! Thank you to those who came to hear your child read. If you couldn't make it the reports are now hanging in the hallway.
Our current Literacy unit is so exciting and complex! We are focusing on Social Issues. Many of our students think racism and prejudice are events of the past; some of them have literally gasped as they have realized that racism still exists within our world. We have read White Socks Only, Freedom Summer, Faithful Elephants and are currently reading Out of Our Mind. Please ask your child about these books. These books are deep and we have had wonderful discussions. Over spring break discuss current events and social issues your child is passionate about because that leads us to our next writing project. The only topic students are not allowed to write about is animals since we just finished an extensive writing project on ocean animals. Here are the list of social issues Ms. Najera's and Ms. Ellenberg's class came up with.
Science and Social Studies
The Rocks and Minerals unit has finished . Students took a test on Friday and did very well. Perhaps we have some future geologists!
In social studies students are studying government. Students have learned the three branches and what specifically they do. This government study is focused more on our local state government as fourth grade is the grade to learn about your state.
After spring break students will study health and nutrition!
Arts in Action
Third Quarter Ends and Spring Break
The third quarter ends on Friday, March 27 which is now a school day due to all the snow we had. The week of March 23 will be filled with assessments and finishing up/correcting old work so we can start fresh in the fourth and final quarter. We will be giving mock EOGs to help guide our instruction for the fourth quarter.
As always many thanks for all that you add to Rashkis Elementary each day... we would not be so great without you!
Have a wonderful spring break!