Mrs. Seeram's 4th Grade Class

May/June 2016

May/June News

Dear Families,

Happy Spring! I can't believe that we've already started counting down the days to the end of the school year. It has been a true pleasure working with each one of you to support our children as they learn, grow and excel. Even though we are approaching the end of the year, our work continues and we are working ever so hard.

In math, we are finishing up our unit on fractions and will have our assessment for this unit on Tuesday, May 17th. Following this unit we will spend the next few weeks investigating decimals and briefly return to solving multi-step word problems.

Our current writing focus is on persuasive essay writing mixed with continued practice of grammar and effective writing tools, such as parts of speech and correct use of punctuation. We have finished reading Shiloh and the students were awed as they saw the book come alive in the movie.

Science has taken off with a blast as we experiment with different forms of energy. Mr. Paul Bovenzi has been working with our class to investigate this topic and we are thrilled with the fun experiments that are involved. Also, we are observing and learning about ecosystems using aquaponic techniques to grow herbs in a tank with a beta fish. In conjunction, we are also planting seeds in soil so that we can compare the two growing methods. In Social Studies, we continued to explore the regions of the U.S. and are currently studying the West. We recently concluded our study of the Midwest and are now headed to the Southwest.

Other important upcoming events include our field trip to Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Ri. This trip will take place on Thursday, May 26th. Please look for more information about this field trip which will be sent home later this week. Another exciting trip that we have coming up is our visit to Deering Middle School. This visit will take place on Wednesday, June 1st. Many of the students are nervous about going to the middle school in the Fall, hopefully this trip will help to alleviate some of the anxiety.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me either by calling the school at (401) 822-8452 or by emailing me at vseeram@westwarwickpublicschools.com