The Kersey Chronicles
Rockstars Choosing to Matter in Room 25
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Over spring break, your child will come home with his/her data binder for the Quarter 3 At-Home Conference. I know many of you are traveling, but it is so important to schedule a 15-20 minute meeting with your child to review his/her school work and set goals for the final quarter of 4th grade! Please set a date on the calendar, and treat this conference as a "work" meeting for your child - it is important work for your child's academic growth.
This is an example of a Young Author Book. We write these every year and display our published books at Art & Author Night. This year, we wrote a narrative for a 1st grade audience, and the student gets to pick the events of the story. It helps students work on writing skills because they have a limited amount of space to write and it has to have all the elements of a plot line. Young author books also help me stay organized as a writer because I have a limited space to tell a story. (written by Adam G)
In math, we are making a miniature golf course to practice using our knowledge of area and perimeter in a real way. We grew as math students because in third grade we counted the area, but in fourth grade, we multiply the height by the base to get the area. Also, this is our big project for the unit of area and perimeter and lets us use our creativity and collaboration skills to use math skills in a fun way. We also have to use mathematical practices to be successful. (written by RoryB)
In reading, we do book clubs as a part of our learning. I am reading Esperanza Rising this quarter. We all love the books because we get to pick which book we want to read. It helps us talk about our reading, learn to ask questions, and improve our vocabulary words. In each book club group, we get to determine how much we read each night, and when our meetings will be. We love talking about it and enjoy our book clubs no matter which book it is. (written by Brooklyn T)
This Week's Set List (March 14-19)
Week at a Glance/Skills for the Week:
LITERACY – We are finishing Q3 book clubs. These books relate to our Number the Stars novel study in some way, and students will identify commonalities. After reading, students will use apps to share their learning with peers. These book clubs will finish by Friday.
WRITING – We finished our Young Author Books, and they are awesome! The remainder of the week will be free/choice writing!
MATH – We will finish on Unit 10, which focuses on prealgebra concepts. The test is scheduled for Friday, March 25th. (Please note this is the Friday before Spring Break. It is important your child is here on that day!) A study guide was sent home Monday and we will review the day before the test.
SPELLING – During 4th quarter, we will not be taking spelling tests. All students in this class have demonstrated a 4th-5th grade mastery of spelling, and therefore, we will utilize time for other learning!
SCIENCE – No science this week.
SOCIAL STUDIES – We will begin our Civil War Unit in Social Studies.
TIPS - We will continue to use this time for test taking strategies, as well as a chance to practice Socratic Seminars.
March 22nd: Art and Author Night
March 28th-April 10th: Spring Break, no school