# The Porter Press

## Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a relaxing Spring Break! As I formatted our newsletter, I was so excited to see that spring backgrounds are now an option. Keeping my fingers crossed for lots of warm weather and sunshine--it is time! In case you missed it, be sure to check out the video we made to wrap up Quarter 3!

## Literacy

Today we will kick off our study of nonfiction texts! At the end of this unit of study each student will be writing a feature article, which will be a cross-curricular piece that also supports 4th grade science standards. This week readers will be reviewing nonfiction text features, such as photographs and captions, headings and subheadings, bold and italicized print, and glossaries. We will study why authors include these features, with specific emphasis on how they help our understanding of the text. Next week we will move into studying nonfiction text structures, which is how authors organize the text. Text structures include compare and contrast and cause and effect, just to name a few. We will have the opportunity to learn from and enjoy many issues of Time for Kids over the next few weeks, and encourage your children to select some nonfiction texts for their at-home reading as well!

## Math

Mathematicians will be kicking off Chapter 10 this week! This is our first geometry chapter of the year. We will be learning about points, lines, and angles. Students will identify and classify angles and triangles as right, obtuse, or acute. We will review parallel, intersecting, and perpendicular lines. We will work to classify quadrilaterals, and also learn to identify and draw lines of symmetry in shapes. This is quite a shift from the computation-heavy chapters we have previously studied. However, as you can tell from our learning goals, this chapter is full of vocabulary terms that your child will need to master! Be sure to ask your child to share about all of the fun things we are doing in class!

## Science

As we begin fourth quarter students will be dusting off their lab coats as we begin a science unit on ecosystems. An ecosystem includes all of the living things (plants, animals and organisms) in a given area, interacting with each other, and also with their non-living environments (weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, atmosphere). These plants and animals depend on each other to survive. In a delicate balance, these lifeforms help to sustain one another in regular patterns. Disruptions to an ecosystem can be disastrous to all organisms within the ecosystem. We have some fun experiments planned for our young scientists such as dissecting owl pellets to illustrate food chains and food webs, a hands-on simulation to learn how environment affects populations of birds as they migrate, and designing and constructing a new bird species population that they will adapt for survival in their classroom environment. It's going to be a busy two weeks!!

## Important Dates

• April 2nd and 3rd: Parent Teacher Conferences
• April 3rd: No school for students due to conferences
• April 10th: Greenacres Field Trip, 1:15-3:15pm