Best Foot Forward Bulletin

Fair Park 4th Grade: April 11-15

WI Forward Exam (April 13-29)

The WI Forward Exam begins on April 13th for the fourth graders. Schedules (blue half sheet) have been sent home with your child. Please make sure that your child has headphones/earbuds at school. Students will NEED their own set for the exam. They will be returned at the end of the academic school year.

The Dark Side of Digital Technology (April 14th)

The Dark Side of Digital Technology: Internet, Cell Phones, and Social Media will be presented on April 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in The Silver Lining Arts Center. While digital technology offers a world of communication, education, and entertainment options for our youth, it also has a dark and dangerous side we must be aware of. This fast-paced presentation that takes an in-depth look into the latest trends in digital exploitation of children. Eric Szatkowski, Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation, will facilitate this valuable presentation, which is sponsored by Friends of Abused Families.

McTeacher's Night (April 20th)

McTeacher’s Night has allowed schools to “take over” a neighboring McDonald’s from 4-7 p.m. with a percentage of sales going directly to support specific school needs. Since it begain in 2003, local McDonald’s Restaurants have raised more than half-a-million dollars to benefit area schools! Come out and enjoy the night with your family and support our school at the same time.

Grandparents' Day (April 22nd)

On Friday, April 22nd, grandparents are invited to share a special afternoon at Fair Park Elementary. The purpose of Grandparents’ Day is to provide grandparents an opportunity to visit Fair Park School and share one or two experiences with the children in their grandchild’s class. It also provides the grandchild an opportunity to share their day with their grandparents.

If your child does not have grandparents that are able to participate, we will have your child buddy-up with another student and grandparent. Because this activity is designed for inter-generational sharing, we ask that only grandparents attend. Thank you.

Grade 4 Schedule

1:20-1:30 Introduction in Gym

1:30-2:30 Visit Classrooms

Upcoming 4th Grade Transition Nights

During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet Silverbrook staff, tour the building, and ask questions.

May 3 9-10 AM in Silverbrook Cafeteria

May 10 6:30-8 PM in Silverbrook Cafeteria

May 16 6:30-8 PM in Silverbrook Cafeteria

ELA (English-Language Arts)

Students are beginning the next reading unit. The comprehension strategy that we are working on is being able to identify cause and effect. We are also practicing how to make connections (Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World). All reading strategies are to get our kiddos to better understand the text that they are reading. If your child wants a break from reading a book, is a great website to read current events. During writing, students will be completing a variety of book reviews. The book reviews will be oral and written.

Spelling Pattern: Suffixes with -FUL, -LESS, -LY, -NESS

clearly, faithful, weakness, worthless, dimly, thoughtful, illness, restless

Eureka Math (Mr. Sternig & Mrs. Riffel)

Fraction Comparison

Students will use benchmarks and common units to compare fractions with different numerators and different denominators. The use of benchmarks is the focus of Lessons 12 and 13 and is modeled using a number line. Students use the relationship between the numerator and denominator of a fraction to compare to a known benchmark (e.g., 0, 1/2 , or 1) and then use that information to compare the given fractions. For example, when comparing 4/7 and 2/5 , students reason that 4 sevenths is more than 1 half, while 2 fifths is less than 1 half. They then conclude that 4 sevenths is greater than 2 fifths. In Lesson 14, students reason that they can also use like numerators based on what they know about the size of the fractional units. They begin at a simple level by reasoning, for example, that 3 fifths is less than 3 fourths because fifths are smaller than fourths.

Eureka Math Help

Lesson homework pages available here.

Bridges Math (Mrs. Anderson)

In this unit, students are formally introduced to a host of new geometric concepts, including angles and angle measure, parallel and perpendicular lines, and reflective symmetry. Module 1 students identify, draw, compare, analyze, and classify angles. They study angles in isolation as well as those in two-dimensional figures. The students are learning about angle measures first with benchmark angles of pattern block shapes (square has 4 90 degree angles, equilateral triangles have 3 60 degree angles, etc...). This week we are moving to using a protractor to measure angles.

April number corner focuses on shapes and perimeter of each shape. The students are continuing to look for patterns that they see on our Calendar Grid Observations.

Social Studies

Native Americans, Explorers and Fur Traders:

In this unit, the focus will be on Native Americans being identified as the first people in Wisconsin. In the 1600's the French explorers/missionaries came to Wisconsin looking for a water route to China. They were followed by the French fur traders who came to get furs to ship to France/Europe.