Mrs. Ross' Newsletter

4th Grade at Bell Prairie Elementary

Science

Our of unit of study for the next few weeks will be magnets. So far, students have spent their lab time learning what magnets are attracted to, how magnets interact, and being iron detectors. Vocabulary covered includes north and south poles, attract, repel, and magnetic force. They also discovered that magnets aren't attracted to all metals, but are only attracted to iron and steel. Thanks for spending some time asking what they learned about this week. Teaching you about these magnetic concepts will solidify them in their minds and help them recall the information on the science portion of the 5th Grade MAP test.

Reading and Math

Mrs. Nick has done a wonderful job of stepping right in. In Reading, the students are learning about first-hand and second-hand accounts in text. In Math, the students are learning about fractions.

Congratulations go to Mrs. Buckley on the birth of her daughter, Mila!

CONGRATULATIONS 4TH GRADERS!!! YOU CRUSHED YOUR GOAL OF A 47% AVERAGE ON THE WINTER MATH BENCHMARK WITH A 51% AVERAGE.....WAY TO GO!!!

Writing - Literary Essays

Our Opinion Unit of Study continues with writing an opinion piece about a piece of literature. The focus of their writing can be one book, on an author, or about a character in a book. This week's focus has been on creating a possible topic list, choosing a topic, and writing a thesis statement with 3 supporting reasons. This group is so passionate about their literature. I am looking forward to seeing their opinions unfold in their writing.