Fourth and Fifth Grade Newsletter

March 2013

Upcoming Events

3/1: Spelling Bee: Congratulations to the following fourth and fifth grade participants: Deanna Azahar, Kristin Carr, Tiffany Baptiste, Juan Avendano!
3/8: ASCI Art and Piano Festival
3/8: Spirit Night, Chuck E. Cheese
3/12: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
3/14: End of 3rd quarter
3/17: Saint Patrick's Day
3/20: Report Cards Issued
3/21: Picture Day, Casual
3/26: 3-5 grades Spring Performance
3/28: March Reading Calendars Due
3/29: Good Friday; No School; Teacher Workday
4/1-4/5: Spring Break

**We are in need of the following classroom items: pencils, lined notebook paper, Lysol spray.

Content Information

Fourth Grade Language Arts, Social Studies

Language Arts: Students are continuing their focus upon GUM rules and applying those rules appropriately. Please continue to encourage your student to work carefully and diligently on all tasks. We are focusing on a different GUM skill each week, and students are applying their learned knowledge of GUM rules as they edit and proofread various written pieces. In Writer's Workshop, fourth graders have been focusing upon the persuasive genre. Students have written persuasive pieces, and they have used their powers of persuasion to convince parents to purchase a particular family item with a received amount of money! Fourth graders will be focusing upon Women's History Month in their writing, as well. In Reading, students will soon begin a new class text: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Please continue to encourage your student to read and do their best to meet and exceed set AR goals.
Social Studies: Students have begun their study of the thirteen original colonies. Upcoming Units: Revolutionary War

Fourth Grade Math, Science

Math: In Fourth grade Math, we just started the Geometry unit this week. We will be covering many different topics like points, lines, rays, angles, and polygons. We will also be learning and using the formulas for perimeter and area. The students have made a Geometry Notebook that they are writing in daily to practice their note-taking skills, and to keep up with the many vocabulary words that we will come across. The Geometry unit will take about 5 weeks to cover, and then we will move into the Measurement unit.

Science: In Science, we are currently working on the Solar System unit. We will be learning about constellations, moon phases, seasonal changes, and all of the planets over the next several weeks. So far, the students are really enjoying our unit. We will have many hands-on activities and projects coming up in the next few weeks.

Fifth Grade Language Arts, Social Studies

Language Arts: Students will be continuing their study of sentence diagramming as we focus our GUM efforts on parts of speech; we will be diagramming appositives. Fifth graders are encouraged to utilize appositives in writing, as using them provides context clues for readers. In Writer's Workshop, fifth graders have been working on the persuasive genre. Fifth grade students will also begin an expository unit this month, where they will complete a full research report. This research will require a field trip to the Nancy Guinn Library, where students will take a tour of the library and complete any research required. Their research papers will be written on historical topics spanning the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In Reading, students will soon begin a new class text; this text will be reflective of our study of World War II.
Social Studies: Fifth graders have completed their study of the Civil War; there will be a Civil War cumulative assessment Thursday, March 7. Upcoming units: Reconstruction, World War I, World War II

Fifth Grade Math, Science

Math: Fifth grade is currently working in our Geometry unit. We have already worked on types of lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and using a protractor. They are working on their "Geometry City" maps this week at home, and they will be due by Friday. We will be moving on to finding perimeter, area, and volume soon, followed by coordinate graphing. We will be working in this unit over the next several weeks.
Please make sure students are working on Math homework every night (Mon-Thurs). It is very important for them to go home and continue to practice the skill that we worked on in class.

: We are in the middle of the Electricity and Magnetism unit. We will continue to work in this unit for a couple more weeks, and then we will move into the Chemical and Physical Changes unit.


Kristin Carr 3/1
Brandon McCool 3/3
Alex Twardos 3/8
Grace Mann 3/11
Lauren Yancey 3/27
Bryson Neal 3/28