4th Grade January Update

Miss Fowler's Class

Math

This month we will finish our unit on Fractions! Students have been hard at work learning how to find a fraction of a whole and a set of objects. They also have been further developing their number sense by identifying where fractions fit on a number line. Their continued study of improper fractions and mixed numbers will prove to be beneficial further in the year when we begin studying decimals.


Reading

This month we will begin exploring Historical Fiction in book clubs. Students will practice various skills in having successful discussions such as active listening, monitoring voice levels, and keeping discussion focused and meaningful. We will make decisions on how much to read, mark important text content that needs to be discussed and set reading goals. Lastly, students will dive deeper into the exploration of setting and how it can transport readers to another place and time, giving them a richer reading experience.


Writing

Last month we finished our unit on Realistic Fiction. This month we begin learning how to structure and organize our writing for our unit on Personal and Persuasive Narratives. Our focus will be on collecting ideas, using prompts to grow ideas and using boxes and bullets to frame essays. Our first goal of this unit will be to use our practice of collecting ideas and using a discerning eye to begin crafting strong thesis statements.


Social Studies

December was short and left us with a few facts of the Northeast Region to wrap up. We will then move on to learning about the Southeast Region. We will continue using maps to understand the geographical location of the places we discuss and the natural resources of the area. We will also learn about the states and climate of the Southeast and make comparisons of people and groups who lived there in the past with people who live there now.


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Upcoming Events

January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: NO SCHOOL
January 21-24: Education Week