4th Grade

Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Conley, Ms. Grobeski, Mrs. Marcks

Friday, March 8th, 2019

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Forward Testing!

We will begin Forward Testing right after Spring Break throughout the whole month of April. Please let your child’s teacher know ASAP if you child will be gone at any point during the month of April. We understand that things will come up but if there is something already planned for your child, please let us know so we can make arrangements for your child during testing. Thank you!

Supplies Needed!

Please check with your child to see if any school supplies are needed. We seem to be low on certain items, such as glue sticks and pencils.

Also, if you would like to donate a box or two of tissues, it would be appreciated. It seems this winter has taken its toll on us in regards to our supply of tissues!

Reminder: Madison Field Trip

Madison Field Trip is Tuesday, June 4th! Mark your calendars! Historically, this is a 1:1 field trip with parents chaperoning their 4th grader. If you are unable to attend, we will have your 4th grader join with another parent to form a small group.

Calling All Swimmers! Join the Rose Glen Swim Team!

Remember, if you would like to join the Rose Glen Swim Team, practices begin March 20th at 4 pm at West High School. The swim team is FREE and is open to all boys and girls in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades who can swim 25 yards without stopping.

It is not mandatory, but most kids like to get Swim Team Spirit Wear. You can still order Spirit Wear! The shop closes Monday, March 11th.

Order your swim team Spirit Wear on this site: https://skyhigh.orderpromos.com/RoseGlen

Parents are required to drive their children to the practices and pick them up on time. (Carpooling is a great idea!)

Each child is required to attend three of the five practices in order to participate in the swimming meet on Saturday, April 6th.

The 5 Practices are as follows. Please be ready to enter the pool by 4pm!

  • Wednesday, March 20th @ 4:00 - 5:00

  • Friday, March 22nd @ 4:00 - 5:00

  • Tuesday, April 2nd @ 4:15 - 5:15

  • Thursday, April 4th @ 4:15 - 5:15

  • Friday, April 5th @ 4:15 - 5:15

If you have any other questions please feel free to talk to your coaches,

Mrs. Watke (970-2454) and Mrs. Marcks (970-2463).

We hope to see many of you there on Wednesday, March 20th!

Language and Reading Workshop

Readers will finish the Inquiry unit next week. Our last book that we are reading for Language Workshop is about the life of Nikola Tesla. Other well known inquirers that we have highlighted in this unit are Thomas Edison, George Ferris, and Alexander Graham Bell. The kids are amazed at the connections between all of the inventors, as well as the time period. Would you believe that Nikola Tesla was chosen over Thomas Edison to light up the Chicago World’s Fair, where George Ferris showcased his magnificent new invention, the Ferris Wheel. Next week, we will be heading into Unit 6: Power, with the focus on how words can be powerful.
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Writing Workshop

Writers have been finishing up their infographics on energy. Students learned how to use the Adobe Spark Post app to create an infographic that highlights important information and data, and how it relates to a specific type of energy topic. It has been a unit of growth in the way that students learned how to take notes on post-it notes, and then sort them into categories, taking only the most important information, and then finding related graphics to go with their information. Make sure that you check out your child’s infographic on their ipad!

Talking Points for ELA:

  1. Who was the most influential person that you learned about in the Inquiry unit?

  2. What is your infographic about? (They can show you on their iPads)

Math Workshop

Mathematicians have done a nice job converting decimals to fractions and decimals to fractions. They have also added unlike denominator fractions (tenths and hundredths) and have compared decimals. We all know we would rather have 0.80 cents in our pockets than 0.08 cents! This unit will come to a close soon! WOW! Then we will start the beginning stages of Geometry! Mathematicians will once again see how flexible their thinking is as we move from the more abstract (paper, pencil & symbols) to concrete (manipulatives and models) learning.

Talking points in Math:

1. How do you add fractions with different denominators?

2. How do you convert decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals?

Science & Social studies

We have finished our unit on Energy. We used the LAUNCH Cycle and students worked together to complete Sail Cars in partners or small groups. We ended our building by racing our cars with our classmates. Everyone’s sail car was able to move and we sure had some creative ideas! Ask your child about the Sail Car Race!

We have officially entered our unit around Economy! This week, we introduced key vocabulary that would help students be successful with their economy store, which we will be starting next week! Each student has the opportunity to be an entrepreneur as they work to create their own business, products, and setting their own prices. We are having a blast understanding how money works, and students are working hard to earn their own income throughout the day. For example, if students have their iPads charged each day with at least 50%, they get $1. Earn an Eagle Ticket, they get $1. However, they are also learning how in the real world, expense is a very real topic. Talking in the hallway and having a messy cubby/table makes students owe $1 when the health inspector comes around! We are excited to learn more about how our stores will work and then begin working on our stores next week!

Questions to ask about Social Studies:

  • What are some things that we need to save for?

  • What are wants and what are needs?

  • Ask about their products. How much are they selling them for? What is their slogan? How much money do they have to spend?

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  • Friday, March 15th - Day of Awesomeness - PM
  • Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th - No School - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 1st - School resumes after Spring Break Holiday
  • Thursday, April 18th - Early Release - Elementary students released at 1:40 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19th - No School - Good Friday
  • Sunday, April 21st - Happy Easter!
  • Sunday, April 28th - Chicken BBQ 11:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 4th - Field Trip to Madison (8:30-5:00)