May/June Update

Fourth Grade


Throughout May and June, students will be focusing on different kinds of fictional books. Students will have the opportunity to continue reading historical fiction and to start reading fantasy books. As a genre that offers a wide range of options for readers, fictional books often focus on plot, dialogue, narration, and imagination. Students will continue to pick "Just Right" books and share their understanding of such books. Students will use concrete examples from their books to support their answers to questions as they compare and contrast previous texts.


As the students finish up their State Fair projects, they continue to write and edit informational paragraphs. Students will work on including topic sentences and transitions within paragraphs. After the State Fair, the students will read and write some poetry. They will learn about many different kinds of poems such as acrostic poems, concrete poems, list poems, question poems, cinquains, haikus, and free verse. Students will also learn about different poetic devices including alliteration, personification, and rhyme scheme. The students will learn about the importance of such devices and how they can enhance their poetry.


In math, we are finishing our measurement unit. The students are converting measurements, expressing measurements in compound units, and solving word problems. We will also explore geometry as we learn about symmetry, solid figures, and volume. In particular, the students will identify lines of symmetry and symmetric figures, interpret cubes, build solids, and find the volume of 3-dimensional figures. We will finish the year with some review and, of course, more math fact quizzes!

Social Studies

This month is our State Fair! The students will continue creating commercials and brochures for their states. They are using a bit of technology as they explore with iMovie for their commercials. They are really thinking outside the box and are very excited to share their ideas with each other. The students are learning more about the United States as a whole as they compare their understanding of their own individual states to those of their classmates. We are all very excited to see you on Friday, May 19th, for the State Fair!

In the weeks following the State Fair, the students will learn about the Southwest Region of the United States and continue working on their diversity project.

Important Dates

May 1-5: Spirit Week
  • Monday: Crazy Hair and Clash Day
  • Tuesday: Formal Day
  • Wednesday: Pajama Day
  • Thursday: Future/Career Day
  • Friday: NFS Colors & Spirit Day

May 2: Intermediate Grandparents' Day

May 2: Grades 4/5 Show at 7pm

May 15: Field Trip to Bartram's Gardens

May 19: State Fair at 10-11:30am

May 26: Field Day

May 29: No School
June 13: Last Day of School *noon dismissal*