4th Grade Newsletter

May 8, 2015

Important Dates


  • School-wide Dress Down for the Last Two Weeks of School
  • Monday, May 11: Economic Test
  • Monday, May 11: Last chance to turn in field trip permission slips/money
  • Monday, May 11: Social Studies Economics Test
  • Monday, May 11: ELA Classwork Project: Adverb Avenue
  • Tuesday, May 12: TAG Buffet of Scholars w/Mrs. Dempsey
  • Wednesday, May 13: Civil Rights Museum Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 14: STEM Day
  • Friday, May 15: Field Day
  • Monday, May 18: Final Math Project and Packet Due (counts as Test and Quiz Grade)
  • Tuesday, May 19: Last Science Test/Project Due
  • Wednesday, May 20 - Thursday, May 21: Aquarium Field Trip

  • If your child was tested for TAG: Please sign the highlighted form and return to Ms. Hasic. If you have any questions, please email her at ahasic@fsaelementary.org.

Reading

All Classes: We have concluded our unit on historical fiction with The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 and Bud, Not Buddy. Next week, students will review their reading skills with fiction and non-fiction passages on a variety of interdisciplinary topics to sharpen their skills for the next school year.

ELA

All Classes: This week students will apply the finishing touches to their Adverb Avenue projects. Groups will then tour the 'city' we created at find out how the people there are living. As time permits we will review prepositions, pronouns, and cursive handwriting.

Math

All Classes: Next week in math we will continue to work on our projects; students will create a presentation (it can be power point, a handout, poster board, etc.) to show what they learned in their favorite unit in math. We will have computers in class Monday, May 11. Projects will be due on Monday, May 18; students are expected to present on this day. An instructional packet has been given to students, and additional copies can be printed from Class Resources. A second packet it due the same day that will count as a quiz grade. If students have a homework pass, they can turn it in in lieu of completing the individual packet.

Science

Next week will be filled with many fun activities, some of which are devoted to science. However, on Monday, we will have a normal day and will continue our study of the human body. On Monday we will discuss the animal cell and will work on our project choice board.


Remember that the students are working as individuals at their own pace. The goal is to master the name and location of the major bones and major organs of the human body in addition to the name and location of the components of an animal cell. Once the student has taken Section 1 (Bones) quiz, he/she may move to Section 2 (Organs) and then Section 3 (Animal Cell). The students also have the option of waiting until the day of the test (5.19.15) to complete these sections. Should the students complete the three sections prior to the official test day, they will get to choose one (age appropriate) human body topic to study intensively.


Helpful Links

http://www.softschools.com/science/human_body/diagram/

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm?topic_id=hb

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/animals/animal-cells.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/index_interactivebody.shtml

Social Studies

Monday is our last test of the year which will cover Economics!

Please return the Early History text book by next Wednesday, 5/13! If not returned, you will be charged for the amount of the text book.

Ms. Brown

Next year, Mrs. Brown will be teaching 5th grade ELA/Reading/Social Studies at Nesbit Elementary in Gwinnett County with Mrs. Swiggum

Mrs. Dempsey

For texts from Mrs. Dempsey, text @4ndzs to 470-239-6238!


Next year, Mrs. Dempsey will be teaching 5th grade science at Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academy in Canton, GA.

Ms. Swiggum

Next year, Mrs. Swiggum will be teaching 5th grade Math/Science at Nesbit Elementary in Gwinnett County with Mrs. Brown.