## MARCH 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our monthly newsletter!! Fun and exciting things are happening here in room 203. Each month we will keep you updated with what we are learning as well as reminders and special events. Enjoy!

## WHAT ARE WE UP TO IN THE FOURTH GRADE?

We have been working very hard in the classroom!

MATH

We just concluded Unit 6 in which the students learned how to solve multiplication and division number stories, were introduced to division and partial quotients, learned how to interpret remainders, how to measure angles, and lastly how to plot points using coordinate systems. Whew!! Last week we started Unit 7. During this unit students will be introduced to fraction concepts, notation, and uses. They will also learn how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers, practice identifying equivalent fractions, and we will touch upon chance and probability. We began the unit with exploratory centers and had a special guest, Mrs. Irwin come to help out. This unit includes lots of hands-on manipulatives and who doesn’t like that?

LANGUAGE ARTS/WRITING

Writers Workshop is going great! Currently the students are working on writing their very own informational book that we plan to share with you at conferences. Each student has chosen a topic and has begun making chapters. We are learning many strategies that are helping to guide exactly what will be in these books and cannot wait to share them! We are also building our writing stamina every day! We test spelling every Friday. Please help your child remember to turn in their spelling homework every Friday.

Our Readers Workshops lessons are also going great! Currently students are learning about nonfiction books, their text features, and how to read them critically which has tied in wonderfully with writing our nonfiction books. Each student is reading at their individual level and should be reading for 20 minutes a night with a “just right fit” book that is brought home from school.

SCIENCE

Distance, volume, mass, and temperature-oh my! Your little scientist is learning all about measurement and how it applies to our everyday lives. During our measurement unit we have conducted 4 investigations which all end with an experiment in which the students get to practice a different form of measurement. We are wrapping up our unit by having each group create an event that could be a part of a Metric Olympics! We have many unique and creative events which the students will present next week.

## UPCOMING EVENTS

3/15- Dress up as your favorite Olympic Sport Day & Green Bagels