## Math

As we enter February, we leave fractions behind (though the 4th graders know fractions are always around them) and begin to study angles. Students will learn to recognize angles of 90, 180, 270, and 360 degrees. Be sure to ask them if an angle is obtuse or acute! They will also practice estimating angles and measuring angles using a protractor. After the President's Day break, the class will work on finding unknown complementary and supplementary angles.

Of course, we will continue our daily mental math and word problems. And, as always, multiplication facts will be practiced.

Book Clubs are up and running! I love being a fly on the wall while the groups are discussing the great historical fiction books they are reading. Groups are practicing listening to each other's comments and questions and then taking the time to respond and discuss each person's ideas before moving on to the next comment.

Using our read aloud, the class is focusing on character development and how an author can describe a character without coming right out and telling the reader what their internal characteristics are. We are also discovering how the setting of a story plays an important part on the development of the characters.

After the President's Day break, we will begin a unit on fantasy. This is always a favorite! Using our read aloud, we will discuss common characteristics of fantasy novels and how setting is an important part of this genre.

## Writer's Workshop

Last month we began working on Realistic Fiction and developing believable characters. That practice has prepared us to begin creating outlines to make decisions on what will be included in our stories. Students will introduce paragraphs using topic sentences and make connections from one paragraph to another using phrases. By creating a timeline of events writers will be able to give their characters a history. They will use supporting details to expand their writing and make decisions about how to conclude their stories.

We'll end February by editing and publishing. Through peer editing and self editing students will work to integrate new vocabulary into their stories. They will also put to work the editing marks they have learned as they locate errors and work on omitting the "fluff"; details and sentences that do not move the story along. We will conclude the month with celebrating our published work.

## Social Studies

We begin the month by finishing our study of the warm Southeast Region. Towards the middle of the month, we'll move westward and begin to explore 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 Southwest and make comparisons of people and groups who lived there in the past with people who live there now.

## February Fun!

February 7th: Field Trip to the Edison Museum

February 7th: Stories Under the Stars
February 13th: Noon Dismissal ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 14th: No School ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 17th: No School ~ Presidents' Day

### Mrs. Mahoney's 4th Grade Class

4th grade will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 13th in our classroom before our noon dismissal that afternoon. I will provide the treats and entertainment, and students are more than welcome to exchange valentines with their classmates. While not required to bring them in, please remember if they choose to do so, they need to bring a valentine for every one! Thank you!