Springstroh Times

January 8, 2016

This Week's Learning

Daily Jefferson Union

In quarter two our 4th grade classes have been spending certain Fridays focusing on current events. For our last current event lesson Chris Spangler and Alexa Zoellner, from the Daily Jefferson Union, came in to speak with our students about what it is like to be a reporter. See a picture of their visit below!

Reader's & Writer's Workshop

Reader's Workshop

Students have been analyzing historical fiction letters written between Abraham Lincoln and Lettie, a slave girl. Their understanding of the Civil War and slavery has grown immensely.

Writer's Workshop

On Friday we finished publishing our Argumentative Emails trying to persuade our reader that either the Civil War or the Revolutionary War was the greatest event in American history.

**Ask your student...What are the positive outcomes of your topic?

Science & Social Studies


Your students have had their first week of geology training! They have taken on the role of geologists and have analyzed the outside of a mock rock and the inside of one by breaking it apart. Students are using these mock rocks to understand what geologists really do in the field when looking at what our earth is made up of.

**Ask your student...What are rocks made out of? (minerals)

Social Studies

The map tests are officially completed! Thank you for helping your child prepare for these tests to better help their understanding of geography. These same tests will be completed again in quarter 4.

Everyday Math

Your child has been working so hard on their multi-digit multiplication, as well as other skills that they are ready to be assessed. On Monday, they will complete a study guide during class. This study guide can be used for the Unit 5 Math Assessment on Tuesday, January 12th. The study guide is the same exact format as the test, so make sure to practice a problem or two from each section with your students Monday night. Thanks for all you do to help them be great at math!

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Science Fair

Over break your child completed their science fair draft detailing what their project will be about. The final project is due on Thursday, February 4th.

Important Dates to Remember

January 12th - Unit 5 Math Test

January 12th - Geography Bee

January 15th - No School (Records Day)

January 21st - Board of Education Meeting 7:00PM - Luther Elementary

January 29th - Report Cards Sent Home

February 4th - Science Fair Projects Due