## A Note from Ms. Deal

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming out last night to watch the dance show. I thought it was a huge success and the kids were so proud to show you their moves! Also, THANK YOU to the parents that came with us or showed up to cheer us on at Soccer Day. We had beautiful weather and played our hearts out!

Next week will being with Day 4, and the students will have P.E on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The 4th Grade has been scheduled to take our NWEA MAP tests next week. We will take Math on Tuesday morning, Reading on Wednesday morning and Language on Friday afternoon. Please help the kids get enough rest the night before testing and eat a nutritious breakfast the morning of.

Please note that Field Day is on Thursday, May 19th from 12:00-2:30. Our team color will be yellow. If your child has a yellow athletic shirt they may wear it to school that day. If not, the P.E. department has pennies for the students to wear over top of their school uniform. Please send your child to school with a change of clothes. There are many water games at field day.

Lastly, I know we have many business savvy parents out there. Econ 201 was my worst grade in undergrad (shhh), so I would love for any of you experts to come in and help us out. If you are willing to come in and share your knowledge with the 4th grade that would be wonderful. Relating what we are learning to the real world is so important for kids.

Our Music Concert will be on, Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30. Students should arrive to their classroom at 6:10. Dress for the concert is anything black and white. Please not writing or logos on the tops.

Have a great weekend!

Thank you,

Ms. Deal

## Upcoming Events:

May 17th - Math NWEA

May 19th - Field Day - Grade 4/5 12:00-2:30

May 20th - Language NWEA

May 24th - Grade 4/5 Music Concert at 6:30

June 7th - 4th Grade Market Day 8:00-11:00

## Math

We continue our quest to learn more about fractions. Each student has decided on three fraction related questions that they would like to learn about. The questions included basic mathematical questions like: How do you add fractions? What is an improper fraction? What are equivalent fractions?

And moved into more abstract questions like: Where did fractions come from? Who invented fractions? Why should we understand how fractions work?

We have been working as a class and independently to answer these questions and I am excited to learn along with the 4th graders.

We have also perfected our adding fractions with unlike denominators! These kids are math superstars!

## Language Arts

Word Study: Students are exploring new patterns of spelling words.

Writing: We have started our poetry unit! The students are really into it and have created some awesome poems. This week we published color poems!

## Social Studies :

This week we began our Economy unit. We have discussed wants vs. needs, goods vs. services and even competition among businesses and target markets. We were able to go out to the PAFA Market Day and take pictures of interesting advertisements, goods, services, competition among goods and speak with local business owners. It was a great experience. We also looked at different child entrepreneurs from around the world to get our kids in the mood and inspired for their own market day on June 7th!