News from 4th Grade
Week of 10/31-11/4
Week at a glance...
- This week we began our Maps unit for Social Studies. On Monday, the students will receive their maps project where they need to make a map of the world. Pictures of continents and large paper will be provided. It is due on Monday, 11/14.
- On Thursday, November 17th we will be making salt dough maps of Pennsylvania. A parent will go home this week with directions and a sheet if you would like to volunteer (see below for the sheet).
- The end of the first trimester is November 11th. Please remember the reading goal assignment is also due that day and it is an early release day.
Conferences for this week! See below for confirmation of times
Thursday, Nov. 10th, 5pm
600 South Lingle Avenue
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What we're learning this week
Journeys: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
This cycle, students will explore different ways to do research. We will be reading the realistic fiction selection: "Dear Mr. Winston," from When I Went to the Library, students will read a letter of apology that conveys more than the simple message "I'm sorry for bringing my snake into the library." We will also read Field Guide to the Snakes of the Southwest.
Vocab: fault, borrow, reference, fainted, genuine, local, apologize, proof, slimy, insisted
Vocab strategy: antonyms
Comprehension skill: Conclusions and generalizations - figure out unstated or broad ideas
Comprehension strategy: Question: ask questions before you read, as you read and after you read.
Writing focus: Informational Writing
Spelling words (vowel + r sounds): spark, prepare, cheer, tear, scarf, scare, repair, earring, scarce, weird, sharp, rear, spare, gear, hairy, compare, alarm, harsh, upstairs, square
Grammar: compound and complex sentences
Journey's: Thursday and Friday
Next cycle, the story is all about creativity! We will explore the question, "What does it take to be a great performer?" In the biographical selection, Jose! Born to Dance, we'll read about a man who learns to express himself through dance. We'll also read the poetry selection, Dance to the Beat, about dancing and rhythm.
Vocabulary: debut, stubborn, permission, hauling, mournful, towered, triumph, discouraged, toured, border
Vocab Strategy: Shades of meaning
Comprehension Skill: Author's purpose - use text details to figure out the author's reasoning for writing.
Comprehension strategy: Analyze/evaluate - think carefully about the text and form an opinion about it.
This week our fluency will include facts 0-9 for multiplication. Once we have gone through all multiplication facts, we will continue with division facts.
Homework will change to workbook pages to review for an end of unit assessment this week.
Social Studies: Maps
Our maps unit will include a Map Project to be completed at home. Each student will need to make a world map on large construction paper with labeled parts. I will send home the requirements and paper on Monday. Please see below for a copy of the requirements for you as well!
Salt Dough Map Activity
This will be a big project and I would love to have extra helping hands! If you are able to join us on Thursday, November 17 from 10:00-11:15 am, I would greatly appreciate it! It would also be a huge help to send in extra dough with your child for students who will forget or not be able to make it. See the picture for an example of a finished salt dough map.