Mrs. Drew's Weekly Newsletter
4th grade: Week of 3/21
This week in 4th grade...
- Language Arts: In Writing the students began their fourth chapter of their expository Lewis & Clark books. This chapter gives information about life after the expedition. To enhance our reading skills, we began reader's theatre! This has been fun and beneficial to our oral reading fluency. Our first script is a version of Hansel & Gretl.
- Social Studies: Our focus this week has been on wrapping up our final tasks from our Lewis & Clark simulation. This week the students finished timelines about the expedition, and began writing a speech to Congress asking for approval and financial support to start the Corps of Discovery (just like how Thomas Jefferson had asked Congress to spend $2,500 for the expedition). Even though this task is related to the start of the journey, we chose to do this at the end of our unit as it ties into our upcoming government unit.
- Science: It was dahs and dits in fourth grade this week as we created simple telegraphs and learned about Samuel Morse. We also discussed Alexander Graham Bell's amazing invention that sent a human voice over a wire! We continue to discuss our science fair projects, too. I can't wait to see the final products that the students are creating. I'm seeing some great things so far!
- Math: This week we completed chapter 10 on geometry and spatial reasoning. After diligently working on identifying perpendicular, parallel, and intersecting lines, they did a wonderful job on their final tests! These students are eager math scholars, and keep asking me when we're going to learn fractions and decimals. I love their enthusiasm! (We will cover those topics in a few weeks.)
This student-initiated experiment was done because a student asked, "If we put magnets in water, will it affect their magnetic fields?"
We built telegraph machines, then tried to use the Morse Code to tap out a message.
Building circuits is so exciting!
Hansel & Gretl is coming to life as we practice our oral reading fluency.
This pair applied their knowledge of Native American bead work to try to create their own.
This group is writing a speech to Congress asking for financial support for the Corp of Discovery.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful words, notes, and gifts for Teacher's Appreciation week. The students decorated the most darling plate and mug for me, too, which I absolutely love! I'm so glad to have each of your children in my class this year. Thank you for being such a supportive group of parents!
Next Week in 4th Grade...
- Language Arts: continue Reader's Theatre; Writing: finish expository books; grammar
- Social Studies: finish speech to Congress; begin government unit, work on capitols- Students may use this link to practice:http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/USA_Geography/USA_Caps_1_1024.html
- Basket Weaving: We have an "in-house field trip" on Monday from 9-11 a.m. where the students will weave baskets. This goes along with our study of Native Americans. The woman who will teach us this skill is very versed in the tribes of the Pacific Northwest, and will have many interesting things to share with us.
- Science: continue Salmon study; Salmon release on Tuesday; focus on scientific method & science fair questions- Checkpoint #3 is on Thursday; final electricity & magnet questions; (after break we will start Soil, Rocks, and Land forms)
- Math: three days of geometry, measurement, and word problems
- March 28th (M): In-school basket weaving "field trip"
- March 29th (T): Salmon Release
- March 31st (Th): Science Fair Checkpoint #3
- March 31st (Th): OPT meeting, 6-7 pm
- April 4-8 (M-F): Spring Break
- April 11th (M): Olympia capitol field trip: "Civic Education Tour" (8:30-2:30)
- April 12th (T): All Science fair items (notebook & board) due
- April 14th (Th): 5:30 p.m. Science Fair