4th Grade News

January 4th, 2016

Holiday Celebrations!

The two days before our holiday break was full of fun activities! We participated in a school sing-a-long, had hot cocoa and cookies, watched a movie and made our holiday ornaments (we hope you enjoyed opening them!) Thank you so much for the wonderful gifts that came in for us! Your generosity is appreciated.

Did you see your child's new clipboard? Maybe they even used it for a little extra writing this vacation??

Extreme Weather

Now it's time to put our non-fiction reading skills to work! This week, our students will be meeting with their RESEARCH TEAMS! Each team will have an extreme weather or related natural disaster topic to become experts on! The topics include: hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, floods, blizzards, tsunami and earthquakes.

During their meetings this week, they will be exploring the text structure of the books and articles they are using to research with. From there, they will determine what sub-topic each member is responsible for researching. Then the reading and note-taking begins! Ask your child what topic they have and look for their books and articles in their reading bag.

Opinion First Drafts

We have been working diligently on our first drafts of our personal opinion essays. Our students have been applying everything that they have been learning from this unit as well as the realistic unit from the first trimester. It is amazing how far they have come this year! We have a few lesson left on how to write a catchy introduction and how to tie it all up with a well thought out conclusion. From there, we will be revising and editing and writing our final draft! We can't wait to show you what we've written!

Researching Colonial Times

During Social Studies class, each student is knee deep in their research of colonial times. They are researching colonial schools, homes, food and trades. As they finish their research, each student will be creating a Prezi presentation to showcase what he or she has learned.
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Magnificent Magnets

After working very hard on our metric unit for length and weight, we are moving on to magnets. The entire unit is hands-on and we will be performing 3 experiments that teach them the main concepts of magnetism:

  1. Opposite poles attract and the same poles repel
  2. More magnets and moving a magnet closer increases the force of attraction
  3. Magnets do NOT attract to all metals - only iron, nickel, cobalt and steel.

Factors and Multiples

This week, our lessons in math will focus on factors and multiples. We will go on a hunt for numbers that are prime (have only two factors) and numbers that are composite (have more than two factors). The first game in the links below is a fun game to practice factors called "Factors Millionaire". The second link is a game to a game to practice multiples called "Pumpkin Multiples". Have fun!

Fort Ticonderoga

Wednesday, June 15th, 8:30am-2:45pm

100 Fort Ti Road

Ticonderoga, NY

Mark your calendars ... ask for the day off! This is a field trip you can't miss! Join us for a day at Fort Ti exploring the fort and participating in an educational program.