4th Grade Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: May & June, 2015


Fourth grade artists will continue to a unit study on Egyptian Art throughout May. We will be finishing building our clay sarcophagus and once it is dry and fired we will work on glazing the pieces. We we also be working with plaster, recycled containers and other sculptural materials to build our own "canopic jars" and will learn more about hieroglyphics in order to decorate the jars. It is sure to be an exciting time in the art room!


Fourth grade will spend most of May learning about digital citizenship with Sarah Matthews. We will review how to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction, and the types of nonfiction and their purposes. We will finish the school year with Dewey Decimal bingo.


I can’t believe it is already May! I have had such a wonderful time working with this fourth grade class. They had a wonderful show last week! I am so proud of them. We will be ending the year doing a research project on a classical composer. Thank you for sharing your child with me this year!


We will spend much of this month preparing for Field Day. The students will review and practice many of the races and games that will be played on the big day. Following Field Day, the class will participate in outdoor sports involving baseball/softball/kickball type activities as well as large group games that can be played on the fields. At the end of the school year the students will have the opportunity to choose a few of their favorite games and activities that were played during the year and repeat these activities one final time before the end of school.


Fourth graders conclude the year by learning about electricity. Students will do their best to make a bulb light with a single wire, a cell, and a bulb. This challenge always seems like it will be super easy for the kids, but ends up being much harder due to their preconceived ideas about how electricity works. It is always an “ah-ha” moment for them. Then, with their new found knowledge, they try to light a bulb with two wires and a battery. Students receive bulb holders and cell/battery holders and proceed to explore circuits. They have open-ended exploration time and put together more cells and more bulbs to make bigger and more complex circuits. They continue their explorations by looking at a dissected extension cord to see that it actually has two sections so that electricity can travel up and back. They find that energy in a battery travels from negative to positive, and they take apart an incandescent light bulb to see how it works. Then they explore a small motor, dissect it, illustrate it and put it back together to make it work one more time. Students will explore conductors and insulators, find out the difference, and test several different objects to see if they conduct electricity or not. We conclude the unit learning about electrical hazards and how to avoid them. It should be an illuminating experience!


In May, Spanish class will begin to communicate in writing and oral forms what sports and activities they enjoy and and what time they do these. Their language expression will be more accurate in pronunciation and grammatical form. Without knowing that they are actually doing conjugation work, students will begin to describe these activities using the “yo” form. They will finish the year out writing short paragraphs recycling vocabulary learned in earlier grades and throughout 4th grade.