Fourth Grade News
The fourth graders have been working hard this quarter. Thinking more outside the box and writing more detailed works have been the focus in Mrs. Scholtus’s class this quarter. Context clues, main idea, making inferences, and analyzing text have been strategies that have been focused on in reading class. Using clues from the text and a student’s own background knowledge are the keys to many of the skills the students must incorporate within the fourth grade Common Core components for reading. Reading for Accelerated Reader allows the students to practice these advanced skills for reading. The students see this more now that they have two goals for AR. Each student not only has her/her points goal as in the past, but they now also have a comprehension goal of 85%.
The students have also found out how reading and writing go together in fourth grade. Many of the stories that the students have read, they have also been writing about in different ways. They have written character descriptions and stories from story starters in conjunction with a story read. The students are currently working on their Young Writer’s Conference story project. The focus of this is to understand the complete writing process including the usage of technology as stated in the fourth grade writing standards for Common Core.
In Mr. Marlay’s math class the students have been perfecting their use of multiplication and division facts. The math series has given the students a great review of decimals, the metric system, and customary measuring system during the last few weeks. We presently have many different computerized programs that are enhancing the math program. The use of Math Playground, abcya.com, Starrmatica, and Everyday Math On-line have allowed the students to find different ways to work on their math skills. One of the great things about these programs are the students can use these web based programs at school or at home.
In social studies the students have been focusing on the Northeast region of the United States. They have learned about the land and natural resources of this region. They should now have a better understanding of how the physical features of an environment can impact the economy of an area and the entire United States.
In science the fourth graders have studied the human body. They looked at the major systems of the body and how those systems work together to keep us healthy. We will also be learning about the physical science behind light energy. They will learn how light occurs and how we use light in our everyday life. The students have been reading and discussing articles from Scholastic News and Science Spin magazines to help them learn about new discoveries and technologies used in our ever changing world.