Fourth Grade News
First of all we would like to remind all our parents of the up and coming parent/ teacher conferences. The communication between school and home is a vital part of the education of our students. The conferences will be held on Tuesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 2. Conferences will run from 3:00-7:00 each night.
The fourth grade students have been very busy this quarter. In reading class the students have been reading nonfiction material. They have been focusing on the skills of context clues, character traits, main idea, drawing conclusions, sequencing and making inferences which will help them prepare for the Iowa Assessments. The students recently finished reading about natural disasters. We are learning about tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes. We will be using the knowledge gained in reading class to research on the internet a chosen natural disaster to write a research report over for science class later this spring. When finished researching the students will write a ten paragraph paper with an annotated bibliography to cite their sources. This will be accomplished by working collaboratively between English and science classes. The students have also been working with a fluency program called Six Minute Fluency. This is a partner activity to assist with a student’s word per minute count and accuracy. The fourth graders continue to work diligently on Accelerated Reader striving to reach their point and comprehension goals set every quarter.
In math class the fourth graders are mainly focusing on fractions and decimals. We have also been working on finding perimeter, area, multiplication and division this February. Our Everyday Math series has provided us with many opportunities to practice solving problems dealing with fractions, perimeter, area, and all operations of math. They not only get to play games to practice their skills, but we also use many different computer programs to enhance their learning. We are continuing to focus on becoming more proficient with our overall math skills.
In science we have been learning about the different measurements in the metric system. The students have enjoyed participating in the measurement labs and activities that go along with these lessons. Our evaluation for this unit will be a twenty four station lab test. The students will perform twenty four different tests during this evaluation.
In social studies we recently finished reviewing the mountains, coastal plains and islands of the Southeast region of the United States. We learned about the Appalachian mountains as well as farming and life along the coastal region.
The fourth graders are also busy preparing in all of their classes on test taking strategies. We would like to remind parents that the Iowa Assessment tests are approaching quickly. The tests will be held the week of March 20-24. Please encourage your child to do his/her best. Getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy breakfast will also help your child during their testing.