4th Grade Update
In science, social studies and English we are wrapping up a major project on natural disasters. The students had to research one of the five disasters. We used multiple websites to do our research then answered a series of questions covering the formation, U.S. history, World history, and safety rules of the disaster. After taking notes the students wrote papers, made title pages, outlines, and bibliographies of their research. When their papers were completed they will present their information to the class. They could create a keynote on the computer or do an oral presentation with a diagram or a demonstration. The students are really enjoyed this project. We will end the year discussing Energy. The fourth graders will learn about different forms of energy by using a FOSS kit provided by our AEA. In social studies we will focus on the western part of the United States.
In fourth grade Math we have been exploring how to add, subtract and multiple fractions. The students have been working on how to solve multi-step number problems as well. The students have been doing many hands-on activities and computer programs. To end the year we will be learning about using data and produce different types of graphs and charts.
In fourth grade reading the students are currently working on their Greek mythology unit. The students are reading the story Hercules’ Quest. The students used this story to work on the comprehension skills of theme, character traits, drawing inferences, story mapping and supporting answers with text evidence. Then to work on fluency the students read the readers’ theater King Midas and the Golden Touch and The Trojan Horse. The students worked on expression, accuracy, and added actions to perform each one in class so that all students learned the popular myths. The students will be wrapping this unit up with STEM project where they will be a toy designer designing a Greek God action figure and writing a description about their action figure. Next the students will be reading a realistic fiction story about a hamster from a classroom named Humphrey.
In English the students will begin their Adverb/Preposition unit upon returning from Easter break. The students will next be writing an opinion essay. The students will be learning to write a position statement and support that position statement with factual information. They must mention the opposing side in their essay as well as include a closing paragraph.
The students will be taking their last FAST test and the STAR reading test at the beginning of May. They also have two more end of the year Skills Iowa benchmark tests to take for reading. These results will be sent home in the fourth graders end of the year report card. Please keep them reading at home as their AR goals are due by May 19.
A notice to parents that we will be traveling to the Nelson Pioneer Farm in Oskaloosa on May 12th for our field trip. Students will need a sack lunch for the day. The schedule for the day allows students to ride their normal bus for the day. We look forward to a fun-filled day!