Fourth Grade News
First of all we would like to remind parents that parent-teacher conferences are Tuesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 11. The communication between home and school is a vital part of the educational process so please contact your child’s teacher. Phone or email conferences can also be arranged.
The fourth grade students have been very busy this quarter in Mrs. Scholtus’s class. The students have been working with paired text. This is reading two passages together that have a common topic but are written from a different perspective. We have had various topics from the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Titanic, 9/11, the Super Bowl, Winter Sports and Apollo 11. During February we continued with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Equal Rights for Women. Throughout the paired text readings we have worked on learning how to identify a firsthand and secondhand account, identifying main ideas and supporting details,summarizing and using context clues. The students have also learned how to support written answers with textual evidence from the passages they have read. We have also worked on BLOG writing and have started working on a biographical essay. The students have had a multitude of choices for much of this work in order to ensure their interests are met including 22 people to choose from for the biographical essay. The fourth graders are also working on grammar practices, comprehension strategies and reading for their AR goals.
In Social Studies the fourth graders have been studying the Black Hawk War. They learned how to state an opinion and support it with factual details from their reading. They have also made slideshow presentations over the Black Hawk War. The students have just started a unit on the Transcontinental Railroad system. They also continue to code one a week as well.
In Math class the fourth graders are mainly focusing on multiplication and division. We have also been working on finding perimeter, area, fractions and decimals this January and February. Our Everyday Math series has provided us with many opportunities to practice solving number stories dealing with fractions, perimeter, area, and all operations of math. The use of computer math programs not only gives the students enjoyable games to play, but helps them practice their math skills. We use many different computer programs to enhance our classroom. The fourth graders are working hard to become more proficient with their overall math skills.
The fourth graders are also busy preparing in all of their classes on test taking strategies. We would like to remind parents that the ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) is quickly approaching. The assessments are the week of April 12-16. 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.