Class Notes
FEBRUARY:

READING:      

In reading, we continue to focus on learning how to grow our ideas and thoughts about what we are reading.   We have started to choose “good fit” nonfiction books to read during reading time.  We have learned about and looked for text features and text structures in nonfiction writing. We are learning how to read nonfiction books to learn information and how to tackle tricky vocabulary.

Remember every student should be reading 20 minutes each night.  You can also be working toward the Book-It goal of 400 minutes for the month!

 

WRITING:

Fourth graders are still working on revising, editing, and publishing their narrative stories.  Students have learned that good writers develop a strong story idea, create believable characters, and descriptive settings.  Next, we will be working on opinion writing.

We continue to practice grammar, usage, and mechanics of good writing and editing our work.

 

SPELLING:

We continue to work with word patterns, new words, and learning how words work!

MATH:

We continue to learn new math skills!  We finished and tested Unit 3 – Division, on February 1st.  Next, we will explore Unit 4 – Equations and Word Problems!  Students will use algebra skills to write algebraic equations, solve multistep story problems, and learn about factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers. 

Please continue to practice multiplication and division facts at home, every night for 10 minutes. 


SCIENCE: 

Fourth grade students continue to learn about rocks and minerals.  They are becoming real geologist and performing different experiments to learn more about rock and mineral properties using real rocks and minerals.


SOCIAL STUDIES:  

We continue to study Wisconsin, our home!  We are using our Wisconsin Journey textbook to look at Wisconsin’s geography and location, followed by how glaciers formed Wisconsin. Next, we will focus on Wisconsin’s landforms and land regions. 

OTHER:

KEYBOARDING - We have begun reviewing our keyboarding skills.  Students will be reviewing posture, home row, and finger reaches.  At this time in fourth grade, students should be able to type a minimum of 8 words per minute, with 95% accuracy.  By the end of fourth grade, students are expected to type 20 words per minute, still with 95% accuracy.  Get typing!

CURSIVE - We will practice our cursive handwriting, especially our signatures! 

COMPUTER LAB - We are practicing memorizing our logins and passwords.  We are exploring the MPSD, Franklin, and classroom website.  We are also logging into our Google accounts.  We are also reviewing keyboarding!