Class Notes
MAY:

ABC Countdown:

I can’t believe that we are counting down to the end of the school year. We are having fun with our letter days!  Thank you for a wonderful school year and supporting your child’s learning!  I hope you have a great summer!  

READING:      

In reading, we have been focused on historical fiction!  We are reading, City of Orphans by Avi.  We have learned about immigrants, immigration, and what life would have been like in New York in the 1890s.  The story focuses on a family who has a son who works as a “newsie”.  They live in a tenement and have fallen on tough times.  We have also been reading, Number the Stars by Lois Lowery, that focuses on a Jewish family escaping the Germans and World War II.  It has been fun to learn about history as we are reading!
When we finish City of Orphans and Number the Stars, we will look at poetry, fables, and myths.  
Remember every student should continue to read at least 20 minutes each night and ALL summer long!

WRITING:

Fourth graders will be working on writing essays with a thesis statement with examples and evidence, poetry, and finishing up their final writing pieces including a personal narrative about fourth grade.  We also continue to practice grammar, usage, and mechanics.

 

SPELLING:

We are working on learning more about words and vocabulary!

Look for your child’s sort words to come home to practice and do spelling/sorting activities. 


MATH:

Students just finished Unit 6 and are moving on to Unit 7.  In Unit 7, we will be working with comparing fractions, making equivalent fractions, simplifying and finding common denominators.  Then we will connect our fraction work to decimals. 

Then, we will start the last chapter in our math series, Geometry!  Students will work with lines, line segments, and angles.  They will learn to measure and draw angles with a protractor.  Students will also name and identify triangles, quadrilaterals, and polygons. They will learn about parallel and perpendicular lines and lines of symmetry.  This unit has a lot of vocabulary! Remember to check out my website for great geometry, decimal, and fraction games and activities you can do at home!

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

 

SCIENCE: 

We will finish learning about rocks and minerals and then learn about bones in the human body!

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

We had fun learning about lumberjacks and the importance of the lumbering business in Wisconsin’s history.  All students enjoyed the field trip to the School Forest.  Thank you for helping make their day a success!  We will finish the year by looking at Wisconsin’s first people, explorers, and fur traders.  

 

OTHER:

KEYBOARDING - We are 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!