Class Notes
DECEMBER:

READING:      

In reading, we have focused on learning how to read intensely and how to grow our ideas and thoughts about what we are reading.  We’ve been learning about synthesizing and envisioning using our good fit books.  We have also looked closely at character details and author’s purpose.   We have started to look at theme and developing interpretations of our books, while continuing to think deeply about our reading!

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 working on writing realistic fiction by writing narratives.  We are learning about developing believable characters, giving characters struggles and motivations, and developing a story arch.  We have begun to draft our stories.  We also continue to practice grammar, usage, and mechanics of good writing. 

 

SPELLING:

Look for your child’s sort words to come home to practice and do spelling/sorting activities.  We will be working with the same words for a two week period.

MATH:

Math has continued to teach us new math skills!  We are finishing Unit 2 – Multiplication with Whole Numbers.  We have found success with multiplying one, two, three, and four digit numbers by one and two digits. We then will move on to Unit 3 - Division!  We will learn how to divide with whole numbers.  We will discuss and decide what to do with the remainder and work on division word problems.   Please continue to practice multiplication and division facts at home, every night for 10 minutes. 

SCIENCE: 

Students have been turned into geologist by observing and using a “mock rock” to learn about rock and mineral properties.  Next, we’ll be observing and testing real rocks!

Ask them what experiments they’ve been doing!

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

We continue to study Wisconsin, our home!  We have recently been learning about latitude and longitude.  Next, we will be moving into our Wisconsin Journey textbook to continue to look at Wisconsin’s geography and location, followed by the Ice Age and how glaciers formed Wisconsin. 


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!