Class Notes
MARCH:

 

READING:      

In reading, we have been focused on learning about nonfiction, informational writing and texts.  Students have worked hard to learn how to read nonfiction well and how to tackle the hard parts of nonfiction reading.  They have learned how to preview and make connections to a text, consider the text’s structure, figure out the meaning of tricky vocabulary and statistics, and worked on finding the main idea and summarizing to be able to teach someone else what they have learned. 

Next, we will launch into a whole class research project focusing on important versus unimportant information, note taking, and writing to share new information.

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 excited about sharing their final, published pieces.  We will have a “publishing party” to celebrate their success. Then we will move onto opinion writing where they will be sharing their opinions and backing them up with examples and evidence.  Students will learn to elaborate and push their thinking and writing to add more details and improve their craft.

We continue to take note of the qualities of good essay writing.  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:

We are continuing to learn about Measurement!  Students have practiced measuring and converting measurements in the metric and customary systems.  Students will end Unit 5 with area and perimeter and tackle a performance task about building patios.  Students will have to do a lot of thinking and math work with their real life patio scenarios. 

Then, we are heading into fractions.  Students will start to explore fractions that add to one whole and add and subtract fractions with like denominators.

Remember to check out internet links for great measurement and fraction games and activities you can do at home!

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 rocks and minerals.

Ask them what experiments they’ve been doing!

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

We continue to study Wisconsin, our home!  Next, we will focus on Wisconsin’s landforms and land regions. 

Be on the lookout for information about our Lumberjack field trip to the School Forest coming up on Thursday, April 13th!  We need your help to make it a great learning experience!  Remember in order to help, you need to have completed a volunteer registration form in the office!

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!