Class Notes
APRIL:

Forward:

Fourth grade students will be participating in a statewide test mandated by the Wisconsin Student Assessment System throughout the month of April (see information that came home in the Friday Folder or Franklin’s or my website).  The test is called the Forward exam.  All tests are taken in the computer lab. The test is designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply this knowledge.  To help students be better prepared for these days, it is a good idea to get a good night’s sleep the night before and to also have a nutritious breakfast the morning of the tests.  Good luck 4th graders and show us what you know!


READING:      

Students finished the nonfiction unit by creating a nonfiction book on their research topic and presenting what they had learned to the class.  We saw some amazing projects, creativity, and learned a lot of new information. 

In reading, we will next learn about historical fiction!  We will read, City of Orphans by Avi.  We will learn 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.  The book is also a mystery and gives us a chance to perfect our prediction and inference skills.  We will also work on fitting history and characters together and learn history from fiction. 

Remember every student should continue to read at least 20 minutes each night.

 

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 finished our Measurement chapter with a performance task about area and perimeter.  Students had to do a lot of thinking and math work with building patios.  Now, we are heading into fractions.  Students will explore fractions that add to one whole, add and subtract fractions with like denominators, explore mixed numbers, and multiply a fraction by a whole number.  Remember to check out my website for great measurement and fraction games and activities you can do at home!

Please continue to practice 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. 

We have begun to look at the importance of the lumbering business and lumberjacks in Wisconsin’s state history.  Students are learning about lumberjack’s camp, jobs, tools, and life.  Would you want to be a lumberjack from Wisconsin?

Reminder that our Lumberjack field trip to the School Forest is coming up on Wednesday, April 18th!  Students should try to “dress the part” of a lumberjack.  Thanks for all your donations!  We need your help to make it a great learning experience! 

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!