WEEKLY NEWS #14
G R A D E 4
November 20 – November 24
- Next week is Week A.
- The PE swim unit is complete. Regular PE classes start again next week!
- ASAs and new ES sports begin next week!
- Monday, November 20, Living Museum (Ask your child about this. We will get video and photos so parents can see).
- Wednesday, November 22nd: Math Unit 2 assessment.
UNIT INFORMATION: The Heart of Exploring
Next week in literacy we will continue our open genre unit of study. Students are working in book partnerships, reading and discussing books among themselves in groups and in pairs. Students are busy writing about the explorer of their choice and creating their one minute narrative that they will memorize for the Living Museum. Students have begun to memorize their speeches and will need to work on this over the weekend. They will also need to arrange their costumes for Monday. Please support them with this! Our writing focus is grammar development, craft (figurative language) and using more complex sentence sentence structures.
We will begin to explore how we can use our kind hearts to explore different charity organizations. HS students will be presenting a service expo to us next week and students will begin to explore charities that they would like to investigate further.
The Heart of Exploring: Unit Study
The enduring understanding for this unit is: Exploring impacts ourselves and others. Our Living Wax Museum will take place on November 20 in the afternoon. Students will take on the persona of their chosen explorer and write their narratives in first person. They will present their narratives with other fourth graders. Also, students are asked to think and plan what they will wear as they take on the persona of their explorer. Students are expected to make a genuine effort to dress and sound as their explorer (no uniforms). An accent is highly encouraged! They will change after lunch. We are encouraging students to create or use some clothes/props from around the house or school rather than tailor made or elaborate costumes. Again, your support with this is much appreciated!
In Science, students have continued to explore reactions to chemical mixtures. Students are using the scientific method to create their own experience based on questions they have developed. They are also learning how to write a scientific conclusion including all of the data they collected.
Next week will be the final week of learning for Unit 2. Students will be reviewing all of the standards and solving word problems using multiplication and division. Their final assessment is on Wednesday, November 22. Remember, strong knowledge of multiplication facts is crucial for students. One last review with your child over the weekend may be a good idea! Also, review with your child the learning targets for this unit this weekend. Students may be bringing their math notebooks and folders home to review.