This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: What sounds can you hear? How are they made? This will be a nice introduction to our next Science unit on sounds and vibrations.
The phonics focus will be on the dipthongs: ou, ow.
Spelling words are: cow, town, mouse, how, out, mouth. Sight Words are: nothing, early - - with exposure to: color, instead, oh, thought.
The grammar focus will be using “a” and “an”. We will review capitalization and underlining of book titles.
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will be working our way through Unit 8. This is such a fun math unit involving fractions and telling time. Already your children can easily look at a fractional part of a shape and correctly label the pieces. With clocks they can correctly identify and label time to the hour and half hour – both analog and digital clocks.
We had great discussions about our Earth and the importance of conserving our natural resources. These were some of their ideas: conserve water, pick up trash, recycle, and reuse materials. Check out the pictures below of our projects as well as some time spent with our Fourth Grade Reading Buddies.
This week we will be working with Troy Wunderle for our Artist in Residence program. This will be an exciting experience for your children. We will be practicing each day with our final performance being held this Friday, May 3rd. At 8:30 we will be performing for the school and then at 5:00, following our Open House, we will be performing for our families. I will be involved and assisting with each and every rehearsal/practice. As the week unfolds don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.
Within the next week or two I will be setting up times for Spring Conferences. Be on the lookout for a notification from Signup Genius. I can’t wait to share the learning and growth that has occurred this year.
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: What inventions do you know about? We will read and learn about various inventors and inventions.
Our phonics will continue with more r-controlled vowels: or, ore, oar
Our spelling words are:
born, corn, core, more, roar, soar
Our Sight Words are: learn, sure - - with exposure to: began, better, guess, right.
Our grammar focus will be adjectives that compare (er, est).
We will be reviewing geometry (2D and 3D) and fractions. We already know what ½ means…what about if we divide something into thirds or fourths?
Earth Day 2019 is an event observed annually on April 22 (the first day of Spring Vacation). It is a day held to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet. Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. We will be focusing on the importance of this event with our writing, reading, and some fun projects.
Has your child told you anything about Mrs. Dana and SuperFlex? SuperFlex is a Superhero who is able to manage all sorts of different social situations in an expected way. He helps defeat The Unthinkables (cartoon characters that externalize particular problems children may have) when they try to take over children's brains and make them behave in unexpected ways. We have learned about Rock Brain (he makes children get stuck on their own ideas) and Glassman (who causes us to over-react to small things). We have learned some great strategies from Mrs. Dana to help us to overcome these two problem areas. Ask your child to share this information and skills with you.
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: What can you see in the sky? We will be applying our prior knowledge (schema) of the night sky as we read many stories this week.
Our phonics will continue with r-controlled vowels: ir, er, or, ur.
Our spelling words are:
her, bird, fur, fern, dirt, work
Our Sight Words are: climb, through - - with exposure to: another, full, great, poor.
Our grammar focus will be adjectives with our writing focus on word choice.
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will continue learning about clocks - - telling time to the hour and half-hour, fractions, and adding/subtracting 10’s.
We will be finishing up for Biomimicry investigation this week. Using nature to help solve human problems, we have created unique adaptations that will help keep us warm, dry, and camouflaged. Now comes the time to apply this knowledge when we will create Mystery Boxes.