April 14

We have had a great week coming back from break and getting right on to the swing of things. There is a lot going on the next two months so please note the important dates at the end of this post.

This week in Reading we have continued to work on reading Historical Fiction. We worked on finding themes that connected to the whole story and revising our theme to fit as we read on and learn more. We also discussed how when reading Historical Fiction we can search out actually images from that era to help us visualize the place and character’s perspectives. When we look at an image we look at the big picture and the little details, we talk about what part of the story it fits with and we ask how does it fit with, change or add to what we were already thinking.

We have started a new unit in Writing Workshop. Students will be learning how to write a 5 paragraph Literary Essay. Students have a short story that they are reading closely (finding little details) to help them understand the characters traits, motivations, struggles and relationships. They will be using these observations to create a thesis for their Literary Essay.

In Math we have finished up Topic 12: Decimals. Students will be taking the Final test for this topic on Monday. They have a practice test coming home with them tonight that they should review to be prepared.Our next Topic is Equivalent Units of Measurement both Customary (U.S.) and Metric (the rest of the World).

We have begun our Economics Unit in Social Studies. This unit culminates with our 4th Grade Market Day. Information about Market Day went home prior to SPring Break. Students will need to have a completed product plan turned in by Monday. Please help your child figure costs to make 12-15 of his/her chosen item and the cost of 1 item. They should also price their item between $1 and $2. The date of Market Day has been pushed back to May 12. We have discussed that nothing is “free” at somme point in time, someone had to purchase it.

Important Dates:

Monday, April 17 – Orange Out

Tuesday, April 18 – Talent Show 7PM at the Middle School auditorium

Fruday, April 21 РSwimming (we are swimming prior to the movie)

Friday, April 21 – “Born in China” movie field trip (cold lunch needed) more info to come on 4/17

Friday, April 28 – Swimming and Hawaiian Day

Monday, May 1 – GVSU Science field trip (cold lunch needed) more info to come

Friday, May 5 – Crazy Hair Day for $1

Friday, May 12 – Visit SL Intermediate School and Market Day

Tuesday through Thursday May 16-18 AND May 23-25 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

We had a great time at Link-Up and swimming at the Aquatic Center! I have attached some pictures.