May 19, 2017

In Reading Workshop this week we continued talking about “Literary Elements” or little tricks that some authors may use.  We discussed and found examples of Allusion, Poetic Justice and Similie and Metaphor. Being able to recognize and talk about “Author’s Craft” is an important 4th grade skill.

In writing students completed their Literary Essays. Students learned how to use Google Docs to put their essays together and then shared them with me using Google Drive. Students also wrote an On Demand Literary Essay using the story “A Bad Case of Stripes.”

In math we finished our unit on geometry by learning how to classify triangles by their sides and angles. Students also learned how to name quadrilaterals, and how to identify line symmetry and draw in lines of symmetry. Our Final math test for this Topic will be on Monday. Review sheets will be coming home tonight.

In social studies we wrapped up Market Day by doing a final accounting of our expenses and profits and found our net profit. Students then chose how much of their profit they wanted to donate to Save the Catwalk. Our class donated $135.25! I believe the 4th grade as a whole donated $410.

This week we took the English Language Arts and Science M-STEP Tests. On Tuesday and Thursday we will take the Math M-STEP Test. Please be sure that your child has an early bedtime, a good breakfast and comes with a healthy snack on those two days. Ipads and headphones are a definite must have for Tuesday and Wednesday!

Important Dates

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23-24 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 30 – Discovery Testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

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

May 5, 2017

In Reading Workshop this week we started to talk about “Literary Elements” or little tricks that some authors may use.  We discussed and found examples of flashbacks, foreshadowing, and personification. Being able to recognize and talk about “Author’s Craft” is an important 4th grade skill.

In writing we continued to work on our Literary Essays. Students wrote introductions and conclusions and then began putting their essays together in Google Docs.

In math we started our unit on geometry by reviewing lines, points, line segments, rays and angles. Students measured angles with protractors and figured out problems with angles.  Next week we will be composing (adding smaller angles together to create a larger angle) and decomposing angles (subtracting angles to find a smaller angle). We will have our Topic 15 practice test on Tuesday and the Final test on Thursday.

In social studies we learned about positive and negative incentives that are used in the world,  we played a game to help us learn about profit, revenue and expenses.  Market Day is coming up fast, Friday, May 12!

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 9 – Front Porch “Cool School” Night for Holmes

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

Tuesday through Thursday May 16-18 AND May 23-24 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 30 – Discovery testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

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

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