Dear 4B Parents,
I hope you all had a good weekend. Looks like we might get a full week of school this week—it’s been awhile! Hard to believe we begin March this Friday! I’m glad to hear the Bingo Bash was great fun last Friday. I’m sorry to have missed it. Thank you all for your support of this big school fundraiser.
Mark your calendars for the evenings of March 7th and 8th, and plan on bringing the whole family to enjoy Holy Rosary’s Drama Elective’s debut of The Fearsome Pirate Frank. Come indulge your imagination in an evening filled with fun, humor, whimsical entertainment, and community building!
Reading: We will wrap up in reading this week the story of Sacagawea. The students practiced making visual notes of the main ideas of the story. On Friday we will dedicate our reading time to Dr. Seuss with some fun readers theater to practice oral reading fluency and expression
Language Arts: The students are working on a mini biography project in class. Each student has been assigned a person (different from their big oral biography). They will read a short biography and do a bit of research to write a summary of their lives. When we present this biography in class the students will get practice speaking in front of their classmates to practice for their big biography presentation. We will also learn about PVLEGS to support oral presentation skills.
Spelling: Spelling lists for Unit 17 were sent home last Friday. The test will be this Friday.
Oral Biography: Hopefully the students are reading each night in their biography books. They should be using sticky notes to mark pages with information they want to include in their presentations. Have your child talk to you about what they are reading, even retelling portions of what they have read will help their comprehension. I will continue to go over the directions/expectations for the project again this week and show the students some clips of past presentations to help them visualize what they will be doing. Next week I wlll send out the days/times of our presentations so that you can sign up your child for a time that works for you if you plan to attend. Let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance with this project.
Math: Thank you for continuing to check over your child’s math homework each night for accuracy and supporting them as they make any needed corrections. I am proud of the great job they are doing mastering the long division algorithm and interpreting remainders.
Social Studies: We will be doing some introductory activities this week in preparation for our Oregon Trail simulation activity that will begin next week. The US Rivers and Lakes test will take place next Friday, March 7th. There will be a word bank for the test. The students will be given time to review in class and the computer lab. Nightly review is also expected.
Science: Last Thursday we began our mini unit on different types of energy. We began with light energy, then we will move to sound energy and finish with electrical energy. This Tuesday the students will have a lab on light energy and witness our key terms of refraction, reflection, absorption and prisms in action. After our mini unit it will be time for me to go on maternity leave. While I am gone my long term sub, Laurie Farmer, will lead the students in our Earth Science unit on minerals, rocks, and soil. The students will get a chance to meet Ms. Farmer this week, as she will be observing in the 4B classroom.
That should be it for this week! We have a lot of great learning going on in 4th grade! Happy March on Friday!
- Spelling test for Unit 17 on Friday
- Sacrament test on Friday
- Math HW Monday, Tuesday and Wedensday
- River and Lake Test Friday, March 7th
- Oral Biography Project-continued reading and note taking