4th Grade Weekly Update Week of Aug 19-23

Math: Last week, we started out reviewing thousands, millions, and place value. By the end of the week, we were breaking down numbers into expanded form. We will continue our study of whole numbers by comparing and ordering whole numbers, using a number line, and creating change. We’ll use some interactive examples to really drive these concepts home by using kid-sized number lines around the quad and online/interactive games when practicing creating change.

ELA: We are going to continue studying our spelling/vocabulary words this week, ending with our first spelling test on Friday. Before the test, we’ll do some vocabulary practice with white boards and keep playing Sparkle to review spelling in class during down time. In Literature, we are going to learn how to read through short comprehension paragraphs and highlight main ideas and key details throughout the paragraphs. Students will also learn how to find information in various resources, like an atlas, dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia. We’ll play a game to practice which source to use in different situations. Grammar will begin this week with a focus on types of sentences and subjects and predicates. Skills will be introduced in class, followed by practice, and homework practice to enforce the skill.

History: We will continue to study the study of maps by looking at latitude, longitude, and time zones. We’ll read the lessons in the text and practice the skills throughout the week.

Science: We had a successful first week together in lab! I am so impressed by the enthusiasm for learning by this group. All students are engaged during our discussions and working well together with lab partners. Last week, we kicked off our first CELL, Microscopes and Magnification. This CELL begins with an exploration of lenses. Investigation One introduces students to the structures and functions of the human eye. Students explore sight and the resolution of detail through experiments and discussion. The hand lens is introduced as an aid to the naked eye. The hand lens is used by students to observe parts of the human eye not clearly resolved without the aid of magnification. After Investigation One, students will explore the concept of refraction using a concave and convex lens within Investigation Two. At the end of each investigation, students will make flashcards of the vocabulary terms. Students should study these flashcards three times a week. They are included within the data book rubric and will be collected and graded then, so it’s important that they do not lose them. I look forward to seeing everyone on Parent Night and discussing our fabulous curriculum in more detail then!