4th Grade Weekly Update Week of January 6th

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful, restful winter break! The Friday before we left was challenging due to illness, and I’m happy to report our room was being professionally cleaned before I even left the building! They moved all of the desks in the classroom and were cleaning every inch. I was very impressed with their thoroughness. With that said, we will continue to wash hands frequently, sanitize surfaces at the beginning of the day, after lunch, and at the end of the day once students have left. I would love some more Lysol wipes in the classroom if you’re out and about today or tomorrow!

ELA: This week is all about starting preparations for our research paper! Our research paper will cover a state in the fourth grade and will cover the basics to help prepare for more advanced research papers throughout each student’s educational career. I take this assignment very seriously and really focus on individual conferences for students to help develop their skills. We’ll review a research paper packet this week that will need to be reviewed with parents to gain an understanding of what the writing assignment entails. Then, we will review topic and closing sentences. After we have reviewed these basics, students will choose their state that they are researching and look for resources. In grammar, we will continue our study of verbs!

Math: We will pick up right where we left off before the break; division! We will practice rules on where to start division problems, patterns within division problems, estimation, and begin with one-digit by two-digit division.

History: We did not get a chance to preform a final run-through of our readers theater the Friday before we left, so we will preform one final time! I told students they are able to earn 10 extra classwork bonus points if they memorize their parts. That still holds true! We will then complete a fun new years timeline project using our laptops this week. It’s 2020! The new year is a great opportunity for students to practice timelines.
We throw around the terms BC, AD, BCE, and CE all the time in history. Students will gain an understanding of sequence in which historical events take place and how much has life changed in the last 10, 100, or 1000 years.
This lesson will help build their understanding of chronology!

Science: Before we left for the break, we were in the lab investigating sound energy. Through our experiments, students discovered that sound energy is generated and transmitted through different states of matter. They also discovered that sound travels in waves, and that the characteristics of a sound wave determine its properties of pitch and volume. On Monday, we will revisit what we learned in lab with a summary worksheet. As these sheets come home, I’ve staples notes on them to keep them as a reference for our unit test. They are very helpful study tools! In Investigation Three, students will explore electrical energy and light energy through experiments with circuits.

Other: We’ve had a couple of Monday morning meetings to help discuss friendships and watch TedTalks to inspire conversations! Check out the website we’ve used to discuss friendship topics: http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=286&id=1636 We haven’t gone through all of the topics on this page, but I’ve chosen a few as talking points to lead our discussion about qualities that make a good friendship. We’ve also watched a TedTalk about a young man who has progeria and his positive outlook on life despite challenges he has faced. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36m1o-tM05g I’m always impressed by the positive conversation and the impressive observations students come up with! We’ll continue discussing topics such as these to unite our class and learn to navigate challenges as we get older.