Welcome to 2017! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season!
We are back in action in 4th grade. Here is what we have been up to and what we are up to next.
Writing Our first trimester consisted of narrative writing and we did a lot of story telling, both real and made up. Our second trimester will focus on opinion writing. Students are learning how to present their opinion, while backing it up with facts and examples. Students are learning how to appropriately write an introduction and conclusion for this type of writing. Opinion writing is highly organized and students will have lots of practice with graphic organizers to keep their ideas in order.
Math- We have tackled double digit multiplication and long division since our last blog update. It has been tough, but the students really stepped up to the challenge. Now, the even more difficult task of fractions begins. Students still need constant practice with their multiplication facts in order to be successful with fractions. Fractions rely heavily on the knowledge of factors and multiples, as students begin to find common denominators and fraction equivalents. It is going to be difficult in the beginning, but eventually they will start to understand fractions as a bigger picture. It will be followed by decimal notation, which then relies heavily on their fraction knowledge.
Science- We finished our land forms and erosion unit quite a while ago and took a little bit of time to review matter. The students learned about properties of matter, observed how temperature affects molecule movement, learned how to measure mass and volume and observed matter changing from one state to another. We are currently ready to begin our unit on energy and will explore electricity, magnetism and force and motion.
1.) No School Monday January 16th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
2.) No School Monday and Tuesday February 20 & 21 - Winter Break