Thinking spring but enjoying the snow of winter!
MATHScott Foresman- Addison Wesley's enVision is a new math program for us this year. We are doing division - the short and the long of it. Our new vocabulary words are quotient, dividend, and divisor. Our solid foundation of the multiplication facts is making it easy to recall facts and work on division with confidence. We started with single digit divisors and will move on to 2digit divisors with 3and 4 digit dividends. Give fourth graders a long division problem with a mistake in it and they will become super sleuth mathematicians looking for the error line.
We are enjoying our new game in math called 24 Game. The children are very excited when several students come up with a solution and then find out that each solution is different. Here are a couple of problems for you to try.
Using each number only once22, 11, 4, and 13Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to equal 24Example: 22+ 13 = 39; 11 + 4 = 15; 39-15 =24Here are a few problems to try: 23, 16, 4, and 1122, 3, 12, and 21
SCIENCEWe are studying simple machines. We learned why the knee section of our pants wears away first, why we need snow tires for driving in the snow and why skiers want to reduce friction when they ski the slopes. We are learning about the effects of friction and when and why we want to increase or reduce it. Fourth graders are learning how machines can make our work easier. We will learn and do experiments with six simple machines: lever, wedge, inclined plane, screw, pulley, wheel and axle. Each student will design a simple machine and do a presentation for the class.
We continue to keep updated with NASA's latest news. We were able to sit in on a live broadcast of the International Space Station to watch MIT students' inventions being tested in outer space. Along with NASA updates we continue to check in on Curiosity - Mars' latest mission.
Here is a link called Getting to Mars. It's an amazing 6 minute video from launch to landing.
READINGBiographies on African Americans and Benjamin Franklin will be a few of the books we will be reading in the next few months. We will be doing our first Literature Circle when we read the Franklin books.
WRITINGWhat is a good paragraph? The fourth graders know the drill: topic sentence, support sentences and a concluding sentence. That's what you get when a GFS fourth grader writes a paragraph. We are writing lots and lots of paragraphs.
This winter is a good one to think back to a warm summer activity. Last August Tr. Elaine asked everyone to answer questions about a summer memory. We will revisit these memories and use them to write a personal narrative.
SOCIAL STUDIESWe are learning about the Stamp Act and other causes that led to the American Revolution. We will be learning about Black History. For the field of education, we will compare and contrast the educational views of Booker T. Washington and William Dubois. We will learn about Mary Bethune, and Fannie Coppin's contributions to the field of education. Besides learning about the African Americans contributions to the field of education we will learn about people in the fields of science, politics, and entertainment. Fourth graders will be reading biographies and presenting book reports. Look for these unique "people reports" to be displayed in the hallway outside our classroom. A trip to the Chester County Historical Society will be an extension for this study.
Fourth and fifth graders have completed their Independent studies. The presentations were in early January. Incorporating the learning pathway and individual strength/s of each child the children presented their information in a variety of ways. There were power points, live demonstrations, models, artwork, a Jeopardy game, and a live falcon exhibit. Here are the topics of interest that the fourth graders picked for their Independent Study: Andy -Flamenco Dance, Jack - Mining in The United States, Terrell - Elephants, Grace - Roller Coasters in the United States, Molly - Falcons, and Pete - Cryptids. BRAVO 4th and 5th graders. The Independent Study sparked great interest and enthusiasm with the fourth grades. They have already begun to think about what they would like to research next year.
Fourth graders prepare signs for the Chester County Food Bank
Community Service activities are scheduled once a month. So far this year, we planted fall crops in our raised beds. The food grown in these beds will be given to the Chester County Food Bank. Our school had a class trip to the Food Bank where we learned about services provided by the Chester County Food Bank, toured the new facility, now located in Exton, and decorated boxed that will later be filled with food and distributed. Throughout the year we will be collecting items for the Food Bank. Collection bins are located outside our classrooms, and donations of dried pasta, rice, cereal bars, dried fruit, granola bars, and non perishable milk, are always welcomed. Be on the lookout on Friday mornings during car line drop off for the food bank boxes we will have out for easy drop off of food items.
In December the fourth and fifth grade students visited and toured the Kanner center to deliver the Goshen Giving gifts. Over the winter we will be making bird feeders for our feathery campus neighbors.We continue our intergenerational connection with Bellingham, a senior resident, assistant living, and nursing facility. The students in the Kids Care Program visit Bellingham once a month to do a joint project or play games. Dressed in Halloween costumes the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders visited Bellingham's assistant and nursing facilities to show their costumes to the residents. In November, the students used the fall foliage, to make placemats for the residents' dining tables. In January we did a day of service spending time with the residents making cards, packing snack bags for the food bank and had fun eating cookies while we had a sing along. Another MLK day of service, some students visited the Parkesburg Food Bank.
Upcoming Events and trips:• Community Cares - check school calendar for date• Kids Care - check school calendar for date• All school Gathering – check school calendar for date• Philadelphia trip: AM visit to The American Theater for the stage production Ellis Island, lunch at Arch Street Meeting House, PM visit to the Atwater Kent Museum.• Joint concert with students from Fredrick Douglass School• Kimmel Center for a Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Concert• Goshen's talents are on stage at Goshen's Annual Coffee House
In friendship,Tr. Elaine
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