MATHScott Foresman- Addison Wesley's enVision is a new math program for us this year. Fourth graders are working on building math vocabulary. When asked to give the sum, difference, and quotient for the numbers 12 and 4, fourth graders know the drill. Words like, array, factor, multiple, fact family, dividend, and divisor are also words we use when we work on mathematical concepts involving multiplication and division. In the upcoming months we will be working on 3- and 4- digit numbers multiplied by 1- and 2- digit numbers. We will move on to building arrays and multiplying 2 digit numbers by multiples of 10.
READINGWe are reading The Sign of the Beaver. This story will help us to learn what life was like for the pioneers as they settled in uncharted territories. After reading the book we will have a better understanding of the relationship between the settlers and the Native Americans, and what life was like in our country prior to and during the French and Indian War.
SCIENCEWe are learning about our nearest star, The Sun. We will learn all about stars and be able to identify constellations. After learning about the constellations we will read Greek mythologies. This will be our inspiration for writing an original mythology and designing a new constellation to go along with the mythology story.
The following link keeps us updated with the Curiosity's Mars mission.www.nasa.gov Click on Curiosity update to see the latest on this mission.In computer class we put a request in with Sally Ride EarthKAM and had the opportunity to take space pictures. When the satellite flew over a requested site a picture was taken and sent back to us.
Here is a flyby photo of 0.33ᵒ N, 37.66ᵒE – Kenya
Interesting science facts we learned his year:
Did you know that this summer after 36 years of space travel Voyager left our solar system and continues to communicate with Earth?Our Milky Way Galaxies has 7.7 billion stars. Scientists are thinking that there has to be other stars in our solar system, like our Sun, that have planets that revolve around them. Considering this idea - scientists believe that the temperatures and conditions of these planets would be similar to Earth's environment and could possibly sustain life. Scientists are calling these 'just right' planets, Goldilocks planets.In mid November, 2013 a rocket containing 24 space probes was launched from VA. This launch was visible to most of us on the eastern coast.
Fourth and fifth graders are currently working on independent studies. Each student has chosen a topic of interest and has been doing research. Some of the research is done at home and several in school session have been set aside for the two grades to meet to do research work or work on the final presentation. The final presentation will be in January. Here are the topics of interest that the fourth graders have picked: Flamenco Dance, Mining in The United States, Elephants, roller coasters in the United States, falcons, and Cryptids.
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 will visit the Kanner center to deliver the Goshen Giving gifts.
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. At Halloween time the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders visited the facility to show their costumes. In November, the students used the fall foliage, to make placemats for the residents' dining tables. In December some grades will visit to sing holiday songs.
In friendship,Tr. Elaine
Fifth grade graduates are effective communicators and creative problem solvers and approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are "ready" in every sense.