In Language Arts, we are reading Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. Here is what the author has to say about this book, “Love That Dog is the story of Jack, his dog, his teacher, and words. The story develops through Jack’s responses to his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, over the course of a school year. At first, his responses are short and cranky: “I don’t want to” and “I tried. Can’t do it. Brain’s empty.” But as his teacher feeds him inspiration, Jack finds that he has a lot to say and he finds ways to say it. Jack becomes especially fond of a poem by Walter Dean Myers titled “Love That Boy,” and it is this poem that gives Jack a way to tell the story of his beloved dog, Sky.” This book also leads us into our poetry unit in writing. Students will be able to recognize that poetry follows a pattern, can either rhyme or not, and they will eventually write their own original poems including: five W poems, Acrostic, Alliteration, Rhyming couplets, Parody, Cinquain, and Diamonte poems. Stay tuned to see the final product!
In grammar class students are focusing on marking punctuation; specifically end punctuation, commas, semicolons and colons. Choosing the correct end punctuation is a basic step in punctuating your writing as a fourth grader. To start we are reviewing the uses of the period, the question mark, and the exclamation point. We will then move on to using commas in a series, between independent clauses, between items in dates, to set off phrases and clauses, and in conjunction with appositives.
In Math students are multiplying a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit and two-digit whole number, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations, and illustrating and explaining their calculations by using equations, rectangular arrays, and or area models. Fourth graders will then find whole number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division.
In Science we are researching about various animals that live in the ocean to further enhance our oceanography unit. A unit on oceanography allows students to study the ocean’s composition, life, ecosystems, and resources.
Important Dates for February:
February 8th – Lower School Visiting Day
February 10th – School Dance 5 pm -7 pm
February 14th – Valentine’s Day party
February 15th – Kids’ Care afterschool
February 17th and 20th – NO SCHOOL
Important Dates for March:
March 8th – All School Gathering
March 15th – Kids’ Care afterschool
March 17th – NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 20th – March 24th – NO SCHOOL, Spring Break!
Stemming from our all-school theme, Celebrating You and Me, during the 2009-2010 school year, International Week has traditionally been a time for the Goshen community to come together to honor and celebrate the diverse families we have here within our student body. Former alum, Jonathan K., said it best when asked why we have International Week, "We have International Week to learn about cultures other than ours, to have fun, and to understand other country's people, food, and traditions." This year's International Week will take place on Monday, April 24th - Thursday, April 27th, and is the culmination of the studients' yearlong study of three focus countries. This year students are focusing on Brazil, Nepal, and Switzerland. International Week will be filled with guest speakers, activities and quite often culinary treats! International Week concludes with the One World Cafe, an on campus potluck featuring the cuisine of the countries studied, music and other activities.
Fouth Graders will specifically be focusing on BRAZIL throughout the school year!
FOURTH GRADE RESOURCES:
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