Fourth Grade - Sample week at a glance
How can I distinguish between fact and speculation? Last week students tested their reflexes in an experiment that helped them discover the connection between sensory nerves and movement nerves. We will be using this experiment as the foundation for lessons about the scientific process in preparation for the science fair. Students were also introduced to the Google Classroom platform. Using Google Classroom, students can access and submit assignments and stay up-to-date on deadlines with the integrated Google Calendar function. They have been instructed to currently only complete assignments posted on Google Classroom at school, and not work ahead at home.
A sample week by grade
Students shared they were excited to use this platform as it helps them become more independent and organized learners.
This week students will research background information for their science fair projects. We will discuss the importance of verifying sources and asking questions that can be investigated. As a reminder, the fourth-grade science fair will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 9-10am. We look forward to seeing families in attendance!
If four students share three sandwiches equally and five students share four sandwiches equally, do all nine students get the same amount of sandwich? Why or why not? What happens if eight children need to equally share six sandwiches or five students need to share six sandwiches? How do these answers compare to the amount of sandwiches the students in the previous problem received? This week, students will continue to explore real-life contexts in which fractions are relevant. They will also begin to learn some strategies for adding fractions, while also making connections to decimals. Students will be given the opportunity to make their own set of fraction tiles and/or fraction circles. When given an object that represents a whole, how can you figure out how to divide the object exactly into halves, thirds, fourths, and fifths? Can you calculate how to divide the object into twelfths or sixteenths? A focus will be on the importance of keeping the parts of a whole equal. We look forward to another great week!
Literacy and Social Studies
How do presidential candidates ascend to the White House? Last week, students explored the processes of both the primaries and the general election, while also developing opinions on whether they prefer primaries or caucuses. They also chose a candidate to support in the 2020 election based not on name, but rather on their positions on issues ranging from climate change to higher education to healthcare. After learning which candidate most aligned with their ideals, they created campaign slogans and posters to hang in the school, giving them a taste of how exciting voting will be for them in eight years! This week we’ll transition back to American history by focusing on the 1930s. Through primary source documents, video, and experiential learning opportunities, students will develop a multifaceted understanding of the time period and how it impacted society.
How do people write poems well? Where does punctuation go in a poem? Can someone write a poem about anything? These are common questions for young writers when they experiment with writing poetry. This week students will review foundational poetry terms, such as line break, personification, simile, and imagery. They will then have an opportunity to creatively design two different pieces of found poetry art, one with words from magazines and the other with newspaper articles.
Last week, we planted seeds and we will wait patiently for them to germinate. This week, we will move into our unit on Ecosystems. In this unit, students will learn about the web of life and relationships in the garden. We will build our own ecosystem web by having each student be a role, such as fungus, blue jay, ladybug, or worm, in the garden ecosystem. Students will toss a ball of yarn to each other explaining the direct or indirect relationship between the roles. Once the web is created, we will take away roles and see what happens to the web. Students will explore the question: What role do humans have in the web? How can we help fix the broken web?
Fourth grade students are training their artist eyes in view and recreate still-lifes with a spin. Each student will be creating a ‘soft’ still life out of cut fabric and paper, studying the items, determining light source, as well as shadows, and reflected light before translating into a composition.
This unit in P.E. we will be playing more unconventional sports like ultimate frisbee, wall-ball, and a mixture of the two. There will be an opportunity for the students to create rules and regulations for the games to help better the experience.
This past week in drama, fourth graders held a mock election where they created campaigns for 6 of the characters from As You Like It and Commedia dell’arte. I am proud to say we had 100% voter participation, and two of our elected officials were women. Colombina, a smart strong woman who offered equal rights, and Rosalind who promised gender equality and protection of nature. This week we will not have drama, due to the C4 day, but will begin to create an original play for The Spring Drama Performance the following week.
Next week 4th grade students will learn the full C major scale on the recorder. While this is jumping ahead in our packet, it will give students a head start for the next couple of tunes to come. We'll also continue singing the song "I've Been Working On The Railroad.”
Fourth grade will be learning about the weather. They will be writing full sentences describing the weather in each month/season with the aid of the vocabulary previously learned. Repetition is key so feel free to practice with your child at home!