Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14-18th- Grand Canyon

Seven Wonders of the Natural World Site

This Week in Fourth Grade

MCA Reading is Wednesday and Thursday.

Math- We continue to review skills and concepts from the past 7 months. This week we will focus on Number Lines with fractions and decimals, Word Problems, and Angles.

Reading-We will be reading about the Grand Canyon as our main text. We will also read about the Great Barrier Reef, Yellowstone, and Hawaii. Our skills this wee are Main Idea and using Graphic Aids. Spelling words this week contain Greek and Latin word parts.

Social- Continue to study the Southwest states. We will be learning about the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, El Paso/Juarez on the Texas/Mexico border, The Alamo, Austin, and the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Looks like a great week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

News for April 7th-11th

Enchanted Learning Dinosaur Link

The Spring Carnival is fast approaching please consider making a donation to our "Play Ball" basket for the silent auction!

Reading: Our story for the week is Dragons and Dinosaurs. It examines how theories on ancient creatures has changed over time. Our reading skills are Main Idea and Details, Fact and Opinion, and Paraphrasing. We will also do a few practice MCA III Reading problems to prepare for next week's tests.

Math: We continue to review for the MCAs. This week we will revisit decimals, fractions, word problems, number sentences, and angles. The kids are doing great.

Social: We begin studying the Southwest states (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona). State and capital quiz on Friday!

Looks like a great week!

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31-April 4- Chinatown, Midwest Farming, and MCA Preparations

This week in class:
Reading: We are studying Chinatown in San Francisco. Students will complete a newsletter describing several aspects of Chinatown. This is a review week so the spelling words will come from the last 4 weeks. There is no shortened list this week.

Math: Review week. Focusing on MCA skills. See below.

Social: Completing our studies of Midwest farming history. This week focuses on the amazing amount of products that include corn. Students will receive another Ag Mag to complete for Friday.

 MCAs: The tests begin in 3 weeks. This week we will begin looking at how to take the test properly (ie strategies and expectations that I have to help them do their best). We will do 15 review problems per day in math and continue to review essential reading skills on Study Island.

Looks like a great week!


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

March 24-28th Mangrove Forests

Notes for This Week: Welcome to our new students! Glad you are joining us!

Reading:Nonfiction story on "keystone" plant species. Mangroves from the Southeast and saguaro cacti from the Southwest.
Math: Finished decimals last week. This week we will spend a day reviewing key concepts before we begin our MCA math preparations in April.
Social: Studying how farming has changed in the Midwest in the last 200 years. Specifically how the numbers of farmers have changed and the size of their farms.
Writing: Sentence fluency- writing paragraphs that flow.
Library: On Tuesday. Working on our state projects.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

March 10th-14th- Carnivorous Plants and Unit 11 Decimal Test

Reading: We will be learning about carnivorous plants.
Writing: We will be studying how to make run-on sentences shorter and more fluent.
Math: Finishing up decimals- including adding and subtracting them.
Social Studies: Our Tour of the Midwest wraps up. Midwest capitals test on Friday.