Friday, October 12, 2018

10/12/18 Parent Newsletter

Dear Parents,                                                               October 12, 2018

The week has just flown by!  We have been very busy here in 4th grade and this does seem to make time go faster!  A big thank you to all the parents who were able to chaperone our field trip to Shelburne Museum.  It was a chilly day, but a great learning experience! We have shared some pictures from the day below.

We have begun our unit on multiplication and division.  We started off with some review of using arrays to represent multiplication problems.  We are now learning how to 'break apart" these arrays to make not only learning our facts easier, but for multiplying larger 2 and 3 digit numbers. Please continue to have your child practice their facts at home!

Students are deep into their realistic fiction stories. We are expanding on small moments to create stories that hook the reader and include many effective writing strategies such as action, dialogue, thoughts, feelings, and elaboration.  We are focusing on showing vs. telling using sensory details, onamonapia, and other engaging ways to keep the reader interested. 

In reading we continue to look at character traits and how the main characters in our stories grow and change.  Students are also keeping track of how much they read during a given time frame in order to increase their stamina as readers.  Our first book project will go home next week. It will be a character study.  Students will select a just right book to read at home and then they will create a character book bag. All the information for this project, as well as the bags will be sent home next week. 

We wrapped up our exploration of the world around us in science by creating a life size nature mandala. Students collected materials from outside and we built a beautiful mandala on the basketball court.  There are many pictures below for you to see our masterpiece!  We are now into our unit on energy. We began by exploring what is energy, where does it come from?  We observed different wind-up toys and will be talking about potential and kinetic energy.  From there we will explore magnetic and electrical energy and then onto natural resource and renewal energy. We have many exciting and fun activities planned for the next several weeks.  You will see there is a list at the bottom of this news letter asking for some supplies.  We will be designing and building our own solar ovens and we welcome any and all contributions!  Thank you so much in advance. We will also send out an email with a reminder as we get closer.

New homework will go home Monday. Please make sure your child sends in their folder with their completed work!  New spelling lists will go home as well. Conferences start next week and we look forward to meeting with you all!

We hope you enjoy the fall weekend! The colors are still pretty magnificent!

Tracy and Carolyn

List of things needed to build solar ovens:

  • shoeboxes (black is best, one needs to have lid that comes off completely)
  • Tinfoil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wooden skewers
  • Large glass mixing bowl (with lid if possible)
  • Medium BLACK metal mixing bowl (with lid if possible)
  • Cardboard
  • 5 pringles cans (large, not snack size)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Reflective windshield shade
  • Small metal rack
  • Small black pot
  • Clear plastic bag (cooking bag would be best)
  • Umbrellas

Pictures of our week!

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