February 1, 2015 Update

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Happy Snowy Superbowl Day!  What beautiful weather outside.  Sledding, snow angels, and shoveling…a perfect day!

We are happy to welcome, Ms. Mathias, an education major from NLU.  She will be spending several days with us over the next month.  She will be observing, helping with 1:1 assistance, and preparing a lesson.

Housekeeping:  Thanks everyone for sending in tissues.  With the wintry weather that we received, be sure to send in warm and waterproof outdoor gear.

ELA:  This week in Readers’ Workshop, we are going to work on CCSS RL #2:  Retell fables.  Students will work in small groups to complete a visual retelling of a classic Aesop fable.  They will have the opportunity to create comics, graphic short stories, story maps to retell the fables.  Guided Reading groups will continue to study classic novels.  Spelling words are:  Core words:  flat, direction, south, subject, skin, wasn’t, I’ve, yellow, party, force.  Content words:  physical weathering, chemical weathering, erosion, sediment, deposition.  In Writing Workshop, students will be writing an opinion piece on scooter and bike safety.  Last week’s work with Google docs went so well, that students are going to type their essay into Google docs and then edit directly on the document.  At this time students share the same email for our Google doc account, so it is not accessible from home.  This is different from the upper elementary.

Math:  This week we are going to continue our work in fractions, focusing on visual representations of fractions of a whole and a group.  Some of the visual representations that we are using are dot arrays and grid arrays.  Using similar small objects for the fraction of the group would work for students who have a hard time drawing the arrays.  For fractions of a whole, use a bar model:

fractionPerform a Google search to find the model that you and your child are comfortable with.   We will then begin comparing, adding, and subtracting fractions.  For the time being, we will not be adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  Don’t forget to check the homework page for updated homework assignments.

SS/Science:  The Rocks and Minerals lessons lasted longer than I anticipated and we did not move on to our lessons on Erosion last week.  This week Ms. Naomi is joining us for her awesome fossil lesson on Tuesday!  After that we will move on to lessons in Soil, Weathering, and Erosion.

This week students also received their Earthkeeper Y Keys!  The ceremony was on Friday afternoon and here are a few pictures of students in their learning groups.GetAttachment (4) GetAttachment GetAttachment (3)Y Key CeremonyGetAttachment (2)

Dates to Remember:

2/3:  Green Challenge Assembly

2/4:  Early Release

2/6:  Frindle Field Trip form and fee due, Trivia Night

2/13:  Frindle Field Trip and Valentine’s Day Party

Summer Opportunity:  Check out Camp Xplore! at College of Lake County for Summer 2015.  Visit www.clcillinois.edu/youth for more information.

Have a wonderful week!