September 18, 2016 Update

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

What a fun week we had!  Thank you for helping out with Attendance Week by sending happy and healthy kiddos to school.

We began our wetland study this week.  We investigated a nearby wetland and found this awesome spider!

Not your average Charlotte!

Not your average Charlotte!

Then we discussed the adaptations of cattails.  Students dissected and closely examined plants on Friday.

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Academics this week:

ELA:  In Readers’ Workshop students will revisit Folktales and read an adapted folktale told in the Uncle Remus style, “Why Br’er Lizard Can’t Sit”.  This will reinforce animal adaptations and how cultures attempt to explain behaviors and appearance using storytelling.  Spelling this week:  Core words:  everyone, leave, everything, game, system, bring, watch, shell, dry, within.  Content words:  marsh, bog, swamp, wetland, cattail.  Writing:  Students will be introduced to a story arc, which is a graphic organization tool that will help them plot our their narratives with an effective beginning, middle, and end.  They will be encouraged to show, not to tell, their stories.

Math:  We wrapped up Unit 1, Lesson 2 on Place Value.  There was one area that needs reteaching, which we will do early this week and then move on to factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers.  There will be homework on Monday and Thursday.

Science/EE:  This week we will wrap up the Wetland Habitat by studying the engineer of the outside: The Beaver. We are going to try to squeeze in a lesson with Naomi on using aquatic nets to snag pond life later this week.  Rain boots are a good idea.  We will then turn our attention to the Social Studies segment of this unit and begin our study of how history is recorded.  Students will create a timeline of their own life.  This will be a project to be completed at home.  The project description will go home on Friday the 23rd and be due on Tuesday the 27th.

Earthkeeper Update:  Our trip to Earthkeepers at Lake Forest Open Lands will take place on September 28 and 29. Each day students will ride the bus and will eat snack and lunch there.  Do not send food that needs to be heated or nuts for those two days.  We will be engaged in Earthkeeper activities back on campus on the 30th.  Be sure to have your child dress for the weather.  Students will carry their backpacks with lunch and extra gear during the field trip. Please send questions to me.

Specials:  Specials will take place as usual, with the exception of Wednesday.  Remember that teachers have a professional development day and students enjoy a “non-attendance day”.

Dates to Remember:

9/21:     Teacher Inservice Day, no students

9/22:  Textile Sale begins

9/24:   Green Apple Day of Service with PCCS Green Team, 9:00 – 11:00 am

9/28 and 9/29:  Earthkeepers for McGovern and Hahn at Lake Forest Open Lands

9/28:  Book Club for Parents and Staff:  6:00 pm

9/30:  Earthkeepers on campus

Enjoy your week and I hope to see everyone at the Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday!