Third grade students created a fraction kite using the concepts that they have been learning about throughout their math unit on fractions. They have been working on using specific vocabulary when talking about fractions. Some of those important words include partition, numerator, denominator, and equal parts.
4th Grade is gearing up for IAR (formerly known as PARCC) Testing. Students will be bringing home a practice packet to review concepts we have covered so far this year. Students will also be reviewing concepts and test taking strategies in class. Please be sure your child is practicing his/her math facts at home each day.
Math: We have one more unit of fractions left: division of fractions & mixed numbers. When we return from Spring Break, we will begin the next unit on algebra, patterns, and coordinate graphs. We will also be taking time to practice multi-step word problems, as well as review previous concepts, in preparation for the IAR tests in April.
Social Studies: We are just concluding our unit on the colonial regions of America. This included the founding, geography and climate, available jobs, and government of the New England, Middle and Southern colonies. Over the next month we will also be learning about the beginning of slavery in America, followed by the reasons behind the colonies’ decisions to separate from England, and how that led to our U.S. Constitution.
ELA: Immediately after break we will begin our in-depth study of the elements of a story: plot, character, setting, and theme. The culmination of this unit will be the tri-fold book report for a book of each student’s choosing. We are also continuing our work on word-study, vocabulary, grammar, and writing.
All of the students have been working to finish up projects for the upcoming art show. The art show will be held on Thursday March 21st from 6-7:30. Please stop in and see the amazing things that our students have been working on all year long. Every student, K-5, will be represented in the show.
The students have been learning about questioning, an important reading strategy. Students think about questions before, during and after they read the text.
Readers find the answers to their questions when they reread the text and find clues. The students may even code how they find information in the text such as T for finding clues in the text, I for inferring information, and OS for outside source such as researching the question online or looking up information in another book. Readers ask questions to clarify the meaning of words or ideas, make predictions, determine the author’s purpose, format or style, and think about the specific information they are trying to find.