HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all of the fabulous fourth grade mommies. I can certainly attest to the fact that you all have indeed raised wonderful children! I hope your day is filled with hugs, kisses, and most importantly, love.
The fourth graders are gearing up for Friends’ Fest this Thursday. This AJA tradition is just one of the many memories we create together in fourth grade, but, undoubtedly, a favorite. If you haven’t done so already, please sign the Code of Conduct form and return it by Monday along with the $30 fee. The money will cover the food, security guard, helper salary, and supplies.
Portfolio Day was a huge success! I was blown away by the growth the students demonstrated from the Fall presentations. Thank you all for attending and supporting your child.
First up to bat…Evan Cohen gave an impressive presentation!
The Electricity Wiring Project is now behind us, but the students are left with a strong feeling of accomplishment. It was by no means easy, and even downright frustrating at one time or another for many of the students; however, hard work and perseverance prevailed. When asked by a panel member at her portfolio presentation how her work on this project might be useful in the future, Ellie Landrum eloquently answered, “Well, when I’m grown up and I have own house, I will be able to wire it myself.”
As a MATTER of fact, this week we have moved on to our new science unit: Matter and Chemistry. We are building an understanding of matter, specifically the physical properties of matter, measuring matter, phases of matter, and changing matter. On Thursday, the students completed the Density Layer Cake lab where they asked the question: “How will the densities of various matter affect where they settle in a jar?” After calculating the mass, volume, and density of water, alcohol, oil, syrup, a Lego, a ping pong ball, aÃ‚Â raisin, and a marble they tested their predictions. Ask your child which was the most dense.
Mass (g)/volume (mL) = Density
When I announce each morning that it is writing time, the students are visibly excited. After three weeks of drafting, they are so invested in their stories that they can’t wait to return to the characters each day. Many of the writers have reached the “top of the mountain,” or the place where their main character is enlightened in some way.Ã‚Â Important revising and editing will permeate our workshop as the children wrap up their stories this week. ***Stay tuned, I will be sending out an invitation to come celebrate these young authors in the coming weeks.
I have yet to meet the kid who doesn’t love the book Holes. The story switches back and forth between the present and the past. Like the main character’s palindromic name, Stanley Yelnats, it begins at opposite ends chronologically and works toward the center. Where the end of the past story and the beginning of the present story are explained. As a class, we are enjoying unraveling the puzzle each day in our literature circles.Ã‚Â At the same time, we are reviewing the literary devices introduced earlier in the year. This week, the children are working on a brochure for Camp Green Lake – a parody of course!
Our current math unit: 3-D shapes, Mass, and Volume integrates nicely with our science unit. The children constructed 3-D shapes with straws and chenille stems as they work to internalize the new vocabulary.