This week at conferences, many parents were asking what they could do over the summer to ensure their child stays current with their skills. Every summer, I order the Summer Bridge book for my own girls and it really helps to not only structure our day but also helps review some of things they learned in school that year. The books are only $10 and well worth it. Here's the link in case you're interested:
Spirit Week - Next week is spirit week but the 4th grade team had to make a little change because of our field trip. On Monday, the students are supposed to wear their Kenbrook apparel but instead they are going to wear their PJ's. Thursday, they are supposed to wear their PJ's to school but we are going to wear our Kenbrook apparel since we're going on the field trip. There are no other changes on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Field Trip - Thursday 4/2: Please remind your child to bring a disposable lunch to the field trip.
Spring Break - 4/2-4/13
FLE - 4/22 and 4/23: Your child will not be allowed to participate in the FLE program unless they have a signed permission slip on file. Please let me know if you need an additional copy.
M-Step - 4/28, 4/29, 4/30, 5/7, 5/8, 5/12, 5/13: Note - Because of the availability of the computers, all 4th grade classes are not taking the M-Step on the same day. We have been doing many things to get prepared here at school for this online assessment that has replaced the MEAP. We are trying to make it as stress free for your kiddo. I know it seems like a lot of testing but we'll try to make sure we find the healthy balance between doing their personal best without putting on too much pressure. We are good at that around here. :)
Here's our plan for the next few weeks...
KID Groups: Your child might have mentioned that our KID groups have changed a bit. We have completed our work with Place Value and have moved onto some different skills. Earlier last week, we gave the kids a pretest involving concepts such as multiplication, division, and word problems. We divided up the groups based on how they performed on this test. The students are either working on skills that weren't mastered earlier in the year or they're learning new skills that haven't been covered yet. In either case, kids are getting what they need and having fun too!! We love the KID groups! It's our favorite time of the day and it's nice mixing up the students so we see new faces!
Math: We just tested on our Fractions unit and I'm in the midst of grading those tests but should have them for you next week. We started our Decimals unit today and will be delving into that more next week. We'll be pulling out our place value blocks so we can the relationship between the tenths, hundredths and whole numbers. Then we'll be moving onto finding equivalent decimals and comparing them as well. This will be a shorter unit since it's at the tail end of our Fractions unit. Our next larger unit will be Geometry. There is a lot of vocabulary involved with this unit so we'll be getting out of our seats and learning some fun songs along the way!
Language Arts: In Reading, we're continuing to move through our Nonfiction unit. We have been examining non fiction pieces and locating the text features and we've starting working a bit with text structure as well. Next week, we'll continue working on main idea and pulling out the topic, topic sentences and supporting details. In writing, we're in the midst of our research project. We'll continue finding information on the next few topics and then the following week, we'll begin to use our notes and organize them into paragraphs. This is the hard part and what we're doing in Reading will really help us with this process. This is a BIG unit and will most likely take a good 6 weeks. After we're done writing, we'll put it together in a book.
Social Studies: We're continuing our study of Economics. There are many vocabulary words tied to this unit so we've been doing some fun activities with our product we have made to help us understand these concepts. This week, we took a vocabulary quiz to see how the students are progressing so far in the unit. We can tell that some students are putting in the time it takes to do well on a quiz and some students are not. We have had these conversations with the students as well. These results will be sent home next week as well.
Science: We're in the midst of our Sun, Moon and Stars unit. We'll be learning about the sun and shadows and the kids will be doing some outdoor activities as well.