Important dates 9 November—2nd semester school fees due 21 November—early dismissal 5 December—King’s birthday holiday 21 December—1/2 day school 22-31 December—Winter Break; return to school 14 Jan.
HOMEWORK All students should be reading 30 minutes or more each night, recording their book and time on their reading log Math, Science, and/or Social Studies may also be sent home each night for homework. All students are expected to complete homework on time and submit it to their homeroom teacher DAILY.
Literacy Students have been busy writing personal narratives and are beginning their realistic/historical fiction pieces. We will be working to increase their writing stamina and engagement, as well as improving their word choice, use of conventions, and overall structure of writing a narrative piece in Writer’s Workshop. In Reader’s Workshop, students will focus on tackling complicated literature with practice and instruction in Historical Fiction. They’ll learn how to build interpretations and how to listen closely to each other as they read, carrying ideas across book club discussions and across more than one text.
Science The kids have jumped right into science with our unit on Earth Materials. Final assessments for the first four parts have been given; soils, layers of earth, and plate tectonics will be studied in more depth during November. Mock Rocks—rock and mineral properties Scratch Test—specific properties of minerals Calcite Quest—presence of calcium/calcite in rocks Take it for Granite—using mineral properties to find out which minerals are in the rock, granite Earth’s layers, soils, and plate tectonics
Grade 4 Learning ProjectStudents will have the excitingopportunity to look back at theirown family, where did they come Social Studiesfrom and why did they move fromone place to another. Afterinterviewing their grandparentsand other relatives students willcreate their own Family Tree! Students will need to address the Big Ideas: What causes people to move? What effect does migration (or moving) have on my own life and others? What connections can I make to my own family? Long Term Learning Targets 1. Students will understand patterns of change and continuity, relationships between people and events through time, and various interpretations of these relationships. • I can describe changes in society (e.g., political, social, cultural). • I can identify cause and effect relationships in history. 2. Students will understand causes and effect of interaction among societies, including trade, systems of international exchange, war, and diplomacy. • I can explain varied causes and effects of conflict and cooperation among individuals, groups, societies and nations in the following categories: politics, economics, geography, ethnicity/race/gender, and culture. 5. Students will understand social systems and structures and how these influence individuals. • I can identify and describe ways that ethnicity and cultures influence peoples daily lives.