||Fourth Grade Newsletter
Our Mission: At Shrine Catholic Grade School we try to exemplify Christ by praying, learning, and growing together.
Week of April 14, 2014
Religion-We started our week with Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Jesus gave us the Beatitudes so that we would know how to be a blessing to others and how we are blessed. We certainly are! Each class talked about how it's a constant flow to bless and be blessed. It doesn't happen just once! I went to a funeral on Thursday and the Beatitude, "Blessed are they who mourn; for they will be comforted." I asked the students, "Which part of the Beatitude will I be when I get to the funeral home?" They said, "The comforter!" Yes! The Beatitudes don't care how old you are--count your blessings!
Join us for Holy Week Mass if you can on Wednesday at 8:30 A.M. Our discussions this week will be a blend of Beatitudes and Holy Week ideas. I have a phrase from Stations of the Cross stuck in my head when I think of Holy Week. Don't focus all your attention on Jesus' pain and suffering. Remember His triumph over death and giving us all new life with Him in Heaven! Have a blessed and peace-filled Easter!
Science-I'm seriously impressed at how well the kids are interpreting the weather map for the United States! They recognize how cold and warm front move by looking at the symbols. They're catching on to what kinds of weather could be happening when the see L and H symbols on a map. I have a simple glass barometer filled with colored water that they're fascinated with! It's not the most scientific, but it's cool to observe. That's what we're continuing with this week and after Easter. Weather maps, forecasting, station models, and cloud watching to predict weather!
Reading- Declamation semi-finalists will perform on Monday. The 8 finalists will be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday. This week students will continue to work with Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu, a narrative nonfiction piece. We will practice using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words, and students will also make inferences regarding events in the story.
English- Preparation for the persuasive essays will begin this week. Students will use The Writing Process, as well as The Six Traits of Writing while working through this assignment. The Writing Process keeps us on track and will take the students through the essay from pre-writing to publishing. The Six Traits, such as organization and word choice, are tools we use to improve the quality of our writing. I will spend time in class helping students choose a topic of persuasion that is important to them.
Math-We will prepare for our customary measurement test on Tuesday by reviewing linear, capacity, and weight, as well as converting from one unit to another. The children will need to be able to read a ruler to the nearest 1/8 inch. A great way to prepare would be to check out the RULER GAME and the jeopardy review for ch24. No written homework is being assigned since it is Holy Week.
Social Studies-This week we'll take all of our social studies time and devote it to studying the Passion. On Monday, we'll look at several relics of the Passion, including the Shroud of Turin. Tuesday we'll use our maps to follow Jesus' footsteps from his triumphant entrance and along the Via Dolorosa. On Wednesday, we'll gather to watch Jesus of Nazareth. Weather permitting we'll try to walk through the outdoor stations as well.
· Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette
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Royal Oak, MI 48067