||Fourth Grade Newsletter
Our Mission: At Shrine Catholic Grade School we try to exemplify Christ by praying, learning, and growing together.
Week of February 8, 2016
Join us if you can for All School Mass at 8:30 on Ash Wednesday
Religion-We pause in our study of the Ten Commandments to work on Think First and Stay Safe. The program this week focuses on review: what is dignity, listening to instincts, and what a lure is. I will work with the specific lures of affection, assistance, pet, and authority this week. I reinforce time and again that abuse is never the child's fault or that they're bad.
Ash Wednesday ushers in a beautiful time during the church calendar. We prepare ourselves through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving for the most joyous event--Easter. Join us, if you can, for Mass at 8:30 on Wednesday.
Science-We have studied the skeletal, nervous, circulatory, muscular, and digestive systems of the human body. Students had time in class to get started on their posters. Later in the week, students will get going on their study guide for the test. The test over systems will be during the week of February 15th. More details to come!
Reading- We continue to read Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?. Students will play the parts of detective by keeping track of suspects and clues as we read. We'll learn and use some fun mystery themed vocabulary words such as "sleuth" and "red herring". We're gearing up for a mystery book report with the Hardy Boys and Nancy drew, so stay tuned for more information soon on that!
English- Adjectives are our focus this week in English. Adjectives are describing words and they allow us to "show, don't tell" when we are writing or speaking. Students will be collecting some juicy words to describe a food picture brought in from home. We will also work with adjectives that compare. Ex: Her dad is taller than my dad. His dad is the tallest of all.
Math-We'll wrap up the Number Theory chapter this week with a test on Thursday. The children really embraced the topics of prime numbers, square roots, and divisibility. We even tried our hand at creating our very own Sieve of Eratosthenes in order to identify and better understand prime numbers. Friday we'll work on the topic of LINE SYMMETRY and create some very special Valentines!
Social Studies- This week we'll be studying what I like to call the ROAD TO STATEHOOD. It's a fun week as we explore the horrible, terrible, tragic events of the Toledo War (just kidding....not much happened other than a lot of name-calling!) Students should be working on writing their historical fiction at home as we participate in The Henry Ford's National Writing Competition. Believe it or not, Shrine has produced 5 winners in the last 3 years! The topic this year is the Rosa Parks. The research has already been done in school and now the story is theirs to write at home. It's a BIG GRADE in SOCIAL STUDIES, RELIGION AND LANGUAGE ARTS. The perfect final draft is DUE to me on February 23rd (right after mid-winter break). See the links on the main page for more information. Don't wait for the last minute....your child needs to be writing this week. Here's the link to get started:
Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette
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Shrine Catholic Grade School
Royal Oak, MI 48067