||Fourth Grade Newsletter
Our Mission: At Shrine Catholic Grade School we try to exemplify Christ by praying, learning, and growing together.
Week of June 9, 2014
Religion-We've reviewed and discussed what third grade introduced about the precepts of the Church. These are the bare minimum requirements of followers of Christ: attend Mass weekly, attend Reconciliation at least once a year, receive Holy Communion at least once a year-especially during Easter, fast and abstain on days of penance, and give of your time, talents, and treasure to support the Church. All of these aren't a list to check off, like the conversation Jesus had with the rich young man. Think of these as little things done with great love for our Father.
Science-This week sees us wrapping up the Solar System booklets that the students are working on in class. They're due Thursday.
We start off the week with how humans have explored space. One of our topics last week was about Voyager I. It left our solar system in 2012 or 2013 (scientists are still figuring that out!). When it was launched, it had on board a controversial gold disc that contains samples of sounds from humans, animals, and nature. It also has directions to Earth on it!
Reading- How Tia Lola Came to Stay is our story this week. We'll be talking about characters and theme. Students will read our final Time for Kids magazine this week also. It's all about internet funding for projects and causes. The 4th grade entrepreneurs might get some ideas for the summer!
English- We will work with basic sentence diagramming this week. Sentence diagramming is a great tool for identifying various parts of speech and recognizing how all of the words connect and interact to form the sentence. Students will also dabble in a variety of poetry writing this week. A 4th grade favorite from the past is the alphabet alliteration poem.
Math-We're not done yet!!!! We'll wrap things up with a review of similar vs congruent before we dive into transformations (reflections, rotations, and translations). Tuesday we'll try to head over to the church to look at tessellations (tiles) and try to tessellate shapes across a page. On Wednesday, the children will turn in their math texts and finish up their measurement scavenger hunt.
Social Studies-Powering through geometry last week meant that we had to forego our mock trial. This week, we'll spend our last few classes looking at the "state postcards" that the kids created during computer class. Texts will be collected on Tuesday.
· Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette