||Fourth Grade Newsletter
Our Mission: At Shrine Catholic Grade School we try to exemplify Christ by praying, learning, and growing together.
Week of March 10, 2014
Religion-The Ten Commandment CDs are finished this week. That doesn't mean we're done with the Ten Commandments! Our discussions will focus on the fifth commandment--thou shall not kill. Students will learn more about the inventor Alfred Nobel. He invented dynamite. He was devastated when people starting using his invention in weapons. Mr. Nobel wanted it to be used only for construction purposes. Imagine his surprise when he picked up the morning paper and read his own obituary! They wrote, "The merchant of death is dead!" Mr. Nobel wanted didn't want to be remembered that way. His Nobel Prizes recognize the cultural and scientific advancements by people. How can we live in the spirit of "Thou shall not kill"?
Science-Good bye volcanoes and earthquakes. Hello fossils! Fourth grade doesn't spend much time on dinosaurs. Our focus is on the formation of fossils. One of the really cool websites I've found helps students understand how difficult is actually is for fossils to form and survive. Why are fossils still studied today? That's one of the questions we'll answer in this chapter!
Reading- This week we will be immersed in mystery! Students will be reading Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? written by Avi. We will discuss the ingredients for a mystery and identify suspects and clues along the way. Students will become familiar with a list of mystery themed vocabulary words and at the end of the week combine all of their evidence to create a "Detective Case Report".
English- Writing is the focus of our week in English class. Monday and Tuesday students will be responding to expository prompts to create a narrative nonfiction writing sample. On Wednesday, students will work as a team to create a suspense story which ties in with the mystery we are reading. The Time for Kids magazine will provide a prompt for the students to respond to on Thursday and within the response, students will be citing evidence from the text. Finally, on Friday students will create limericks in honor of St Patrick's Day!
Math-We'll continue to work with fractions of course. The students were amazed by how once you UNDERSTAND how fractions work, you can calculate simplest form and equivalent fractions in your head!! We had great success practicing this and even showed off our skills in a game of PIZZA FRACTIONS....who knew fractions could be so much fun? This week, we'll snag the iPads as we prepare for our upcoming test on Thursday. The children need to be able to compare and order fractions, calculate simplest form, identify equivalent fractions and turn a mixed number into an improper fraction (and vice versa). Don't forget to keep up with multiplication and division though!!! The STEM projects and oral presentations are complete and graded rubrics will be sent home Monday.
Social Studies-We got a little backed up working with fractions this week and so social studies is a bit behind....we'll play catch-up this week and then jump into Michigan inventors. The skit rubrics and the Wright Brothers rubrics are ready to go home so look for them on Monday as well. Believe it or not, I actually had a great time reading the children's stories. I'm just glad I'm not on the committee that selects a winner......there are just too many top-notch stories to consider! (What a "good" problem to have!) The children will be creating a "hallworthy" illustration to go with their story this week as we prepare our hallway for the STUDENT SHOWCASE next week. The theme of our 4th grade hall will be "DREAM OF FLIGHT". Check out the main page for the Lansing link......we are 2 months away and so I will begin to send home and post information about the upcoming trip.
· Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette
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Shrine Catholic Grade School
Royal Oak, MI 48067