Friday, April 13, 2018

Quarter 4 is Upon Us!

Hello 4th and 5th grade families,

It's hard to believe that we're nearing the end of the year.  The fourth and final quarter began on Monday.  Quarter three reports went home today and MAP testing begins for the 4/5 students on Tuesday!  Below, I've included some information about what we've been up to and what's ahead.

I'd also like to mention that we have a new student!  Welcome to Laila, a new fourth grader.  She comes to use from New York and is excited to be here with us!

Take care,
Ms. Fezekas

Reading:  We finished our unit on The City of Ember; it was a much-loved read and the students had the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and analysis in the final assessment.  This quarter, students are in four different literature circles reading a book by the author Kate DiCamillo.  We will be comparing and contrasting the themes and big ideas in her books while doing an author's study.  During literature circles, groups meet with me for a targeted lesson, read independently or with a partner, complete a job, and then share their job during a group discussion before meeting again with me.  Ask your child what they're reading!

Writing:  Students finished their persuasive essays and we had an author's celebration.  We heard essays about energy usage, "fast fashion", the effects of flying on the environment, deforestation, trash burning, and why we should eat less beef, to name a few.  Very interesting topics for our world citizens to investigate!  In the final quarter, we will be writing some individual poetry and ending with working again in the expository genre but, this time, writing a newspaper article.

Math 4:  The fourth graders finished their unit on fraction concepts; the students were exposed to comparing and ordering fractions, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators, converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers, and using equivalent fractions to add and subtract fractions with different denominators.  We are working now with factors and primes and then on to decimal numbers!  Fraction concepts connect well to these units and students will be reviewing their newly learned concepts throughout.

Math 5: The fifth graders finished their unit on multiplication and division of decimals and fractions.  We are currently working with some data concepts, converting time measurements, and elapsed time concepts.  We will soon apply our skills with fractions and decimals to geometry as we work with area, perimeter, and volume.

Science:  Each group has finished their iMovie!  Students synthesized their research in a new, exciting way.  It was a learning opportunity for all and students should be proud of their work.  Science Convention will be at the end of May.  I check in with groups every Friday.  Ask your child how their project is going!

Social Studies:  We will begin Social Studies next week.  We will be doing a unit about conflict and cooperation.  Students will learn how to think like a historian by analyzing different sources and looking at cause and effect relationships.  We will apply these skills to a short project.

Upcoming Important Dates
April 17th - First day of MAP testing
May 11th - Student-led Conferences
May 25th - Science Convention

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