Grade 4 March Newsletter….From the Palumbo Press
March…a month I always look forward to. First because there is March Break and second, March Madness!
February was a great month. The class did a wonderful job with the student of the month assembly, performed some very cool science experiments in light and sound, and had a festive Mardi Gras to kick off the season of Lent.
Currently we are writing a news article about a fellow classmate. Each student had the opportunity to interview one another and then use the information gathered to write an article. They will be done on the computer and combined into a class magazine.
We have nearly completed our read aloud, Tuck Everlasting. It has led to some interesting discussion on the topic of eternal youth. We will watch the movie during the week before the break and make comparisons between the movie and book.
Our main focus for this month will be on making inferences. Our learning goal will be to use what we already know and clues from the text to understand and respond to the text. Presently, the strategy has been modelled and we have done some shared reading. Eventually students will have the opportunity to independently read various materials and use the organizers provided to make inferences about the text. This is a very important comprehension strategy which will help students to express the main idea for a given text.
Our measurement unit will wrap up with a unit test before the break. We have already finished telling time. Some are still having difficulty with the concept of elapsed time. This could be something to practise at home with your child. Money, and measuring mass and capacity will also be covered before the test. We will then move on to a new unit in the geometry strand. Our learning goal will be to describe and use translations, reflections and rotations.
Our light and sound unit will come to an end next week. We have been working primarily with sound during the last few weeks. Students have done experiments demonstrating the “big ideas”. For a final evaluation, they will be doing a performance task in class where they will compare and contrast the properties of sound and light. They will also look to comment on the technological advances in the areas of light and sound, that are available to society.
The second social studies unit of the year will be everyone’s favourite, Medieval Times.
*Keep working on Xtramath on a regular basis
*Parents, keep asking to sign agendas and ask what has been learned
*Look for our March Madness Caricatures in the next week
*Check out the blog to what is going on in the class