Grade 4 Newsletter For October…The Palumbo Press
It is hard to believe that we are already one month into the school year. It has been an interesting adjustment for both me and the students. Their enthusiasm is refreshing. The personality posters, “All About Me”, were interesting and informative. It was great to see everyone step up and share with the class what was great about themselves.
Our morning routine is still a work in progress. Once in the room, students are to have their agendas open along with any work that was assigned. Thank you, parents, for checking the agendas on a nightly basis and initialing them. If no homework is assigned, your child is encouraged to read for at least 15 minutes (Raz Kids), or do Xtramath. Using the agenda helps to make your child accountable. While agendas are checked, bell work on the board is being worked on. Many students have enjoyed sharing their current events. It helps if they have the news article or internet copy to help them identify the 5 W’s during their brief report. Some have even added connections! After current events, we read independently for 20 minutes. It is very important during independent reading that your child has appropriate reading material, as they will be asked to respond to what they have read. Help encourage your child to choose suitable books, appropriate for their reading level. Our literacy block then has direct instruction (.g. writing, think alouds, shared writing etc.). The final 20 minutes has been devoted to our first of many read alouds, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. We are nearly finished and have had the opportunity to discuss and model certain activities (e.g. summarizing) which will be expected of the students later in the year.
Our focus in reading this month will be on making connections. As students read, they are encouraged to make connections to what they already know, what they have read and what they have seen/heard. Making connections is critical to their understanding of the material being read.
As for writing, we have been using the stories in our Courage unit to make everyone familiar with non-fiction writing. Over the next two weeks, students will be asked to do a non-fiction recount (re-tell) on a courageous person or event. Take some time around the dinner table to discuss some individuals you think are courageous.
We have been working on adding and subtracting three and four-digit numbers. Because computation is so critical, we have been learning our timestables, factors and multiples through games of “bizz-buzz”. There has been much improvement in this area! Our first unit on number sense wrapped up last week with a test. Our next unit in math will be patterning. It will involve identifying, describing and creating different number patterns.
Science and Social Studies
We are nearly finished our first unit, pulleys and gears. We have had the opportunity to create both fixed and moveable pulleys and have looked at the advantages provided by both. Students will now be working on a performance task which will require them to choose a machine that utilizes pulleys and/or gears, and create an informational poster on the science behind the machine. A unit test will be towards the end of the month. Students will be given a review sheet well in advance. Our next unit will be in social studies where we learn about Canada and its provinces.