We've had a busy couple of weeks in 4P, highlighted by celebrating the end of our literary essay unit in writing and our reading history unit in reading. To celebrate our literary essay unit, students designed bookmarks with their thesis and reasons....check them out in our hallway next time you are at Hatch! To celebrate the end of our American Revolution reading unit, we had fun with a readers theatre where students were assigned roles to re-enact important events during the time period. Special thanks to Ms. Polley for helping out!
Here are a few updates:
In math, we finished our geometry unit (Module 4) last week with a summative assessment which will be sent home graded on Monday. Everyone showed a lot of growth during the unit! We also began our unit on fractions (Module 5) last week. Students are learning how to add and multiply unit fractions.
We have begun our next reading unit, biographies! This is always a highlight of the year in fourth grade! Students research an historical character, take notes on their life, write a first person script as if they are the character, then present their script during our annual 4th grade Living Museum. Students will dress as their character and present their script to parents and students in the second and third floor hallways. The date for the Live Museum will be sometime during the first or second week in April....look for details to come on how parents can help their kids with costumes and scripts at home!
Our next writing unit has also begun....students are using what they have learned during our Revolutionary War reading unit to write a "book" about a topic or a person connected to the Revolution. Students will write an introduction, a few paragraphs about their topic and a conclusion discussing how or why their topic is important.
We also finished up our science rotation last week and all fourth grade classes will be learning social studies in their home rooms for the next 7-8 weeks. The focus of our social studies unit is the history of Illinois and hopefully the history of Chicago if we have time. We have also begun learning about maps and regions and students had fun designing their own maps of places they know!
Our Hubbard Street Dance residency is drawing to a close. Students have done a great job of choreographing unique dances in groups and will be presenting their dances to parents on Thursday, March 19th from 10-10:30am in the auditorium. We hope you can find time to come! We are also looking forward to our upcoming field trip to see Hubbard Street Dance perform at the Harris Theatre on Friday, March 13th! If you have not filled out the permission form, please do so ASAP.
During the week of March 16th, students will be taking the IAR test (which is the former PARCC test). This test is a state-mandated test which is used to measure progress at the school level. This test is not used by classroom teachers to assess student progress. Students will be taking the test on Wednesday, March 18th and Thursday, March 19th.
Lastly, trimester 2 report cards will be coming home on Friday, March 13th. Please sign the report card envelope and return it to school so we can use the envelope again for trimester 3 report cards. Thanks!
Here are a few photos from our class:
We had a great week in 4P this week, highlighted by an assembly on Friday where we got to watch Ms. Mendez being taped to the wall in the gym! Thanks to everyone who donated for this great cause....we raised over $66 in our classroom alone!
Here's a snapshot of what's been going on in the classroom:
Also, we are planning on sharing our student created dances with parents on March 19th in the Hatch Auditorium from 10-10:30. Mark your calendars!
Thanks to all those who are participating in the One Book One School program! We are loving reading The Lemonade War! If you have not had a chance to read it or are behind in the reading, don't worry. There is still time to catch up!
Here are some pictures of 4P in action (and Ms. Mendez on the wall!):
Thanks to all the parents who helped out with our Valentine's Day party in 4P, especially Kristin Rakshys, who organized the event. The activities were awesome and all of the students had fun!
Here are some highlights from last week and a peek into next week:
We are moving along in Module 4 in Math (Angle measurement and plane figures). Students are now learning how to use a protractor to measure angles. Next week, we will be using our knowledge of straight angles (180 degrees) to determine the size of unknown angles. Students will also be using pattern blocks to estimate angle size.
Next week, we will also begin using a web based online math learning tool called ST Math. Students will be working at the their own pace to solve math problems to help Jiji (the penguin) reach her goal. Our class is piloting the program over the next few months. More information about the program will be coming home next week.
We are nearly finished with our literary essays! I'm very excited about the progress everyone has made...we will finish our final drafts next week and share them with each other in the classroom.
Students are continuing to read and learn about the American Revolution using reading skills such as summarizing and synthesizing. Next week we will begin to prepare for our class celebration of the end of the unit....simulating a debate between loyalists and patriots (like what happened during the first Continental Congress).
Hopefully everyone is reading our One Book, One School book, "The Lemonade War". Here are the reading deadlines for next week:
Tuesday, Feb 18th: Chapter 4 (pages 41-58)
Thursday, Feb 20th: Chapter 5 (pages 59-66)
Friday, Feb 21st: Chapter 6 (pages 67-86)
Be sure to look here for discussion questions to help foster conversation at home!
The annual Science Fair will be held Thursday, April 23, 2020. Once again, the students can choose from doing a research project, a demonstration, or an experiment. Sign up, rubrics, and descriptions of each can be found on the Hatch website by following these links: Programs- Academic- Science Fair. Any questions can be directed to Lynda Ficca by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the sign-up link
Here is the Hatch page for other info: Hatch Science Fair information
Here are some pictures of 4P in action!
We had a great week of learning and fun in 4P this week...we especially had fun playing in the snow at recess this week! Here are a few highlights:
We had a great week of learning in 4P! We finished our reading and math MAP tests and I'm very excited about our growth! Here are a few highlights from the week and a peek at the week ahead:
Here are some pictures of 4P in action:
I hope everyone had a happy and healthy winter break! It was great to catch up with all the students on Monday and we had a great week of learning this past week.
On Tuesday, we began a residency with Hubbard Street Dance company. Hubbard Street will be working with all of the fourth grade classes on expression through movement and also working in groups to create dances that are tied to our American Revolution reading unit. Our first class was awesome and we look forward to working together through the coming weeks. Students will be presenting their dances in late March (date TBD) to parents and anyone else interested.
In Math, we have finished up topics A-G in Module 3 and will be taking a summative assessment this coming Friday. In preparation, we will be completing study guides in class that cover all the math skills in topics A-G in the Module. Next week, we will begin topic H in Module 3 which covers double digit multiplication.
We have begun our American Revolution unit in reading. Students will be researching the various causes of the revolution then picking a topic and creating a presentation about the topic (i.e. Paul Revere's ride, the Continental Congress, etc.). As part of the unit, I am reading aloud a book called "King George, What Was His Problem?" by Steve Sheinkin which provides a humorous look at the events leading up to the Revolution.
In writing, we have begun our Literary Essay unit! Students have chosen short stories to use for their essay. We will begin narrowing down our thesis statements next week and hope to wrap up the unit toward the end of the month or early February.
We have also begun a new unit in Science.....4P is learning earth science principles from Ms. Quickery. Ask your child about how their first class went!
If you have not had a chance to reserve a time for a parent/teacher conference, please do so here. I will be meeting with parents on Wednesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 30th after school.
Just a reminder that we will be taking the winter MAP test this coming week:
We had a great week in 4P this past week, highlighted by a fun field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday. Thanks to our chaperones, Kristin Lee, Keri Benbrook and Larry Rogowin. We visited several exhibits focused on extreme weather events which tied into our weather research projects! Here are a few updates on happenings in the classroom:
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! It's been a busy couple of weeks in 4P! Here are some highlights:
We are marching along in Module 3 in math....we are currently learning long division with a single digit divisor and a 2-3 digit dividend. We've been learning the steps....divide, multiply, subtract and bring down. Ask your child to sing the lyrics to the division rap we've been learning! Next week we will learn about multiples and factors.
In reading we began researching extreme weather topics in research groups this week. Everyone is excited to learn about their topic, put together their report and present their findings. Some groups are in need of additional resources so it would be great if you might take your child to the Oak Park Public Library to perhaps check out a book or two on their topic. As part of this unit, students have also been working on identifying the main idea and supporting details of non-fiction text using text structure, then writing a summary of the text. Next week, we will work on synthesizing information from two texts on the same topic.
Students have been working hard on their personal essays! Most students are almost finished with their drafts and we will finish up final drafts next week!
Lastly, we've also been learning about parts of speech such as onomatopoeia, personification, similes and metaphors, idioms, alliteration and hyperbole. Ask your child about these terms and, if you are reading with them, ask them to help identify these parts of speech when you read!
Just as a reminder, please sign your child's report card envelope and return it to school so we can use the same envelopes for the upcoming two trimesters. Also, we are looking forward to our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday! Thanks in advance to our chaperones Rachel (or Larry?) Rogowin, Kristin Lee and Keri Benbrook.
Here are a few pictures of 4P in action!
We nicknamed this past week Snowvember....we survived the bitter cold, however, and were finally able to get outside at recess Thursday and Friday. Thanks for dressing your fourth grader appropriately for the cold and snow!
A few highlights from the week:
We had a great week in 4P this week, highlighted by kicking off new units in math, reading and writing. Here are a few highlights: