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: