It is hard to believe that at the end of the week we are not only half-way through our Second Trimester, but also, half-way through our year! Where has the time gone?! We are diligently working through our goals and objectives for the year. We are also busily preparing for our Catholic Schools Week Open house which will be on Sunday January 27, from 12:00-1:30pm.
Here is what we are working on this week:
RELIGION – This week we will finish our look at how God used Moses in His big plan to share his love with us. Students will be making connections to the actions and responses of Pharaoh, the Egyptians, the Israelites, and Moses to Jesus, the apostles and ourselves. Your child should begin to see that God has a plan to use each of us to further His kingdom just as he did with Moses. We will be creating posters to depict the important aspects of the life of Moses.
LANGUAGE ARTS – We are enjoying our new novel, The BFG! Our focus during this novel will be the setting and how it affects the storyline. We will also be identifying different literary elements such as similes and how they add color to the written word.
Our WOW for the week is tedious.
The spelling words are words with ie and ei.
MATH – This week we will be continuing to polish our division skills by working problems that have a two digit answer with a remainder. We will also be working on measuring things to the nearest millimeter. We will also be working on how to collect data and use charts and graphs to communicate our findings. Later in the week we will take our mid-year benchmark assessment.
SCIENCE- This week we will continue to look at the states of matter and how they change. There will be a short quiz on that information on Wednesday.
Welcome back! I hope that you all enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving break surrounded by family and friends! As we return, we are gearing up for Christmas in many ways here at school. We have begun our play rehearsals! Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 13 ~ 7:00pm. By then, we will have memorized our lines, warmed up our vocal cords, and learned our entrances and places on stage. This is always a magical evening with our fourth graders helping us to step away from the busyness of the season to reflect on why we celebrate. Along the way, we will have our annual "Adopt a family" fundrasing event here at school where your child will be able to buy a handmade button to support this incredible service project. And of course, we will continue with our studies to the best of our abilities, despite schedule changes due to play practices! Here's what we hope to accomplish this week:
Religion- This week we are will be learning about the Liturgical Seasons of the Church year.
Language Arts -
Reading- We are beginning our next class novel. It's an entertaining story showing the growth of a family who has a bad reputation in the community, but yet they are moved by the Christmas story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We will be focusing our reading strategies on character development, cause and effect and the use of similes used throughout the novel. The students are already enjoying getting to know our crazy cast of characters ~ the Herdman's.
Written Expression- The vocabulary word of the week is "efficient ". In the prompt, the students will attempt to invent a machine that will help them be efficient in completing a difficult task. The spelling list this week includes words that have suffixes.
MATH – We will be looking at several new concepts this week. The most difficult will be learning about the different concepts related to fractions; comparing fractions, ordering fractions, and changing fractions to their equivalent decimals. We will also work with rate word problems and multiplying three digit numbers
Science – This week we are using the knowledge we have acquired throughout our study of the earth’s surface, rocks, minerals, weathering and erosion to look at the landscape of Ohio. Students will work together in groups to gather information about different landform regions in Ohio and identify how they were formed and what kinds of natural resources are found in each.