Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hello Families,

Our students have been ending their year with many fun activities and hands-on projects! Thank you so much to all of our parents who helped out at Field Day.  Our class had a fantastic time, and we were so lucky with the weather.  Below you will find many pictures of all the fun we had.  Over the recent weeks, we visited the science museum, had the first grade play, attended a buzz assembly, and went to a music demonstration from the band, chorus, and strings teachers for next year! We have been busy fourth graders over here! 

In class, we began to present our Social Studies state projects and have learned so much from our classmates.  I am very impressed with the projects I am seeing and the obvious effort that is going into these presentations.  Since we have completed our math curriculum, students are spending time in class to review concepts by creating a math game.  We will spend time making these in class this week, and next week we will have the opportunity to play each one.  I am already seeing such a variety of ideas and love the creativity!  In Science and Social Studies, students are wrapping up their study on light and are completing our LAST region, the west.  We have “traveled” across the United States and have learned so much about our country.  In ELA, we are finishing our last few weeks of spelling and reading our anthology story.  This week, we read a narrative non-fiction about Owen and Mzee, a turtle and hippo. Next week will be our last full week of our Journey’s curriculum.  In writing, students are completing a narrative, expository pieces, and a letter to their 5th grade teachers.   
Math Projects being created

Other upcoming events that we will be attending will be our battle of the books competition with Mrs. Daly on Friday and then the 4th grade winners will compete against the 5th graders next Tuesday!  We will also have a speaker on Monday come to visit the 4th graders to speak about his experience in China! Overall, we are wrapping up end of the year activities and enjoying our time together as a class!  Below are some questions for conversation with your child over the weekend.  Thank you for reading!

Ms. Wentworth :-)

Questions for Conversation

1) What concepts are you incorporating into your math game?
2) How did the relationship change between Owen and Mzee?
3) What is your narrative about? What did you write about to your 5th grade teacher?
4) Tell me about the landforms found in the West.
5) How is the end of your 4th grade year going?

Working together :)

Learning about Maine!

Field day fun!

1st Grade Play Performance

Projects being presented!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

Hello Families!

 This warm weather definitely reminds us that the end of the year is approaching.  I cannot believe how quickly the year goes, however we still have so much to cover in 4W!  This week with MCAS, our students did a fantastic job tackling the two days of math testing.  Afterwards, we reflected on the specific skills that we have learned so far this year, and many felt very confident with their performance!  I know they tried their best, and I appreciate their efforts.  We are continuing to work through unit 8, and are applying our knowledge of fractions to word problems as well as conversions.  I am seeing students automatically changing their improper fractions to mixed numbers, and their skills are solidifying by the day.  When our curriculum comes to an end, students will be designing math games in the classroom and also work specifically on multiplying and dividing!

  This week in our classroom, students made great progress as we prepare for our China Culmination.  As you can see from our pictures, students painted their scholar squares based off of their Chinese study.  We also worked with fourth graders from other classrooms to paint the sheets that will be hung during the culmination.  The students worked so well tog
ether, I loved watching them collaborate.  Thank you so much to our volunteers who offered up their time today to help us!  As a reminder, China Trade will take place May 25th.  All are welcome!  In ELA and Writing, we will spend the next few weeks composing a final narrative, expository piece, and letter to our fifth grade teacher.  We are also going to be visiting one more Western Region to complete our social studies curriculum.  Our State Project will be due on June 2nd, and students will present the following weeks.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at all!  Students came home with state books from the library when the project was assigned, however if you need more resources they are more than welcome to check out more. 

 We have many updates and important days coming your way, please check in with our blog next week!  Below are some questions for conversation.  Thank you!

Ms. Wentworth :) 

Questions for Conversation:
1.  How many fluid ounces are in a cup?
2.  Show me how to convert 32/5 into a mix number.
3.  What did you draw on your scholar square?
4.  What were some topics on the math MCAS? What was easy, what was hard?