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Grade 4 News

March 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

Spring Break is quickly approaching and so is our field trip to Young Ameritowne! Please make sure to sign up your student in the school store under their homeroom teacher!

 

IMPORTANT DATES

3/18-3/22 Spring Break

3/28 Young Ameritowne Trip

3/30 Spring Soiree Fundraiser

 

Announcements

Start Making Plans for Summer Camp - registration is now open!

 

We hope your kids can join us for one or more of the fun camps hosted by American Academy teachers and staff. There are many great options, and some camps even start the first week of summer break. For more details and information about current summer camp offerings, visit the American Academy Summer Camp page (info is on the main website, under quicklinks >> parents >> summer camps).

 

Please note: ANY American Academy student can attend ANY of the summer camps listed, regardless of where the camp is being held. i.e. If your CP student wants to attend a camp being held at LM, simply log into your school store account but click on the other campus school store; all their camps will be listed under the Summer Camps tab. If you have questions, please email Catrina Phillips.

 

 

What's happening in class?

Math

Saxon Math is a spiraling program. Many math concepts are introduced throughout the year and revisited in the homework practice. Most classes will get time to work on homework at the end of class and ask questions from their teachers. Please check Infinite Campus for due dates and upcoming tests. Assessments are done every 5 lessons.

 

Ms. Anderson's Literacy Class

This week we jumped right in to poetry and the kids have had a great time learning about the elements that make poetry so unique. They have analyzed poems, compared poems and even wrote a few poems themselves! Next week, we will focus more on the different types of figurative language that can make literature so much more exciting and interesting to read. We will find figurative language in poems and stories. Enjoy the weekend!

 

Ms. Wren's Literacy Class

Two weeks down and one to go

We sure know poetry isn't prose.

Onomatopoeia, similes, and metaphors…

Figurative language opens doors!

 

Next week we'll do poetry of two types

With blackout, we'll use books that are just right.

That leaves partner, which is sure to be fun,

Working with a friend is better than none!

 

Ms. Martinez's History Class

Our Young AmeriTowne field trip is quickly approaching!  Please make sure to sign up your student in the school store under their homeroom teacher. 

 

 

Ms. Mercy's Science Class 

Fourth grade will began their second STEM unit on Monday, March 4th.During this unit students will be introduced to exciting LEGO EV3 robots. This is an autonomous robot they will learn to program to solve real-world problems. Students will begin by learning the basic programming skills necessary to run their bots. They will then work through a series of practice challenges utilizing these new skills. Students will work with a partner learning important lessons about team work as well as practicing their determination skills as they learn to program with precision.  

 

 

 

ASSESSMENT:

Each fourth grader will be assessed throughout the unit. Grades will be posted on infinite campus and reflected as a separate STEM grade on their report card.

Students will be assessed using the following skill categories:

  • Class participation
  • Teamwork
  • Use of the Engineering Design Process
  • Tech skills
  • Risk/Creativity

ABSENT STUDENTS:

At the discretion of the STEM instructors, or classroom teacher, absent students will be “exempt” from any work missed, or will complete it upon their return. If your child is absent for a major portion (half) of the unit, they will be EXEMPT from the entire STEM unit.

I’m so looking forward to working with 4th graders again! Thank you!

 

Specials Information

 

MB ART

 

MB MUSIC

 

MB TECH

 

MB PHYS ED

 

 ~The Fourth Grade Team

Ms. Anderson, Ms. Martinez, Ms. Mercy, and Ms. Wren