|Bill Hermanson - Fourth Grade (Send e-mail)|
We are starting a new math program this year..."Eureka". The district researched, piloted and briefly implemented it the tail end of it last year. It's a new style of learning and research states student understanding grew. If student understanding grows...so will their intelligence and obviously test scores. Eureka will be a challenge for us all...administrators, teachers, students and parents. I ask that you be patient, give Eureka a chance and work with your child each night on the daily taught skill. I will send home all the examples we do in class to guide you/students in completing the homework. Also I sent home login papers on how to access the Eureka site where you can find instruction, examples, models, practice sheets and the homework. You can also 'Google' videos of teachers teaching the lessons. We will get through this TOGETHER!
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STUDENT OF THE WEEK:
Favorite Food: "Noodles"
Favorite Thing About Me: "I'm Good At Sports"
Favorite TV Show/Movie: "Cinderella"
My Birthday is: "November 14th"
Favorite Pet: "Dog....Bullet, Roxy and Holly"
Favorite Thing To Do: "Play Sports"
Favorite Subject: "PE and Science"
Place I Want to Visit: "Hawaii"
I'm Special Because: "I Play More Sports Than The Average Person"
Favorite Book/Magazine: "Dork Diaries"
My Family is: "Mom, Dad, Sophia, Nate, Arianna, Jacqueline, Tom and Me and my hamsters...Winter, Ares and Harry"
Favorite Sport/Game/Activity: "Soccer"
Favorite Color: "Yellow"
What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: "A Famous Soccer Player"
CURRICULUM UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF: 9/25-9/29
We are well into our first unit..."New Beginnings". We will study immigration, the time period around it and what immigrants experienced during those times. We began our first novel..."If Your Name Was Changed At Ellis Island". We will be focusing on main idea and detail, domain vocabulary, context clues and first/secondhand accounts.
I encourage you to have your child read 20 minutes minimum each night. In doing that will increase vocabulary, fluency, confidence and background knowledge.
We are into our Informational Writing pieces. Students researched any natural disaster they wanted (hurricane, tornado, tsunami, etc.) and took notes and formed sentences using those notes. The students will be writing a "book" where each "chapter" will be a different component such as...Chapter 1: All About Hurricanes (facts, weather, how they're formed, destruction caused, wind speed, etc.), Chapter 2: Write About A Specific Hurricane (Hurricane Katrina, etc.), Chapter 3: A Firsthand Account From A Hurricane (from a victim, first responder, etc.) and Chapter 4: Why Learning About Hurricanes Is Important (precautions, safety, etc.) Each "chapter" will consist of multiple paragraphs.
This week we will be wrapping up our first module (unit) on place value, rounding and adding/subtracting. We will be testing Wednesday!! Please review all study guides and homework from the past weeks to prepare your child. Our next unit is on converting units of measurement...that'll start Thursday.
Students did a great job on the map of a floor of their house. I loved all the detail! This week we will continue with maps looking at longitude and latitude as well as the equator and Prime Meridian.
We will start to look at rock, layers of rock and fossils.