Thursday, November 9, 2017

Week In Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! 

Please take the time to check the important calendar dates below and learn more about what we learned in 4th grade this week.

Important Calendar Dates

  • Monday, November 13th - Scholastic Book Orders Due - click here to order online, class code M97HD.
  • Thursday, November 16th - Pretzel Sale $$ and Permission Slip Due
  • Friday, November 17th - Progress Report Link Goes Live
  • November 22nd - 24th - Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, December 6th - Late Start
  • Thursday, December 21st - Winter Parties & Early Dismissal (1:05pm)

Week in Review

We had a super exciting week in 4th grade! Our channel 4 News4Schools story should be airing soon. I will pass along the air date as son as I get it. I will also be sure to send out the link to the online story too!

Since I am out of the classroom today, I've typed up a quick review of our week rather than having our student broadcasters. We'll be back to student led updates next week.

Math - Students continued their work with situational division problems. At this time, no concrete division strategies have been explicitly taught. Students are using their understanding of multiplication and division to explore these situations and are working to find solutions to these new problems on their own. It's been really neat to see all of the different ways they've come up with to solve a division problem. Be sure to ask your child which strategies they've tried in class.

Social Studies - Students began their research projects on the Late Native American tribes that once settled in Missouri. Students are working in teams to create presentations for the class. Be on the lookout for finished presentations next week!

Science - Students continued their study of water with Ms. Hof.

Reading - This week we wrapped up our Non Fiction unit. Students worked with research teams to present the information they learned about their natural disaster and then presented their research to the class. On Thursday, readers took the end of unit assessment where they showed all that they learned about summarizing and identifying the main idea of a Non Fiction text.

Writing - We are officially in the revision stages of our personal essay! Writers worked this week to select and add strong transitions to their essay. Students also learned how to write a strong introduction that will hook their reader.

Home Learning

Looking for ways to help your 4th grader at home? Here's a list of activities that will help them in the classroom.
  • Read 30 minutes per night.
  • Complete 1 session of Xtra Math per night.
  • Practice Accountable Spelling Words

Parkway STEM Fest

Southwest Middle School on March 2-3, 2018

  • Join us for interactive family fun with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  All ages are welcome!
    • Friday, 3/2, exploration stations open from 4-8 pm
    • Saturday 3/3 exploration stations and design & building challenges open from 10 am-3pm.  
    • Special guests like Parkway’s Early Childhood Center and The Science Center will be joining us for the fun.   

  • Science Fair Schedule
    • Digital Projects Due - Tuesday,2/27 by 10:00 PM
    • Project Placement - Friday, 3/2 from 4:00-6:00 PM
    • Exhibit Viewing - Friday, 3/2 from 6:00-7:00 PM
    • Judging - Friday, 3/2 from 4:00-10:00 PM
    • Judging - Saturday, 3/3 from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
    • Exhibit viewing and Project Pick Up - Saturday, 3/3 from 4:00-6:00 PM

  • Science Fair Project Categories
  • K-2 Experiment or Observations
  • K-2 Model or Collection
  • 3-5 Experiment or Observation
  • 3-5 Model or Collection
  • K-5 Engineering or Invention
  • 6-8 Experiment
  • 6-8 Engineering or Invention

All projects must be registered by February 22, 2018.  

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