January Monthly Updates: Fourth Grade
January Newsletter for 4th Grade
Language Arts--This month students will investigate the genre of narrative non-fiction. The purpose of narrative non-fiction is to inform readers in an entertaining way. Students will recognize the elements of characters, plot, setting, and story language as they read informational facts. Students will also engage in discussions to see how narrative non-fiction pieces combine the elements of fiction and non-fiction.
Student will continue to capture their creativity in their writing journals and work to organize their thinking within their writings.
Math--Throughout the month of January, 4th grade mathematicians extend their understandings of fractions and place value to begin developing an understanding of decimal numbers. They will use models to compare and order decimals and find decimal and fraction equivalents. Students will apply their understandings of whole number addition and subtraction to adding and subtracting decimal numbers. They will continue to use estimation and properties of operations to improve their computational efficiency. 4th grade mathematicians will apply all of these skills to solve various types of multistep practical problems involving addition and subtraction.
Towards the end of the month, fraction number sense concepts will be reinforced and applied to computation and problem solving for advanced math students. They will add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers both with and without regrouping. Advanced math students will solve practical problems with fractions that involve both single and multiple steps.
Virginia Studies--During the month of January students will wrap up their studies of colonial life in Virginia. We will then move into the 1700’s and discover the causes for the Revolutionary War, how it impacted Virginians, and what the United States’ victory meant for the colonists. Students will also begin to create deeper connections to historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, both Famous Americans that they’ve studied in previous years.
Science--The students will continue to act as scientists by making distinctions among observations, conclusions, inferences, and predictions. Ask your fourth grade scientist about his/her current unit of study.
Save the Date
Jan 7th – First day back to school
Jan 10th – PTA meeting
Jan 11th – Spirit day: Crazy hair day!
Jan 14th – Student of the month celebration
Jan 18th – 3 hour early release
Jan 21st – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
Jan 24th – End of 2nd Quarter
Jan 25th – Teacher Workday– No School
Feb 1st – Spirit day: Jersey day