October Monthly Updates- Fourth Grade
As we move into the month of October, students will develop understandings (or theories) about human experience by evaluating character development, author’s craft, and themes. They will make inferences based on evidence and reason. Students will search for deeper understanding of theories through thoughtful discussion. They will expand their vocabulary by using context clues and through an understanding of roots, affixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.
During Writer’s Workshop students will begin writing in a new genre, personal essay. Personal essays are a form of creative nonfiction in which writers explore a big idea that interests them based on personal experience or a personal opinion about a topic. Students will begin by generating a thesis and then work to explore that thesis in the essay.
This month, our mathematicians will learn and review fractions. They will first learn to compare and order fractions, then work with the equivalency of fractions. As we get deeper into the unit, they will begin to make the connection between division and fractions. We will conclude by working with multiples and factors.
We will begin our work on fraction and decimal number sense. Students are exploring the relationship between fractions and decimals, comparing them, and ordering them. The calculator is introduced as a mathematical tool for these skills.
All of our fourth graders will be applying their math skills to real-world problem solving situations. We want our students to recognize math as an important tool in their daily lives, not just a subject in school.
After studying Virginia’s diverse geography throughout its five regions, we will learn about the Eastern Woodland tribal groups of Virginia; the Powhatan, Monacan and Cherokee tribes. Students will consider how a dependence on the environment shaped the culture and lifestyle of the Eastern Woodlands Indians. We will explore how the findings of archaeologists help us to understand people and events of the past.
In our current science units students are applying science process skills, including making observations and inferences.
We make a great TEAM: Together Everyone Accomplishes More
- Monday, October 8th - Columbus Day Holiday
- Wednesday, October 17th - Kennedy Center - National Symphony Orchestra Field Trip
- Thursday, October 18th- Family Math Night
- Friday, October 26th - Field Day