Grade 4 started reading a wonderful novel by Kate DiCamillo, “Because of Winn- Dixie.” This month, students will begin to make claims in a fictional text and support those claims with specific textual evidence. This week, students identified the use of personification by jotting down on a sticky note some of the things Opal said about Winn-Dixie to describe him and his actions. Students discussed how good readers demonstrate understanding of characters (their traits, how & why they change), and see how readers respond to the text in writing, by using evidence from the text to support thinking.
In Science/Stem, students continue to discuss the differences between living and nonliving things by observing objects and categorizing the items using a graphic organizing, labeling living and nonliving things.
In Social Studies, students are discussing the attributes of the Algonquian tribe by making comparisons between the Mahicans and the Mohegan.
In Mathematics, students wrapped up unit two by using strategies to solve two-step addition and subtraction word problems. When students read a problem, they must pull out key words to determine what the problem is asking them to do which will help them determine how to solve the problem.
Students will be taking the Terra-Nova test next week. Make sure your child eats a good breakfast and gets a good night sleep each night. On Wednesday and Thursday, students took a practiced test to become familiar with the type of questions.
In Religion, students discussed the parts of the Rosary and its significance.
The school has started on-going discussions about bullying and how we can always be act kind to one another. Our class will focus on Acts of Kindness this week by discussing things we have done and things we can do to be kind. Students discussed that we should always be kind and loving as Jesus taught us to do.
Have a terrific three day weekend!