What We are Learning in ELA: Reading and Writing

  • We have been working hard over the past few weeks.  Our students have been working on determining the theme of a fictional text, comparing similar themes from world folklore, and analyzing how characters' actions can impact the theme.  Other areas of focus include determining whether a piece of literature is being told from first or third person point-of-view, and how to use prior knowledge combined with information from the text in order to make an inference about what was read.

     

    In the coming weeks, we will be learning about the origins and meanings of mythological allusions that are used in the English language (i.e, Achilles' heel, Pandora's Box, etc).  We will shift our focus to nonfiction as we learn about note-taking, text features, and strategies for comprehending nonfiction text.

     

    During the first part of the year, much of our writing time was devoted to summarization of literature that we have read.  More recently, narrative writing has been a priority.  Students are learning how to write detailed narratives with a well-developed beginning, middle, and end. They are editing with their peers as well as their teachers in order to eliminate errors, make their writing clearer for their readers, and to ensure that they have all the required components of a fourth-grade level narrative.

What We are Learning in Social Studies

  • The geography of North Carolina is the current focus in Social Studies; more specifically, NC's absolute and relative location, its three regions, and the characteristics of each region.

     

    Soon we will begin learning about the early inhabitants of what is now North Carolina, and what their life was like thousands of years ago.

What We are Learning in Math

  • 4th Grade - YEAR AT A GLANCE

     

    Unit 1 - Arrays, Factors, and Multiplicative Comparison (Introduction to Multiplication and Division)

    Unit 2 - Generating and Representing Measurement Data (Modeling with Data)

    Unit 3 - Multiple Towers and Cluster Problems (Multiplication and Division - next steps)

    Unit 4 - Measuring and Classifying Shapes (2-D Geometry and Measurement)

    Unit 5 - Large Numbers and Landmarks (Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System)

    Unit 6 - Fraction Cards and Decimal Grids (Fractions and Decimals)

    Unit 7 - How Many Packages and Groups? (Multiplication and Division extended)

    Unit 8 - Penny Jars and Towers (Analyzing Patterns and Rules)

    Quarter 2  Click here for Unit 3-4

    Quarter 3  Click here for Unit 5-6

    Quarter 4  Click here for Unit 7-8

What We are Learning in Science

  • Types of Energy

    Students are working on knowing the basic forms of energy (light, heat, sound, electrical, & mechanical). They will also analyze an electrical circuit to show how energy can be transferred and cause magnetic effects. They will also briefly delve into the idea of how light travels and how it is reflected, refracted and absorbed. 

    Forces and Motion

    Students will experiment with magnets to see how they interact with all things that are made of iron and how the magnets produce motion without having anything touching them. They will also look at motion through the lens of electrically charged objects. Students will see how objects that are electrically charged push or pull other electrically charged objects and produce motion.

    Rocks and Minerals

    Students main goal in this unit is to understand the three different rock types (metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous) and classify them based on their composition as well as understand how they are formed. Students will be able to research and explore rocks and minerals through doing tests on their physical properties.

    Fossils

    Students will infer about what Earth looked like long ago by using clues of fossils of plants and animals that lived long ago. They will compare the different types of fossils (molds, casts, and preserved parts) to one another and to current living organisms to discover changed in the environment.  They will also be able to recognize that Earth changes due to slow processes such as erosion and weathering, but also because of rapid processes such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.

    Animal Adaptations

    Students will be researching to understand how different animals respond to information received from their environment so they are able to meet their needs. Within this, students will be able to give examples or changes that could be beneficial to animals or changes that could be harmful as well as how the differences among animals of the same populations can give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in these changing habitats. They will also connect these ideas to humans and how we can adapt our behavior to living in changing habitats.  

    Food and Nutrition

    Students will be able to understand the role of vitamins, minerals, and exercise in maintaining a healthy body. They will also be able to classify substances as food or non-food items based on their ability to provide energy and materials for survival, growth and repair of the body.