• Home Learning Schedule for the week is posted on Google Classroom and emailed to families

    Alden's Summer Learning Site

    Guide to Usernames & Passwords

    Alden Misses YOU! Video 

     

    Other Ideas For Learning While at Home

    **Check in on our Google Classroom Page to interact with your classmates and Mrs. Morgan!**

    Elementary Family Resource Document

    Fun Misc Educational Games: Room Recess

    ELA Oriented:

    Free Audio Books at Audible Stories

    Authors reading from their books

    A Favorite Author: Oliver Jeffers reading his books

    Free resources from Scholastic

    Grammar Games

    Social Studies:

    33 Virtual National Park Tours 

    Fun/Enrichment: 

    **Mr. E's Morning Meetings**

    List of Podcasts for Kids

    150+ educational enrichment activities

    Lego Challenge Calendar

     

     

     

     

     

     March/April News

     

    Important March Dates:

     5: EARLY RELEASE/Professional Development

    13: Passport

    20: NO SCHOOL/Report Cards Online

       24: Author Visit – Grace Lin

     

    *Important April Dates:

    1 & 2: Half Days/Conferences (see below)

    10: NO SCHOOL – Good Friday

    16: Passport

    20-24: April Vacation Week

     

    Swim Classes during PE time: April 9, 16, 30/May 7, 14, 21 (more info. to come)

     

    **MCAS DATES:

    ELA: April 13, 14

    Math: May 4, 5

     

    Literacy

    We are continuing to read nonfiction in our third Lucy Calkins literacy unit; this time the focus is on social studies texts rather than scientific ones. The students have each been reading biographies about a person of their choice. After reading an easier overview text, students have moved to more challenging texts and have been taking notes about the person’s life. We have broken this task into subtopics and are focusing on writing main ideas on a graphic organizer. The students will be creating a timeline and teaching their peers about the importance of their subject. 

    We will be incorporating some of the other skills in our Lucy Calkins program with our social studies materials, as we study westward expansion. Students will be examining primary sources and considering multiple points of view when studying historical events. 

    When we complete our study of nonfiction texts we will move on to historical fiction book clubs!



    Writing

    We continue to work on Expository writing. The tone of an expository piece is usually straightforward and the author works hard to present information in an organized, sequential fashion. We recently wrote about natural disasters, including comparing and contrasting two examples. Next, the students will be using the notes they’ve gathered to write an expository piece about their biography subject. Students are constantly using their writing skills in our word-work activities and their other subject areas as well. We continue to respond to literature as well, crafting topic sentences and using details from the text to answer questions. Our next genre of writing will be opinion pieces.



    MCAS

    In preparation for the MCAS sessions in April & May we will be reviewing good test-taking strategies.  We will practice by doing online practice tests to familiarize the students with the online tools that are provided. We will also show them strategies to answer open response questions in order to feel better prepared and hopefully lessen their anxiety. 

     

    Math 

    The students worked diligently to learn many fraction concepts in Topics 8-10! Some addressed the grade 4 standards concerning fraction equivalence and ordering as well as decomposing fractions, and others were in preparation for work in fifth grade. Topic 11 is a short break from fractions and will focus on representing and interpreting data on line plots. We will then finish out our study with fractions and their relationship to decimals. (We will continue to review fraction concepts throughout the rest of the year as they can be one of the trickier areas for many fourth grade students.)

     

    Science

    We are finishing up Topic 4: Earth’s Features. We discussed maps and data and how we can see the same place in different ways. We also looked at Earth’s features and how physical maps help us locate different landforms. We focused on rocks, minerals & soil. We learned about the Rock Cycle and discussed how rocks change. We experimented with different minerals to classify them according to their shape, luster, streak, color and hardness. We also learned about how weathering & erosion are constantly changing Earth’s land. We will be doing an experiment to show how water, wind, and ice can affect landforms and wear away rocks. Then we’ll move into  how fossils are made and rock formations. Our next unit of study will be learning about the internal and external structures and functions of plants and animals. Be on the lookout for an upcoming animal project in April!!

     

    Social Studies

    We are moving through our study of the Midwest Region of the United States; then only 2 regions left! There will be a map test a bit later this month, dates to be announced soon. (A study map is in the social studies section of your student’s binder.) Next we will study the Southwest before finishing up the regions with the West. Later in the spring we will put all of our knowledge together and review the main features of the entire country!

     

    Optional Conferences

     

    One of my goals for parent involvement is to keep you informed of your child’s progress. Parents and teachers must form a partnership and work cooperatively to achieve educational goals necessary to properly educate their children. 

    These conferences are “optional” because many of you already share your concerns via email or phone conversations and may not need to meet with me. If you would like to meet up and talk about your child, please email me by Monday, March 23rd and indicate which date and time-frame below will work best for you. I will do my best to accommodate your request. Meetings will be about 15 minutes per student.

     

    Wednesday, April 1, 2019 (Afternoon)

    Between 11:00am and noon, noon and 1:00, or 1 and 2:30

     

    Or

     

    Thursday, April 2, 2019 (Afternoon)

    Between 11:00am and noon, noon and 1:00, or 1 and 2:30



    As always, thank you for your continued support in preparing your child each day for school!

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