This page will be updated regularly to reflect the current units that we are studying in each subject!

Language Arts

Spelling

Spelling Focus: Open syllables

Grammar

Independent and dependent clauses

Comprehension and Vocab

We will be using Lit Circles. We are reading different novels in small groups.

**Lit Circle Final Projects (in class group assignment) are due on: Thursday, March 15**

Students are in groups reading novels at their reading level. The novels we are currently reading are: *Ella Enchanted*, *Island of the Blue Dolphins*, *Red Scarf Girl*, *Sideways Stories from Wayside School*, The Alchemist, and *Watership Down*

Students will read chapters decided on by the group each night Monday through Thursday and will choose a new job each week that focuses on a different aspect of comprehension. Jobs are:

- Characterizer
- Connector
- Inferencer
- Predictor
- Questioner
- Quoter
- Summarizer
- Visualizer

**Thursday**.

Writing

The Trimester 3 writing focus is informational/ expository writing.

Math

**Chapter 8/9 Math Project is due: Friday, April 20 **

Chapter 8/9 in math is Operations with Fractions

Students will be working with:

- Factors and Multiples
- Prime and Composite numbers
- Equivalent fractions
- Simplest form
- Compare and order fractions
- Least common multiple
- Use Benchmark fractions to compare and order
- Mixed numbers
- Improper fractions
- Add like fractions
- Subtract like fractions
- Add mixed numbers
- Subtract mixed numbers
- Multiply fractions by whole numbers

Key Vocabulary in this chapter:

- benchmark fractions
- composite numbers
- denominator
- equivalent fractions
- factor pairs
- Greatest common factor (GCF)
- improper fraction
- Least common multiple (LCM)
- like fractions
- mixed number
- numerator
- prime number
- simplest form

Social Studies

Map Skills and Geography

We will be learning about:

- Cardinal directions
- Map Reading Skills
- The 7 Continents and 5 Oceans
- Landforms
- Longitude and Latuitude

Science

Science Inquiry Units

We are doing Inquiry Units for Science! Each student is placed in a science group for the year, and the groups rotate through different inquiry units that focus on an aspect of fourth grade science. Students will rotate through two units a trimester. Students will complete tasks and activities given to them, and will demonstrate their knowledge by turning in an individual and group portfolio and a group project at the conclusion of their unit, as well as passing an assessment on what they have learned.

**Science Final Projects, Group Portfolios, and Individual Portfolios are due on Friday, February 23. ****The Unit test will also be on that day. **

Students will be rotating through the following units with their science groups:

- Energy
- Danika
- Crawford
- Riley S.
- Ajay
- Katherine
- Waves and Sound
- Ellie
- Avery
- Reilly C.
- Leif
- Ben
- Lucas
- Rocks and Geosphere
- Abby
- Brodie
- Gabe
- Emily P.
- Sean
- Hyunhu
- Kaylene
- Senses and Structures of Living Things
- Laila
- Delilah
- Elizabeth
- Owen
- Emily A.
- Christian
- Marques
- Engineering
- Adeem
- Devan
- Sophia
- Adam
- Marissa
- Carlie