What We Are Learning

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

 Language Arts


Spelling Focus: 


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, May 24

Students are in groups reading novels at their reading level.  The novels we are currently reading are: Echo, Full Cicada Moon, The Golden Compass, The One and Only Ivan, When the Akimotos Went to War, and Wonder

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

Lit Circle jobs are due each Thursday.  

Vocabulary words will be chosen by the group each Monday, and will focus on words that the group feels they need to know to understand their novel that week.  


The Trimester 3 writing focus is informational/ expository writing.


Chapter 11 in math is Customary Measurements

(There is no math project for this chapter)

Students will be working with:

  • Units of Length 
  • Converting units of length
  • Units of capacity
  • Converting units of capacity
  • Units of weight
  • Converting units of weight
  • Converting units of time
  • Display measurement data on a line graph
  • Solve measurement problems

Key Vocabulary in this chapter:

Social Studies

California Indians

We will be learning about:

  • Tribes from the Northern Pacific Coast
  • Tribes from the Southern Pacific Coast
  • Tribes from the Central Valley
  • Tribes from the Desert
  • Tribes from the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Mountains


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 Thursday, May 24.  The Unit test will also be on that day.  

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

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


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