Just as the name suggests, we are almost home free to summer but we need to stretch out our last few weeks. A runner sprints to the end and that’s what we will be doing. We do have some fun activities planned for the end of the year as well. Check with your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.
April 30th-4th grade Wellstar visit
May 2-Kell Orchestra visits Pitner
May 3rd-PNN Field Trip
May 4th- Career Day
May 14th-Field Day 4/5
May 18th- 5th Luau
May 22/23-Early Release Days
Math: Since the testing window has closed, we will continue to work on standards through a variety of methods. We have started our M4 (May Math Multiplication Masters) Bracket. The biggest concern with 4th and 5th grade teachers is fact fluency. PLEASE continue to work on multiplication facts over the summer. We will also have a Bloxels unit before the end of the year. We will be working on perimeter, area, volume, fractions and probability. We may incorporate a writing component as well for our writing class.
Fast Fact Fluency practice with a deck (or 4) of cards.
Chess is an excellent way to keep our minds sharp, 4 player chess is even more fun!
Writing: We are finishing up our Animal Informational papers. We then have a make and share activity. The students will make an item and then do an informational paper about the process. They will also write an opinion or narrative having to do with the topic as well.
Science/ Social Studies: The students voted to have their Solar System unit assessment after testing. They are making a travel presentation/ brochure to convince Mrs. Poulos and I to travel to their location (8 planets, Pluto or the Moon). We also have Career Day and a career unit to get through in the next few weeks. We have also enjoyed Skype in the classroom with students from other states. We just met a 1st grade class in Florida (near Disney World) and our last Skype was with a 4th grade class in California (near Disney Land). We also have a #mysteryskype challenge on Twitter for us to do over the next few weeks.
Our Skype virtual field trip to Monticello. We learned quite a few amazing facts about Thomas Jefferson. He is on two different types of currency, the grounds are know for the tulips growing on the property, there is a calendar clock that TJ made but it had one slight problem… and the Bill of Rights had a rough draft with many edits and revisions (just like how we write). It also happened to be his 275th birthday celebration.
Mystery Letter Skype with our new 1st grade friends in Ms. Miller’s class in Lakeland, Fl.
Peer research for their planet project
Devices, books, desktops and notes have some answers to their questions…
…some books are more fun than others. 😉
Reading: We have completed our unit in the reading lab for System 44. We will fill our segments with DRA assessments, read aloud of The One and Only Ivan by K.A. Applegate and D.E.A.R time.