Some Quick Notes to Keep You Updated on Our Brilliant Scholars
Content Area Updates
Currently, fourth graders are working their way through a unit on poetry/biography writing. We have been reading Love That Dog by Sharon Creech as a way to anchor and add onto our overall understanding of poetry. This unit will also produce our first fourth grade project. Starting Thursday (9/29) the poet laureate of Aurora, Jovan Mays, will be coming in to both fourth grade classes at four different times to work with learners on their poetry writing. He is a phenomenal poet who has been working with young people for many years, and we are so excited to work with him here at Southmoor. Click here to learn more about Jovan Mays!
Animal Defense Mechanisms (November-Mid-Febrary)
Students have been diligently studying how a variety of animals protect themselves by examining different animal defense mechanisms. First, students will hone their close reading skills and comprehension skills by familiarizing themselves with a collection of informational texts about many animal species. After discovering many new information and facts, students will then choose an animal that they would like to study more deeply. Scholars will then write both an informational and narrative piece of writing which will illuminate their newfound knowledge in a challenging and creative way.
Women's Suffrage Movement
Students will explore the way of life and social norms that existed during the early 1920s. Through the close reading of multiple informational texts, we will research the timeline and essential leaders involved in the women's suffrage movement, specifically Susan B. Anthony. Additionally, we will read the novel The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach to deepen our understanding of what it would have been like to be a child during this transformative time in our nation's history. Eventually, students will compose a public service announcement urging high school seniors to exercise their right to vote.
Large Numbers and Landmarks (August-Mid September)
Arrays, Factors, and Multiplicative Comparsion (Mid September -Mid October)
This unit we will focus on operations of multiplication and division and the relationship between them. After this unit, students are expected to be fluent with the multiplication and division facts. They will also be able to multiply a single digit number by a multiple of ten.
Multiple Towers and Cluster Problems (October-November)
This unit will build on the work students did in Unit 1. We will also focus on solving multiplication problems with two-digit numbers, and we will work to understand the meaning and structure of and the relationship between multiplication and division.
Generating and Representing Measurement Data (November-December)
Students will learn how to use line plots to represent, describe, and compare measurement data; on modeling a real-world problem with mathematics; and on constructing arguments based on data models.
Measuring and Classifying Shapes- 2D Geometry and Measurement (December-January)
This month we will focus on measuring with standard units including perimeter, area, and angles; describing and classifying 2D shapes and identifying mirror symmetry.
*Science and Social Studies*
(Social Studies)-Classroom Economy (Sept-October)
What is social studies? Why is it important?
(Science) Life Science Units (Sept-Oct.)
Where do you live? In the city? In the country? How would you describe the environment where you live? What do you need to survive? What is a food chain? Food Web? All inquiry questions on life will be answered during this unit.
(Science) Physical and Chemical Properties (Nov.-March)
Students will explore powders and liquids and the insteresting reactions created when mixed together. Scholars will then be able to identify mystery powders using notes and existing knowldedge regarding physical and chemical properties.
(Science) Changing Earth (March-May)
This module will introduce students to the concepts of weathering and erosion and the difference between the two. They will learn that weathering primarily, from the effects of wind and water, causes the breakdown of earth materials.
(Social Studies) A Van and Airplane Tour of the West; Cities of the West; Classroom Economy (January-March)
Students will use context and information to recognize important events and will put them in chronological order to understand the cause and effect of such things as: migration west, clashes with the Native Americans, discovery of gold, the Gold Rush, the growth of cities and towns, and the development of laws.