January went by so quickly! We will make it through the winter weather, and spring will be here before we know it! In the meantime, we have much to do, and so we will continue to work hard and learn together! This newsletter will provide you with information about what your student is learning in fourth grade during the month of February.
In Science, students are currently learning about animal adaptations. They’ve learned about physical adaptations and are now focusing on behavioral adaptations. These are behaviors that help and animal survive in its environment.
In social studies, students just finished a unit on the geographical regions of Pennsylvania. We will spend a short amount of time on the natural resources in our state, before diving into the Indians and how we became a state. Students will look at explorers who came to Pennsylvania as well as our founder, William Penn.
During the month of February, we will be writing our informational five-paragraph essay. Students will continue learning more about verbs and learn how to write and punctuate compound sentences.
This month, we are digging deeper into nonfiction text to further explore topics and main ideas. Students will also learn about how texts are structured and how this can help us better understand nonfiction text. We will work on summarizing texts as well. Our topic for this unit is Antarctica. Texts about this frozen but fascinating continent will be read. This unit will also focus on how to take information from several texts and merge it together to create a pages document centered on an Antarctica topic.
In spelling, we have finished our unit on noun-forming suffixes and will begin looking at homophones in spelling. Students will also learn about adverb forming suffixes.
In math, we finished looking at estimating sums, differences, products, and quotients. Students are now learning about factors and multiples. We will continue to review how to multiply and divide in order to assess them again after they’ve had more practice. When we finish with this chapter, we will begin looking at fractions. Our calendar this month focuses on area and perimeter, and well as probability. Calendar math is helping students find numbers that have 7 as a factor, and how to identify acute, right, obtuse, and straight angles. Finally, students continue to count money and make change, as well as calculate times on a clock after a certain amount of time has passed.