MEASUREMENT - SOL 4.6, 4.7 & 4.8: On February 21st, students started three SOL standards involving measurement using metric and U.S. customary units. Students will learn to estimate and measure weight/mass, length, and liquid volume. They will identify equivalent measures within U.S. customary and metric systems (e.g. km to meters, cups to gallons). They will also determine the appropriate measurement to use when measuring everyday objects in both metric and U.S. customary units. In addition, during this time period, students will continue to work on elapsed time and line and bar graphs.
Join 4th and 5th Grades for Science Night on Thursday, February 9th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Fourth Grade will have five different experiments in each of our classrooms: Grass heads, electric circuits, pH levels, sound science, and tie-dyed milk.
FORCE, MOTION, AND ENERGY - SOL 4.3: Students started working on Energy on February 6th, 2017. Students will investigate characteristics of electricity. Key concepts will include: conductors, insulators, basic circuits, static electricity, light, motion, and heat, electromagnets and magnetism, and historical contributions of scientists such as Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, and Thomas Edison. This unit corresponds to experiments pertaining to circuits which will be done at Science Night on Thursday, February 9th. We will also build circuits in class and experiment with magnets.
FORCE, MOTION, AND ENERGY - SOL 4.2: On January 26, 2017, we started a unit on force, motion, and energy. In this unit, students will investigate characteristics and interactions of moving objects. We will learn about direction and speed, the relationship between force and mass, friction, kinetic and potential energy, and two of Sir Isaac Newton's laws to explain how forces affect an object's motion. We will also study gravity as a force and do an experiment to see how the forces of gravity and buoyancy act against each other in an aluminum boat experiment.
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS - SOL 4.14: On January 3rd, 2017, we started a unit on Graphing. In this unit, students will learn specific vocabulary associated with graphing e.g. x and y axis. They will collect, organize, display and interpret data from graphs. They will learn what the required elements are when creating a graph, i.e. title and labels. They will organize data and create bar and line graphs and interpret data from line and bar graphs. They will answer word problems involving vocabulary such as greatest, least, and more and less than. Students will take an IA test as their summative assessment at the end of this unit.
Welcome Back to School. I hope all of you had an excellent holiday and now you're ready to learn!
LIVING SYSTEMS - SOL 4.5: On December 5th, students started a unit on Living systems which included plant and animal adaptations, populations, communities, and ecosystems and how they interrelate, food webs and food chains, habitats and niches, and human activity on ecosystems. Students completed a number of graphic organizers. At the end of the unit, students partnered together to complete a poster on one ecosystem and described animals and plants that are part of that ecosystem. Students worked from a rubric to include animal adaptations and food web on their poster. Students presented this to the class during the last week of school before the holiday break.
EARTH RESOURCES - SOL 4.9: On Monday, November 14th, students started a unit on Virginia Natural Resources which include watersheds and water resources, animal and plant resources, minerals, rocks, ores, and energy sources, and forests, soil, and land resources. Students will do a number of graphic organizers learning about Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources in Virginia which will culminate in a small poster presentation on one Virginian Natural Resource.
MEASUREMENT – ELAPSED TIME SOL 4.9: On Monday, October 24th, students will start a mathematics unit on Elapsed Time. Students will learn problem solving, mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and representations to determine elapsed time in hours and minutes within a 12-hour period. Students will solve real world problems in relation to time that has elapsed.
CONFERENCES: Parents, please note that parent-teacher conferences will be held on Friday, November 4th. If you would like to meet with us, please contact us by email.
LIFE PROCESSES SOL 4.4: For the last month, students have been studying plants. We learned the parts of a plant, the life cycle, reproduction, photosynthesis, pollination, dormancy, and adaptations to our world. The highlight of this unit has been the experiments that we did in the science lab. We looked at onion skins and cork cells under a microscope and dissected and planted lima beans. Students are very excited to see their lima beans growing in our classroom. For our Summative Assessment, students worked with a partner to showcase one particular plant. Poster Presentations and our Life Processes unit will end on Monday, October 24th.