Spring is a busy time for fourth graders in room 304. In Science, we have been learning about living systems. We played a game where we built food chains, created food webs, and watched a dormant organism reawaken in our exploration of yeast. Students have been using the scientific process to make prediction and record observations of grass seed planted under different conditions. We will continue this unit with a study of butterfly larvae and will then explore some of the systems of the human body.
My Reading class finished reading "Fish in a Tree" by Linda Mullaly Hunt. Students and we are now working on letters to the author. Students were very excited to learn about a contest being offered by the very same author which encourages all students to showcase how "Great Minds Don't Think Alike". I know students have been thinking about what they would like to submit. After vacation, we will be starting Literature Circles. Students will be grouped by which book they are reading. each student will be responsible for a specific job each time the group meets. Students can't wait to begin this next adventure.
I am proud to announce that three of my reading Student have had work selected to appear in the next edition of Hutch Magazine. Aivalyn, Alex, and Anna will all have their original work published in the spring issue and have been invited to the author's celebration to be held at the Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham, MA later this spring. Congratulations to all students who submitted work.
I encourage all students to take advantage of the collaboration between Kahn Academy and NWEA MAP to practice their math skills as a part of their regular homework routine. In Math, we have been learning to add and subtract fractions. As always, fluency with those facts makes everything go more smoothly. I highly recommend spending 2-5 minuted each day practicing those multiplication facts.
Please remember to label your children's clothing. I have quite a few sweaters and sweatshirts with no name. Without names written inside, I have trouble matching the article with the correct child.
If you would like to contact me, please feel free to e-mail me, send a note in with your child, or call the school and leave a message.
I am excited to announce that Homework assignments can now be accessed via Twitter! I have created a professional account for parents to follow. My handle, or username, is @Mrs_Persechini. I will try to post picture daily of the homework board. I want to emphasize that it is still the children's responsibility to record their homework assignments in their agenda or planner. We want to encourage our students to be independent and accountable. This Twitter page should just be used as a secondary source. Contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you!
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