Well hello April! By the time you read this, fourth graders will have taken their PEAKS assessment in science. Give them a high five for their effort and hard work! Our next state-mandated tests will assess the entire class on math and language arts and will be the week of April 17th.
Did you know PEAKS has a way for students to practice the tools used on the computer test and provides a small number of sample questions? To check it out, you must use Google Chrome and copy/paste the link: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/AK/portals/ak If you have time and the means, please check this out at home. We will also spend class time practicing the tools.
This week we will be fine tuning our math skills in various applications we are likely to find in our assessment while forging ahead in our studies of fractions, measurements, and geometry. Ask your child what they are doing in math (and then ask them what factors and multiples are).
In STEM we narrow our study of adaptations from the dissection table to the ability of salmon to find their natal stream. In language/writing we’ll begin looking at metaphors (comparing two things WITHOUT using “like” or “as”). Our cultural studies continue to look at the U.S. Bill of Rights. In reading we’re continuing with our novel studies, I Am Malala and Hatchet (the book Winn-Dixie got bumped for another time). Ask your child which book they’re reading and what the story is about.
As always, please feel free to call/text/email/or stop by with any questions, concerns, or celebrations!