Welcome to the Fourth Grade
Teacher: Lauren Schmitt
Room Parent Announcements
- We did it! We reached 100% participation towards the Annual Fund. Thank you all.
- This Friday the fourth grade will be learning more about the Maidu tribe at Effie Yeaw. Please remember to pack a sack lunch for Friday and a water bottle. Students will be hiking and must wear close toed shoes. It will be a good idea for students to layer their clothes AND don’t forget the pink socks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Mrs. Kearns 4th Grade Spanish
The 4th Grade class will meet for Spanish on Monday and Wednesday. We’ll begin the school year studying our nationalities and we’ll write a description of ourselves and a self portrait. In the fall season we’ll study classroom objects, shapes, the calendar, greetings, courtesy expressions, colors, and weather conditions. The students will practice proper inductions as the interview and introduce a classmate. During the winter season we’ll study foods in everyday meals and proper etiquette when ordering foods in a restaurant. The students will make their own menu and practice ordering a lunch in our “ 4th Grade Restaurante” class. In the spring we’ll study clothing, families, and describe our pets in Spanish. We’ll end the year practicing our own conversations in our puppet show performances.
In science this year, fourth grade students will be participating in a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch. The goal of this program is to engage young minds in science, technology, engineering, and math so that they will build confidence, explore interests, and set themselves up for success in middle school, high school, and beyond. PLTW Launch taps into the students’ natural curiosity and enthusiasm to empower them to become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, while learning that it is okay to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more exciting.
The curriculum is broken into modules that explore engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer programming. During the first part of the year, students in fourth grade will be working through a module called “Input/Output: Computer Systems.” In this module, students explore how computers work, and are encouraged to make analogies between the parts of the human body and parts that make up a computer. Students investigate reaction time as a measure of nervous system function. Students explore how to diagnose concussions and create a reaction-time computer program to assess a baseline before a concussion occurs. Students apply what they have learned to build their own reaction-time measurement devices on tablets.
For more information on the PLTW program, please visit www.pltw.org, or contact the Lower School Science Specialist, Olivia Graffis.
I look forward to a great year in the studio with your artists and thank you for sending your sweet children to our school!