Grade 4: This Week at a Glance, March 18 – 22
Lessons planned this week for students include the following: subtracting two digit numbers using mental computation; identifying and solving larger, smaller, difference story problems; multiplying and dividing to solve word problems; naming shapes, angles, and diagonals; identifying missing addends for a sum of 1000; using the guess and check method to solve word problems; square feet and square inches and how to find the number of square inches or feet in a shape; finding the area of a shape using a grid; drawing a shape with a given area; finding the area of a rectangle. Mixed in with all that will be timed multiplication and subtraction problems. There will be a review on Thursday for certain concepts that have already been taught, with an assessment scheduled for Friday. As always, students advance to new concepts as they show understanding for what has been previously taught.
Students started a new story at the beginning of the week. It is a biography titled “Benjamin Banneker:Pioneering Scientist.” Concepts planned to be taught include discussing the comprehension strategy of rereading and adjusting your reading speed to clarify and self-monitor comprehension, drawing conclusions, writing a summary, and main idea, theme, and supporting details. Questions about the story will be assigned and are to be used as a study guide for a test on Friday. Vocabulary words that may be on the test include astronomy, positions, skill, colonies, site, and capital. Spelling words this week were collective nouns, and there will be a final test on them on Friday.
This week students will be learning about adjectives that make comparisons using the words “more and most” and “good and bad”, and they will be using adjectives to combine sentences. Additionally, they will be writing a business letter, exploring print materials such as newspapers, pamphlets, magazines, announcements, messages, and instructions; finally they will begin to study pronouns.
This week students are studying chapter 22, titled “The Perfect Sacrifice.” What, why, and how sacrifices were done in the Old Testament are touched on, leading to the last sacrifice , Jesus Christ, giving His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Students also will be learning about the two main parts of Mass: the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. There will be a review of the chapter in class on Thursday , and an open book test on Friday.
This week students will be defining and identifying main characteristics of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, and describing how each is formed. Also, they will define characteristics and properties of minerals, identify different types of weathering and the subsequent effects on land and rocks, and identify chief causes of water pollution and describe chief methods to prevent water pollution.
Students will review the Bill of Rights and how they relate to human rights. Students will also learn about the Mayflower Compact.