It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of our school year. As we get closer, we are beginning to focus on preparing for middle school. For this reason, your child will be participating in a Shadow Day in middle school on Thursday, April 30th. You should have received a letter giving more information about this event yesterday. If you have any questions about the Shadow Day, please don’t hesitate to ask! Here’s what’s happening this week:
Math: This week we are learning about the Roman numerals and how to plot and read ordered pairs. There will be a short Roman numerals quiz on Friday, May 1st. We are having fun learning how to use these numerals!
Reading: Our story this week is called The Dust Bowl, and it tells the story of the great dust storms that severely damaged the Great Plains region of our country in the late 1920s and early 1930s. We will be learning about the geography of this event as well in Social Studies this week. During the week we will also practice and review making inferences, an important skill for building reading comprehension.
Language Arts: This week in grammar, we are learning about interjections! Wow! Towards the end of the week, we will also review prepositions and conjunctions in preparation for a quiz on prepositions and interjections on Monday, May 4th. April is National Poetry Month, and this week we are celebrating by studying various types of poetry, reading poems from famous poets, and writing our own poetry! Thursday is Poem in Your Pocket Day here at school! Look for more information about this special celebration of verse in the Wednesday folder! Our spelling words this week are antonyms: demand, request, strangers, locals, fierce, mild, active, lazy, graceful, awkward, thrilling, boring, drowsy, alert, together, apart, solid, hollow, hope, and despair. The bonus word this week is buoyancy.
Science: This week we are beginning our final science unit: physical science. We will begin by talking about matter and its properties! We will learn the states of matter, how to measure matter and how it interacts with water, and then move on to learn about heat and its transfer by the end of the week. We have many exciting concepts coming up in the next few weeks!
Social Studies: To go along with our reading selection this week, we will be learning about the effects of the Dust Bowl on the Great Plains region, as well as trying to decide what we would have done if we had been living in that region during that time period! Toward the end of the week, we will have the opportunity to learn about some of the first Tennesseans in preparation for our exciting field trip to the Tennessee State Museum! If you have not yet turned in your permission slip for that trip, please do so as soon as possible, as those forms are due Wednesday, April 29th.
Religion: We will continue to learn about the Ten Commandments, moving to talk about the 4th-10th commandments. We will also get the chance to learn about the Liturgical Calendar later this week! Friday is our May Crowning ceremony after all school Mass, so we are also honoring Mary in a special way this week.
4/ 30 No all school Mass
4/30 Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/30 4th Grade Shadow Day (in middle school)
5/1 Spelling and math bee (1:30pm in the gym)
5/1 May Crowning after All School Mass (outside the church)
5/12 Field trip to the Tennessee State Museum
Thank you for all you do!!