March 15, 2019

Weekly Update 3-15-19

We’ve had a great week in 4th grade!

We finished up our Mission unit by creating proposals to present to the Archbishop of Mexico City (who looked a lot like Mr. Blanchard). He listened to our presentations and examined our Mission models, and essentially determined that they were all valuable and deserving of funding! We also discussed what happened to the Mission system in California after secularization. We learned about how the Mission lands were turned over to the California residents, and many of the residents and Native Americans began working on ranchos. We are looking forward to learning more about how California developed over the next couple of centuries!

In math, we began our next unit and learned strategies for dividing numbers. We learned how to connect our knowledge of multiplication to help us solve division problems! As we work with more complicated multiplication and division problems, it is becoming more important that students have their facts memorized. Click here for some apps that can help with additional practice at home. Students are always welcome to take home flashcards as well for added practice.

We were able to spend some good time this week free writing. Many of us are working on very creative and imaginative stories! Some students have chosen to co-author stories together, which is a great opportunity for collaboration and creative discussion! When we return from Spring Break, we will begin our unit on literary essay writing.

We have been reading a lot of wonderful books this week! We continued reading Patty Reed’s Doll and discussed the many hardships of the families that headed west to California during the mid 19th century. We also continued reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We love learning about these inventive and enterprising rats and how they will help poor little Timothy! Many of us finished our Reading Workshop books this week, and are looking forward to starting new books when we return from Spring Break.

This week, in honor of Women’s History month, we learned about four important women who held (or hold) some of the most important positions in the country! Ask your child about these inspiring women and if they can tell you any details about a particularly “Notorious” one!

We would like to thank you all for the wonderful birthday surprise party today! We appreciate your generosity and feel very fortunate to have such wonderful parents in our class this year!

We hope you have a great weekend, and hopefully, we’ll see you all at the Gala tomorrow night!

Ms. Byer and Ms. Bell