Incredible to think that we only have three weeks remaining in your student’s fourth grade year! As the year is coming to a close, students are feeling the itch for summer early. A number of them, way more than normal, did poorly on the last math test on composite figures. We gave each student 6 minutes to look over their corrected first attempt, and gave them the opportunity to try again for a better score. Many students are missing points from not reading carefully or from not completing the entire problem. Please support your child by reminding them to give the same level of effort in these last few weeks that they have trained to give toward their studies throughout the year. I don't want to see them practice bad habits right before they leave for the summer and prepare for fifth grade.
This class of scholars continue to impress me constantly with their behavior and academic and moral virtue. Our group had excellent etiquette as audience members during the Spring Concert, and represented our school as well-behaved scholars on the field trip to A.T Still University. During the field trip, our students were complimented multiple times on their scientific inquisitiveness, knowledge of the cardiovascular system, and diligent note-taking! I have been exceptionally fortunate as a first year teacher to have a group of kids that I can trust so much to be positive leaders.
Writing/Grammar: This week, students will dive into poetry. Each night, students will have a poem to write if there isn't time to finish it during class. This week, I will be grading students on effort instead of the quality of work. Poetry isn't easy. Some consider it the highest form of writing. It will be a good challenge for them, and all I ask of them is their best effort. Some may find they are pretty good at it and enjoy it.
History: Students will be taking their final history test of the year next week and their last quizzes this week. Please see the study guide attached to this post below that Mr. Naaktgeboren has provided.
Literature: Students will continue reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Next week, students will be watching the 1939 film adaptation, The Wizard of Oz, and writing an essay comparing and contrasting the two mediums. (This is my personal favorite film of all time, and I am having difficulty containing my excitement!)
Math: Students will prepare for the Unit 1-7 cumulative test that they will take on Thursday. After that, they will spend time preparing for the Great Hearts Singapore assessment. This assessment is meant to gauge their understanding of key strands taught by the Singapore Math program. The GH Singapore assessment does not impact the student's math grade.
Poem: Students should continue to study "George Washington" in preparation to recite the poem on Friday, May 17.
Greek and Latin Roots: The students should be studying all 100 roots in preparation for the end of quarter Greek and Latin roots test which will cover all one hundred roots. However, the assessment this week is only over roots 94-96, and students will learn the last three roots for the year!
Science: Students will learn about breathing, lung ailments, and will be making a brochure about living a healthy lifestyle. Students will take their unit test on the respiratory system next week.
Spalding: This week, students will be studying their next 20 words, agreement ----- attorney. On Monday, they will take their final 50-word spelling test of the year. We will typically study 30 words every week; however, this is subject to change by a word or two from week to week depending on word groupings. A family member should dictate the words to the student each night for homework. Students will review words on Thursday and take the final test on Friday.
History Quiz Study Guide
History: Early Presidents Quiz
1. What did Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson disagree about?
a. whether manufacturing or farming was more important
b. if there should be more small towns or large cities
c. whether the central government should be strong or weak
d. all of the above
2. What is impressment?
a. forcing members of one country into the service of another country
b. having a good opinion of someone
c. taking soldiers captive during a war
d. forcing citizens to pay for their country’s war
3. Which position did George Washington NOT hold?
b. vice president
c. president of the Constitutional Convention
d. commander in chief of the Continental Army
4. Which branches of government were established by the Constitution?
a. executive, legislative, judicial
b. executive, legislative, treasury
c. cabinet, legislative, judicial
d. the legislative, judicial, war department
5. Which of these is part of the judicial system?
a. President’s Cabinet
b. Department of State
c. Supreme Court
d. Department of the Interior
6. Which states donated the land that became Washington, D.C.?
a. New York and Pennsylvania
b. Virginia and Maryland
c. North and South Carolina
d. New Hampshire and Vermont
7. What did Jefferson believe people needed in order to govern themselves well?
a. plenty of food
8. What message did the Monroe Doctrine give to European Countries?
a. they are welcome in South America
b. they are welcome in North America
c. they should not interfere in North or South America
d. they should not interfere in the Eastern Hemisphere
9. Which of these is true of President John Quincy Adams?
a. he didn’t present his ideas forcefully
b. he was cold and hard to get to know
c. he wanted to build a national university
d. all of the above
10. Which important port city was part of the Louisiana Purchase?
a. New York City
b. New Orleans
d. Washington, D.C.
11. Which did not play a role in the Whiskey Rebellion?
12. What did President John Adams believe about war?
a. The US was too young to get involved in war
b. The US should go to war with France
c. The US was too wealthy to get involved in the war
d. France and England should go to war
History Test Study Guide
- What positions did George Washington hold?
- Which branches of government were established by the Constitution?
- What is the top of the judicial system?
- How does the government get most of its money to operate?
- What did Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson disagree about?
- What played a role in the Whiskey Rebellion?
- What did President John Adams believe about war?
- Which states donated the land that became Washington, D.C.?
- What did Thomas Jefferson believe people needed in order to govern themselves well?
- Which important port city was part of the Louisiana Purchase?
- What is impressment?
- What message did the Monroe Doctrine give to European countries?
- Which of these is true of President John Quincy Adams?
- What was the Indian Removal Act?
- How was Andrew Jackson's background different from the backgrounds of presidents before him?
- The second president, who kept the U.S. out of a war
- Author of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
- The president who said, "I walk on untrodden ground"
- The president who was a hero at the Battle of New Orleans
- The third president, who was an architect, a lawyer, an inventor, and a writer
- African-American scientist who helped survey Washington, D.C.
- Son of a president who also became a president
- The president who declared war against Great Britain
- George Washington's secretary of the treasury who favored a strong central government
- The president whose doctrine told Europe to stay out of the Western Hemisphere
I hope you have a great week!