Students will take the ELA PSSA the first week of April. They will continue to work through the math curriculum for 4th Grade and review standards for all subjects. Math PSSA testing will be April 25,26, and 27. The Science PSSA testing will be May 2 and 3.
Math - Division, Adding and Subtracting Fractions in Number Stories, Measuring Angles, Finding the Missing Angle Measure, Finding the Missing Side Measure of a Rectangle, Multiplying fractions by whole numbers, Conversions of Tons, Pounds, and Ounces, Generating and Identifying Patterns, Multi-step Number Stories, Review
It is important to know that a tremendous amount of the fourth grade student's success depends on being able to understand how to solve number stories (word problems). Practicing using math in everyday situations such as cooking, sharing fractions of something, measuring, and grocery shopping can be great for preparing the students to show what they know on tests and in everyday life.
Students will begin working on Study Island Quizzing in September. These quizzes have lessons, games, and quizzes to practice skills and assess skills that 4th grade students should know by the end of the year. It is very good practice and students may have help with this at home when it is needed.
In fourth grade, we do a lot of special activities including a trip to Renfrew (Mrs. Gsell's class will go on Sept. 13th), Farm Fest (All of 4th Grade will go on September 23rd), Maryland Symphony, and Harrisburg.
Along with these activities, there is an effort to strengthen skills in reading, writing, and math. This strengthening of skills helps the PSSA scores of individual students; and, more importantly, it builds a strong foundation for future learning and life experiences.
This year, students will learn and participate in the following:
Assessment of students to identify individual student needs.
Math - Everyday Math - Number Sense, Geometry, Data Collection and Analysis, Algebraic Thinking
Reading- Whole group and small groups lessons ,practicing reading skills, a focus on guided small groups, as well as building independent practice in reading.
Writing - Written responses to reading, as well as Opinion, Informative, and Persuasive Writing
Daily Language Practice
Social Studies - Geography, Government, and History
Science - Plants and Animals, Water, Weather, and Electricity