Now that students have designed the blueprint for their home, decided on construction materials, and calculated the costs for construction, it is time for students to build these homes!
Using the 5D Home Planner app, students will build a 3-dimensional model of their home. Using this app, students will make their home a reality. We are very excited for the students to see all their hard work come to life. Please encourage your child to bring his/her iPad if possible!
Fourth Graders are beginning on an exciting project this week! We will look at how the skills we have learned throughout Fourth Grade can be used in architecture. We will do this by creating blueprints using the Habitat for Humanity requirements for home construction.
Students will create a blueprint for a one-story, three bedroom, two bathroom home. They will then use their area, perimeter, and personal financial literacy skills to make decisions on the building materials they want to use for the construction of their home. They will calculate cost using area and perimeter, while staying within a given budget.
For their final projects, students will use the 5D Planner- Home Design App to make a 3D model of their home. We have this on school devices, and would appreciate it if you could download it on your child's iPad, as well.
This is a very exciting project, where students will apply the skills they have worked on all year long in a new context!
Here is an example of what your child's home blueprint may look like:
This week, the fourth graders will begin STAAR Survivor, an exciting 10 days full of challenges that will help prepare and motivate students to take the STAAR test. Students will focus on different topics each day, as they work through individual, partner, and group challenges to earn beads and feathers for their tribal necklaces.
This week in math we are going to be measuring angles! The students will begin using their protractors and will have a variety of experiences with measuring different types of angles found all around them! The more students can practice using their protractors, the more comfortable they will be with them!
On Tuesday, the fourth graders will be taking a Math Benchmark. This will be very similar to the STAAR test that they will be taking in April. This will be a great way for students to show all that they have learned in fourth grade, and to see what we still need to practice a little more.
By the end of the week, we will have also taken a look at congruence and symmetry of two dimensional figures. An anchor chart is shown below. We will use this with the students to illustrate and practice both concepts.
We are jumping into our Geometry unit this week in fourth grade. Over the next couple of weeks we will look at lines, angles, and shapes. We will learn to classify and measure angles.
We will use our knowledge about lines and angles to classify and name two-dimensional shapes. We will use the following anchor chart to help us when deciding on names for quadrilaterals:
We will also have a math test on Friday! The test will primarily cover our measurement unit. A review sheet went home on Monday and is due Thursday. The review sheet can be found below should you find yourself needing another copy.
We are continuing our unit on measurement this week. We will start the week off by looking at capacity in the customary system. We will use the anchor chart below to help students understand how the units of measurement for capacity are related to one another, and how to convert within this system.
Once students are comfortable using the "Big G' to convert capacity, we will look at strategies for converting length in both the customary and metric systems. The chart below shows the main strategy we will focus on using for these conversions.
This week in fourth grade we will begin our unit on measurement.
We will start the week by measuring things around the classroom to the nearest 1/8th of an inch. Students will practice using various rulers to accomplish this. We want our students to feel confident understanding how rulers are broken up, and how to get the most precise measurements when using a ruler!
We will then move into area and perimeter. Below is a graphic we will use to help students remember the difference between area and perimeter:
After spending a few days on area and perimeter, we will move into measurement of time. We will introduce a strategy called the Open Number Line strategy for students to use as they calculate elapsed time. An example of this strategy is shown below:
We use 'hills' to represent the minutes that are passing and 'mountains' to represent the hours that are passing.
This week in fourth grade, we are working through our Personal Financial Literacy unit. We will be looking at different ways to use money by spending, sharing, and saving. We will look at the various expenses we incur and classify those as either fixed or variable expenses. Students will also look at different ways to save, whether that is in their piggy banks or by placing funds in a financial institution, like a bank.Students will look at how interest can affect the amount of money you have in a savings account, as well as the amount of money you owe in a loan.
By the end of this week students should be familiar with the following terms:
This is a great unit to make connections to at home! As you go through the week, involve your child in basic discussions about finances. As they see practical implications of these concepts, they will begin to form a deeper understanding of Personal Financial Literacy.
This week, we are finishing up our work with fractions so far.
Students have mastered the following concepts related to fractions:
We will conclude this week with an assessment over fractions and division on Friday. Below, you can find the review sheet that will be sent home on Monday. This will be due Wednesday and will be the best way you can help your child prepare for the test!
Here is the anchor chart we used for working with improper numbers and mixed fractions: