Welcome to fourth grade! We are very excited for a great 2018-2019 school year.
Below is our Upper Elementary Preamble and Learner Rights
We the people of the upper elementary, in order to have fun, be safe, and be kind, do hereby ordain and establish these learners rights based on the principles of friendships, fairness, and respect.
To be treated kindly
To be respectful and be respected
To have a clean and healthy environment
To have a quiet and comfortable workplace
The right to have personal property and to ask to share
The right to be treated fairly and have my own opinions
The right to have a choice in what we do in some things
The right to be helpful
The right to learn new and exciting things and learn from our mistakes
The right to be a leader and to be included
We will be taking part in many field studies the second marking. We will visit the Sloan Museum and dissect sheep's eyes, learn about earthquakes, and discuss migration to Michigan. We will also visit Power's High School to view their James and the Giant Peach production on December 14. We will also have a Holiday Roller skating party with third and 5th grade on December 19th. Lastly, we will be skiing at Mt. Holly on January 24th.
We love service learning in 4th grade. We have been partnering with Stepping Stone in Lapeer. Our guests taking part in that program visit our school the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month and take part in activities with our 4th graders. 4th graders will also be sharing books with our guests.
Students will learn many new concepts the first half of the year.
- In science, students learn about types of energy, how energy can be transferred, and how we can conserve energy and use natural resources like solar and wind energy. Students learn about energy collisions in our first Project Lead the Way Unit. They will also learn about energy conversions in our Second PLTW unit.
- In social studies, students learn about our government. We learn about the three branches of government, the election process, how bills become laws, and the U.S. Constitution.
- In writing, students learn about word choice and organization. They will write descriptive personal narratives and biographies on a person of their choice. They will also write an eye witness report of their trip to L.J.'s market.
- In math. students will learn multiplication and division strategies and will practice solving story problems using those strategies.
- Lastly, in literacy, students read Caleb's Story, More Perfect than the Moon, and Grandfather's Dance by Patricia MacLachlan. Students learn about making inferences and making connections to the text. They will also read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and visit Powers High School to view the play production based on the book. We will also explore informational text structures and features.