Mrs. Moore’s Newsletter “Make each day your masterpiece.” John W ooden
March 24, 2013
The unit we are working on is unit 9. Students will spend time learning about percents, fractions, and decimals. They will understand how to convert fractions into decimals and percents. I have been sharing with the students the Common Core State Standards they will be learning in each lesson. If you would like to see what these standards are, go to http://www.corestandard s.org/
IMPORTANT DATES Health Classes – March 25th – March 28th Spring Break – March 29 – April 7th Market Day – April 11th Consumers Energy Forms Due April 12th Henry Ford Museum – April 25th
This past Friday, students listened to a presentation by Consumers Energy on renewable and nonrenewable energy. Each fourth grade student took home an energy kit that contained great items to help families save energy. Students will need to complete the Home Energy Worksheet with a parent and return it to school by April 12th. Our class will receive a mini-grant of $100 if we return all the worksheets back to Consumers Energy. Thank you for taking the time to go over this information with your child and return the form as soon as possible.
iPADS IN THE CLASSROOM After spring break students will be asked to join a social learning platform called Edmodo. Edmodo is a free and secure learning network for teachers, students, and schools. It provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions and receive class information. Parents need to give permission for their student to participate. Learn more about Edmodo at www.edmodo.com. I will be sending home the permission sheet this week.
Students have started working on their persuasive essay. They are using the fiveparagraph technique from a program called Empowering Writers. The topic students will use in their essay is whether or not there should be zoos. Students have a book they are reading to help them make a decision on the topic. Once they have made their decision, they will need to research the book for important facts, quotes and statistics that will help them persuade the reader to agree with their stand on the topic.
MARKET DAY We will conclude our study of economics with a final assignment called “Market Day.” Students will come up with an idea for a business that provides a good or service and be ready to open for business during our 4th grade Market Day on Thursday, April 11th from 1:00 – 2:30.
A note will be sent home tomorrow with information regarding the guidelines. This year students will not be allowed to bring any food items. Spend time talking with your child about a good or service they can sell at Market Day.
NOTE FROM MRS. MOORE This Thursday evening I will be flying out to Portland, Oregon to see my daughter Nicole and her husband David. I’m looking forward to spending time with her since I usually see her only once or twice a year. Skype is great, but it’s not the same thing. I hope you enjoy some family time during the break. I know many people have said that the child-raising years go by so fast, and it’s true. I blinked and they were out of the house. I will miss not seeing your children. I hope you have a wonderful, refreshing time during the break. Mrs. Moore