Welcome to the Fourth Grade
Teacher: Lauren Schmitt
Room Parent Announcements
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to work lunchroom the week of May 8th ! We have only one more spot to fill on Tuesday, May 9th. Please consider taking this spot so we can be ready for that week.
Mon 5/8: Marianna G & Ann P
Tues 5/9: Nancy L & need one volunteer
Wed 5/10: Nancy L & Sandy B
Thurs 5/11: Oren S & Sandy B
Fri 5/12: Wendy W & Katerina L
The 3rd and 4th grade recycling project is this week. Please bring in all of your CA CRV recyclable aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles. They can be put in bags and left in front of the classroom through this Friday, April 28th.
There will be a Scholastic book order going out this week. The due date on it is Friday, May 5th so please have your orders in by then. This would be a good time to get books for your child for summer reading!
OVERVIEW & CURRICULUM
Mrs. Kearns 4th Grade Spanish
In 4th Grade will begin their trimester with our restaurant project where we’ll practice conversations ordering from our Spanish menus. We’ll study Pablo Picasso during his cubism era and make our own drawings naming the shapes in Spanish. In May we’ll celebrate Cinco de Mayo by studying the history and traditions of the Mexican holiday. The class will make Mexican traditional paper flowers and Dia de Las Madres cards for Mother’s Day. We’ll conclude our trimester making puppets for our puppet show conversations in Spanish.
In science this year, fourth grade students will be participating in a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch. The goal of this program is to engage young minds in science, technology, engineering, and math so that they will build confidence, explore interests, and set themselves up for success in middle school, high school, and beyond. PLTW Launch taps into the students’ natural curiosity and enthusiasm to empower them to become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, while learning that it is okay to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more exciting.
The curriculum is broken into modules that explore engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer programming. During the first part of the year, students in fourth grade will be working through a module called “Input/Output: Computer Systems.” In this module, students explore how computers work, and are encouraged to make analogies between the parts of the human body and parts that make up a computer. Students investigate reaction time as a measure of nervous system function. Students explore how to diagnose concussions and create a reaction-time computer program to assess a baseline before a concussion occurs. Students apply what they have learned to build their own reaction-time measurement devices on tablets.
For more information on the PLTW program, please visit www.pltw.org, or contact the Lower School Science Specialist, Olivia Graffis.
I look forward to a great year in the studio with your artists and thank you for sending your sweet children to our school!
Fourth graders go to the library every Thursday morning for an introduction to engaging books, library skills, and checking out books. Literature and library activites are selected to support the unit themes of Imagine It, social studies, holidays, and other curriculum.
Visit the St. Michael's Library Website at
Stop by and say hello to Ms. Martha Rowland, Librarian
This year fourth graders will be creating slideshows and multimedia presentations for their Endangered Animals Project. They’ll also utilize PIXLR Editor as they manipulate one to several images to develop unique works. Another focus will be touch typing, as students will have respective minutes to be completed based on in-class words-per-minute tests.
Students will also learn what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. They’ll openly discuss within groups and the class about the best practices and the actions they will take in certain situations. Common Sense Media, a research-based organization promoting digital responsibility, will be utilized for lesson content.
Classes will focus on health-related fitness: body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Additionally skill-related fitness concepts such as agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed will be incorporated into daily activities.
Handouts & Forms
- 4th Grade Homework Policy
- Cell Phone Policy (2016-17)
- What is Bullying (2016-17)
- Technology Acceptable Use Policy (2016-17)
- Technology Acceptable Use Policy Signature Page (2016-17) - sign and return
HELPFUL WEBSITE LINKS
- Imagine It Website - http://www.sraimagineit.com/g_login.html
- Envision Math - http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com
- Lodestar Camp - http://uccr.org/camp/camp-lodestar
- Library - https://sites.google.com/site/stmichaelsschoollibrary/
- Mr. Buzzard's site - https://sites.google.com/site/buzzardlifeatsmikes/
Please be sure to turn in your Volunteer Driver Form with a copy of your insurance and driver’s license to the office before the field trip.
Lunch Duty & Other Class Volunteers
Thank you for signing up to help with 4th grade lunch duty. Please remember to check in the office before going to the lunch room. Lunch duty starts at 11:15am and ends about 1:15pm.
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Fourth Grade Teachers
Mrs. Lauren Schmitt
Fourth Grade Teacher
Mr. Jeremy Bolt
Ms. Kami Davis
Music and Chorus
Ms. Olivia Graffis
Mr. Steve Grialou
Ms. Leslie Hackard
Mr. Rick Hauch
Mrs. Cindy Martin
Mrs. Amy Jensen
Language Arts Resource
Mrs. Geri Kearns
Ms. Martha Rowland