Fourth Grade News

Shalom Wonderful Parents of Kitah Daled,

We’ve had some awesome moments of learning in fourth grade this week and last, and wanted to share with you a few…
In GS, we’ve been continuing to read our novel, Shiloh. We are practicing summary writing for each chapter and are also completing webs and answering comprehension questions to think more deeply about the text.
In math, we are learning more and more about factors. We created arrays for all the numbers 1-30 and noticed patterns. This lead us to introducing the terms prime, composite, and square numbers. We also learned how to make factor rainbows, a strategy to help us systematically find all the factors of a number in a fun way!
Finally, in social studies we have been working hard on our salt dough relief maps of California. After reading about the four regions, students used a checklist to outline California, its regions, and the bordering states, country, and ocean. We learned about compass roses and keys. Next, students put salt dough all over California in different textures and depths to represent the different landforms and regions of the state. Finally, students are painting their maps and will be on display soon!
In JS, we’ve done some exciting learning about the arbaat haminim or four species for Sukkot. Students learned new adjectives in Hebrew that describe the four species and made dialogues about Sukkot using these new words. Students also read a book about the senses and the four species and how each sense can be used to describe them. Students then took this learning and created games for us to play in the Sukkah during our Sukkah Hop field trip this week to the Shapiro Sukkah. The games were all educational, fun and engaging. Everyone worked so hard on their games and really got a lot out of this experience – it was really fun!
We also started learning about hakafot for Simchat Torah by exploring the text and coming up with new tunes/songs for each hakafah. The students were very participatory in this and became familiar with the words in the hakafot as well as drew comparisons between some of the words used for this ceremony that are similar to words we say in tefilah every day. Making this connection allows for them to become even more familiar and intimate with their tefilah which is very important to me and I’m proud to see them thinking critically and reading closely these parts of our siddur. We also had a chance to make some flags for Simchat Torah and the students all joyfully participated.
It’s been so nice to celebrate this important and festive time with the students, the Chagei Tishrei have been meaningful and educational four the fourth graders and I’m really proud of their enthusiasm, participation and learning!
Wishing you all a beautiful rest of Chol HaMoed/Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah…
We are looking forward to our field trip next week to Point Reyes to visit a re-created Native American village, which will kick off our unit in Social Studies about Native American tribal life in California. Thank you in advance for everyone who volunteered to drive, it should be a great trip!
Shabbat Shalom!
~Sara and Dori

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