Welcome to fourth grade! We are very excited for a great year of LEARNING and GROWING TOGETHER.
Below is our Upper Elementary Preamble and Learner Rights
We the people of the upper elementary, in order to be included, have fun, and learn from our mistakes, do hereby ordain and establish these learners rights. based on the principles of equality, respect, and freedom.
To be treated fairly, kindly, and equally by everyone
To learn from our mistakes without being judged
To share our ideas and experiences
To have friends and be friendly
To have our own opinions and be heard
To have a clean and quiet environment to learn and play in
To try to have fun
To be safe and have our belonging be safe
To be noticed for our good work
To be ourselves
We will be taking part in many fun learning experiences throughout the year. We have traveled to our State Capitol in Lansing and have gone skiing at Mount Holly. The second half of the year we will be visiting the Sloan Museum, visit Powers High School to view Into the Woods, and we will spend a whole week at Camp Lael in May.
We love service learning in 4th grade. We have been partnering with Stepping Stone in Lapeer. Residents taking part in that program visit our school weekly and take part in activities with our 4th graders.
Students have learned many new concepts so far this year.
- In science, students learned 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 learned about energy collisions in our first Project Lead the Way Unit. We will also learned about sound and light waves.
- In social studies, students learned about our government in social studies. We learned about the three branches of government, the election process, how bills become laws, and the U.S. Constitution.
- In writing, students learned about voice and word choice. They wrote a narrative, informational piece, and a persuasive piece.
- Lastly, in literacy, students read Caleb's Story, More Perfect than the Moon, and Grandfather's Dance by Patricia MacLachlan. Students learned about making inferences and making connections to the text.
We will be learning many new and exciting concepts the second half of the year. Students will learn about the following:
- In science, we will be learning about the human brain and the nervous system and will take part in our second Project Lead the Way unit. They will also learn about weathering, erosion, deposition, and the rock cycle. Lastly, students will learn about animal adaptations and will be creating imaginary animals.
- In social studies, we will be learning about the underground railroad and the migration of people throughout the United States.
- In writing, we will be writing personal narratives. They will also write biographies about a special person in their life.
- In literacy, students will make character inferences while they read Train to Midnight by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.