Welcome to 4th Grade! Here in 4th Grade we focus on multi-digit multiplication and division, begin algebra, as well as strengthen our knowledge of fractions and decimals. In language arts, we read three challenging novels and complete drama and poetry units. One of the major transitions that we make this year is in our writing. Students begin the year working on 5-paragraph summaries and narrative essays and end the year by writing multi-paragraph research reports. Students learn how to research concepts in the library and on the computer, and type their reports in our computer lab at school. This year students learn about California history in social studies. We visit a mission and a real California rancho, as well as build models of missions, write a research report on Father Serra, and perform a play covering California history to present time! Another big project we complete is our Heritage Day presentations. Students create a poster and presentation representing their heritage, and bring in food from their country. For religion, we focus primarily on the Ten Commandments. My goal for 4th grade is to engage students in the material through hands-on activities and projects done primarily at school. I structure my lessons to promote the students’ independence, collaboration, and aptitude to be life-long learners who enjoy and value their education.