Month ahead: May‘07 - Grade Four Stewart

Mathematics: We have started a new unit entitled Length, Perimeter and Area. Students will demonstrate an understanding of and apply concepts and skills associated with measurement. They will recognize and demonstrate that objects of various shapes can have the same area, recognize and demonstrate that objects of the same area can have different perimeters, estimate and measure in millimeters, centimeters, decimeters, metres and kilometers, estimate and measure area in square centimeters, relate dimensions and areas of rectangles to factors and products.

Language Arts: We will use a variety of resources to explore in general terms and in more specific terms "How we communicate" with each other. This communication takes place at many levels and directions that are very important to be the "informed individual". All students will be expected to speak, listen, explore, extend, clarify, and reflect on their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences. In Spelling we will deal with words that have: “soft “c”, soft “g” and ore words. On May 4th the class will have a fifty word test covering the 100 previous words, on the final week of May students will have a 100 word test covering all the words from the year.

Science: We will finish up our unit on light and commence with Life Science: Rocks, Minerals, and Erosion

†Collecting and Comparing Rocks and Minerals: demonstrate respect for the habitats of animals and the local environment when collecting rocks and/or minerals from their local area (108-3)

describe the distinction between minerals and rocks (104-6)

†Properties of Rocks and Minerals: using appropriate tools make observations and collect information in order to describe rocks and minerals according to physical properties (204-8, 205-5,†† 200-6)

record observations of their rocks and minerals in chart form, and/or using notes in point form (205-7)

compare different rocks and/or minerals from their local area with those from other places (300-5)

classify their rocks and minerals according to several properties and create a chart or diagram that show the method of classifying (206-1, 207-2)

compare their classification schemes of the rocks/minerals to those of others and recognize that results may vary (104-4)

Uses for Rocks and Minerals: describe how rocks and minerals are used (107-1)

relate the characteristics of rocks and minerals to their uses (300-8)

using appropriate terms, describe some positive and negative effects of the extraction and/or utilization of rocks and minerals (104-6, 108-1)using appropriate terms, describe some positive and negative effects of the extraction and/or utilization of rocks and minerals (104-6, 108-1)

Erosion and Weathering: describe effects of wind, water, and ice on the landscape (301-5)

†demonstrate a variety of methods of weathering and erosion (301-6)

Soil Formation and Composition: describe ways in which soil is formed from rocks (301-4)

Records in Rocks: identify and describe rocks that contain records of Earths history (300-7)

Sudden and Significant Changes in the Land: describe natural phenomena that cause sudden and significant changes to the landscape (301-7)

Social Studies: Unit Two: Explorers, Past and Present

†We will start a new section that will deal with early explorers and the reasons that they came to where we live now. Students will be able to:

†a.† identify and research selected explorers, past and present, of land, ocean, and space

†b.†††† explain how explorers and their innovations have changed, and are changing, the mapping and maps of the world and solar system

describe and evaluate the impact of explorations over time (past, present, and future predictions)


* We will hopefully be planning a class trip to the city for the end of May, please stay tuned to daily notice for information and request for chaperones!