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News by 4th Corner: March 24, 2015

News by 4th Corner: March 24, 2015
Posted on 03/24/2015
Introducing the News By Fourth Corner! Fourth grade reporters will be submitting news articles about the exciting learning events that are happening in each grade. They have started with the recent fourth grade parent breakfast shares. 
The leading reporters covering this event are Coco and Liam.

Social Studies
by: Coco

In fourth grade social studies, we have been working on the 5 themes of geography.  We recently had a breakfast, and one of the things we shared was our social studies slideshow of the 5 themes of geography Cambridge.

The five themes are:  Location is absolute location, exactly where something is and relative location is a landmark close to where something is.  Place is both human characteristics and physical characteristics, like climate, physical features, landforms, buildings, restaurants, and schools.  Human environment interaction is like good ways people recycle and bad ways like litter, also the weather and how stuff that grows helps people.  Regions are about things like landforms, religion, language, culture, and livelihood.  Movement is the movement of ideas, goods, and people. We walked around the Baldwin neighborhood with the school ipads to get example those are the 5 themes of geography.  We then used those pictures of Cambridge to put together a slideshow to show our parents what we’ve learned about the 5 themes of geography.  
  

Now that we have moved on from Cambridge, Ms. Givens and Ms. Loguidice  started to teach us about Mexico ( 307 ) and Canada ( 305 ) using the 5 themes.  After we learn enough, make a presentation, and practice - we will teach the other class( 305, in 307’s case, and 307, in 305’s case ) about the 5 themes of whichever country we learned about. 

Writing
by: Coco

We have been working on persuasive pieces in writing. We also have been practicing long composition for writing MCAS.
 We have writing every day. We have been learning to revise our writing, there are 5 ways. We use catchy leads to hook the reader with sound words, mind pictures, and/or questions. Building bridges are another way - transition words to connect and flow. Focus is making sure all sentences are about the main idea, we can underline all the sentences that don’t focus on the main idea and then we choose to either add a detail or omit the sentence.  Elaboration makes writing stronger and makes sure you have enough information - in your writing piece if you need to elaborate you need to: draw a picture, describe your picture, and explain or tell about the picture. Conclusion, first you write your last transition, it should be powerful.  Then you should have a strong punch statement. You can circle back to the lead - it’s called an echo.  You could write an emotional statement.  Lastly, you put it all together.

After I wrote my first draft, I started out by reading my first paragraph, I checked if I hooked the reader by seeing if I had either a sound word, mind picture, and/or a question. And here's what I had:  Do you think Bertucci’s pizza is better than school pizza? Well than you're correct.  ETC.
  

I decided that I had enough, so I moved onto the next step: building bridges. I read the whole thing, and here’s what I changed about the transitions and flow: ( this was the start of my conclusion paragraph )
by far, ^Bertucci’s pizza is better than school pizza, ^because [instead of because I put “for this reason”].

Next step is focus. I reread the whole thing, and then decided what to add/omit:

Bertucci’s cooks their pizza in a stone oven.  School does not. [instead, I put: school cooks it in a metal oven.] 

Then, there's elaboration. I didn’t really think I needed to change anything, so I moved onto conclusion.  Here it is:
  
By far, Bertucci’s pizza is better than school pizza, for this reason: Bertucci’s pizza has better taste, better crust, and Bertucci’s pizza has more choices.      

Here’s what I added at the end: B-E-R-T-U-C-C-I’s, go Bertucci’s!

Science Books
by: Liam

We first picked a planet and then we got the choice to have a partner with the same planet. I picked Neptune and ended up working with Corey. We got a sheet from Mr. Hyland and books about our planet.  The sheet helped us to figure out more facts about our planets.  For example, Neptunes biggest moon is called Triton.  You know something else that is awesome about Triton has a volcano that makes snow, if you are on Earth you would weight 100 g but on Neptune you would be 114 Kg.  After we researched our planet we went on the computer and made a slideshow about the information we had about our planet.  I thought it was cool because we got to find pictures, my favorite was the picture of Neptunes speed because it moved around. Lastly, we presented the slide show to our parents at the parent breakfast.

“I Can” Math Books
by: Liam

We did fraction “I Can” books about each of the fraction standards in 4th grade math. We defined unit fractions - a unit fraction has a numerator of 1.  We found fractions that are equivalent, that means the fractions are the same value like ¼ =  2/8.  Benchmark fractions are when you use benchmarks to compare fractions, like 0/14 = 0, 7/14 = ½, and 14/14 is = to 1 whole.  Next, decomposed fractions is adding unit fractions to a whole, ⅙ + ⅙ + ⅙ + ⅙ +⅙ + ⅙ = 6/6 or 1 whole.  Then we used decomposed fractions to solve problems, 1 ⅓ - ⅔ = (⅓ + ⅓ + ⅓ + ⅓) or 4/3 - ⅔ = ⅔.  This shows adding unit fractions and subtracting unit fractions.  The books helped us to learn more about fractions because we showed pictures, numberlines, and made up problems to show we CAN do fraction work.  We shared the book with the parents at the breakfast and Ms. Logiudice said we can use it during the parent conferences.