Mr. Blee Mr. Busch Mrs. Ferguson Mrs. Schultz
Welcome to Ramsey Magnet School of Science 4th Grade!
In fourth grade this year, we will be studying and working on many engaging concepts. Fourth grade is a year of many transitions. Students will apply a multitude of previously learned skills in an independent fashion. They will also further develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills both individually and in groups. It is a time for students to assume responsibility for their learning in the classroom every day. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Ramsey fourth graders and their families. We know we are going to have a wonderful year.
As scientists in fourth grade, we will investigate and discover amazing concepts related to Soils, Rocks and Landforms; Energy; Environments using hands-on labs. Each lab unit lasts approximately nine weeks, and concepts will be incorporated across all curricular areas. For example, during our Soils, Rocks and Landforms unit, students will use different soil samples to determine physical change in the environment. Students will learn new vocabulary words, read non-fiction and fiction books related to the topics, use digital media to explore and solidify key concepts, fine tune measuring skills, and also complete a scientific journal. Additionally, our fourth graders will participate in school wide and grade level science days, attend science-related assemblies, and enjoy a field trip to Mobius Science Center in Spokane.
This year, in Idaho Core, 4th graders will focus on evidence-based writing using details and examples in both fiction and non-fiction texts. They will engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts.
In Idaho Core Math, students will be developing and applying mathematical skills to real-world concepts. Fourth graders will be expected to have mastered all multiplication facts through 10 by the end of November. Students will solve problems using multiple strategies and be able to explain their thought process to others.
Our social studies curriculum consists primarily of Idaho history, including state symbols, native tribes, Lewis and Clark, missionaries, and industries. In the spring, we will visit the Cataldo Mission and a silver mine.
We are looking forward to an outstanding year together!