2009-2010 Electronic Newsletter for Fourth Grade

The fourth grade students have been working on a variety of projects this year. I would like to share our work with you.

As we work on the Internet, I have taught the students to find the links through a website called delicious. If your children would like to use the websites at home, they should be able to click on the All Tags link on the right side of the screen and navigate to the links we use in class.

Saint Michael Delicious account

As the year progresses, I work on many different projects with the fourth grade students. You may click here or click on the word Fourth on the left side of the screen to see my plan for the year.

We have used a variety of software this year. We see each other twice per week this year and have been able to complete more complex projects. We started the year learning about NASA mission patches. After viewing actual patches online, the students created a patch of their own and wrote a short description about the patch.

Here are the votes for favorite NASA mission patch:


We have completed significant work in PowerPoint. The students learned to create slides and use the drawing tools. This is a great experience for the fourth grade students. They all have an opportunity to present their work in front of the class. They have an opportunity to learn how to speak in a loud, clear voice as they show their work.

We have been working on collecting information about birds for our present project. The students wrote seven facts they knew for sure about birds. Next we learned how to cite the source of images through a website called Pics4Learning. It was a great lesson in selecting images, bringing them into PowerPoint, resizing the images, and citing the source. The work will be complete before Easter break as the students have their second opportunity to present their work to their classmates.

This year, we have been learning about GPS receivers and geocaching. The students have placed a travel bug in a cache in Hanson Park near the school. They are trying to get the travel bug to move to a cache near Dorothy Daglish School in Alberta, Canada. The fifth grade students in Canada are trying to get their travel bug to our school. This is a multi-year project.

We have begun production on audio interview podcasts using Garageband. The students have interviewed each other and created a script in Word. They have already created music in Garageband for the start of the podcast. We now have microphones to record the interview. I will include links to the podcasts here once they are complete.

The students in fourth though eighth grade enjoyed listening to the authors of the 39 Clues book series through a webinar presented by Scholastic. The students learned about different methods to analyze clues in the books in a variety of settings including math, geography, and reading. Here are a few photos from the event.

This is a link saved to send your name to Mars on a computer chip. We did not do this in class. You may use the link with your child if it is of interest to you. My whole family is sending our names to Mars on the 2011 mission. As a parent, you may be interested in creating your own Delicious account. You can save bookmarks and open them on any computer.