About the Teacher
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year and fourth grade!
Families, May 2020
As this school year comes to a close, I have been reflecting on my time with your children, my students. I never in a million years would have imagined an end to our school year like this. The past several weeks have been challenging for everyone. I am proud of your children because they have shown flexibility, resilliance, and perseverance. Finishing the third trimester online was something no one could have predicted, yet here we are ... we are doing our best. We have stayed connected and have continued to learn.
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement to me and especially to your child. I hope to see everyone as fifth graders ... don't forget to stop by and say, "Hi!"
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Please follow the link to see my current projects on Donors Choose. Donors Choose is a place where teacher can post project and anyone can make a donation toward funding the projects. Over the past 4 years my students and I have been blessed to have had 19 projects funded. Items that my students and I have received include: a green screen, books, crafting materials, science materials, flexible seating options (stools, pub table, balance balls, wobble cushions), and headphones. Feel free to make a donation or share the link. https://www.donorschoose.org/Evelyn.Reyes
Units of Inquiry
Culture - Human Connections Inform Perspectives
We inquired into stereotypes, bias, and perspective. We read The Sign of the Beaver and examined the relationship between Matt and Attean. We also looked at the movie Zootopia and found many instances of stereotypes and bias. As part of our Studies Weekly curriculum we learned about the Native Americans in California in preparation to inquire into the California Mission System.
Earth Changes - Geographic Features Impact Life Within A Region
During this unit of inquiry, we learned about various earth changes (ie: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides). We also noticed how people made and recorded their observations of earth changes (ie: poetry, first person narrative accounts). Students wrote their own realistic first person account of an earth change event of their choice. They researched an earth event and wrote a first person account as if they were a person who lived through that particular earth change event.
Migration - Migration is a response to human circumstances and challenges.
This unit began with a field trip to the San Joaquin Historical Museum. Everyone dressed up as pioneers and participated in Valley Days. We learned what life was like in the 1800's, from school to farm work to games and gold panning. As part of this unit we examined the reasons why people move - pushes and pulls. As part of our inquiry, we read Refugee by Alan Gratz. This book told the stories of Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud as they were forced to migrate from their home countries to new countries. Students created characters from one of the following human migrations: Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Trail of Tears, Underground Railroad, and Gold Rush. Assuming the role of their characters they created, students wrote journals that chronicled their migration.
Living Systems - Living organisms process the environment through systems.
We began this unit by dissecting owl pellets and trying to figure out what animal the owl had eaten. Students learned about how humans use their eyes to see. In music, students are learning about sound waves. Recently, students had the opportunity to see how tendons work to cause movement by examining a chicken foot.
Back to School Night Presentation
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