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Welcome to Ms. McLoof's

4th grade class!




Our Quarter 4 schedule is as follows: 


Monday- Music & Character Education

Tuesday- Art & Theater

Wednesday- Gym and Health

Thursday- Health & Theater

Friday- Computers & Gym





*Please pick ONE project and submit through a google docs form.  These count as a test grade and will be due next Friday, 6/12/20.  You may hand your projects in early, as well.


Remember, EACH project is unique in its own way- whichever one you choose, we expect that you will include as much math as possible, and a 4th grade explanation of your project!




Project 16A: Create a Picture Dictionary


Where do you look if you want to know what a word means?  You look in a dictionary!  Imagine putting together an entire dictionary of words- that’s exactly what a man named Noah Webster did in the early 1800s! 


Create a dictionary of words that have to do with lines and shapes.  Begin by making a list of 5 words to include.  Then, find real world pictures to show each word.  For example, if you use the word “line,” you might use the example of a straight road that seems to go on forever.  You can take a picture and send it, use the internet for pics, or simply use google docs to draw.  Create a dictionary by listing each word and writing a definition for it.  Then, show a picture that goes with the word.  Make sure to arrange them in alphabetical order, just like a real dictionary would! 




Project 16B: Create Cubist Art


Where can you go to try on a giant mustache?  To the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, of course!  The museum opened in 2011 to pay tribute to the Spanish artist Salvador Dali.  One style of art that Dali used is called “cubism.”  Cubism shows objects as geometric shapes.  Find examples of cubist art online or in books.  Look for specific shapes in art, including lines and angles as well as triangles and quadrilaterals. 


Create your own piece of art using this style.  You can draw it on google docs or take a picture of your work on a piece of paper.  You can even paint it!  You can also cut out shapes to make a collage.  Choose a subject for your art- you may choose an animal, a building, a plant, or even yourself, as Dali sometimes did.  Include a description of what your artwork shows and point out the different shapes you used when creating your project.




Project 16C: Make Snowflakes


Perhaps you have heard that no two snowflakes are alike.  That is true because of the way a snowflake forms!  Watch a YouTube video on how snowflakes are formed.  Then, research directions for making a paper snowflake.  Create several snowflakes using paper or other materials.  Take a picture and submit it, making sure to include different lines and angles.  Draw lines of symmetry on each.  How many lines of symmetry do each of your snowflakes have?  Include a brief explanation of this as well as how a snowflake is formed when you submit your picture.




Project 16D: Draw a Line-Symmetrical Animal


When a butterfly folds its wings back, its wings match up.  That’s because the monarch butterfly has a symmetrical body!  Like butterflies, many animals have one line of symmetry.  Some animals’ faces can be separated equally if you drew a line right down the center- this is true for dogs, lions, giraffes, turtles, bats, flies, and even people!


Imagine a NEW kind of animal.  It can live on land or in the water.  It can be big or small.  It must have at least one line of symmetry, but it could have more (example- a starfish or jellyfish).  Draw your animal with at least one line of symmetry.  You can draw it by hand or use google docs to draw it.  Give your animal a name and tell what it is (example, a “Froggerfly- half frog, half butterfly).  Explain in a paragraph where the line or lines of symmetry are, why you designed the animal as you did, and if it is like any animals you know that already exist in nature.  (You can’t use “Froggerfly”- that’s my idea!! J)



Instruction, June 15th-19th: 




Unit 6: 


Big Unit Question: "What Does It Take to Achieve Our Goals and Dreams?"


Question of the Week: Review Week


Story: Review Week


Amazing Words: Review


Spelling Words: Review


Challenge Words: Review


Selection Vocabulary: Review


Word Focus: Review


Text Based Comprehension:  Review


Writing: Hand in any old projects not previously handed in


Conventions: Review



MATH: Topic 16


Topic 16- Lines, Angles, and Shapes


Words to know: scalene triangle, rhombus, square, rectangle, point, line, line segment, ray, right angle, acute angle, obtuse angle, straight angle, degree, unit angle, angle measure, protractor, vertex



SOCIAL STUDIES: Fun activities this week after the chapter 7 test!


Words to Know: none





The fourth graders will each get a planner in which they are responsible for writing in daily.  I will write the homework on the board for each subject and they will record it in their planner.  Homework is to be handed in DAILY.  Late or half completed homework will only receive half credit.


Every Friday, we have a spelling test in addition to a reading test.  The math, social studies, and science tests are more spread out.  I will let the students know ahead of time when we are ready for a test in these subjects.


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  My room number is 211 and the classroom is located upstairs down the hall.  Below is my email and phone extension. 




-Ms. McLoof


201-795-4400 ext. 4211




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