Dear Parents,

It has been another wonderful month for the Level 4 class. They have been showing great progress in speaking, reading, and writing – not to mention, their ability to hold themselves accountable for their own actions and behavior.

In Spelling, we have been focusing primarily on two letter consonant blends. Students have not only been adding more phonics skills to their repertoire, but also vocabulary words which they can use in their everyday writing. In Grammar, we have started to move away from identifying the elements of a sentence and question to grasping the concept of a noun. While most students already know that a noun may be a person, place, or thing, they are now practicing distinguishing nouns from a list of words.

In Social Studies, the students have been learning about countries around the world. As the textbook leans more heavily into information about the United States and its neighbors, we have also incorporated lessons about Taiwan. Students were able to learn more about Taiwan’s geography, culture, and population. This also included facts about some of Taiwan’s neighbors such as China and the Philippines. One project that followed asked students to create their own passports, listing where they are from and countries they have already visited.

In Science, we have been looking at the requirements of living things. To challenge students’ thinking, we also looked at nonliving things that embody some of the characteristics of living things, such as fire and water. In addition, we learned about our Earth and some of its physical qualities. This worked out as a nice supplement to our Social Studies lesson on geography, as we delved into mountains, valleys, rivers, and oceans!

In Writing, we wrapped up a writing project based on the reading skill Cause and Effect. Students previously read a story about a little rabbit that launches into an adventure after an apple falls off a tree, hitting him in the head and convincing him that the sky is falling. We then wrote a story about a character who finds an odd-looking egg in the forest. To accomplish this, students had to think about where and how they found the egg, as well as what was inside. Needless to say, the stories were quite entertaining!

Thanks for reading,

Teacher Arthur