Grade 4 Month 5 The Wonder of Zoology
The first science block begins with zoology. A study of the animal kingdom begins with an observation of the human being and then creates a meaningful connection to various animal species.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connection: Your child will be learning about the animal kingdom through a comparison of what it is to be human.
Science: Concept: All living things sense and respond to their environment.
Connection: Your child will become familiar with the various ways that animals’ senses are specialized in comparison to the human.
Math: Concept: Fractions and decimals are types of numbers that can represent quantities.
Connection: Your child will come back to the fraction work they were doing two units ago. They will work on reviewing and practicing the skills learned in the first fraction unit.
The second unit will include an independent animal research project.
When it comes to learning math, it is a continual process of learning and forgetting, remembering and forgetting. Although at first it may be a cause for frustration when you see that your child seems to forget all of the math they just practiced last month, it is in fact exactly how it should be. Just as a bone is actually strengthened from a break, the math mind and memory are strengthened through this process of remembering again and again. When you observe your child closely, you will notice that your child can come back to the place they left off, with the skill set they had, more and more quickly each time. Your child was introduced to fractions in unit 3, and then it was purposely left to rest and be “forgotten” for one month. It is now time to bring these concepts back to your child through the daily math practice. Guide your child through the concept of fractions, take a look at the unit 3 fraction portfolio, and let your child’s memory be ignited again. Within a few days, they should be comfortable working on review sheets independently or with some support.
Charles Kovacs’ book, The Human Being and the Animal World, informs this unit