In fourth grade I had a lot of fun. My amazing teacher, Mrs. Assatly taught me everything about math, reading, writing, social studies, science, and a lot more! We also had cool field trips such as, Wayside Cottage, Saint Paul’s Church, Westchester Philharmonic, Marble Schoolhouse, and kayaking. We also had other teachers that us things like spanish, art, physical education, music, and library. Fourth grade was a super special year.
In math this year we learned many things such as place value, geometry, fractions, decimals, order of operations, angles, symmetry, and area and perimeter. My favorite math unit was decimals. Decimals are a fraction of a number. When we were learning about decimals we learned that there are different measurements for decimals. These measurements include tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and so on. Math this year was fun.
In social studies this year we learned many things. We learned about explorers, colonial times, and the Revolutionary War. My favorite unit in social studies was learning about the Revolutionary War. First we researched all about the Revolutionary War. Then we wrote an essay including all the information we researched about. Then we researched about a focus topic. A focus topic is a topic that we had to learn a lot about and really FOCUS on. Then we wrote an essay on our focus topic. Then we started to glue our essays in and illustrate our book. Then we wrote a historical fiction story. A historical fiction story is a story that isn’t completely true, because it’s part fiction, but you still add pieces of true information from history. After that we made a bibliography and an about the author. A bibliography is a list of sources you used to get your information. Finally, we completed our book and had a celebration for our hard work.
My favorite field trip was kayaking. I liked kayaking the best because I had never been kayaking before, and I love to try new things! During physical education, Coach S.W and Coach Felix taught us everything we needed to know about kayaking. In our first lesson, our class learned the different types of kayaks, and which type of water it was meant for. The different types of kayaks were white water kayaks, ocean touring kayaks, and recreational kayaks. We also learned how to put a PFD on. A PFD is short for personal flotation device. In our second lesson we learned how to get in and out of a kayak. In our third lesson we learned the different paddling strokes. Some strokes were forward stroke, reverse stroke, sweep stroke, reverse sweep stroke, and drag stroke. We also learned how to stop the kayak. In our fourth and final lesson before we hit the water, we had to learn how to capsize. Capsizing sounds scary, but it was actually quite fun. Finally we took the bus to the Scarsdale pool to test our kayaking skills. There were different stations for each kayak. We were paired up in groups, and we each took turns kayaking around the pool. When you were done taking about three laps around the pool you had to stop the kayak near your station, hand the paddle to your partners, and capsize. I personally think capsizing was fun and not scary. When you were done at your first station you could go to another. We also had a turn on the stand up paddleboard. Kayaking was really fun and I’m glad I got to do it!
In conclusion fourth grade was a blast! I’m really sad I have to leave my amazing teacher, Mrs. Assatly when I go to fifth grade. Although I am excited to be in the oldest grade in the whole school, I will miss my fourth grade classmates, teacher, senior option, Zach, and aid, Mrs. Ray. I had a lot of fun in fourth grade.