Wendy Gardiner

Welcome to fourth grade at Ware Academy.  We are sailing into Science with beginning labs in plants.  The students have been studying angiosperms and gymnosperms in class and are now beginning to chart differences in angiosperms by identifying how monocots and dicots differ in seeds, flowers, leaves, stems, and roots.  They are bringing in examples of local plants and flowers and are starting to recognize how to classify them by recognizing their seeds with either one or two parts, flowers with petals in parts of threes, fours, or fives, their leaves with either parallel or branching veins, and their roots as fibrous or taproots.  Understanding the reason behind the classification has opened up a new world of identification in science.

In Social Studies, we have begun with a review of continents and oceans and how they fit into the four hemispheres.  Although they have studied these facts for years, fourth graders are becoming more world-wise in their perception of the global picture.  Our focus on Virginia this year enables the students to collate previously learned information with the geography and history of our state.

Please continue to encourage your student to be responsible for his/her weekly Reading Log and Journal.  Both are due each Tuesday morning, and Reading Logs must be initialed by you. The 90 minute reading expectation will eventually increase to 100 minutes each week, which could be a challenge for some.  Please be sure that your child is choosing material that he/she is able to read independently, but urge them to read aloud to you when possible.  The minimum of three journal entries must use the monthly questions in their Journal and should include at least 4-6 sentences for regular responses.  Thank you for your support!

As always, I welcome you to contact me or come by the classroom after school to see your child’s daily work.


 Chesapeake Bay Boat Trip – Tuesday, October 16th 9:00-11:30

Urbanna Oyster Festival Education Day – Thursday, November 1st 12:00-2:30