We are off to an amazing start in 4P this year. I am incredibly impressed by students' ability to adjust to our new remote learning reality. Everyone has been super patient and flexible and maintained a great attitude toward learning. We spend a lot of time in the beginning of the year building a classroom community and I feel that even though we are remote, we have built a pretty strong one in 4P this year. Way to go Pandas!
A few updates on what's been going on....we are deep into our curriculum in all subjects.
Reading: Students are learning to read their realistic fiction book intensely, tracking their character as they evolve through the book. Students are given independent reading time during the reading block while I check in periodically to confer with them. I have also been testing students' reading level during this time. We have also completed one read aloud, 4th Grade Rats, and are deep into our second read aloud of the year, The TIger Rising. We use this read aloud during our unit to model character development and change, plot and theme. Ask your child about this amazing story!
Writing: Students are now drafting their realistic fiction stories. Many of the stories are fictionalized versions of moments from students' own lives, which is great. Students are learning to write scenes which include dialogue, setting, mood and detailed description.
Math: Students are learning about place value, what it means to multiply a multi-digit number by 10 and how to round to the nearest 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000. Everyone is doing a great job!
Please note that I post an exit ticket for each lesson in Google Classroom which students can complete during class or at home. It's very important for students to make sure they complete this work because it is the best way for me to gauge understanding of the lesson. Please remind your child to check Google Classroom daily for this assignment.
Social Studies: We are learning about the United States government and democracy in general. On Friday, students read about levels of government (local, state and national) and completed a worksheet on Google Classroom.
This past week was a great week of learning and fun, capped off by an all fourth grade Zoom call where students got to hang out with students from other classrooms who they don't normally see. It was a huge success and we look forward to continuing this during remote learning.
We successfully completed our first week of remote learning in 4P! It was wonderful to meet all the students and begin to form our classroom community. I'm super impressed by everyone's ability to adjust to our new learning environment and I think it's going to be an amazing year! Here are a few highlights from the week:
Lastly, don't forget set up the time and date on your students' IPad and also change your student's name as well so that their name shows up correctly on Zoom.