We had a great week of learning and fun in 4P this week....we voted for our 2 student council representatives today and the winners are....Khangal and Izzy A.! Congratulations to all the candidates for putting together great campaigns including super speeches!
A few updates:
We took our mid module assessment in math today (place value and rounding) and we will move on to the second half of the unit starting Monday (multi-digit addition and subtraction and one and two-part word problems). Students will receive their graded mid module assessments on Monday.
Students are continuing to write their realistic fiction stories....this week we learned how to make our settings "sparkle" with detail such as not only where and when, but also sights sounds and even smells! Today read a mentor story called "Spencer Bellhorn is Not a Wimp" and studied the techniques the author used to write such a page turner.
In reading, we continue to read fiction stories of our own choosing....next week, students will study how to look for (and write about character change in their story). We are a little over halfway done with our mentor read-aloud text called "The Tiger Rising".
Lastly, look for a Sign Up Genius email from me this weekend to sign up for Fall conferences. I will be holding conferences after school on Wednesday, October 23rd and after our half day of school on Thursday, October 24th.
Here are a few pictures of 4P in action!
We had a busy week in 4P, highlighted by our first few lessons in science. Students began our Energy unit by learning how to build simple electrical circuits using a battery and a light bulb, then progressed to build more complicated circuits to power a motor with a switch. Next week, we will learn more about conductors and insulators.
In math, we began learning about rounding to the thousands place....students are doing a great job so far! Next week, we will learn to round numbers to the ten thousands and hundreds thousands place and we will take our first math mid module assessment. Students will complete a study guide in class before the assessment.
In reading, we continue reading fiction books and logging our reading time in reading logs. Next week, we will start learning about tracking characters across stories.
In writing, students have completed their pre-writing for their realistic fiction story and will begin drafting next week. Students have come up with a story idea (a character with a desire and a difficulty), wrote about their character's internal and external traits, learned about how to write scenes (versus summaries) and completed their story arcs. I can't wait to see how their stories develop!
For those who signed up for band and orchestra, lessons begin next week (Tuesdays for orchestra and Wednesday for band). Also, chorus is being held on Mondays during lunch for those students who have signed up.
Lastly, I will be scheduling Fall conferences on Wednesday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 24th after school (Thursday is a half day). We like students to attend conferences if at all possible. I will send out a Sign Up Genius in the next week or so via email.
Here are a few pictures of 4P in action!
We had a great first full week of school this week, highlighted by harvesting squash in the Hatch Patch on Thursday afternoon!
A few updates from the classroom:
We completed the MAP Math and ELA test this week. Make ups for those who were absent or did not quite get a chance to finish will be next week.
In math, we are learning about different ways to express numbers (unit form, standard form, expanded form and word form). Next week, we will be working on using our place value knowledge to compare large numbers and learn how to round large numbers. Students also started working on Zearn on their IPads (an online tool that provides extra practice tied to the Eureka math lessons). Next week, students will be also working in Khan Academy Mappers which will help students master skills according to their MAP RIT band.
In reading, students are doing a great job building reading stamina and developing good "nose in the book" reading habits. Students are reading fiction titles of their choosing that are "just right books". Next week, students will be practicing strategies to track character change throughout their books and writing about it in their reading notebook.
We are starting to build our realistic fiction stories in writing....students are creating a main character who has a "desire" but also a "difficulty" in achieving that desire. Next week, we will be naming our characters and fleshing them out with "external traits" and "internal traits" which will help drive the storyline for each of our pieces.
We are starting our first science unit on Monday! Students will be learning about how electricity works and building electric circuits.
Finally, thanks to our parents who helped out at the Hatch Patch this past week....it was awesome! Here are some pictures from the week.
We made it through the first 2 weeks! Just a quick update on happenings in 4P this past week:
We kicked off our first math unit which is all about place value. Right now, students are learning how to multiply and divide numbers up to 6 digits by 10. We are using place value charts to model multiplication and division. Next week, we will continue our learning. In terms of homework, students will likely start bringing home their math workbook next week to complete homework assignments if they did not get a chance to work on it during school. There are several math help resources which I plan to share with parents at Curriculum Night next week if you want to help your child at home. If you cannot make Curriculum Night, I can send it to you separately or we can meet to discuss.
We kicked off our first reading unit, reading fiction, by having groups of students respond to quotes from our mentor text "The Tiger Rising" by Kate DiCamillo. We will begin reading this amazing book next week....students will be learning strategies on how to track character change, author's craft and theme in their own books. To kick off the year, we read a book called "Fourth Grade Rats" by Jerry Spinelli and talked about character change and theme that the author develops in the book. Ask your child about how the main character, Suds, changes in the story and what themes (life lessons) we discovered as we finished the book on Friday.
We will also kick off our first writing unit next week, writing narrative fiction. Students will learn how to write engaging stories that hook the reader and build tension throughout the story.
A very exciting part of the week was students receiving their IPads! We have completed several set up lessons and all the students have signed "contracts" about caring for and using their IPad properly. Contracts will be sent home Monday along with the IPads and chargers. Please find a moment to review contracts with your child.
Some key dates next week:
Tuesday, September 10th: MAP Math test (please make sure your child brings in their IPad fully charged).
Wednesday, September 11th: Curriculum Night 6-7pm
Thursday, September 12th: MAP ELA test (please make sure your child brings in their IPad fully charged). We will also be harvesting veggies from the Hatch Patch from 2-2:45....please contact Ms. Guido if you'd like to volunteer to help with our class!
Here are some pix of the students in action:
4th grade has officially begun! I've really enjoyed the first few days with this bunch of students! We have spent the majority of our time getting to know each other through activities and games and also understanding and practicing our routines in the classroom. Everyone is doing a fabulous job! All students received a planner which we took some time to explore....they discovered many great resources in the planner which they can use day to day. Please try to make sure your student brings their planner back to school so they can use it in class as a resource. We also voted on our first read aloud which we began reading last week, "Fourth Grade Rats" by Jerry Spinelli.
Next we will begin our first reading, writing and math units, beginning with pre tests so we can see where all the students are in their learning. On Tuesday, Mr. Barnard (our new band teacher) and Ms. Shannon (our orchestra teacher) will introduce everyone to all of the instruments they can learn to play starting in 4th grade. The band and orchestra programs in D97 and at the high school are incredible and I encourage everyone to consider giving it a try! Also, on Thursday, we will be getting our IPads! We will be teaching the students the do's and don'ts of IPad use and they will begin using them in class starting the week of September 9th. Our class will be visiting the Hatch Patch to harvest vegetables on Thursday, September 12th from 2-2:45pm. Ms. Guido is asking for each class to have 3 parent volunteers to help out....please consider joining us! Look for an email from Ms. Guido if you want to sign up.
Lastly, curriculum night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11th from 6-7pm. I hope to see everyone there!
Here are a few pictures from the first week in 4P: