Happy Friday! Once again I'd like to thank you for coming to Open House on Tuesday night. Your support means so much.
This week we had our first "alternating library" class. This is a change from last year at Green Meadow. We now will have library every week instead of once every two weeks. On A week we will have library first thing on Monday morning at 9:25. On B week library will be during our normal special time at 1:50. Your child has been told that book exchange will be done on B week. (B for books is a great way to remember!) If you're unsure about what week it is, it is listed on our school lunch calendar. (click here)
In ELA we started reading "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume while we begin focusing on story element skills. The class is loving this book. We have had several laugh out loud moments. The story is about a 4th grade boy named Peter who gets himself into all sorts of crazy situations because of his two year-old brother named Fudge. The kids are really enjoying it.
This week in writing we made summer memory books. I loved reading about the wonderful things the class got to experience this summer!
We have some excited things coming in math! Green Meadow fourth grade teachers have been chosen to pilot a new math program called Envision 2.0. I was out of the classroom on Wednesday morning so I could receive new program training at Genet school. Previously, my math lessons had come from a combination of Envision lessons as well as modules from Engage NY. With this new program, there is no need to use the modules. Those skills are included in this new program and presented in much more kid-friendly way. Also, our workbook pages are in color and offer a reteach page of that day's lesson as well as vocabulary as it was presented in class. Students will begin each math lesson with a Solve and Share which builds independence, higher level thinking, and problem solving skills to start each lesson. There is also a new online piece where students can review the day's lesson, practice their skills, and even complete some math fluency practice. I am very excited to get started with this new program. I know the kids will love it. Today we have completed our last lesson with place value for Topic 1. On Monday, we will be doing some review in class and giving a quiz on Tuesday in class. A review sheet will be coming home for homework on Monday night. This review sheet will look very similar to the test the following day. If your child is struggling at home with a certain concept, please bring it to my attention as soon as possible. I appreciate your support!
We dove right in this week with learning about the different animal characteristics of our adopted dolphin "Shimmer". We studied her habitat, environment, diet, and anatomy. We even had a chance to do an online drawing tutorial of the Bottlenose Dolphin. The kids LOVED it. Their drawings were amazing! Our first science quiz will be on 9/29. Your child will be coming home with a study guide tonight.
STEM Fridays continue!
Our challenge this week: Using only folded paper and scissors, create at least 2 paper people linked together. Check it out! It is more challenging than it sounds.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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- Mrs. Kusche