We had another wonderful week in 4th grade!
In social studies we ended our unit on New Netherland. This week students were given a scavenger hunt around the room where facts about the colonial period were posted and they had to find the answers to questions that were provided. It was fun! We will not be given a test on this unit. Students were given a project this week in class that will be used as a test grade for the third marking period.
In ELA we continue to work on short and extended response questions. The class is really getting the hang of using our RACER strategy to help organize their thoughts. In small group we continue to work on making generalizations about reading passages. This is a skill that requires a lot of practice and the children have made some nice progress. We also wrapped up the book that we were reading and had a chance to watch the movie. The kids really enjoyed reading "The Witches" by Roald Dahl.
Math has been quite challenging lately as we continue our study of fractions. The class has worked really hard and I am so proud of their efforts. Next week, as part of our center work, we will be completing a fractions activity using Lucky Charms in honor of St. Patrick's Day. If fact, all of our center work will be St. Patrick's Day themed! This week was our second Friday in the computer lab. After we took our spelling tests online, students continued working on their animal research slide shows. We used Google Slides and today the students learned how to insert pictures from the internet, change their theme, and alter the font. The projects are looking great!
Now that we've reached the end of our second marking period there will be a few minor changes. Students will no longer need a parent or teacher signature in their agendas each night. This is to promote responsibility and independence as we become closer to being 5th graders. Please feel free to continue to check your child's agenda however, a signature will not be checked each day. Because I won't be reading agendas each day, please be sure that your child brings any notes written in their agendas to me first thing in the morning. Or, if it is easier, please feel free to communicate with me via e-mail. Thank you for helping your child to become more independent.
Now that our second marking period has come to an end you can expect report cards on Wednesday, March 15th. Also, our students have a half day of school on Thursday. Please send your child to school with a snack. Thank you!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Don't forget to turn those clocks back Saturday night. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I hope to see you all at the Green Meadow Carnival this weekend from 10-2!