This week during morning meeting we did a “snowball greeting” where students randomly selected a classmate to greet. They picked another “snowball” with a student’s name and were tasked to watch their classmate in order to give them a compliment the next morning. It was great to hear how observant the students are and all of the amazing things they are doing throughout their day.
In reading this week, we began our interpretation unit. Students are working on the difficult task of making an interpretation by understanding what the author is really trying to say or teach. This is challenging work for fourth graders. They have done a great job locating where the author is leaving clues about the theme. We have discussed how the characters, setting, plot, mood, recurring images or objects help us to find clues in our stories. The next step is for students to be able to take those clues and connect them to make an interpretation. We will continue to work on developing our interpretations as the unit progresses.
In math, we are working on comparing and ordering fractions with unlike denominators. Students were introduced to four strategies to do this work.
- Number lines
- Block models
- Benchmark fractions
- Making equivalent fractions with common denominators
Have a great weekend.