I have to say a big thank you to the class for persevering during the heat this week. We have been able to use rooms that have air conditioning to make it more tolerable. Students have handled moving rooms and the heat really well.
In reading we are starting our year off reviewing many of the basic but most important fundamental skills. We have talked about how to find good books and started doing book reviews for our peers. I have encouraged students to find an author they enjoy and find other books they have written. We have also been talking about the importance of summarizing while we read. Students are working to determine the most important aspects of the part, section, chapter and book to create a summary. Summarizing is a very challenging skill and we will continue to work on this throughout the year.
I am very excited about the mathematical thinking that is taking place in the classroom! Students are using what they have learned in the math videos and pushing themselves to answer challenging questions. After students have demonstrated they understand the 4th grade concepts, my objective is to push them further. This week we have been investigating place value. Students are understanding that each place value is ten times as great as the place to its immediate right. For example, 400 is ten times as great 40.
Thank you for working with your child to help them get started on our math video website. www.playposit.com is a great tool for implementing the flipped math classroom. The results of the questions are sent directly to me and allow to me plan for small group instruction. Please let me know if you have any questions. Monday night through Thursday night students have a math video, fact fluency practice (if needed) and 20 minutes of reading. Friday night through Sunday night students have 40 minutes of reading.
Have a great weekend!