We are at an exciting time of the year in fourth grade.
Students are reading nonfiction, and learning to write great summaries of information. Next week, we will focus on how different parts of a nonfiction are important. Also, students will learn about the craft techniques that authors use to write information text. Students are applying what they learned about nonfiction during social studies.
The social studies projects are due on Friday. The research, note taking, drafting, and revising have been done during our social studies class periods. Students have the opportunity to write about eight different main ideas related to the geography of the northeast region of the United States. As of today, students should have completed minimum of 4 completed essay slides. On the Friday, December 1, students will present their projects during Social Studies. You can view your child’s presentation by having them log into their google account. Students need to write their own essays at school, but they may do some additional research and note-taking at home using any kind of lined paper.
In science, students are super-excited to be learning about what affects the motion of an object. We also are addressing the Next Generation Science Standards by learning how energy is transferred by moving objects and other means. Students were surprised to learn that as we transitioned from ecosystems to motion and design, the life science and physical science were both connected to the idea of how energy is transferred. Check out the video on my Weebly blog page.
Thanks to all families that contributed to the delicious teacher appreciation lunch that we had today. Thank you for the kindness and caring we shared working together to improve students’ learning at our parent-teacher conferences last month. I hope that everyone has a good Thanksgiving holiday next weekend. Students can take any 2 days off from reading during the time between Wednesday and Sunday, but should read at least 20 minutes on the other 3 days.
Thanks for sending your great kids to school every day!
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Students have added both fish and snails to our aquarium models of an aquatic ecosystem.
In Social Studies, students are researching the northeast region and preparing to compose short essays with big ideas about:
Each student is searching for interesting information in the books and resources that have been gathered. The student then confirms the matching main topic and works to answer a THICK question about the topic.
Math fact quiz data for October is being analyzed. You should expect a much simpler form to sign that will show your child’s progress with fact fluency.
And… I’m a Grandpa!!!! Rhett Barret DiCarlo, a big baby boy (9 lbs, 12 oz), was born to my oldest daughter, Kayleigh at 5:07 am today. Mom, Dad, baby, and grandparents are all doing fine.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Today, all 3 science classes studied growth and development, a developmental concept in next generation science standards. Students described the plants in their terrarium, and how they developed new parts, and how they grew larger. Our first animal organism, the isopod, or "roly-poly" demonstrated this concept as it develops 2 more legs when it molts the first time. We extended the learning by students discussing and showing how the plants could complete the cycle when new seeds were produced.
(9/12/17) Yesterday, we got cups, put dirt in and gravel inside. After that, we put 3 pumpkin seeds and other seeds too. Then we feed the seeds water. We wated a day. It looked like the same thing from yestereday, but then Jameson noticed that the water in the little cups water level got bigger and the water was yellow. That was because the dirt particles mixing inot the water make the color change.
3 pumpkin seeds
10 mustard seeds
50 marigold seeds
5 sunflower seeds
30 grass seeds
This is only the seventh day of school, and I feel like I’m learning so much about these kids. For the past three days, students have switched classrooms and teachers during writing, math, and social studies & science. I’m getting positive feedback from both students and teachers about science & social studies as well as their writing and math classes.
I wanted to reach out to you regarding reading homework expectations. In addition to reading done in school, students should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes each night, six days per week. On weekends, students should read at least two out of three nights. A student might take Friday, Saturday, or Sunday off from reading homework. At the expected reading rate for fourth graders, students should easily complete 2,000 words of reading, which can vary between about 10 and 20 pages. I have helped many students figure out how many pages to read during an independent reading session. The most important homework students do is independent reading. We do the reading log in class when each book is completed.
For math, Mrs. Barse will require that students do an online activity starting soon.
Writers will have access to their writing online through Google Classroom and Google Docs.
In social studies, we are reviewing map skills in preparation for our studies of the geography of U.S. regions.
In science today, we began studying ecosystems and had a Kahoot quiz in the computer lab. Next week, students will assemble a soda bottle terrarium and aquarium to research organisms and elements of an ecosystem.
We had such a good introduction to our new students today! Students had a great first day back to school too. In all 3 fourth grade classes, students had opportunities to be role models for others. They also got acquainted with their classrooms and procecures that will set the stage for many valuablel learning experiences. Please have a look at the paperwork that your child brought home for the beginning of the school year. Band instrument paperwork should be coming home tomorrow, Thursday.
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Mr. T's Google Classroom:
Reading Logs, Math Notes... can be done and turned in online, paperless, and free from doggy-dangers. :)
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