Exceptional Children’s Week and No Place for Hate! We have a speaker on Friday to help make students aware and learn more about people with exceptional abilities.
https://www.candidlykind.com/*GRACE is a young woman who happens to have Down syndrome and runs her very own successful clothing brand. She not only paints and designs all of her own stuff, but she also is a part of the printing process and packaging and shipping all of her products and she writes a personalized letter to every single one of her customers.
We will be working on our kindness notes to each other on Friday – thank you Mrs. Ponchot for the beautiful names on the cardstock. I’m hoping this will be something your child will keep in a special place to lift their spirits when they are feeling down – something to help them remember how wonderful they are! We will be working on the notes throughout the day while finishing up our work before the break.
What are we learning?
ELA and Reading – We will be comparing and contrasting fairytales from different cultures and different points of view. We will be using versions of the 3 Little Pigs – The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf as well as 3 Little Javelinas. We will have a variety of fairy tales from around the world and will compare and contrast the different versions. We will also introduce theme and how different fairy tales have similar themes even if they are from different places.
We are continuing a variety of writing genres. We are finalizing our opinion of a movie or book we have recently read and will be working on an opinion piece on where we should put our pollinator garden. We will also be writing a narrative by creating a twist on a fairy tale – We will talk about the different ways other authors have used fairy tales for their stories – Land of Stories, Whatever After series, Sister’s Grimm, etc. It should be a lot of fun over the next two weeks.
Grammar – We are continuing to elaborate our sentences using adjectives in the correct order and commas correctly when expanding sentences (applies the two skills we focused on over the past couple of weeks). Many students still struggle with expanding sentences and make a run-on sentence. We have worked on subordinate conjunctions over the past week – starting sentences with as, when, because, if, after, etc. and using a comma after the phrase. We will continue this work as we work on our opinion and narrative writing.
Math – Last week’s retest showed that students are still struggling with some fraction concepts. However, they seem very comfortable with multiplying fractions by a whole number – and it is providing good review for improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will assess this skill and retest interpreting remainders in problem solving this week (probably Wednesday). We are also working on placing these fractions on number lines and we will move on to line plots.
Science – We are tracking weather data while we are working on catching up on social studies.
In our STEAM work we are have identified plants that bloom in different seasons so that pollinators have a steady food supply. We will need to gather information on what kind of space, water and sunlight these plants need in order to identify a good area at school to place them. We still have lots of information to gather! One question leads to another that leads to another!
Social Studies – 4th grade social studies is so much fun! We have established our individual rights and are moving on to Westward Expansion. We are starting with the Louisiana Purchase and will explore with Lewis and Clark before getting in to the War of 1812. When we return from break, we will look at the impact the Westward Expansion had on Native Peoples in the area.