Wow! How can we be through with January already! The time is flying by! Congratulations to the first place fourth grade winner of the Pitner Science Fair, Ashara Stephenson. She’ll continue on to the next level of the County Science Fair, which will be held on Saturday, February 8th. Best of luck Ashara!
This week, we have a big week, and hopefully we’ll have a chance to get outside and play. I don’t know how many more “gray/cold” days I can take! I hope everyone will have the opportunity to come out this week on Thursday to our first, and hopefully, annual International Night. The students have been working so hard to learn new songs and doing some research on England for our England board, I would hate for you to miss it. It will be amazing! We have a pretty busy week this week, so without further ado, let’s move on to what we’ll be covering this week.
Grammar – This week, we will continue to focus on adjectives and adverbs. We will be reading the story Voices in the Park by Anthony Brown. The focus for our mentor sentence is on adjectives and adverbs. The students will need to be able to determine if the underlined word in the sentence is an adjective (words that describes a noun) or an adverb (a word that describes a verb). The students will have a sentence from the story with a word underlined. Then, the student will have to write adj. if the underlined word is an adjective, or adv. if the underlined word is an adverb.
Writing – The “Baby James Project” continues. Hopefully, this week we will have our papers completed, including peer/teacher editing and the students will be able to access their own papers for you at home through office 365. They have been working so hard and adding some great details to their stories. As they finish their “Baby James” writing, we will be moving into our “State Project” writing. The students have had two opportunities to use the computers/books in the library to take notes about their states. They were very excited about using Culutre Grams and Pebble Go Next to do the research, because several found some recipes from their states and they copied and pasted them into a word doucment to be able to access the receipes to make at home. If they make the receipe and bring it in to share, there may be some bonus points awarded. Hint hint.
Reading – This week, we will begin looking at first and second hand accounts of the same topic. A first hand account would be a photograph or maybe an autobiography about a person’s life. A second hand account would be a text book, encylopedia, or maybe a drawing by someone who was not actually there, but has done the research and is able to give some information. We will be talking about how to know the difference in the two.
Social Studies – this week, we will move away from science and back in to social studies and we will begin our unit on Westward Expansion. We will be discussing Lewis and Clark, Sacagewa, Thomas Jefferson, and how we more than doubled the size of our country through the purchase of the Lousiana Territory from our French friend, Napolean. We will be working to complete some structured notes on the subject as well as working towards our STEAM activity for this quarter.
Math – please continue to work with your students on their fast fact fluency. We had a really hard time this week with division, because the students didn’t know their facts. We had provided them with the opportunity to use the multiplication chart to help those who needed it, but as it turned out, several of us were using the multiplication chart and not even trying to learn the process of dividing. Please be sure to check out the Math “How To” videos at the top of the blog. I will try to add more videos this weekend. This will provide you with lots of good information, as well as give you a glimpse into what we’re trying to teach. We focused mainly on the traditional algorithm for division, because that seemed easier to most of the students. This week, we will be moving on to fractions and focusing on equivalent fractions. We will be talking about decomposing fractions and how one-half is the same as two-fourths, because they cover the same amount of space, but the pieces just happen to be smaller.
Thursday, 1/30/20 – We’ll be heading to the Media Center to work on State Projects
Thursday, 1/30/20 – Our first annual “International Night” – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/5/20 – Read Across the World Day 8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Friday, 2/7/20 – Talent Development Day with Mrs. Westbrook
Friday, 2/7/20 – Sweetheart Dance (info was sent home in last week’s Friday Folder (1/24))
Saturday, 2/8/20 – County Science Fair for our 4th grade winner, Ashara Stephenson
Friday, 2/14/20 – State Projects are due
Friday, 2/14/20 – Valentine’s Day Exchange – letter will come home on Monday, 1/27.
Monday, 2/17-Friday, 2/21/20 – Mid-Winter Break – No school
Tuesday, 2/25/20 – Author, Carmen Deedy will be visiting in the Media Center
Monday, 3/2/20 – Read Across America Day
Thursday, 3/5/20 – Bedtime, Books, and Brownies – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 3/11/20 – Early Release – Be sure your student knows how to get home.
Thursday, 3/26/20 – Arts/STEAM Night