This nine weeks is flying by! Here are some thanks yous, reminders, and notes…
THANK YOU so much for your donations for Market Day! The kids were so amazed at all the goodies they had to choose from! I am so appreciative of your generosity with your Annual Campaign and to my classroom!
25 Books- As we are halfway through the nine weeks, your child will have an update about their progress towards their 25 Book Challenge this week- this will be written in the agenda.
Math- We just finished the topic of multiplicative comparison. Mrs. Turner and I have reminded the students of the importance of memorizing their math facts and that it will take work to learn them. We will take weekly multiplication tests to assess their progress towards learning this facts. Students will be given extra homework to practice these facts at home; this homework will be based on the facts they are missing in classwork and on the timed tests. The next topic of study is multi-digit multiplication; hence the importance of having those facts down. Because we will be teaching partial product multiplication and the area model, please be sure to see the INB to understand how we are teaching multiplication. I eventually will teach the algorithm, but it is necessary for students to understand how to multiply with partial products. We will do a formative assessment on Friday to check students understanding of partial products. For the past four years that I’ve taught this strategy, I’ve found that students pick up on this much faster than the algorithm!
Reading- We have turned our focus towards fiction and I have begun to introduce the “Notice and Note” strategy of Signposts. This strategy for close reading has been used by 5th grade for the past few years, and I’m so glad to be able to use it with my reading class. There are six “signposts” that students look for in their reading that help reveal pieces of the plot, conflict, characters, or theme about the book or story being read. We have discussed Contrasts & Contradictions and Aha Moments, and we will go through the other four this week. Each signpost has a page in our Reading INB, and all will have a written example of that signpost within a text/short video we’ve studied. We will be practicing finding these signposts in texts together, but also in a book we’re reading together, George’s Marvelous Medicine.
Writing- Several students have finished their narrative final drafts, but many are still working. As students finish this week, they will be working on word work/vocabulary skills with the book Fox, which we are studying for our opinion writing, our next big project.
Social Studies- We are having a short unit on Explorers that will begin after our Weather forecasts are presented.
Science- Students have begun presenting their weather forecasts. Over the past two weeks, students collected data for a city of their choosing and using their knowledge of fronts and air pressure, wrote a script for a weather forecast to be presented in front of the class. Students were given a checklist and rubric of expectations for this project. They are doing a great job so far!
- 11/13 Stevi B’s Night
- 11/16 Thanksgiving Feast 4th Grade Students (11:45-12:40)
- 11/20-11/24 Thanksgiving Holidays
- 12/19-12/20 Early Release Days