We are hitting our stride and getting into the flow of fourth grade! Getting to know the kids has been a lot of fun, and we are developing relationships that will carry us through what is sure to be a great year together. Each week, I try to update you on what’s happening in class. I hope you’ll find these updates helpful and that they give you things to talk about with your child as the year progresses. Thank you for checking Class Dojo, as well. Pictures and posts will give you an idea of what we’re up to, and you can see positive behaviors as well as things to work on with your child. Feel free to email me anytime if you have questions or concerns.
Here’s what we’re up to this week:
Reading: This week we are reading historical texts and are using sequencing and cause and effect relationships to better understand them. We’ve had some great conversations and the kids are showing me their skills as active readers. Each day we do “Article of the Day.” Students read a non-fiction article and add a few things they learned into their “Book of Knowledge.” This is a great way to build background knowledge and vocabulary! For our read aloud, we are reading Jerry Spinelli’s book, Loser. It’s a great book for teaching empathy and social and emotional skills. We will finish it this week and the students will be able to take an AR quiz on it. We have a lot of kids reading the SSYRA books. Many kids are taking AR quizzes and racking up points. Please remember that non-fiction points are a part of their overall reading goal and encourage that. You can see if a book is fiction or non-fiction by looking it up on the AR Book Finder. The kids should read 30 pages a day in a book on their level. Thank you for your support.
Math: We are building a solid foundation in number sense as we make our way through place value. Students are learning about the value of each place value position and how each position is 10 times as many as the other as you move down the place value line. Students are using knowledge of place value to help them with rounding, and when comparing large numbers, as well. Next week we will move into addition and subtraction of multi-digit whole numbers, and we will have our test when the kids are showing mastery. Multiplication is an important skill in fourth grade and will appear in every part of math. Start brushing up on those skills now. There are great links in the Awesome Websites area of my Website that help with math skills.
Science: Students are learning about scientific thinking and processes so far. We’ve done a few STEM activities and growth mindset activities to help them realize the trial and error that goes into scientific thinking.
Thank you for all of you who sent in the items from the wish list at Meet the Teacher. We will put them to good use this year. As always, please let me know if you need anything. I know it’s all a bit much at the beginning, but I’m here for you and your sweet kiddos.