I hope you all had a restful and relaxing Labor Day weekend. I feel like I’m getting to know the kids better as learners as I’m watching them work, listening to their conversations, and looking at their beginning of the year data. We are nearly done with I-Ready testing and that information will be added to each student’s data binder next week so you can view it. Here’s what we’re working on this week:
Reading: We are continuing our study of informational texts this week as we looked at how to read technical texts. This includes texts such as recipes, how-to manuals, and science labs. The skill we have been using is looking for what the steps are and why you do them. Students got a chance to determine their resting and exercising heart rates during one of the lessons! For our read aloud, we are reading Kate DiCamillo’s powerful book, The Tiger Rising. Our read alouds really allow us to develop vocabulary and listening comprehension as well as social and emotional skills such as empathy. This week we are trying out reading centers. These centers allow students freedom to work independently and in teams on a variety of fun and engaging learning tasks. Developing routines and expectations for work habits is a big part of running successful centers. We are still working on staying with a task and avoiding distractions during this time.
Social Studies: Students are learning about map features.
Grammar: Students are working on using frequently confused words correctly (their, there, they’re).
Math: We are wrapping up our study of place value. Students will be reviewing and testing soon. Our next unit of study is MULTIPLICATION! This is the BIG WORK of fourth grade. Multiplication will show up time and time again throughout the year. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for your child to know their math facts. We have a limited amount of time to devote to that skill as students were to learn their facts in third grade. We do practice with fluency drills, but your help is needed at home, as well. Thank you for your support!
Science: Next week we will start studying physical science. The first chapter deals with the properties of matter. This is a very practical unit to start out with, and will provide us some fun, hands-on investigations.
Thank you for returning the Friday Folders from last week. I hope you find that they are a helpful resource for involving yourself in your child’s school life.
Have a great weekend!