Math~
We
will continue to work on graphing on a coordinate grid this week. We
are graphing equations, and the students figured out that the graph is
essentially a picture of all the solutions to the equation we graphed.
We will see more examples of how graphing equations can help solve
problems in “real world” settings this week. We will complete all the
required math standards for the school year.
The students will also work on a series of questions that require
teamwork to solve. We will strive to find multiple methods of solving
the problems, and the students will have the opportunity to show how
they got their answers. These problems will require applying all that
has been learned this year in math, and maybe some ideas that might not
have been taught. However, the skills to solve those problems are in
place; the students just need to get creative with their thoughts, and
they will be successful.
Language Arts~
We
completed The Phantom Tollbooth last week. There are still some ideas
to discuss, and we have yet not gotten to write theme statements. The
students will have their final discussion on the book; they are anxious
to talk about some of the ending and share their thoughts. The students
will then work in teams to be a bit innovative with respect to the
book. They will create a new character and explain how that character
fits into the story. That should be fun.
We will take a look at a
book called Children of the Dust Bowl this week. It is an informational
book about the lives of children during the dust bowl migration. The
emphasis is on what happened after people fled from the dust bowl
states and arrived in California. We will not complete the book, but we
should be able to get some good ideas about citizenship from the it.
We’ve had a couple of social situations recently, and building empathy
is something that will be useful as we complete our school year. This
book can do that.
Science~
We will complete the
work on magnetic fields this week. The students were able to see the
interaction of magnetic fields last week, and this week we will gather
the main ideas about the topic. The students will then bring
electricity and magnetism together and construct electromagnets. The
challenge will be to create the strongest electromagnet in the class.
The fourth graders will need to try multiple methods of construction,
but they should figure out what works best. Lastly, we will look a the
interaction of Earths magnetic field and our classroom magnets. We will
complete all our science standards for the year.
Social Studies~
We
will take a look at what building the transcontinental railroad did for
the Big Four and examine the power and influence they ended up having
in California. We will take a quick look at some of the reforms that
were put in place in the early 20th century to regulate that power. We
will then move to looking at the Dust Bowl and see how that influenced
California during the 1930s. We will watch a video clip from The
History Channel and then examine the migration of all the dust bowlers
to economic and environmental literacy. We will also cross disciplines
and make some science connections.
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