The students will work on some problem solving where there are many ways to get to the correct answer. That will give the students an opportunity to apply the strategies they’ve learned this year. There will also be an emphasis on the multiple ways of answering a question based on the label that is attached to the answer. The students worked collaboratively last week on some problems like this, and there was a great deal of discussion about how to solve the problems. That is what innovators do!
will complete The Phantom Tollbooth on Monday. The rest of the book
will be read in class. As we read, we will discuss, and the students
have done a great job of interpreting the information in the book. At
the end, we will discuss the meaning that the author tried to convey to
his readers and how he conveyed it. The book has been read somewhat
quickly, but the students have done a good job with it. This is a book
that can be read over and over and new ideas will surface to a reader
as his or her perspectives change. It’s also a fun book to read with
your child, if you are so inclined, as there are so many messages that
come from the book.
With respect to the
independent reading program this year, I have processed all the paper
work that was turned in; I hope all the forms were actually turned in!
There were 21 students who turned in the paperwork for all 20 books and
another six who were within a book or two of reaching the 20 book goal
for the year. Have your child read and read this summer; there are
numerous benefits to reading, and they’ve all been discussed in class
with the 4th graders.