We will begin our math instruction, which uses a brand new publisher in the RL Program. The first unit is titled “Expressions, Equations and Volume.” The students will begin by taking a pre-assessment for the unit on Monday. We will then begin the lessons on Tuesday. The 4th graders will work on developing the concept of volume in a matter that has them solving a situation involving the boxing up of baseballs. We will have multiple sessions to develop the concept, and the students will ultimately create a poster, in groups, to illustrate their learning. As the week progresses, the strategies of “halving and doubling” will be taught. This will teach strong number sense skills and give the students alternative ways to find solutions to problems. There will be a checkpoint toward the end of the week that is designed to measure the learning through the first couple of sessions.
will begin our first literature book of the year this week. Our first
selection is titled The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. It is an
historical fiction novel about the Monroe family who came to own much
of what is Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. The family began as
slaves, and the story will touch on a great amount of California and
United States history. We will read the prologue and the first chapter
this week. The students will have an assignment based on the prologue,
and we will develop a literary essay in class based on chapter 1. The
process of how to thoroughly answer questions in fourth grade will be
taught and will continue to be developed over the next couple of weeks.
We will continue to
develop Daily Bites this week. The students were introduced to it last
week, and this week, they should begin to understand the flow of the
class was truly focused last week on Friday’s science activity. This
week, we will figure out how and why the activity worked, and we will
communicate those thoughts through a diagram. We will also connect the
concepts to the real world.
We will begin our
geology unit this week. The unit begins with a study of weathering and
erosion. The students will have the opportunity to examine and record
data about the weathering of a simulated earth material in the
classroom. From there, we will move to an erosion activity that will
take multiple days to complete. Both qualitative and quantitative data
will be recorded during the activity.
had a brief discussion about California’s geography last week, and
there seems to be a number of ideas that need to be reviewed from last
year. We will do so throughout our studies this year. Our first unit
will be a group research and presentation project to determine the true
hero of California. There will be a webpage going online very soon;
it’s the launch page for the students. If you’d like to get more
information about that activity, check out the True Hero of California
link. It should be online no later than Wednesday evening, and
hopefully much sooner!
Notes/Reminders~We had an excellent start last week! The students brought a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm with them and there was a ton of positive energy in room 15! We will capitalize on that and launch our studies this week. I look forward to an amazing year of growth and the development of an attitude that anything is possible! It’s going to be an exciting year.
Upper grade Back to School Night is Thursday, August 24, at 6:15. I look forward to talking with you about your child’s 4th grade school year.