August 16-17, 2018
students will take part in a lesson associated with geometry and
examining the properties of five shapes. We will discuss the shapes and
practice precise communication skills. The students will then bring the
shapes home and survey family members. The students will need to record
the responses they are given. Please help your 4th grader complete this
work on Thursday evening. We will then compile the results on Friday
and examine them in terms of the prompts of depth and complexity.
class will also work on word problems that have multiple ways of
answering them and reporting answers. The class will begin to develop
the skills of collaboration and exchanging ideas and information. These
problems allow for varying levels of knowledge to be displayed and
collaboration is the key.
students will begin their work on Daily Bites on Friday. They will need
one of their spiral notebooks for that work. Daily Bites is a program
that helps teach grammar and its conventions. The students will be
presented with sentences that have errors. They will need to write the
sentences correctly in their notebooks. We then correct the sentences
in class with an emphasis on why the corrections have been made. Every
two weeks, there is a quiz on a selection of the sentences. If the
students have recorded the correct answers, reviewing for the quiz
should be easy. Our first Daily Bites quiz will be on Friday,
will be an emphasis this week as we will have multiple discussions; it
will be great to get as many fourth graders involved in those
discussions as possible. Communication is one of the 21st century
skills and is a huge component of the culture of room 15.
The students will be
challenged to figure out a science phenomenon this week. On Friday, we
will work on stacking liquids on top of each other. The students will
need to figure out the correct combination to allow four liquids to
stack on each other. Then, the scientists will need to figure out
how it works and be able to explain the reason very clearly. Next week,
we will communicate the ideas in an illustration, and we will look for
a connection with the outside world to explain where the phenomenon
actually occurs in nature.
main part of social studies this week will be more on social skills.
The students will be instructed on how to collaborate in fourth grade
and how to effectively communicate with one another. The students will
then be able to apply those skills in a number of settings over the two
days of the week.
Welcome to 4th grade! It is a great year
and children demonstrate a tremendous amount of growth as the year
progresses. Thank you to the families who have sent their email
addresses to to me for inclusion in the class email system. If you have
not yet done so, please send your address(es) to
firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. It is important that you
are part of that system as it is how all the communication will be
delivered this school year. After next week, I hope to have everyone in
the system, and this weekly newsletter will be emailed rather than sent
home as a hard copy. Thank you!