December 10-14, 2018
The students will continue to
learn about decimals. There will be two small assessments this week.
One will have only two questions, and the students will need to explain
their thinking in any manner that they see fit as long as they apply
the strategies being taught. The other assessment will have a variety
of decimal problems to solve. The class will continue to solve problems
in problem strings, and there will be a game to play that will have the
students create decimal numbers to add. The goal is to build decimals
that will yield a sum as close to 1 as is possible. The class will also
work on the relationship between fractions and decimals, and we will
work on a chart to show equivalencies. The students will continue to
illustrate their thinking in multiple ways as we gain more strategies
to use in solving problems.
continue to read By the Great Horn Spoon!. We will get near the
end of the book, which will be completed next week. There will be two
quizzes this week. We are working to better the scores on those, so
there are two opportunities this week to do that. There will also be a
comprehension sheet for homework, and more vocabulary words will be
We will work
on Daily Bites this week, and the final Daily Bites quiz of the year
will be on Friday. When we return from Winter Break, we will work on a
new program called Daily Oral Language. We will not have a vocabulary
unit this week as we need the time for our writing project.
The students have been given the descriptive writing project. We worked a great deal last Friday on how to build strong sentences with good description; the fourth graders were very motivated to begin last week and didn’t want to stop writing! An example will be read to the students on Monday, and then the class will be off and running. The writing will be developed every day in class this week, except for Thursday, and if needed, it can be worked on at home. The rough draft should be done by this Friday, and the final copy is due no later than Friday, December 21.
We will try to move forward on
our regular science program, but the emphasis this week will be on the
STEM project. The students are busy planning and designing the final
erosion prevention strategies. They are discussing the laws that will
need to be passed to help Seaside stay safe and make the stakeholders
happy! It’s been a fun process to watch.