Today has been a busy morning. We met with all the 4th grade classes for our math lesson on expanded form (62,425 = 60,000+2,000+400+20+5). We worked on writing out the numbers to show the value of each digit. This was very easy for many of the students. In Social Studies, we became geographers researching and learning about the 5 themes of geography for a special place. Students worked in partners to create a t-shirt from their famous place, which contains information about the location, region, and human environment interactions. This afternoon we will finish discussing Sarah, Plain and Tall and complete the story elements worksheet. Have a great rest of the day!
Here is the link to the blog I created for the novel Wonder.
We started out our morning by reviewing more math concepts in relation to place value. Many of the students are understanding the pattern in multiplying by 10 up to a million. This new way of doing math can be a little tricky, but they are getting it! In Reading, we reviewed the story "Amelia's Road" by taking a pre-quiz on Socrative. I also continued reading aloud the novel Wonder. I shared and modeled how to use the QR code reader to get to the Today's Meet website, where students can continue their discussions of the novel online by posting appropriate comments about the book. We missed our Social Studies lesson today because we were called down to do our Easy CBM math testing. These results will be sent to eSpark so new apps can be loaded on your child's iPad. In Grammar, we reviewed the parts of a complete sentence, subject and predicate. Students worked in partners to create a Doceri presentation with two sentences labeled with the subject and predicate. Finally during our writing block, students worked on writing the body paragraph of a friendly letter. It was a very full day of learning!
Terrific Tuesday!!! What a morning! Today in math we continued multiplying and dividing by 10, but now with larger numbers values. The students are really beginning to understand that multiplying means move to the left on the place value chart and dividing means moving to the right. You can even ask them about my silly song and dance to help them remember! Students need to finish numbers 3 and 4 of the Lesson 2 Problem Set this evening for homework. In Science, we continued our lab observation of looking at plant cells. Today we looked at a onion plant and compared our findings to the leaf from yesterday. It has been a great day of learning!
It has been a busy morning and we are only half-way through the day. In math, we met as a large group with all the 4th graders. Our learning goal was to review the concept of "ten times as many." We reviewed and discussed the different ways this may be presented, standard form (528), writtten form (five hundred and twenty eight), and unit form using the place value chart ( 5 hundreds twenty tens 8 ones). By the time we completed the exit ticket, it was 'clicking' for the students. YEAH! In social studies, we reviewed the four types of social scientists and identified the types of questions each type of person asks. To better understand the role of a historian, students learned about primary and secondary sources and began creating a list of 10 important events from their life which will be used to create a personal timeline. Whew! That was a lot of hard work.
Today was hot, hot, hot! Despite the heat, the students worked very hard this morning. In math, we introduced a new way of "bundling" ones, tens, and hundreds. After several practice problems, students were understanding the concept. We will continue with more Place Value and multiplication of 10s on Monday. In Reading, we discussed the Elements of a Story, specifically characters and setting, and previewed our literature story for next week "The Lost Lake" by Allen Say. I also started reading aloud the New York Times Bestselling novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. After reading only a few chapters, many of the students were hooked! For social studies, students took a short pretest on a the 4 different types of social scientists and then defined and illustrated two of them. It was quite a busy day despite the heat.
Please be sure to continue sending in the classroom supplies, as well as headphones or earbuds for eSpark. Finally, if possible, help your child to download the following free apps from the App Store: Vocabulary Spelling City and Socrative (the student version). We will be using these apps in the upcoming weeks to practice spelling and take quick (ungraded) quizzes to see how the students are understanding new material.
Thank you again for all your support!
What a great first full day! We started off our morning by meeting with all the 4th graders for our math lesson. We introduced the unit on Place Value and even completed our first set of Sprints! It was amazing to see the students' improvement. For many students, they had that "ah-ha" moment realizing there are patterns in multiplying and dividing by tens. We also started our Science unit on Living Things. Students generated great ideas about the basic needs of plants and animals. Later in the day, the students created an All About Me pennant displaying their favorites. These will placed on display outside our classroom. Next time you are in the building, be sure to check them out!
Welcome to 4th grade! It was such a great morning! I was thrilled to see all the smiling faces of my new 4th graders this morning! Today was a great day students received their lockers and agendas. We spent a considerable amount of the morning getting to know one another and creating our classroom rules.