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I hope you and your family have a truly, wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Enjoy the time with your children! See you in December!
This morning our class had an AMAZING time thinking like artists at the DIA museum. The students were able to experience two aspects of art. First, students were able to observe and interpret art created by professionals. The second part of the experience was students creating their own works of art. This was by far their favorite part! Students used familar images and recreated them in artistic ways. Students were also able to created their own stories and videos on with the magnets and storyboard learns. The DIA presenters and I were very impressed with the students imaginative thinking, creativity, and excellent behavior. We even received such a nice compliment from our RCS bus driver! It was a fantastic experience for our 4th graders! Check out the pictures below!!!
Just a few updates. I apologize for not sending home the day Remind 101 text; however, I have been out the past two with bronchitis. After getting a much needed prescription, I am now beginning to feel better. Thursday is the field trip for 4th and 5th graders to Washington Elementary School to visit a mobile DIA exhibit. Please send in the permission slips, so your child will be able to attend. Additionally, this week is Scholastic Book. Parent Club will be sponsoring the Book Fair during evening conferences. Students may also shop during the school day. Finally, this week is the Food Drive. Please send in any non-perishable food items for those in need. Thank you so much for all your support! I look forward to talking with you at conferences.
After two days of hard work, the students created a salt map model of The United States to show the physical features and elevation. They did an EXCELLENT job! I was so impressed with their hard work! Check out the pictures below.
Yesterday in class the students carefully analyzed a celery plant to see how water is absorbed through the stem. Students observed the change at 2 minute intervals for 30 minutes and then again at 24 hours later. We learned so much about how water travels through the tubes of a plant through the celery experiment. It was a great day for learning!
Photo taken by Karen.
Photo taken by Zachary.
Happy Hump Day! We are half through a busy week. This morning in math we continued to work on subtracting large numbers. Students are learning to "decompose" or borrow from the digit to the left in order to subtract. Most students are getting this skill, but they are occasionally making small mistakes that is causing them to get the problem incorrect. We are encouraging students to work on "checking their solution" by adding the digits to get the large number. They will also be expected to "check their solution" on the Final Module assessment, which will be in a few more weeks. For our Social Studies lesson, we learned about where the United States is located compared to other geographic features (south of Canada, north of Mexico, etc) and we created examples of human and physical features.
The students have worked hard this morning. In math, we used our reading skills (yes, reading!) to understand what the word problem was asking. Then we created tape diagrams to solve the standard addition problem. It was a little confusing at first, but the students are getting it. We will continue with this more tomorrow. In Science, the students finished their group work posters on the parts and functions of plants. They are prepared for our gallery walk to tomorrow. And, we even discussed the process of photosynthesis. This afternoon we will learn about common and proper nouns, review our vocabulary words, and discuss the reading "Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World." Have a wonderful day!
Feliz Lunes! That is Spanish for Happy Monday! Today in Language Arts, we "spiced" things up a little bit with some "salsa" words. Students learned the difference between overused words such as fun, said, walked, and many more. While enjoying a snack of salsa and chips, the students got their creative juices flowing to create a new list of sizzling words.
In Science, we started our new unit on Plants. We will reviewing the different parts of a plant, roots, stems, leaves and flowers. We also started our new unit in reading in which all stories connect to the theme of 'Something in Common'. Tomorrow is our Math Mid-Module Assessment. Please help your child to review and prepare for this assessment. Thank you!
Today the students worked hard all morning long. We finished our math problem set and exit ticket in our own classroom. We also read the children's book Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall as we became economists looking at the role of producers, consumers, as well as capital goods and natural resources. I passed out the review sheet for our unit test over Living Things. We also finished reading "Seal Journey" and further discussed the main idea and supporting details. Students loved playing Spelling Basketball this afternoon. We finished the day by completing our October Fluency activity for writing. Tomorrow is the Fun Run. Students are encouraged to wear Hevel Spirit clothing or Disney themed attire.
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!