In writing, we worked on creating a picture in a reader's mind with "elaborative detail." We went outside, and gathered words and thoughts using our five senses and then wrote descriptive paragraphs. We also acted out different emotions and described what we could see and feel. Each of these lessons will build descriptive writing skills.
We are almost finished reading Wonder, our first read aloud of 4th grade. This powerful book teaches so many important lessons about treating others with respect and kindness. The big message at the end of the story is to "Be kinder than necessary." We discussed compliments and how they are an easy way to put a smile on someone's face and let them know you notice them in a positive way. There were some secret Compliment Ambassadors in our room this week to get the ball rolling! We are each going to try and compliment someone every day.
Out field trip to Chinatown is Monday. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to chaperone this trip. It is a great way for us to experience a small part of Chinese culture locally. Students are allowed to bring up to $5.00 to buy something at the bakery, supermarket or gift shop. Dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch (tree but free) because we will be eating in the classroom when we return.
There will be a math test on Unit 4 on Tuesday. This will cover decimals and measuring in meters, centimeters and millimeters. A study guide will go home on Monday night.