We finally completed our Unit 6 math assessment on Wednesday, took a CML on Thursday, and began our mid-year math assessment on Friday. We have certainly exercised those math brains these last three days. I sent home the CML today... the Unit 6 math test will go home on Monday. We will finish the second half of the math midyear assessment on Monday.
We finished reading Shiloh this week and passed in our packets and novels. (Yea!) Next week, we will focus on making inferences while reading non-fiction articles about the Titanic. We will also continue to practice the "Read, Stop, Think" strategy and write notes as we are reading to leave tracks of our thinking.
We are finishing the revising and editing steps of our Magic Sled narrative writing. This weather has been an inspiration for us with this story. I sent home last month's narrative about an outside adventure today. This is a good example of your child's current talents as a writer, when I am supporting them in the classroom. With the currect project, they are working more independently, so it will be informative to compare the two pieces of writing and identify focus areas. Some brave 4M authors shared a favorite paragraph today, too, which we all enjoyed and celebrated!
Fourth graders were visited by the Museum of Science on Thursday morning. The students learned about the different variables that affect the efficiency of a wind turbine, then tested different blade sizes, shapes, etc. Once they had collected data about the blades that produced the most energy, each team designed their own blades and tested them. This was a great engineering activity as well as an opportunity to work cooperatively with others. This was another fantastic program funded through PTO’s Curriculum Enrichment.
Thank you to Ms. Lobe (Josh's mom) and Mr. Flynn (Brooke's dad) for helping with math games today!
On Thursday, February 12th, the fourth graders will celebrate Chinese New Year as a culmination to our unit on Ancient China. Students will participate in four activities as they rotate through the four classrooms. We look forward to a fun day!
On Friday, February 13th, I will give the students an opportunity to hand out Valentines and enjoy a small treat. Handing out Valentines is optional, but students who choose to do so must have one for every member of our class. I sent home a class list today. If a parent can send in some cookies and napkins on Friday, please write in the comment section below. I will make some hot chocolate!
Ask Your Fourth Grader!
* What is the difference between a parallel circuit and a series circuit?
* What is a writing skill that you are working on with your magical sled narrative?
* What shape, number and angle of blades make the best windmill?
Can you send in some cookies or napkins on Friday, February 13th for Valentine's Day? If so, add a comment below... Thank you!!