Students shared their beautiful posters for the Living History Museum and we talked about excellent public speaking skills. Hopefully, the 4M Smarties have practiced their Q & A with someone at home (or in front of a mirror or to a pet!), and are ready to speak with expression, a smile and eye contact. The answers do not have to be memorized, but the students should be familiar enough with what they want to say so that they can speak comfortably. Costumes/ props should be brought into school on Monday. If the "costume" is more like everyday clothes, they can wear this to school on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. The dress rehearsal will be Tuesday and we hope to see parents on Wednesday, Nov. 19th at 8:45 am in the presentation room.
Janice McPhillips, from Holly Hill Farm, visited the 4th grade on Thursday. We planted garlic bulbs in the beds down by the parking lot and also a few up in our new beds. 4M also pitched in to help shovel some of the rich soil that had been delivered into the garden beds. It's exciting to think about all the things we can grow right at Foster School! These garden beds are truly a product of collaboration between parents, community and school.
In reading, we focused on making connections. It can be challenging to make a connection that truly helps the reader understand a story or a character better. Parents can help at home by talking about their own connections between what they read and their own life. Sentence stems for making connections include: "This reminds me of..." and "I remember when..." and "I read another book that..."
Decimals continue to be our focus in math. We discussed how often decimals are used in everyday life. If you happen to notice decimals around you this weekend, point them out to your fourth grader! We also learned to add and subtract decimals. Lining up the decimal points is the key to accurately computing with decimals.
Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to chaperone our field trip to Chinatown. It is sure to be a fun day! If you signed up by commenting on last week's post or emailing me, you are going! I will send out confirmation emails in the next few days. Look for field trip permission slips going home today. This visit is a great way to experience the Chinese culture locally as we study China in social studies. We will visit shops, bakeries an apothecary and a supermarket. Students can bring up to $5.oo to buy a souvenir or try something small to eat.
Thank you to Mr. Cahillane for helping with math games and photocopying this week!
Ask your Fourth Grader!
* What do you have to remember when you plant a garlic bulb?
* What are the three types of reading connections?
* Do you have everything ready for your costume? Have you practiced your answers?
* What is the purpose of narrative writing?