The next steps of the Living History Museum project will be completed at home. This week, students will write 12 questions that can be used by visitors to ask a student and 12 answers for the student to use as a reply. They will use the facts from their note-taking and the “who Was…?” book to write the questions and answers.
In social studies, we began our study of the United States with a focus on the northeast region. Instead of spelling this week, students will be studying the capitals and states of the northeast region. They will need to know the correct spelling, location and postal abbreviation. The test will be on Thursday. I sent a study sheet home on Friday so everyone could get a headstart.
In reading, we read an excerpt from the historical play, “The War of the Worlds” that created a panic across the United States in the 1930’s. Students listened to a part of the actual radio broadcast and looked at headlines from newspapers of the effect the broadcast had.
We are almost finished with The Wild Robot for our Global Read Aloud. Students saw a video last week of a humanoid robot that was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia and we discussed the effect of more robots in our world. It was powerful to see the real-world connection between the story they are listening to and events in the news.
The landform projects are beautifully done and show wonderful creativity and planning. I will finish correcting them this week and send them home. We loved seeing all the different ideas students had for modeling the landforms.
Students in 4M have organized a Book Drive to accompany the “Adopt-A-Classroom” school-wide service project. Sophia, Abby, Ella, Parker, Cailyn and Audrey will be collecting children’s books and organizing them to ship to an afterschool program in Texas that lost everything during Hurricane Harvey. Love these student’s initiative and desire to help others! Please send your donations into school this week.
Thank you to Mrs. Henderson (Colin’s mom) and Mrs. Walker (Lauren’s mom) for helping with math games this week. The sign-up sheet should now be working. Let me know if you still cannot access it and I will fill in your name for a Friday from 11-12. Thank you also to Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Polmonari and Mrs. Corey for organizing the Halloween Party. Everyone had a great time! I posted a few (blurry) pictures on the Gallery on this website.
We will be visiting the JFK Museum on Monday, November 13th. This is a Monday after a long weekend, so please mark your calendar to send your child with a large snack and lunch from home on that day. We will be learning how to use primary sources, like letters and photos, to collect facts for a biography of JFK. Thanks to the PTO for funding this field trip!
Ask a Fourth Grader…
* Why did the “War of the Worlds” radio play create a national panic?
* Who is Sophia and what did you think of her?
* What step are you on in the Living History project? What have you learned about the person you are researching?
* Name three fractions that are equivalent to one whole.