We read an informational text this week about how a community worked together to raise money to save a library on wheels. Students learned how to identify the theme of a story and we wrote an A.C.E. written response. Students also learned how to write an opinion paragraph about the book they are reading independently. They buzzed with a partner about their opinions of their book and then selected one opinion to write about and support with evidence. Eventually, we will combine the Fab 5 summary paragraphs with the opinion paragraphs on our classroom blog.
On Friday, I sent home vocabulary and comprehension quizzes that are part of our new reading program. The students take these tests with an open book, so they can look for evidence and choose the best answer. We will eventually move towards taking these quizzes online, which will be great practice for the MCAS, which is entirely online this year for the 4th grade.
In science, we learned about the parts of the flower. On Monday, we will dissect lilies to bring what we learned “to life,” literally! Thank you to the parents who volunteered to help.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our class basket and to our room parents, Mrs. Golden and Mrs. Barclay, for organizing our donation. The sports basket is awesome! I look forward to seeing everyone next weekend at the Fall Fair!
Ask a Fourth Grader…
* Why do plants have flowers?
* What is the theme of a story?
* What is the formula for the area of a rectangle?
* What is your opinion of the book you are reading independently?