For the past two weeks, students have been recording themselves reading and then listening and reflecting on their fluency. It has been a powerful experience to hear how they self-correct or hesitate, and many students have set goals to work on over the next few months. I have set up an electronic portfolio for each student so we can add more audio and video throughout the year.
Unit 1 math tests went home on Friday. Please review them with your child and then sign and return them to school. I will be keeping the tests in a folder, along with other math work during the school year.
Everyone brought home the directions for the Island Project on Friday. It is due on Monday, November 2nd. In school, we will review the steps of the project and talk about what they can do each night to manage their time. The writing portion usually takes the most time, so everyone will hopefully get a good start on that part. I will be posting a sample picture of the island on the website this week.
We practiced note-taking about ecosystems this past week to prepare for our biography project. Students will be reading a biography from the “Who Was…” series and taking notes in school about a person over the next few weeks. They will then write the notes into paragraphs as they learn about the structure of expository writing. Toward the end of November, students will be asked to create a costume at home of the person they researched. Our project will culminate in a Living History Museum, where parents will be able to visit and meet amazing people! Details will follow as we move through the writing process in the classroom.
Thank you to Mrs. Duncan (Hadley’s mom) for helping with math games this week!
Thanks also to Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Ierardi and all the 4M Smartie parents for putting together an amazing “Hingham Foodie” basket for the Fall Fair! It was a wonderful day and I loved seeing so many students running around and enjoying the activities. The proceeds from the Fall Fair fund all of our curriculum enrichment and field trips, as well as materials for the classroom, so thank you to everyone for your participation. I feel fortunate to work in such a generous and supportive community.
Ask a Fourth Grader!
* How is a flower designed to make seeds? How does a bee help the flower?
* What ideas do you have for your Island Project? Do you have all the materials you need?
* Have you heard yourself reading? What did you think about your fluency? What is your fluency goal?
* What are the factors of 15? What was your strategy to win “Factor Captor?”