This week, we focused on reading strategies that help students respond and engage with what they are reading. I taught them to look for answers and responses in the book, their head or their heart. After I modeled my responses to the book, Wonder, they were able to practice on their own. Then, they carried over this skill to their independent reading. You can support this at home by asking your child, “What surprised you in the part you just read?” or “What are you wondering about?” after they finish their independent reading. Talking about books is a life-long skill and a great way to for students to verbalize their ideas.
In math, we practiced subtraction with borrowing and writing an estimate before solving a problem. Students also reviewed lines, rays and line segments. We will finish Unit 1 this week and there will be a test on Friday. A study guide will go home on Wednesday night and students can bring questions to class on Thursday for us to review.
We finished up learning about maps, continents and oceans and had a quiz on Friday. This will go home on Monday.
We visited with our Little Buddies in Mrs. Stevenson’s second grade class on Friday! It was great fun to meet each other. We will meet throughout the year. I also introduced the students to the Battle of the Books and assigned each student to a team. A contract will go home next week outlining each student’s responsibility as part of a team. The Battles will occur in May, 2018.
Ask a Fourth Grader
* What does the Fab 5 stand for? (hint: SWBST) How does it help you summarize?
* Who is your Little Buddy?
* Who is on your Battle of the Books team? Did you pick a name?