“Reading is Thinking” is our mantra! Our lessons this week focused on listening to our inner voices while reading. I read a story by Eve Bunting, How Many Days to America, and modeled the thinking that I have while reading. I recorded my questions, connections, reactions, etc. on sticky notes as a way to leave “tracks” of my thinking. Students practiced a strategy called “Read, Stop, Think” with their independent reading books and recorded their own thoughts on sticky notes. Parents can help by modeling this at home. Talk to your child about your own thoughts about a book or article. What did it remind you of? What is your opinion of a character or the choices a character makes? What are you wondering? What did you read that really matters to you?
The Budding Botanists of 4M were very busy this week! They planted their appropriately- named “Wisconsin Fast Plant” seeds and some students already had sprouts in two days! They learned how to record scientific observations in their plant journals with measurements and labeled drawings.
Our first week with the purple Homework Assignment Sheet was a success! Most students passed in their work early and did well remembering the materials to bring home each night. We will start spelling groups on Monday and spelling assignments will be added to their weekly homework. We practiced some of the spelling homework assignments in school this week so they understand the requirements.
4th grade Curriculum Night is this Wednesday, September 30th from 6:30 – 7:30. Students are invited to come with parents to show off our classroom, but I do not require them to be here. I will be sharing information about our classroom routines and expectations. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!
Thanks to Mrs. Clark for coming in to help with math games and photocopying on Friday. Anyone who is interested in coming in to help can sign up on the Google sheet at the top of this webpage.
Ask a Fourth Grader!
• Is your inner voice talking while you read?
• Have your seeds sprouted yet?
• Do you like the traditional or partial sums method of adding?
• What rules did we make for our classroom this year?