Hello Bobcat Families!
What a busy week! In math we really engrossed ourselves into decimals. In fourth grade students are expected to name, order and compare decimals up to the hundredths. The kids did well playing an assortment of math games throughout the week practicing those skills and the quiz Friday went very well! Science with Miss Smajstrla introduced states of matter in many different ways. She did a great job helping the kids really define each state so that in Week 6, when we start investigating chemical changes in matter, the kids will have a great foundation! In writing, we completed our 1st drafts of our personal narratives. The kids learned how to take "kernel stories" and expand them using story boards, a graphic organizer. Now that first drafts are complete the real fun begins as we begin revising! Miss Smajstrla introduced non-fiction text features to the kids this week in reading. The kids explored textbooks and magazines looking for examples of charts, graphs, subtitles, maps, captions.... an many more throughout the week. They also spent some time in centers doing word sorts for spelling practice. Finally, in social studies, I explored the 4 natural regions of Texas with the kids a but further as they prepare to create infomercials to tell us all that they learned about these unique regions. Mix in some school pictures, a substitute on Wednesday and run in with a garter snake on the play ground, you can see it was a busy week indeed.
Highlights for next week:
Math: Estimation, adding and subtracting whole numbers, subtracting across zeros. NO QUIZ ON FRIDAY.
Science: Miss Smajstrla continues teaching matter with some hands-on investigations.
Writing: Revise 1st drafts using "color it up" and "mini-stories", write second drafts, edit and publish.
Reading: Miss Smajstrla teaches procedural texts (ie: recipes, how-to, following direstions in sequence etc.)
Social Studies: Miss Smajstrla begins taking on this subject! Infomericals for Texas Regions all week!
Health: benefits of excercise
What a fun week! In math we practiced rounding to the nearest thousand, hundred and ten. We celebrated what we learned Friday on a quiz... grades are already in the grade book. We need some more practice to see more mastery. Some of us are almost there. The quiz also reviewed concepts from the previous two quizzes, namely place value. In science we finished our biography PowerPoints and will be presenting slowly over the course of the next week or so. We also reviewed the scientific method and completed our first science investigation. Ms. Smajstrla is officially teaching reading as of this week. She did an awesome job introducing text features of poetry. The quiz was postponed to Monday so the kids could have a little more time working on posters, studying vocabulary and exploring various poets and poems. In writing, we started exploring the writing process with kernel stories, short 5 sentence story starters that help inspire stories that are on topic and have a definite beginning, middle and end. Ask about the awesome story about the fire drill that we wrote together as a class. Last, but not least, we celebrated the preamble of the US Constitution by "translating " it to kid friendly language. I was so impressed with what our class produced... I hope the related homework assignment brought up some interesting conversation at home.
Highlights for next week:
Math: naming, comparing and ordering decimals
Science: Ms. Smajstrla's new subject! States of matter
Writing: drafting a personal narrative
Reading: (Ms. Smajstrla) text features on non-fiction & informational texts
Social Studies: the 4 geographic regions of Texas
What a fabulous third week of school! We are settling in to our routine more each day. This week in math we continued to work with place value as we compared and ordered numbers as large as the billions. I introduced rounding and will be working on that more early week 4. We also will introduce decimals during this time. Science has been dedicated to our Power Point biographies on famous scientists. The kids have done very well seeking facts using multiple resources and using the computers. In reading, writing and social studies the kids had quite a project. Me on the Map integrated map skills with reading and writing and has introduced where Baldwin is in relationship to the world around us. The kids also spent time reading dramas and plays both here at school and at home. Miss Smajstrla led her first lesson with reader's theater encouraging the kids to read with expression. Week 4, we will investigate the features of poetry. Last but not least, I have completed a diagnostic reading activity with each kid called DRA. The results will be shared with you at our conferences in October and will help me to better meet the needs of your child in class. Hope you have had a restful weekend! I am looking forward to next week.
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