Can you believe the third week of school is done? Time is flying by! It was a busy week of learning... everyone is settling in to our routine. I am looking forward to speaking with you all at Back to School Night, Thursday from 6pm - 7pm. We get so little time face to face, I would really appreciate 100% attendance from both classes. Mrs. Dawson and I will share with you our expectations of 4th graders and the ways we can support you throughout the school year. We will give you a sneak peek of the curriculum, discuss homework expectations, and review the calendar for the school year. Back to School Night is also a chance for you to get to know us. I hope to see you all there.
This week I introduced the decimal place values, tenths and hundredths. We focused on reading numbers correctly and determining the value of tenths and hundredths. Ask your kiddo about the human number line we made in class and their role as the silent decimal numbers. It was fun!
I also handed back last week's math quiz on place value, ordering, and rounding whole numbers (sorry is was a bit late, we had 4 kids absent last Friday that needed to make it up first). The average test grade was a 93! Excellent work considering the unit pretest average was a 48. We have some great learners in this classroom! I offered an incentive for kids to make corrections to their test. If students correct all wrong questions on a separate sheet of paper AND show the strategies learned in class as part of their corrections, they will get a free homework pass. Don't worry if your kid made a perfect score, I have some rewards in store for them as well! I won't always offer incentives for corrections, but I will always encourage the kids to correct their work. Mistake are just an opportunity to learn. Corrections are due Mondays.
Next week, we will compare and order decimal numbers and will likely have a quiz on Friday.
We have started our unit on matter. We spent most of the week exploring our science textbook and reading about physical properties of matter. Our discussion on volume and density was particulary fun. Ask about what happens when I put on my 3D glasses and what particles of a dense object might do compared to an object with less density.
Next week we will do an investigation called "It's a matter of stuff and space" where kids will determine the mass, volume, and density of different objects. We will also learn about the 4 different states of matter and the role of energy as matter changes states.
Friday was our first trip to the library. We will return the week after next (grades 3-5 go every other week). Find out what your kid checked out.
Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday night!