Thursday already! Another week is almost over, and with that another month is soon to be completed as well. We continue our morning meetings on most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It’s a nice time to connect with our classroom friends and offer an opportunity to share something happening outside of school. This week we have also been discussing the importance of listening to others with not only our ears, but our eyes and hearts, too. Students used their persuasive writing skills to write about and persuade our class members to always listen. Including strong words like “everyone is doing it’ or ‘intelligent people agree’. We learned the EITHER OR strategy to implement when thinking of our word choice in persuasive writing.
E: Everyone is doing it.
I: Intelligent people agree with this!
T: This is good for you or someone you know.
H: Doing this will make you happy.
E: Everyone is entitled to this; it is their right.
R: Many good reasons prove this so.
O: Opposing point of view is wrong.
R: This is an important responsibility.
Science FINALLY brought us to the point where we could start building! We started working with pendulums to investigate kinetic and potential energy further. Today we built the pendulums, and tomorrow we hope to explore the relationship between the speed and energy of an object using it. Next on the agenda will be building our cars as we prepare to design our safety features in hopes of preventing the egg from cracking if the car crashes. Time to get our thinking hats on as we take on the role of engineers!
We have started our journey across the SE! On our way we will make sure everyone knows the state location and capital. We completed a map with this information earlier in the week to be used as a study guide. Hopefully it has made its way home..... The test will be on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2. The format will be the same as the NE states and capitals test.
Hopefully you have started thinking about the Science Fair and have a plan of action! Please check out an earlier blog post regarding further information or the informational sheet sent home in the Tuesday envelope if you have questions. Otherwise, always feel free to check in with me.
On top of continuing yesterday's lessons, we added Chapter 6 in Social Studies and will be focusing on the SE states. Today we studied the Everglades as well as Kennedy Space Center. The SE states and capitals test will be Monday, February 2 and will follow the same format as the NE states and capitals test.
**PLEASE check Tuesday envelopes for information regarding the BIOGRAPHY POSTERS and SCIENCE FAIR! Many important details included!!
The week is off to a great start! We reviewed analogies as well as practiced making text connections and identifying fact/opinion as we read. With our next story, we will be reviewing questioning as a way to monitor and assess our comprehension while we read. As we dig into persuasive writing, students have been introduced to two different models to help guide their thinking and planning before they begin to write. Both the stoplight and OREO method will help them organize their topic, provide details and incorporate examples. Students will begin by writing a persuasive paragraph followed by a multiple paragraph essay.
Division continues to be the focus this week as students look to build on to problems with two dividends. Students will be working with three digit and possibly even 4 digit dividends by the end of the week. So far they have used the standard algorithm to solve problems, however they will soon be adding another strategy to their list.
In science we will continue to look at potential and kinetic energy as students prepare to build their cars and design a safety restraint for their egg. Also, look for more information regarding the science fair to be sent home tomorrow!
Biography reports will be due on Friday, February 6. Look for the poster tomorrow in the Tuesday envelope along with more information regarding the expectations.
CODE: Return report card envelopes!
Where did the week go? A shorter than usual week, but possibly a busier than normal week! :) We are hitting division hard, so PLEASE check in with your 4th grader regarding this. We are trying to learn a variety of strategies to help us solve. Any way they solve, they NEED to easily recall their multiplication facts so please continue to practice to improve their speed and accuracy.
We have been using the Division Family to help us remember the steps to complete problems using the standard algorithm. Dad - Divide, Mom - Multiply, Son - Subtract, Cat - compare, and Daughter - bring DOWN.
Southeast states are up in social studies and we hope to identify the location of the states and capitals tomorrow with a test early February. We continue working with PLTW: Energy and Collisions with today's lesson dealing with kinetic and potential energy. Students are looking at how force and energy will play a roll as they design a way to protect their 'egg' passenger.
Reading continues to provide informational text on the patterns of the sky and will continue for a couple more weeks. Tomorrow we will continue to gather information as we determine our inquiry focus questions.
Please review the science fair information from the previous post. More information will be available soon and as I receive it I will be sure to let you know!
CODE: Get excited for the science fair!!
The Science Fair is coming, and 4th graders will be taking part in it at Arrowhead as well as have the opportunity to be a part of the Billings Clinic Science Fair Expo. The Billings Clinic will be holding their annual, "Getting Started Workshop," for the Science Expo on January 24th from 11:30-1:30 at the Billings Public Library (Community Room). It's a fun workshop that will help teach the students about the scientific method and engineering design.
February 27: Applications for Billings Clinic Expo due
Thursday, March 26: Science Fair at Arrowhead - requirement for all 4th graders
Friday and Saturday, March 27-28: Billings Clinic Science Expo, optional
We will be reviewing the project requirements as well as the scientific method in school, however the project itself including the experimenting and board must be completed outside of school.
Here is a suggested timeline to assist in helping your 4th grader complete the science fair project:
Feb. 2-6: Students must decide what question they will pursue, design the experiment,
decide one “variable” and define the “controls” of the experiment. They must make a prediction…
Feb. 9-13: Decide and gather necessary materials
Feb. 17-20: Experiment!
Feb. 23-27: Wrap up projects soon!
Feb. 27: Billings Clinic applications due
***Applications for the 2015 Billings Clinic Science Expo can be found on-line at www.billingsclinic.com/scienceexpo. Elementary/middle school applications are due February 27th.
Mar. 2-6: Review the scientific method board and abstract papers. We will try to meet during lunch to go over abstract requirements for those students participating in the Billings Clinic Science Expo. Both science fair board and journal/science fair log is also needed
Mar. 9-13: Finishing Touches!
Thursday, March 26: Science Fair at Arrowhead - all 4th graders
Friday and Saturday, March 27-28: Billings Clinic Science Expo, optional
This is always a fun project and experience for the students!
Oh where do the weeks go? They seem to just fly by with this week being of no exception!
Our day started out by finishing the NWEA math assessment to help provide information regarding their progress in math since the start of the year. Students will be tested again in the spring to measure their growth for this school year. A couple rounds of "I have, you have" synonym style helped us review and identify synonyms.
We continue to work with division as we develop and work towards long division with two, three, and even four digit numbers as dividends. Neatness is essential when writing out problems as the steps can become very involved. If you have extra time this weekend, keep practicing the multiplication facts. I know I may sound like a broken record, but mastering the facts will help so much when solving division problems. (Code: Keep practicing multiplication/division facts) We will keep working with division next week!
PLTW continues and today we read a fictional story about riding bumper cars. As a class we discussed how the article related to our design problem of how to protect our egg passenger. The energy collisions module will continue for the next couple of weeks.
Due to testing we did not manage to start social studies this week. Look for the SE states and capitals next week!
Remember there is no school on Monday! Enjoy the long weekend!
We started the day with the Geography Bee cheering on our own classmate, Mitchell! He did a great job - WOW! He deserves a 'way to go' the next time you see him! With that our day ended up a little behind and we seemed to play catch up, but managed to wrap up our reading chapters as well as dig a little deeper into division. So far, things seem to be moving along and students are grasping the contact. Please continue to practice your multiplication and division facts at home to make solving the problems easier and faster! :) We ended the day with a review on suffixes including - ty, - tion, -hood, and -ment. Tomorrow's sure to be another full day of learning and looking forward to it!
We have been busy making text connections as well as identifying facts and opinions as we read from our new reading unit, Patterns in the Sky. We are exploring various options as well as building questions to help us determine what our inquiry projects will include. Inflected endings -s and -es were reviewed as they are added to nouns and verbs as well as the 'rules' as to when each ending is added.
We have started digging into division using the Singapore Math method to help us understand the 'why' before the 'how' when dividing. Students have explored number bonds and arrays already and now will be looking at the importance of place value. Lots of practice will be given in school, but more follow up and review will most likely be necessary for many students at home as well. Division can be a difficult process to master, however it can be made much easier by knowing your facts. PLEASE continue to study facts until they are completely mastered. Quick recall is essential and will definitely make your fourth grader's division experience more pleasant! :)
Our first PLTW Science lesson is close to completion. It is a fun hands-on approach to the engineer process. We will be looking at energy and collision first with students eventually building their own car and then developing a restraint system to protect an egg while traveling down an incline plane into a wall. The goal will be to prevent the egg from breaking or cracking upon impact.
The southeast states are next on our agenda in social studies. Students will be responsible for those states and their capitals along with their location on a map. Look for a map to come home to be studied late this week or early next week.
Another week already done.....and of course not everything done! It was great fun listening to the inquiry presentations from Unit 3 as the groups presented on the NE states. By their presentations, I think we all should take a vacation as we would have quite a few wonderful tour guides! Cinquain poetry writing is in the works, and it will be fun to share next week.
Lots of changes happening next week as we move on to Unit 4: Patterns in the Sky in reading. Persuasive writing will replace our poetry unit, and in math we look forward to mastering (the goal!) division by the end of the unit. Students will also be expected to read a biography and complete a poster to tell about their book by the first week of February. Information regarding this project was sent home today with another reminder going home on Tuesday.
Today we practiced summarizing using the 5 W's - who, what, when, where and why in addition to the IVF. We finally started working on our cinquain poems and found they are much different from free verse (code: Rules) as there are specific rules to follow in each line. Ask your 4th grader if they remember the rules. Hint - 5 lines, noun, adjectives, verbs, feelings, synonyms. In math we used line plots to answer word problems as well as reviewed various money problems. Our airplanes are getting closer to taking off as groups determined the variables they are going to be testing.
I am a fourth grade teacher going on my seventh year of teaching. I have truly loved every year that I have taught and I look forward to sharing classroom activities we take part in during this upcoming school year!