What another great day in our fourth grade class. I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone. Science Fair projects are due tomorrow. I will be grading the projects during the day so the students can take home their board at the end of the day. I am so very excited to see all of the hard work all students have put into their projects!
Today the students started the Lead21 unit on ecosystems. We will learn the parts of an ecosystem and the roles living and nonliving organisms play in each ecosystem. Students will work on making inferences, summarizing, making connections, and asking questions during this unit.
Students practiced using the protractor today as they made obtuse, right, and acute angles. We are working on using logic as a way to add and subtract angles. Students are given parts of an angle and must use their critical thinking skills as a way to determine the measurement of the whole angle or other parts of an angle.
The code for tonight is for the students to identify one result of their science fair project. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a great day. I hop you all had a restful weekend and time spent outside. We are nearing the end of the third quarter quickly. The end of the quarter will be next Tuesday with report cards going home the following week. REMINDER: Science fair projects are due this Thursday. I will not accept any projects that are not here Thursday. Many students asked for the rubric to be submitted online. Unfortunately, I do not have the digital copy of this. If students would like to know what I am looking for in order to receive full credit, please refer to the informational paper that gives a detailed account of each part of the project. Many students were commenting on how they still do not have their project done. This project is a major part of the science grade. Please let me know if you have any concerns with you project and I will do what I can to help each student get a completed project for Thursday.
We will begin learning about ecosystems for our next Lead21 unit. The students will learn about important parts of an ecosystem and our role we play in our ecosystems. I look forward to the many discussions to come. Students will be presenting their projects for unit 5: America's Heartland on Friday.
The students were introduced to adding and subtracting angles. We discovered the importance of using addition and subtraction in order to find the missing angle measure for a given set of angles. The students need to use their logic reasoning in order to identify the measurement of a part of an angle.
The students wrapped up their work on the energy collision unit and will take the test for this unit tomorrow.I am very impressed with the knowledge each student has gained and how they are able to apply their understanding of energy to our everyday lives. The code for tonight is for the students to identify one example of potential energy. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a busy Wednesday. Students were very respectful at the ABT performance of Junie B. Jones. We relived many of the books read during our primary years in elementary school.
Students continue to use their reading skills as they worked with causes and effects that were found within our unit 5 reading. Students were tasked with looking at the causes and effects on the economy, history, culture, and geography of the Central Region.
Our word of the day was feasible. We discussed many feasible outcomes as we tested our restraint models to determine if the models would protect the egg. The code for tonight is first to discuss your students model and then to write whether their groups egg cracked or remained unharmed. I was very impressed with the restraint systems created and the outcomes. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
Students have shown that they have a clear understanding of the Central Region of the United States. We are reviewing the what we have learned this week and applying all of the reading strategies we have used thus far in order to gain a deeper understanding of the unit. We will begin the unit on ecosystems next week. I enjoy all of what the students learn in this unit and look forward to seeing the creativity to comes from the inquiry projects.
Students finalized their restraint models today in preparation for our evaluation tomorrow. Students will have an opportunity to test their model and revise their model in order to successfully protect the egg from becoming all cracked up.
We continue focusing on geometry as we learned about line segments, rays, and angles today. The students are demonstrating that they have a spacial understanding of these geometric terms. The code for tonight is for the students to tell you what a ray is. They should mention that it has one endpoint and continues in the other directions indefinitely. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning.
What a wonderful Monday! We are wrapping up our units on the Midwest this week as we discuss the geography, economy, history, and culture of the Central Region. Students are applying their skills they have acquired for monitoring their comprehension to determine if they truly understand what they are reading. Students are using these skills in our reading groups to discuss the events and characters in the book. We will continue using these skills as the year progresses during our whole group reading, reading groups, and read alouds.
Students reviewed what they learned about lines, points, and planes today through using geoboards. The students noticed that lines can have three different relationships with each other. They can either be perpendicular lines, parallel lines, or intersecting lines. Tomorrow we will define different ways we can connect lines in order to gain a clear understanding of shapes.
The students started work on their restraint model for the PLTW energy unit. I am very impressed with the solutions each group has come up with. We will test the restraint models on Wednesday after we return from the Alberta Bair field trip.
We discussed the different forms of government in our state. The students learned that the U.S. Government is the boss of everyone. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify who the local government has to answer to. They should mention that the local government have to follow the laws established by the state and the U.S. government. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a wonderful week! I hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful weather!
The students are on their way to completing another round of great projects for their inquiry on places in the Central Region. Students are using PowToons, eMaze, and GoogleDocs to show case what they have learned in unit 5 of the Lead21 passages. It is very clear that students have gained an understanding of this region and are passionate about sharing what they have learned. Students will have time next week to finalize their presentations for the final presentation being shown on Friday.
We are wrapped up with our work on fractions as we prepare to move onto measurement and geometry. Students have shown their clear understanding of how to add, subtract, and multiply fractions. We will revisit fractions during the fourth quarter as we look at the relationship between fractions and decimals.
Students finished reading about the Midwest region today during social studies. The states and capitals test will be Tuesday, March 17th with the Midwest region test the following week. We will be exploring more of the Midwest through different activities. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify one detail they have learned while reading about the Midwest. I hope you all have a great weekend and I look forward to another wonderful week of learning!
All students have grown so very much in their reading abilities. I am very impressed with how each student is able to monitor their comprehension and relay their understanding of the text. This week we are focusing on making predictions and identifying cause/effect relationships in the text. While predicting, students are focusing on making a prediction before they read, while they read, and at the end of their reading.
Students are flexing their multiplication muscles this week as we multiply proper and mixed fractions. We will wrap up the week with understanding how this strategy can be used in a word problem. I am very impressed with each students understanding of fractions and how they can manipulate the fractions with multiplication. Although this strategy is not expected to be mastered until fifth grade, many students are able to multiply all forms of fractions.
We continued learning about the Midwest region in Social Studies today. The students learned how meatpacking and wheat crops are an essential component to the economy of Kansas. Furthermore, students learned the importance of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorial in South Dakota. The states and capitals quiz for this region will be next Tuesday, March 17th. The code for tonight is for the students to identify the capital of Iowa. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the extra hour of sunshine yesterday and the beautiful weather we are experiencing! I wanted to take a moment to apologize for over generalizing how students were using the Chromebooks in the classroom. There were only a handful of students who were choosing to use the Chromebooks inappropriately while the other students were using the applications correctly with teacher permission. I gave most students their privileges back today as a result of a misunderstanding I had with the use of the Chromebooks. I value the time students have with the Chromebooks and I appreciate the support all of you have given in making sure these technology devices are used to enhance the learning of all.
The reading and mathematics SmarterBalance Test dates have been set. This assessment is a computer based, adaptive, standardized test that is used as a way to determine what students understand in the areas of reading and math. Fourth graders at Arrowhead will be taking this test April 16-17 and April 20-24. I am not sure what time of day we will be testing. Please make sure to schedule appointments around these dates as to avoid students needing to make up this test outside of the scheduled testing period.
We started reading the realistic fiction piece, Marven of the Great North Woods, that accompanies the Central Region unit in Lead21. Students read about the character Marven who is sent to a logging camp in the early 1900s to escape the influenza epidemic. Many students connected with the character as they have experienced being in a foreign place with people they are not familiar with.
We are on the end of our fraction unit for this quarter finishing with an introduction of multiplying fractions. The students learned how to use the area model, a time line, and an equation to represent multiplying a whole number by a fraction. We will continue using these skills tomorrow as we multiply a whole number by a mixed fraction.
Energy is everywhere in our room as we design the model that will restrain the egg during a collision. I am very impressed with the knowledge students have used as they design a restraint system that will protect the egg. We will continue with the design process tomorrow and will move into creating the model next week with the final project being completed and tested next Wednesday.
Our word of the day today was ample. The code for tonight is for the students to identify a synonym for the word ample. I hope you all have a great day and I look forward to another great day of learning!
Tomorrow we honor Dr. Seuss by wearing red, white, and black for the Cat and The Hat. The students did a great job finishing the MontCAS science portion today. We are done testing for the time being; however, we will have SmarterBalance testing and NWEA testing coming up in April.
Our conversation for morning meeting today was discussing how what we are in control of and what we cannot control. The students discussed how we do not always have the choice as to when we take care of our minds, body, heart, and soul; however, we do have control over how we react to any given situation. I will continue to discuss with the students how they can control their reaction to have a positive outlook and balanced life.
We finished our non-fiction section on the Central Region today learning about the culture of the SouthCentral states. The students learned about the music and pastimes that are part of this regions traditions. We will continue to use visualizing and monitoring comprehension as we read.
Students used the skills they have learned about making common denominators today as we subtracted fractions. The class is coming along with understanding parts of a fraction and how they can use operations to solve problems. We will continue with multiplying fractions next week and then move onto geometry.
Many students came home today with a letter regarding Chromebook use. I was very disappointed to find students using applications during inappropriate times. If your student came home with a letter, please discuss the content of this letter, sign it, and return the letter tomorrow. The assignment notebook code is for each student to identify one agreement we reviewed during class. The Technology Use Agreement is attached to this post.
Today was filled with a lot of learning. The students completed the second session of the science MontCAS and will finish the third session tomorrow. Tomorrow we will honor Dr. Seuss's book The Foot Book by wearing a crazy combination of shoes. I look forward to seeing the creativity from all students come out!
We continue to learn about the Central Region of the United States in our reading books. The history of the South Central Region is rich in civil rights issues. The students discussed how the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement lead by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shaped the history and culture of the South Central Region.
The students used their skill of finding common denominators in order to add fractions with unlike denominators. We discussed that we need to make sure the denominators are the same so we are adding the same parts of the whole.
Cantankerous was our word of the day today. Someone who is cantankerous is angry or annoying. The assignment notebook code is for the students to identify an antonym for the word cantankerous. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
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!