What a wonderful spring day! The students did such a great job of learning today and have truly stepped up to the plate to finish this year off strong. I am so very excited for all the learning experiences we have in store. The permission slip for MT History Alive at Mrs. Grewell's Ranch went home today. The students have been learning about MT History and have read about life with livestock in our Read Aloud book, Riding Freedom. We will spend the day at the ranch learning about cattle branding and life on the ranch. I look forward to a day of hands on learning and all we get to experience.
The students applied their reading skills of comparing and contrasting today as we learned about the layers of the Amazon Rainforest. The students watched a video that gave details on the life and animals one would experience if they were to journey the rainforest.
We began looking at tenths and hundredths today by comparing fraction visuals of tenths and hundredths. The students needed to use their understanding of fractions of a whole to convert tenths to hundredths and visa-versa. We will use this skill tomorrow to add tenths and hundredths and convert this to decimals.
Many students were able to use their scheme with the Lewis and Clark Caverns today as we learned about the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. It is so much fun to see the students come alive as they learn about areas of the Southwest and research their wonderings. The assignment notebook code is for the students to identify what they researched today in regards to the Carlsbad Caverns. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
Remember: There is no school on Friday. :)
What a busy week. We are finally finished with testing. I have a few makeups to do for students; however, a majority of the class is done. I am so proud of all of the hard work each student has put into the tests.
The students finished reading the non-fiction piece A Balance in the Wild last week. We learned so many different facts about ecosystems, how we are all connected, and what humans can do to minimize our impact on the environment. We finished reading the fiction piece The Great Kapok Tree today. The students read this fantasy book that details how chopping down trees in the rainforest impacts many animals. We are now using this structure to write a narrative piece. The students will be writing a piece in an ecosystem of their choice describing how human choices impact all living organisms in the ecosystem.
We continue to learn about our great state of Montana during our MT History lessons. The students learned about the various state symbols and how they represent our state. We will continue learning about Montana and how we became a state during the remainder of the year.
The students have learned about lines of symmetry this week in math. Today, the students used American Indian culture to showcase how lines of symmetry are present in American Indian beadwork. We will begin to learn about decimals and how the relate to fractions in the weeks to come.
The code for tonight is for the students to identify one type of energy we discussed yesterday during our PLTW energy conversion lesson. The students will need to mention mechanical, chemical, electrical, thermal, light, or nuclear energy. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
We are almost done with testing. We just have a few students to finish up with the last Language/Reading assessment tomorrow. I am so very proud of the tenacity of all students and the pride they have taken in all they have accomplished this year!
On a different note...spring has sprung! It is so beautiful outside and the weather is wonderful; however, we still get to be in school. Many students have made the choice to "unplug" from school and become a distraction for those who wish to still learn. We still get to have 6 weeks of school and I would love to have students engaged up until noon on June 2nd. Please discuss with your student tonight the importance of maintaining their professional student behavior. I know that students will make the choice to "plug in" and we will have a great rest of the year.
The students learned reviewed solid, 3-dimensional, figures today during our math lesson. We discussed how we can define a solid figure by the number of flat surfaces, the number of vertices, the number of edges, and the polygons that make up the shape. We will incorporate these solid figures into our Geometric Google Drawings as a way to show case all the geometric terms we have learned.
Energy is everywhere. We discussed the different types of energy we experienced yesterday during our energy conversion rotations. The students learned about chemical energy, light energy, mechanical energy, and thermal energy. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify the type of energy we experienced in a glow stick. They should mention how there was a chemical reaction that case light to be emitted. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
We have been so very busy with testing and learning in fourth grade! We have just 2 more days of testing to finish and then we will be done for the year. I am so very proud of all the hard work the students are putting into their tests!
The students are using Google Drawings as a way to show what they have learned in our geometry lessons. The students must make a geometric picture that has all 3 types of angles, 3 types of triangles, 3 types of quadrilaterals, polygons, and solid figures. The students will then use ThingLink to lab each geometric shape.
We started looking at how various forms of energy are converted. The students looked at a glow stick, a hand warmer, and a generator for LED lights to see how energy is converted. Tomorrow, the students will discuss what we observed and how this ties into energy conversion.
We do have homework that will come home tomorrow. The assignment notebook code is for the students to identify the three different ways works end with the /l/ sound. They should say -le, -el, and -al. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a wonderful day of learning! The students were able to experience some new ways of showing their understanding through using technology. I was able to implement many tools today after attending many educational technology sessions yesterday during the teacher PIR day.
The students continued reading about animals today as we discovered how animals adapt to their environment. After learning about how some animals adapted to their environment, the students created a Google Drawing of a made up animal that had to adapt to the Rocky Mountain environment. The students did a great job with identifying how their living being adapted to their environment and using a new tool. I will post these Google Drawings after all students have had the opportunity to complete their work.
The students continued their work on data collection today through using Google Forms to collect data and display this data on a line plot. The students will analyze this data tomorrow in order to find the mean, median, and mode.
The students are finishing up the first build in our energy conversion unit for PLTW. We will use the bikes we are creating to show how energy is converted in later lessons in this unit.
Our assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify how their made up animal adapted to the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning.
Testing day number two is complete! We will have one more test tomorrow for the NWEA language. The students will then start the SmarterBalanced Tests next week. I encourage the students to enjoy another long weekend to rest up from the testing.
Today the students continued their research on their animals. Many students have completed their research and can start working on their projects at home. I showed the students the rubric for their presentation and will have a write up tomorrow for the students to take home so that they can start working on their posters or dioramas. The students will need to focus on the habitat, diet, predators, animal description, and adaptions for their animal.
The students completed the Midwest region today and will start learning about the Southwest next week.
The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify one fact they have learned about their animal. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a wonderful day! The students are doing a great job with the beginning of spring testing and taking pride in all they have learned this year. I am so very proud of each student's accomplishments and I look forward to seeing more growth as we continue with Reading and Language NWEA tests.
The students started researching their animal today as they finished taking the NWEA test. It is so rewarding to see the students excited about their animal they have chosen and sharing information with each other as they learn fascinating facts. I look forward to seeing the products each student will create. The students will have a rubric tomorrow outline my expectations for their research, poster/diorama, and presentation.
I am so very proud of all of the hard work all of the students are putting towards our classroom quilt. We are getting to the point where several blocks are being put together and will enter the final touches within the month. I look forward to being able to complete the quilt.
The students will take the Midwest test tomorrow showing all that they have learned about the geography, economy, politics, and history of the Midwest. This test will be an open notes test; however, the students will be limited on the time they are given. The next region we will move to studying is the South West Region of the U.S. The students will have a new Capitals and States study guide that will come home next week.
The code for tonight is for the students to tell you the animal they will be studying during our unit 6 Lead21 inquiry projects. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
A lot has happened in the week and a half since I have last posted. I apologize I have not posted as I was busy taking care of Devin and then catching up from being gone. We are all back to being healthy. I hope you all had a relaxing break. We are now entering the last quarter of the year and I look forward to all the learning that will take place.
Please make sure you schedule all appointments around testing as much as possible. We do have times for make ups; however, it is best if students are able to take the test with the entire class.
We have started the unit on Nature's Neighbors in our Lead21 reading curriculum. The students have learned how food chains and food webs show the transfer of energy from one living organism to another. The students have also discussed the classification of animals based on what they eat (i.e. herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores). We will continue learning about living organisms and how they are able to adapt to their environment. The inquiry project for this unit is for students to become an expert with an animal of their choice. The students will create a diorama or poster that displays the animals ecosystem. Additionally, students will create a product that they will use to present a 4 minute presentation on the research they have found on their animals. The students will have time to work on their presentation in class and will need to work on their poster/ diorama at home. I have not set a due date yet as I know we will have many interruptions with testing.
The students have started reviewing/learning about geometric shapes. We have used our understanding of angles and line segments to create regular polygons. The students have done a great job with connecting the relationship between angels, line segments, and polygons. The students started a presentation today showcasing how we use polygons in our everyday lives. The students will continue to add to this presentation as we discuss lines of symmetry and solid figures.
We have finally started our second PLTW unit on energy conversion. The students will lean about different way we use energy and how we can use simple machines to accomplish tasks. We will start our unit with building a bicycle that students will use to show how we can convert forms of energy.
The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify an attribute about themselves. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another wonderful 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!