Happy Halloween! I hope all of you have a truly spooktacular Halloween!
We continued gaining knowledge on alternative energy. The students have learned about the pros and cons with wind power, solar power, biodiesel, and algae oil. Students are reading about alternative energy in order to determine an alternative energy source to the nonrenewable fossil fuels.
Students started their inquiry project for the Living Green Lead21 unit. The students got together in groups today to determine an environmental problem.The students will spend the next couple weeks researching the problem and identifying a solution for the environmental problem. I look forward to seeing the end results.
The students took part in an engineer problem today with a Halloween theme. The students were tasked with making an eerie haunted house vine out of pipe cleaners. The students had to first identify how they were going to create their vine. The students were then given time to create their vine and modify any problems they found. The purpose of this activity was for the students to persevere through a problem in order to create a design. We will be going through this similar process as we start our Project Lead the Way science curriculum in December.
Our word of the day today was inspired by Halloween. The assignment notebook code is for the students to tell you an eerie site they saw during Halloween. I hope you all have a great Halloween weekend and I look forward to a great day of learning on Monday.
Today the students started reading about alternative energy sources that are renewable and help us protect the environment. As we continue reading about how to live green, the students will continue to discuss and research different ways we can live that help protect the Earth's environment.
Students continued to learn about the landmarks in Montana as we researched facts regarding the water features of Montana. Students will begin bringing their notebooks home as a way to study for the MT landmarks test next week.
As I reflect on this past quarter, I am so very proud of all of the growth the students have accomplished. We have all worked hard with learning in all subject areas and building a classroom community. As we begin the second quarter, I am going to encourage students to focus on being attentive to the directions and expectations of all assignments. Furthermore, I will encourage all students to work on turning in their assignments when they are due as compared to trying to complete the assignments at the end of the quarter. The purpose of the directions and assignments are for me to gain feedback on what the students know. I would like to be able to see what students know in a timely manner in order to provide beneficial instruction to all students.
Our word of the day today was resilient. The students discussed how we must be resilient in order to learn difficult concepts and to grow in spite of struggles. The assignment notebook code is for your student to tell you why they need to be resilient. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to a great day of learning!
The students continue to learn about what we can do in order to live a "green" life. We discussed the importance of recycling what we use in order to reduce our impact on Earth. The students will continue to discuss how they can monitor their comprehension as they read. As students read they need to understand what they are thinking with what the author is saying. Students can identify their understanding by using the following thinking stems: 1) I'm thinking... 2) I'm noticing... 3) I'm wondering... 4) I'm seeing... 5) I'm feeling... If a student is not understanding, we have discussed many fix-up strategies that work. Students can reread, read on, change their reading rate, use pictures as clues, or seek help. It is important that students truly understand what they are reading in order to grow as readers.
The students worked hard on their math test today. I have been impressed with the level of student understanding and how well students are able to show their thinking with what they know. I will be showing each parent the tests during the time set aside for their Parent-Teacher Conference as evidence of each student's mathematical understanding.
The students learned about some interesting facts regarding Montana's physical features. The students will have a test for the MT rivers and physical features towards the end of next week. After we complete the rivers notes, the students will be encouraged to take home their notebook every night to study for the test. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for your student to tell you one fact they learned about MT physical features. I hope you have a wonderful night and I look forward to another day of learning tomorrow.
Today the students had a guest teacher and did a great job. All guest teachers are always impressed with the students't behavior and academic abilities!
The students read today about what it takes to live green. The students will be learning what we can do in order to protect our Earth's resources. The students will practice using the reading strategies monitoring comprehension and predicting. While monitoring comprehension, students ask themselves if they are understanding what they are reading. The purpose of making a prediction is for a student to engage in what they are reading in order to create understandings of what they are reading and check what they think might be told within a given text.
The students will have a short addition and subtraction test tomorrow to show what they know how to do with adding and subtracting. As we journey into the second quarter, students will begin expanding their skills in multiplication and division. I will continue to have students learn non-traditional strategies in order to create opportunities for students to create a deeper understanding of multiplication and subtraction. I will do my best with posting some of the strategies we use on the blog in order for you to understand the methods that are being taught in the classroom.
Mr. Meier visited the classroom today showing the students weather instruments. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to tell one fact they learned today. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another day of learning.
The students ended the week with learning about digital citizenship, heritage, math problem solving strategies, and what makes something obsolete. As I look back on this quarter, the students have learned so much and have made great growth in their academics so far!
We finished our heritage unit today with completing all of the stories in our differentiated readers. The students will start a new unit next week learning about how we can protect our environment. I will have the students research an environmental problem in our community, identify some solutions, and involve businesses as a way to come to a solution.
The students discussed the importance of citing information they use in order to not plagiarize. As a class, we discussed the importance of sharing your own ideas when asked and citing sources when you need to gain new information.
As the students grow in their mathematics skills, they also need to grow in their abilities to solve math problems. Today the students experienced how drawing a picture and identifying an equation can help them solve a problem. We will continue to learn and use problem solving strategies throughout the year so that students can be successful in using math skills in their everyday life.
The students started using their MobyMax accounts today. MobyMax provides individualized practice for students in math and language arts skills. The students will be accessing MobyMax at school at least 3 times a week and can access the exercises at home. I will be sending home a letter in the Tuesday folders explaining how students can log-in at home and how you can track their progress.
Our word of the day today was obsolete. We discussed how so many items in our everyday lives become obsolete quickly. I shared with the students the evolution of the floppy disk, to a compact disk, to a flash drive all within my education. The students then discussed what technology might be obsolete when they are an adult. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to tell you something that may be obsolete when they are an adult. I look forward to spending time with families at the Arrowhead Halloween Family Fun Night and The Corn Maize!
The students refined their skills today in using a search engine to find the answer to a question. We discussed the importance of determining what we really want to know and what keywords will help in finding the information we desire to know. The students practiced these skills as they tried to find information on dogs. These skills will be helpful as the students continue to research topics throughout the school year.
Students have continued to improve their reading skills and strategies as they read in their differentiated reading groups. The students have shown their progress in determining the author's purpose for writing a text and inferring why an event in taking place in a book. I continue to work with the students on determining important events in a fictional story. The students tend to either include too many events or not include the events that make the story evolve as it does. I will continue to work with the students throughout the year in determining if an event is important in being able to understand the story.
We are wrapping up our weather unit next week. The students did a great job today with our weather review. I have encouraged the students to take home their science notebooks in order to study for the weather test next Monday. The students did a great job with the review; however, they relied on their science notebooks as a resource. Students will not have the opportunity to use their notebooks on the test as I want to know what they understand without any outside resources. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for students to identify what topic/idea they will need to study the most before our test on Monday. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a wonderful Wednesday! I am slightly biased; however, I truly believe I have one of the best jobs one can have as I get to spend my entire day seeing students engage and "light up" as they master/learn new skills.
We continued our lessons on digital citizenship today as we learned about the power of the words we use through digital communication. The students discovered the importance of face-to-face communication as we discussed how one might interpret a phrase that is sent through digital media. The students discussed how important it is to be clear on what you are conveying as the person receiving the communication does not have the opportunity to see your body language, hear the tone of your voice, and sometimes does not know you personally. We will continue discussing the basics of digital citizenship this week and applying these understandings throughout the year.
The students experienced a wonderful lesson on personal hygiene in health today. Mr. Pertuit tested the students' hand washing abilities today as a way to show students how important it is to wash their hands. I do warn you that it might take a little longer for your kiddos to wash their hands as some of them found out they are not doing a good job with washing the germs off their hands.
I have truly enjoyed our lessons on Montana History this year. The students looked at the major physical features of Montana today and shared their experiences with the class. The students will have a quiz some time next week on the major MT physical features we have identified in class. I will remind the students to take their Social Studies notebooks home so they can identify the major rivers and mountains in Montana.
Our word of the day today and yesterday fit the theme of digital citizenship this week. The students learned the importance of determining if information online is valid and how to verify if what we read is the truth. The assignment notebook code for today is for your student to tell you how they would verify if a website is safe. I hope you all have a wonderful night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
I am so very proud of all students in the classroom. We had a great day of learning and showing respect for each other. We are focusing on digital citizenship this week as we continue to use digital media to enhance our learning experience. The students have discussed their responsibilities as a digital citizen, how to identify valid information on-line, and what information is safe to share in our digital world.
We continue to dive deeper into subtracting as we discuss strategies for subtracting across zeros. The students are using place-value models to show what happens when you subtract. Many students understand how to model a subtraction problem using place-value symbols; however, students struggle when they are asked to use the traditional subtraction algorithm. I will continue to work with the class in transferring the understanding of the place-value model to the traditional subtraction algorithm.
The students discussed lines of longitude and latitude on a map during social studies. We discussed the importance of using these lines and what careers might utilize lines of latitude and longitude. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to tell you what compass direction goes with lines of longitude and what compass directions go with lines of latitude. They should say that north and south go with lines of latitude and east and west go with lines of longitude.
Today was a wonderful way to celebrate our heritage and a great way to end the week. I am so very proud of all of the hard work each student put into their presentation. It is always a treat to be able to hear students convey what they learned about where their ancestors came from. I would like to take a moment to thank all of the families for coming to this celebration. I know each of you put in your own time at home to help the students prepare for today. Thank you for all of your hard work. I am so very honored and blessed to be part of the education of your students.
The assignment notebook code for tonight is for your student to tell you one fact they learned from either their heritage or the heritage of someone else.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT UPDATE: It looks as though the Friday, October 24th works best for most families. The Corn Maze was what most people wanted to participate in. In researching pricing options, I found that Friday nights are the night the maze is haunted. I do not think a good haunting is what we need for the first Family Fun Night, so I am proposing to make our first outing be the afternoon of Saturday, October 25th. Please make a a comment below if you would like to come and how many you think would come. I am going to call The Maize at Grandpa's Farm to see what our pricing options might be. I would like to have an initial count in order to let the staff know how many might show up. I look forward to our first outing!
I hope you all enjoy this long weekend and I look forward to a great day of learning come Monday!
This Tuesday was a fantastic Tuesday! I want to first apologize for the blog post last night. Weebly is experiencing some technical difficulties and my post was not posted. I will be more diligent to triple check that my post was published!
The students are working hard at finishing their heritage research. We have learned so much about our ancestors and heritage. I look forward to listening to each student share what they have learned about their ancestors.
Our focus for the next couple of weeks in math will be subtraction and addition/subtraction word problems. The students learned how to model a subtraction problem today using place-value disks and charts. I have found most students struggle with subtraction because they do not truly understand what they are doing. The students use the place-value model as a way to show the process of finding the difference between two numbers.
We are getting towards the end of our weather unit in science. The students learned what causes our seasons in the norther hemisphere. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to tell you one factor that causes the seasons. I hope you all enjoy your evening 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!