Thank goodness it is Friday! We can all rest our brains and bodies for a great full week next week! We celebrated the fact that we were able to get to every lesson that was scheduled to be done today!!!
Fridays are days that we extend our learning from the week in order to gain a deeper understanding of each concept. Because we were not able to get to all of the Schema lessons, we were not able to dive deeper into a mini inquiry project. We will begin our unit 1 inquiry projects next week with a focus on our heritage and ancestors. Instead of diving deeper into a mini inquiry project, the students completed a writing prompt. The purpose of the prompt is for the students to show me what they know about the writing process so that I can gain an understanding of where to begin with my writing instruction next week.
We were able to build a deeper understanding of representing numbers today. We achieved this goal through depicting numbers in other base systems. Students had to look at base 3 systems all the way up to base 9 systems. The content rich conversations we had as a whole class and at each student's individual table was inspiring as a teacher. Many students experienced an aha moment when they truly understood why we call our system the base ten system. The assignment notebook code for your planner this weekend is for your student to identify the base system they were assigned to work on. Please do have your student explain their understanding of this system. Some students were able to gain a firm understanding of their base system while others were only able to begin to explore their base system. I left the students in this state of frustration purposefully. It is my intention for them to take some time away from this and return on Monday with a refreshed brain that can explore further into this base system.
Please check our Classroom Photos page as I have added the pictures taken by this week's classroom photographer, Luke.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the ice cream social. Enjoy your weekend!
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!