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!
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!