I am happy to officially announce Mrs. Heather McKenzie as our classroom long term sub for when I am out for maternity leave. Mrs. McKenzie has taught before and has 2 first graders who go to Arrowhead Elementary. You will find a letter from Mrs. McKenzie in your Tuesday folder. I am so very pleased to have Mrs. McKenzie be part of our fourth grade family this school year!
We have started learning about the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. These habits focus on what students can do/think in order to lead a productive, positive, and generally happy lifestyle. This week the students will focus on being proactive. Today we read a story about Sammy the Squirrel. Sammy is bored and tries to rely on everyone else to solve his problems. In the end, the only way he was able to solve his problems was to rely on his resources and his solutions. We discussed the importance of being proactive with solving problems and trying to make choices that do not cause any problems.
The students used their understanding of multiplicative comparison today in word problems. Many students had a basic understanding of how to interpret these problems; however, it was difficult for many to go deeper in order to explain how they understand the problem. We will continue reviewing this concept as we dive further into strategies for multiplying multi-digit word problems.
Our new science unit is Properties of Matter. The students started this unit by discussing their understanding of solids, liquids, and gases. We learned today that each piece of matter is made of atoms. The difference between each type of matter is how those atoms behave. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for each student to explain the way atoms behave in a gas. The students should mention the fact that atoms in a gas move quickly and freely. I hope you 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!