We have been busy making text connections as well as identifying facts and opinions as we read from our new reading unit, Patterns in the Sky. We are exploring various options as well as building questions to help us determine what our inquiry projects will include. Inflected endings -s and -es were reviewed as they are added to nouns and verbs as well as the 'rules' as to when each ending is added.
We have started digging into division using the Singapore Math method to help us understand the 'why' before the 'how' when dividing. Students have explored number bonds and arrays already and now will be looking at the importance of place value. Lots of practice will be given in school, but more follow up and review will most likely be necessary for many students at home as well. Division can be a difficult process to master, however it can be made much easier by knowing your facts. PLEASE continue to study facts until they are completely mastered. Quick recall is essential and will definitely make your fourth grader's division experience more pleasant! :)
Our first PLTW Science lesson is close to completion. It is a fun hands-on approach to the engineer process. We will be looking at energy and collision first with students eventually building their own car and then developing a restraint system to protect an egg while traveling down an incline plane into a wall. The goal will be to prevent the egg from breaking or cracking upon impact.
The southeast states are next on our agenda in social studies. Students will be responsible for those states and their capitals along with their location on a map. Look for a map to come home to be studied late this week or early next week.
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!