Students had the opportunity today to gain an understanding of how we can share our heritage through music. The lyrics and sound of music can tell us what is important to the culture and what instruments are part of the region. The students experienced heritage through bluegrass and jazz (the links will take you to the music the students listened to during our reading instruction). Students also started reading about celebrations that come from other cultures around the world. The students are using the strategy of determining importance to share how each holiday is celebrated.
This week the students will have homophones as their spelling list. Students will not be required to sort the words; however, they will need to be able to write the correct spelling of the word based on the context of the word. Using homophones correctly has been the number one spelling error in fourth grade. These words will be on many spelling lists throughout the year.
Students used estimation and their knowledge of place-value today as we practiced adding numbers in the thousands period. Students used their estimations to determine if the sum of a given addition problem was reasonable. If a student is struggling with a math concept, I will suggest for them to go on the Go Math website to practice their math skills. Students can use the Interactive Student Edition and the Animated Math Models to help them with math skills. The student's username is their student id number with the letters bps in front of the number. Their password is just their student id.
Assignment Notebook Code
The students are to identify one piece of information their learned today during their reading group rotation with me. The students should discuss a definition for culture or a way other cultures share their heritage through signing or preserving culture. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!