Avalanche! - Listening Comprehension in class discussion
Genre: Expository Text - In class discussion of the text features of expository text
English Language Arts
Friendly Letter from a Pumpkin - Students had time to work on the letter with the assignment due no later than tomorrow during school.
Unit 1 week 3 Take Action vocabulary - In class discussion
Long e sort - Please practice Spelling City at home every day for at least 10 minutes
Comparison problems with addition and subtraction
Music - Students need to be practicing the words to the Veteran's Day performance at home as well as at school.
The students will participate in the Fun(d) Run this Friday. Please send donations to the school to support the PTA as this is the only fundraiser we have all year. PTA uses this money to directly impact all students!
Please know that our class and fourth grade students just received 3 PTA Curriculum Grants to help with technology and curriculum during the year.
*NOTE: I will pay $40 Mrs. Gray Pay for every student who brings in a donation.*
The fourth-grade teachers chose to highlight student work for the lobby during the month of October. I chose to have the students showcase their ability to write a letter as well as highlight their understanding of figurative language through personification. The students wrote a letter to the children of the pumpkin patch from a pumpkin. Students chose to either write a letter with the purpose of gaining rights for pumpkins or granting wishes for pumpkins. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these letters as the students have come up with their own ideas and have been very creative in their thought process. Please take a moment to read the letters and look at all of the other work fourth graders have showcased. The showcase is located at the front of the entrance lobby.
Energy Pendulum Experiment
Our budding scientists continue to amaze me as we journey through the PLTW Energy: Collisions unit. The students had an opportunity on Thursday and Friday to see how the location of a pendulum arm impacted the distance a ping-pong ball was to travel. The students saw that the higher the arm was from the ground, the more potential energy the arm had, thus causing the ping-pong ball to travel faster. The students will have an opportunity to see everyone's data points and analyze these data points through a class Google Form spreadsheet.
The Wonders theme for this week is focusing on how we take action during natural disasters. The students looked at the key features of non-fiction/expository text today and discussed how these elements help us gain a deeper understanding of the text. We also discussed the elements of expository text as we read a brief text on avalanches. The assignment notebook code is for the students to watch the Hurricane Matthew video linked below. They are to then summarize what the video focusing on the natural disaster and how the hurricane will impact the lives of the communities in the path of the hurricane. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
Hurricane Matthew Video: Massive Loss of Life Feared in Haiti