Up Coming Events
NILE Field Trip will be next Monday, October 16th. Students will be gone from 10:30 to 2:30. Please make sure they pack a sack lunch as we will be eating at the Metra.
ANTS Field Trip October 31st - please look in Tuesday folders next week for details
This week students will be reviewing the reading skills/strategies: predicting, rereading, sequencing, determining the main idea, as well as cause and effect. Students will also have a reader's theater to present in front of the class at the end of the week. The purpose of this is for students to practice their presentation skills as well as perfect their fluency skills. Finally, students will take part in the first "Snack and Chat." During this 30 minute discussion, students will discuss points from different article related to the questions covered during our unit 1 Wonders instruction.
We are well on our way to becoming masters at multiplying one-digit numbers by multi-digit numbers. The students have been introduced to the area model and partial products. I have linked each method to a video so you are able to see what we are learning in school and how it relates to the traditional algorithm. Students learn this method because they are able to understand the number sense as it relates to the process of multiplying with regrouping. Fourth grade students are not expected to master the standard algorithm; however, I do strive for proficiency in using the standard algorithm as the students will need to have it mastered in fifth grade.
Students continue to research the effects of kinetic and potential energy as they work in their assigned groups building VEX models. The first model students built was a pendulum. Students used this pendulum to see that the distance of the pendulum arm had a direct impact on the amount of kinetic energy an object has. The second experiment students are currently working on is building their car. The students will then use the car to experiment on how distance and weight impact kinetic energy.
Dr. Barry McKenzie, dad to Easton, came in today to discuss the importance of wearing seat belts. The students learned a lot about why seat belts are essential and how they keep us protected. Students are to tell you one fact they learned during the presentation.
The second code for tonight is for students to show how they would solve 3 x 567. Please have students complete this task after Tuesday.
I hope you all have a great week and I look forward the the learning adventures that await.