I can't believe that we have almost been in school for a whole month.  The students have been busy settling into the routines and adjusting to life in fourth grade.  The students have been working hard on increasing their reading stamina and marking the thinking that they are doing while reading.  We have also been reading, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and the students have been having many discussions about how the main character, Edward, has changed throughout the story.   In writing, the students have been filling their journals with many experiences from their own life so that they have a collection of “seed” ideas to develop stories from.  We will begin our narrative writing unit next week where the students will work on writing a piece of realistic fiction, taking it through the writing process.   This year in social studies our focus will be on the regions of the United States so we have begun this by learning about the geography of our country. 

Next door in Mr. G.’s room the students just finished up a unit on multiplication.  The students used the vocabulary words prime, composite, factor and multiple when discussing different numbers.  The next unit will be on place value. It is important that the students continue to practice their multiplication and division facts every night so that they will become more fluent when solving problems involving these facts.  Check out the web-sites on both Mr. G’s and my web-site for some ways to practice these facts.  In science, the students have been learning about electricity.  Be sure to ask your student about the experiment in which he or she built a circuit. 

It was a pleasure meeting so many of you at Open House.  I hope that your school year has been off to a good start as well!

-Miss Lytle

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