“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year,
happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every
corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”
- D.M. Dellinger
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is thinking, and that will be one of our mantras this year in fourth
grade! As readers, we use strategies to comprehend and actively engage in
text. Students are learning how to apply these strategies in class during
read-alouds and during independent reading. Some of the strategies will
include visualizing, questioning, inferring, making predictions, and making
connections. Students will also be learning to leave “tracks of their
thinking” on Think Marks as they tune into their “inner voice” or their “inner
conversation” with the text. Both fiction and nonfiction texts will be
used to address purposes for reading and text structures. To enhance and deepen comprehension, students will enhance their metacognitive skills as they "Stop, Think, and React!" to text.
As we near the end of our wonderful read-aloud, Savvy, we will be reviewing and discussing the importance of
a book's theme or message. The students have been learning how an author's
observations of the world, life, and human nature/experience are expressed
through the thoughts, feelings, reactions, and interactions of characters as
they strive to overcome problems and challenges or reach goals in the
plot. This can be a challenging concept for children, so we'll be working as
a class to analyze the book, Savvy, to determine the theme of
our interactive read-aloud. Themes are such important life lessons and the
foundation of what an author hopes to leave as a lasting impression of a
In class, the students have begun
crafting an expository piece based upon their animal adaptations
research. The students worked on developing engaging and interesting introductory
paragraphs on their subjects that introduce the main ideas of this piece of
writing by leading with a fascinating fact, statistic, anecdote, question, or
detailed description. The main ideas for the next three paragraphs will
focus on habitat, behavioral adaptations, and physical adaptations.
The students have learned the importance of previewing the main ideas for their reader. Lastly, the students will craft a strong concluding paragraph that leaves the
reader with a deep appreciation and respect for their research topic's
adaptations and place in the animal kingdom.
In the near future, the students will be creating imaginative restaurant menus for their animal research
subjects. Integrating science and language arts, the menus will feature inventive
and creative dishes specially designed for their research animals. The
goal of this project will be to focus on factual information regarding their
research animal's diet and use purposeful and precise adjectives to describe
their menu items in detail. We look forward to sharing these entertaining
and descriptive menus with our Room 211 families in the near future!
In math we
recently wrapped up our unit on decimals and we’re moving on to multi-digit
multiplication. During this unit,
the students will use basic multiplication facts to solve problems involving
fact extensions (e.g. 50 * 30, 500 * 300, etc.) The students will practice estimating reasonable solutions
to whole number multiplication problems and learn procedures for multi-digit
multiplication. Any support you
can provide to help your child master basic multiplication facts would be
greatly appreciated. One fun site
to access online for practice is www.multiplication.com. (We think the penguin ice cream scooper
is absolutely adorable!)
The students also continue to work towards improving the automatic recall of basic math facts
using technology. FASTT Math Next Generation (Fluency and Automaticity
through Systematic Teaching with Technology) provides
the students with 10 – 15 minute individualized practice sessions and games
three times per week. We’ll be checking student progress throughout the
year, and the students will be excited to see how their practice makes progress!
We are set to begin learning about the Bill of Rights and how these rights are the very reason why so many immigrants came to the United States. Following the Bill of Rights, we will begin
our study of North American
geography. To begin learning about our continent, we will be creating a
variety of North American "big maps" in small groups to use as models
to compare and contrast regions and learn more North American land, climate,
resources, populations, and geography. During this unit, we will access
web sites, United Streaming videos, and other forms of technology to enhance
our learning experiences.
The students recently extended their
understanding of animal adaptations by conducting research on an animal species
of their choice. They began the process by fact-finding information from
books and on-line with the help of our Librarian extraordinaire, Mrs.
Kishpaugh. We've spent many hours in the library locating fascinating information
and marveling at the extraordinary diversity of the animal kingdom.
The students were given a structured
organizer and notecard system to plan and record information. As they locate and gather information,
they are focusing on key words and phrases as they record the
information onto their index cards in order to avoid plagiarism. Once their
fact-finding is accomplished, they will soon be creating informative and eye-catching
PowerPoint presentations. Furthermore, the students will also craft an expository essay on their research subject. They're just "wild" about research!
We look forward to sharing these with you in the very near future as we
celebrate our study of amazing animal adaptations!