Things to Know:
Friday, November 2 – Day of the Dead Chapel 9:42 a.m.
Thursday, November 8 – Must-Know Words Spelling Test.
Friday, November 9, Field Day – 1/2 day of school. Noon dismissal.
• We have completed our unit on multiplication for now but will spiral back with homework and some class work from time to time. This will help students maintain practice and solidify computation.
• We had an assessment on multiplication. Not sure if I will have it graded today for the Eagle Express – will do my best.
• We learned how to multiply 3 X 2 numbers.
• As extension work, all fourth graders can work on Dynamath. This magazine pairs reading with math. It’s authentic learning that builds math understanding, as well as reading comprehension.
• Our next unit is division. Please make sure your child is practicing their math facts if they are still unsure of them. It is so important when learning the steps of division.
• We are reading Balto and answering comprehension questions. Overarching questions: “What makes an individual a hero?” “Why do we celebrate heroes?”.
• The students will be reading this book aloud with their Kindness partner in order to build fluency, speed, and decoding skills.
• We completed our letters to Judy Blume and they were mailed off to her publisher.
• We completed our Haunted House descriptive story. The goal was to write a descriptive piece using adjectives and similes – to paint a picture in the reader’s mind.
• We will begin learning more about word choice – verbs, ‘show me’ details, idioms, and metaphors.
• Students continue to work on sentence structure and spelling. These are two weak areas that require practice and focus for success.
• Fingers crossed we get to write a letter to our pen pals in Pennsylvania. Students will be writing to a 4th grade class at Unionville Elementary School in Kennett Square, PA. I taught there for a year. The painter, Andrew Wyeth, resided in the area and many of his paintings reflect the beauty of Chester County. Some of his original art hangs in Unionville’s sister school, Chadds Ford Elementary (I worked there, too).
• We are practicing how to take notes from our Social Studies reading. Students are learning not to write word-for-word but use bullet points noting important details and the main idea of the text. I want students to understand the ‘big picture’ of how the United States was settled over time across the regions and to identify common/overarching themes.
• We are learning about verb tenses, spelling verbs correctly that end in a ‘y’ or ‘f’. Also, we are identifying when to double consonants to keep vowels short when changing a verb tense. Ex: jog = jogged, jogging: stop = stopped, stopping. These spelling rules help with decoding, too.
• We learned about possessive nouns (plural and singular).
• Grammar is visited every time we write and during our morning warm-ups.