Every Thursday we take a timed math quiz in Room 163. We need to be able to answer 20 problems in one minute. If we pass, we need to study the next math fact. Mrs. Maxwell always writes on our quizzes what we need to study next. We should practice our math facts every day for five minutes! We can also practice math facts on X-tra Math. Iknowit.com is a great math website to practice our skills.
On Friday, December 22nd at 1:20 PM, we are performing The Nutcracker Ballet in the Performance Center. We have been learning about ballets. There are no words just music and dance. Normally we practice in the Music Room but today we got to practice in the Performance Center. It was a dress rehearsal and I felt excited. We hope to see everyone next Friday!
This morning we went to the Performance Center to listen to fourth graders who are deaf. They go to a special school in Framingham where all the students are deaf. They told us all about their lives. We learned that some of them are the only ones in their family who are deaf and others were not. We learned how to say thank you in American Sign Language and at the end we all said thank you using the sign.
Our teacher challenged us to catch people doing kind acts. When we see someone doing something kind, we write it on a strip of paper. We connect the strips together into a kindness chain. We can only write about other people, not ourselves. So far today, the chain has 11 links! Our goal is to get the chain around the whole classroom. If you catch us being kind at home, you can message Mrs. Maxwell and she will add it on to the chain.
Today in Music we found out our roles for The Nutcracker! Here they are:
Abigail T.- Dancer
Avishai - Dancer
Brandon- Mouse King
Isabella G.- Dancer
Isabella L.- Aunt
Lindsey- Sugarplum Fairy
We hope to see you at our performance on Friday, December 22nd!
In Reader's Workshop we got different objects to study. We are learning about nonfiction and that helped us see how we can study things to learn more about them.
In Writer's Workshop we traded stories and added punctuation where the writers forgot to put it.
Reader's Workshop- In Reader's Workshop this week we will be embarking on Nonfiction books. The main lesson is that nonfiction readers grow knowledge by paying attention to details and talking about what they notice. Readers will be required to read a just right nonfiction book every day before they can move on to fiction books of their choice. To help bridge the gap between reading at school and reading at home, I will be sending home the book that your child is reading at school so they can read it at home as well. Please make sure they read the book at home and then put it in their backpacks to be returned the next day. If this works well, I will continue doing it.
Fundations- In Fundations we will be learning the suffixes -ful, -less, -ment, -ness, -ish, -en and -able.
Math- Beginning this week, students will be taking a math fact quiz every Thursday. They will have one minute to complete 20 problems. If they need more than one minute, they don't know their facts with automaticity. How can you help at home? Flashcards will be coming home with your children tomorrow. Please quiz your child every day for five minutes. You can throw out problems to them in the car, while making dinner, while they are taking showers. Get them used to answering these math facts without even having to think.
Those who struggled with their pre-tests will be starting with +one math facts. This is a great quiz to start with because students feel good after having success. Those who mastered their pre-tests will be starting with -one math facts.
Writing- We are finishing our personal narrative unit. Students will be working on editing this week. On Friday they will share their final pieces with their fourth grade buddies.
I thought I would try something new. In addition to the letters that come home on Fridays and the Remind texts that I send, I will now post here on a regular basis with the help of the students in Room 163. Each day (or week if need be), students will be given the task of writing up a quick blog post of things that went one. We hope you like this new addition! Feel free to leave us comments.