Tuesday, Sep 19th, Individual Picture Day
Wednesday, Sep 20th, 7:15am PAWS Meeting in the cafeteria
Friday, Sep 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release-Please planning on picking up your students at 1pm!
Math: This week, we continued our work with place value but added in decimal place value as well. As fourth graders, they are responsible for knowing how to write, order, compare, add, and subtract numbers that have a place value to the hundredths place. Next week we will wrap up our first unit in and take a test on Tuesday. We will also begin looking at addition and subtraction of whole numbers next week as well.
Writing: We have been working on getting our ideas for writing down on paper and also practicing our writing fluency by doing quick writes. We are hoping to begin our first personal narrative by next week.
Reading: This week we have been focusing on reading intensely, reading books that are just right for us, and making movies in our minds. Students should be able to open up to the middle of their novel and read a page without missing more than three words. If they miss more than that then the book is most likely too hard. Also, you should see your child coming home with their novel every night (we are reading realistic fiction novels for now). They should be reading the same book at home that they are reading at school and recording their minutes on their reading log.
Science/Social Studies: In social studies we have started to research the regions of Texas. Ask your child to tell you more about our great state!
Morning Meetings: Each week on Monday and Friday, our class meets together as a family to greet each other, discuss how we can apply a new rule from Ron Clark’s book The Essential 55 (we talk about a rule from his book on Monday, practice the rule during the week, and share how we applied the rule on Friday), and talk about how we can grow together as a class. Today we shared some ways we applied this week’s rule, “If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, we will congratulate that person.” The students shared stories about how they used this rule at recess, with a sibling, or even in class when someone did well. I love hearing these stories and my hope is they will carry these with them throughout our school year and beyond! We also did an activity today called “Roses and Thorns” where we shared something good about our week and something that they were disappointed in. We had many “roses” about after school activities and a lot of “thorns” about losing our extra recess. (I am happy to report that our good behavior in the cafeteria and in our hallways earned back our extra 10 minutes of recess today!) “Roses and Thorns” is also a great activity to do at home around the dinner table to share about your day or week. I would love to hear if you try it out! At the end of morning meeting we discussed how we can have a growth mindset. Ask your children about our morning meeting activities! They are a great way to bring our class together as a family and to build respect for one another.
We had a wonderful week of learning and I am looking forward to seeing all of my student’s bright and smiling faces on Monday morning!