Super Sleuth News

Super Sleuth News

Hello, Super Sleuth Families, and Happy Autumn!  We’ve had another good week in room 214, and my students are getting the hang of being fourth graders.  We continue to practice routines and discuss expectations, and with each day, things run more and more smoothly.  Right about now, we are turning the corner and easing into the heart of our curriculum, which is chock full in fourth grade.  The Super Sleuths are up for the challenge, we really will learn a bunch of cool stuff this year.

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Curriculum:

Math: We are currently working on Place Value, Number Forms, Rounding, and Comparing and Ordering Numbers.  We will move on to adding and subtracting some big numbers next week.  We will have our Place Value Assessment on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Reading and Language Arts: A word about Reader’s Response Journals and Our Reading/LA Block- Each student is expected to complete one reader’s response  a week here at school in their reading journals. The children are given 20 minutes of reading time during our 90 minute Reading/LA Block each day.  They should also read for at least 20 minutes each night at home, as part of their nightly homework. On Mondays, I collect students with numbers 1-5’s journals, on Tuesdays, I collect numbers 6-10, on Wednesdays 11-15, Thursdays 16-21.  This Monday was the first day that I checked reader responses, but I did let my students know last Monday, that we would begin this schedule this week.  My students have menus for fiction and nonfiction in their reading binders from which they choose which response they would like to complete.  If a child is reading the same book from one week to the next, they simply choose a different response activity.  It is not my expectation that all of my students will be able to read a book a week. Overall, my students are easing into our Reading/LA block format very well.  We have whole group instruction for 20-30 minutes, then over the next 60 minutes, we rotate through small group guided reading lessons, and independent literacy station work.  There will usually be two or three graded assignments due by the end of each week, and the children are told each day which ones they are.  Daily Dazzle will always be graded, as will vocabulary quizzes, once we get that program up and running. For the most part, my class is doing a great job with the independent work. While I am working with small groups, students must develop the skills and stamina to complete work quietly and independently in 20 minute segments.  The literacy stations they have to choose from may be found on Reading Contracts, which they receive at the beginning of each week, additionally, I verbally review expectations for a work session, and post them on the front board in our room. Please encourage your child to use time wisely during this segment of the day.  I am trying my best from here, and my students are given help in prioritizing work, when it comes down to the “must do’s”.  We are just a few weeks in, and I really am proud of how well my class has adapted, overall, and I have no doubt that every one of my Super Sleuths will succeed! Thank you for your ongoing support.

Reading Skill this week: Context clues, and identifying synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms

Writing: Pre-Writing strategies

Science: Weather!  We will write and produce our own weather forecasts as a culminating project for this unit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Sleuth News

Super Sleuth News

I am so proud of how well my students are settling into Fourth Grade, thank you for sharing your wonderful children day after day with me, I truly look forward to seeing them each morning. Thank you to each of you that made it to Back to School Night, it was so great to see everyone, and I am so grateful for your kind words and support.

Curriculum:
Math – 4.1 Number Sense – students will be able to read and write numbers to the millions place in multiple forms (standard, word, expanded, picture). In addition they will compare/order and round numbers to the millions place. Your kiddos read number into the 100 Billions today, just for fun!

Language Arts – The children have done a terrific job completing their first assignment from our L.A. Daily Dazzle program.

Vocabulary – I will introduce my students to our vocabulary program this week.

Reading – Summarize using the main idea and supporting details in a passage, using the “Someone Wanted, But, Then, So” strategy.

Writing – pre-writing strategies

Science – 4.1 Scientific Investigation – The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.
The students will take a quiz on this unit on Thursday, 9/21. Next up, our weather unit!

This and That
There is a NEW county required Change of Transportation form that has specific verbiage. You can find it on the KES website. Please use only this form when your child has a change of transportation, thank you!

We are so proud of our classroom Library Assistants, Maddie and Carter!

We’re Up and Running!

We’re Up and Running!

My Super Sleuths are doing a terrific job transitioning into fourth grade! The learning is serious business in fourth grade, and there’s a lot of it, so we have been focusing on getting organized, and learning routines and procedures. However, as you can see below, we are also making headway into our curriculum. We had fun today watching some raisins sink and float over and over during our Dancing Raisin experiment. We did this together as a classroom demonstration to begin learning about the Scientific Method.

Curriculum:
Math – 4.14 Graphing – students will read, interpret, and create bar graphs and line graphs. There will be a quiz on bar graphs and line graphs on Friday 9/15.

Multiplication Fact challenges-we are working hard at REALLY learning our facts for fast recall for when we tackle long division and fractions later in the year. Please continue to work on these at home as well, thanks!

Extension-Students are able to create a pop-up graph from data they collected during a 4th grade survey.

Reading – Identify the main idea and supporting details in a passage.
Language Arts-We are beginning the Daily Dazzle Language program this week
Writing – pre-writing strategies
Science – 4.1 Scientific Investigation – The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.
A science vocabulary Quiz will be administered on Thursday 9/21
Extension: students will work with partners to design and conduct their own experiment.

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First Day Daze

First Day Daze

Whew! Today was a whirlwind of fun, and I have to say, I am already so proud of my Super Sleuths. They did a wonderful job in conquering all of the “newness” of the first day. Learning brand new classroom procedures, working on our reading stamina, getting to know each other, and revisiting our Classroom Habitudes made for a jam packed day. During our Morning Meeting, we talked about what characteristics may define a hero, and the different situations you may find one. Ask your child what happened at the end of the marathon race we learned about today. My class really impressed me today during our Active Listening exercise. They were asked to first write down on a Post-it what active listening looks like. Some wrote things like “you shouldn’t see mouths moving” “looking eyes”, and “have good posture.” Then, they were asked what active listening sounds like, and some very clever students left their post-it notes totally blank, for “nothing” or “silent”. Using good listening practices will become one of our classroom rules, as we develop those together this week. I am very excited about this school year and sharing it with my students and their families!

Here is a photo of our Active Listening board once the students had provided their responses-

Super Sleuths are awesome and active listeners!

To Mrs. B.’s Super Sleuths and Families!

To Mrs. B.’s Super Sleuths and Families!

Welcome to a new school year, Super Sleuths! We are going to have an incredibly exciting year in Room 214, and I can hardly wait to meet all of you, so that we may begin the work of cracking some serious cases together. For real, there are a multitude of Fourth Grade mysteries to be solved. Like, who was the man responsible for the survival of the colony at Jamestown? How did he succeed, against all odds? Or, how do we determine an animal’s job, or niche, within its living environment? And finally, just what in the world is a common denominator, and how do they help in solving math problems? Wow, we have lots to do, but I know my Super Sleuths are up for the challenge! We will work hard to become excellent investigators by working on our reading stamina, brushing up on our research skills, working cooperatively, learning how to ask the right questions, and striving to become stellar thinkers and problem solvers. Are you up for the challenge? I believe in YOU! I’m so excited to get to know all of you and build our classroom family together. See you soon, Super Sleuths!

With Love,
Mrs. B.

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