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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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!