There has definitely been a whirlwind of activity going on in Room 23! My students have enjoyed taking part in their first Novel Study. I have been pleased with the enthusiasm and creativity shown in the students’ projects. They have completed Life Graphs, Key Notes, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” Games, Dioramas, posters, and more. We also had a blast creating our giant hallway Solar System model. Math got a little silly this week when we all took off our shoes to estimate and measure how many yards and meters our shoes would make when lined up toe to heel in the hall. Forty-four shoes made a row 11 yards and 9 3/8″ long, in case you were wondering. I’m am anticipating a fun week next week with your children!
Wowee! My Wave Riding Junior Virginia Trekkers have really made a splash in the world of broadcast journalism. Each student in our class worked very hard to bring the scripts that they wrote themselves, to life! A huge “Thank You” to our ITRT, Mr. Favale, for filming “green screen” style, and putting the video together, complete with PERFECT background settings, and music. ENJOY, by clicking on this link! https://vimeo.com/51191228
Whew! We sure are busy here in room 23! We are learning all about Virginia’s five geographic regions, and all of the really cool places that may be found within each of them. Today, we watched Virginia Trekker videos from the Valley and Ridge Region, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Coastal Plain. The students have started working on their group projects, for which they will write and record a “broadcast” from their assigned region! I will be sure to post these video clips right here on our blog.
We sure have been so busy this week, it can’t possibly only be Tuesday! It was nice to see many of you at Gayton’s Ice Cream Social yesterday. We have begun our curriculum work in earnest, and had our first graded classwork of the year today on the bordering states of VA. My Wave Riders also did a terrific job during their Language Arts stations today. Everyone is remaining cool, calm, and collected as we face, together, these new, rigorous, challenges of fourth grade! I hope to see many of you at Back to School Night on Thursday evening at 7PM. I will spend my fifteen minutes with you discussing my homework philosophy and how to best help your child at home for graded assignments. Enjoy your evening!
We have already been very busy in Room 23! I am very proud of my students, for making this transition into Fourth Grade look so easy. Our first units of study, by subject will be; Math-Place Value, Science-Scientific investigation, Social Studies-VA Geography, L.A.- Parts of a Book, and Capitalization. Whew, never a dull moment. I am looking forward to our NBA Spirit Rally on Friday afternoon, so we can officially kick this year off with style. This month’s character trait is RESPECT. We have had a few conversations about this in our room, and I have seen some terrific examples of this very important trait in my Gayton Gators, and for that, I am very grateful.
Here we go! It is time for another school year to begin, and I couldn’t be more excited about meeting my new class. Come on by to Open House in Room 23 on Thursday, August 30, 2012 between 11:00AM and noon, if you can. Feel free to drop off, or organize, school supplies, pick up PTA packets, see the classroom, and introduce yourself to me! Fourth grade is a WILD and fun adventure in learning. Are you ready?