What's Happening In Our Classroom!
Students are continuing to learn and apply the comprehension strategy of determining importance during reading workshop. The students will be reading a variety of passages and texts and determining the difference between interesting and important information. As always, I will begin by modeling, and then the kids will eventually apply the strategy on their own. When applying their strategies independently, they will be doing so using fiction and nonfiction texts that are appropriate for their reading level.
We have started the genre of informational writing. The students are learning how to craft an informational piece. The reading comprehension strategies of inferring and determining importance will be applied as the kids research their topic and read carefully to determine which information is most essential.
During the mini-lesson portion of writing workshop, I model the note taking process for the kids using texts from Reading Workshop. Mini lessons will focus on note taking (paraphrasing and quoting information), citing research, and using text features to elevate the complexity of writing. This unit will be about two months long. During this time the kids will write several informational pieces and learn how to write with a teaching tone. They will become experts on their topic along the way.
In February, we will finish our math unit on measurement and shapes. Our next unit is Fraction Cards and Decimal Grids. In this unit, students will learn parts of rectangles, comparing fractions and decimals, adding and subtracting fractions and decimals, and computation with rational numbers. Learning will be differentiated through small group instruction as well as extension activities that will challenge all students.
Students are learning about the Free Enterprise and Economics. Over the next few weeks we will be discussing choices and decisions, supply and demand, banking, checking accounts, how government works, how to write a deposit slip/check, how to fill out a job application, and how to interview. These are just some of the concepts we will explore. The fourth grade will be attending Young AmeriTowne on Friday, March 9, 2017.
Next week in our technology rotation, students will be going to the STEAM Lab to work with Lego-WeDos. Our focus will be on building and programming Legos, collaborating creatively with others, and having the openness and courage to explore an open-ended task. Students will also look at how designing and refining their ideas will lead to success with Legos.
February is Kindness Month!
- We will be working on developing and strengthening our classroom community.
- Secret Pal Valentine Breakfast - February 14th
- Young AmeriTowne Field Trip - March 9th
- Colorado Connection Concert in Music - March 15th (9:45 - 10:15)
- Spring Break - March 19th-23rd
- CMAS Testing Schedule is in listed on the school’s website - March 28th-April 11th
Please make sure your child is at school on those days.
My door is always open. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.