This week students were introduced to the concept of reading intensely in order to grow ideas about books. Each day, we met on the carpet for a mini lesson in which Mrs. Hauser used the book Tiger Rising to model how readers listened intensely. Once everyone had a better understanding of that day's skill, we practiced reading intensely in our own independent reading books. At the end of the week, students read a short story entitled Papa's Parrot, and then answered a number of questions that were based on the intense reading they had completed.
This week, students began their first Engage New York unit, which focused on Place Value. Students worked in small groups with Mrs. Hauser to learn the concept and practice their thinking using whiteboards, and then got to complete their problem independently, or with a peer. Once students were done with their math worksheet, they were able to work on Dreambox to reinforce what we had learned in class.
This week we continued working on our PYP unit of inquiry, Who We Are. This weeks focus was on communities, and students learned that a community is not just a place where you live, but is also a group of people that have characteristics in common. We then had a discussion about all the different communities we were involved in, which ranged from Girl Scouts to Chess Club. Students finished out the week by making a Seesaw post that reflected all of the learning we had done so far in our unit. Each student took a picture of themselves, and labeled three things from each category (values, culture, and community) that represented who they are!
Everyone has signed up for a conference, and I look forward to speaking with each of you about your child’s successes in 4th grade! Please arrive on time, and be ready with any questions or concerns that we can discuss during our 20 minute session.
- Monday, October 9th- Thursday, October 12th- Book Fair
- Tuesday, October 10th - Tiger Rising List 1 Vocabulary Test/Reading Log Due
- Wednesday/Thursday, October 11th and 12th- Parent Teacher Conferences
- Tuesday, October 17th- Picture Day