This week, students learned a new strategy to help them write about their reading. Students were taught that "Think Notes" help us reflect on our reading, and prepare us to talk about books, so as a class we read multiple short stories that helped us analyze topics such as characters, connections, setting, themes, inferences, and figurative language. Next week, students will take their knowledge of this new strategy and use it in their own reading!
This week, students reviewed the difference between fact and opinion, and began gathering research on whether or not people we should eat insects. Students formed personal opinions on the matter right away, and quickly began debating their classmates on the topic. Next week, we will continue to focus on stating a claim, as well as providing evidence, or FRED (facts, reasons, examples, details) as we like to call it, as a support.
This week, students began their new PYP unit which focuses on How The World Works. During the next few weeks, we will look at how people use scientific knowledge to respond to a changing Earth, and more specifically, explore the topic of natural disasters. This unit will an inquiry into the causes of global change, human responses to change, and finally, how we take action. During our first week, students used Rachel Carson as a case study example, and began gathering background information on the multiple types of events that cause the Earth to change.
There's still time, (and plenty of room) to join Mr. Blanc, and Mrs. Hauser at the 4th grade Auction Party. Students are invited to partake in an afternoon of fun at Super Play, while we eat pizza, and enjoy both laser tag and bowling. If you're interested in signing your child up, please contact Sharon Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org, we look forward to seeing you there!
- Monday, March 9th- Guidance Lesson by Mrs. Daniel-Hoffman
- Tuesday, March 10th- Reading Logs due/Vocabulary Test
- Thursday, April 12th-4th grade Auction Party
- Friday, April 13th- Grading Day- No School for students