Reading and ELA - As we continue our work with Reading Street, students have read about and discussed storms, severe weather and forecasting, and have read and analysed a tall tale. This week, they are reading a realistic fiction about solving a mystery. We are also reading Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. Students are working in literature circles to enhance their experience of the book and share their impressions with their classmates.
Students are working on Mentor Sentences, using exemplary sentences taken from a variety of literary sources to increase their understanding of basic grammar concepts and develop their ability to write strong, engaging sentences.
Math - Students are continuing to explore and deepen their understanding of fractions. As always, fluency with math facts makes everything go more smoothly. I highly recommend spending 2-5 minutes each day practicing multiplication facts.
We recently learned that Khan academy has created a link with NWEA MAP test scores. All scores from our most recent round of testing have been input into Khan academy. Now, students can go to www.KhanAcademy.org/maptest and use their login information. Once there, they will find personalized recommendations based on their individual scores. I am excited for the students to make use of this new feature.
Social Studies - The fourth-grade explorers are taking a tour of the United States. They have just visited the Northeast Region and are now visiting Southeast Region. Using their interactive notebook as a travel journal, they are learining about the natural resources, major landforms, history and culture of the region and its states. As part of their journey, students need to memorize the states of each region along with their location and capital.
Religion - In Religion we are learning about sacraments and the Beatitudes, as well as about Lent and Easter. We have been discussing the acronym Let's Eliminate Negative Thinking and ways in which to apply that to our daily lives in school and out. Students collected twigs and made lovely Lenten crosses.
Even though the Groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter, we are keeping our thoughts towards Spring!
Please remember to label your children's clothing. We have quite a few sweaters and sweatshirts with no name. Without names written inside, matching the article with the correct child is difficult.
Paper Towels and tissues are always in short supply. During cold and flu season we go through these items quickly. All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your past contributions!
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