1. This morning we had a surprise POWER MATH session. My power students worked on rounding numbers to the nearest tens and hundreds.
2. We read about the Minnesota logging industry in the 1830's. We look forward to visiting the History Center this Friday.
3. After lunch we all sat in the library and finished Gary Paulson's Hatchet. We discussed the meaning of prologues and epilogues. We then wrote notes to Gary Paulson suggesting titles for each of the 19 chapters. (It was a great practice for finding the main idea!) Literacy FLEW by. We were all shocked when it was time to pack up our things and go to music with Mrs. Sharp.
4. We played the drums with Mrs. Sharp. We look forward to our concert that is coming up later this spring.
Homework: February Math Calendar DUE TOMORROW. Spelling Evidence-options: paper plane, bubble letters, comic strip, sentences.
Have a lovely evening. I am very proud of all of your hard work today.
1. In math we discussed volume. To find the volume of a shape you measure L x W x H.
2. We started a our new health unit, Common Sense in The Great Body Shop.
3. In literacy we used a Venn Diagram to compare contractions and abbreviations. We learned that an abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or name. Most abbreviations start with capital letters and are followed by periods.
4. We ended our day watching the 4th, 5th and 6th grade band/orchestra performance. Way to go M and E. You guys did a great job!
1. This morning we had our first POWER MATH session. I worked with a great group of 4th graders on rounding big numbers. What did YOU do in your power math session?
2. We took a "coffee break" and read Scholastic News. It's important to be able to summarize what you have read. People constantly are summarizing the news in real life. We had fun explaining articles to our friends. We also discussed the origin of democrats and republicans.
3. In Phy. Ed we "Jump Roped for Heart!" It was very impressive seeing all of you work so hard!
4. We ended our week with a perimeter and area museum walk. Thanks for such a successful week. I look forward to reading your notes from this morning later tonight.
1. In math we discovered a short cut to find the area of ANY triangle. Simply take the base, multiply it by the width and divide by 2! We know this works because ANY triangle is always half of a parallelogram. To find the are of a parallelogram you take its base and multiply it by its height.
2. Mrs. Brown came to teach engineering.
3. We read more of Hatchet. We thought it was brilliant that the character Brian made a fish pond to hang on to fresh fish.
4. In literacy we worked on our acrostic poems. I look forward to publishing some of the poems on the blog tomorrow.
Thanks to all those families that have come to conferences. It has been such a pleasure meeting with you!
1. In math we learned more about area and perimeter. We used these graphics to help us understand that area measures the amount of space inside of a shape and perimeter measures the rim or the distance around a shape.
2. Mrs. Brown came to teach us more about engineering in science. When I came back to the room after lunch, it smelt like soap!
3. We had library with Ms. Zbacnik. It was fun seeing the different genres all of you are trying out this February. Good readers read different types of literature.
4. In Phy Ed we were surprised with a DROP EVERYTHING AND READ session. What a treat it was to read in the gym!
1. In math we looked at perimeter and area. We each were given a hexagon, 3 triangles, 3 rhombuses and 3 trapezoids. We had to figure out how to make the smallest perimeter. We did this by putting the long sides together first. We then tried to make the largest perimeter. We did this by putting the shortest sides together first.
2. We studied engineering in science with Mrs. Brown.
3. In honor of "I love to Read!" month, we had surprise Drop-Everything-And-Read time. It was so neat that all Brimhall students were reading at the same time. We look forward to more DEAR time later this week. Remember, you should have a book with you at all times :)
4. We worked on our angry verbs. A verb is an action word. Check out our fantastic art! Parents, you'll be able to see this outside our classroom door at conferences next week.
Homework: Study Link 8.2, Spelling Sentences (due tomorrow), final copy of door decoration (due Thursday).
Thanks for such a fantastic day 4th graders!
1. In the morning we met up with our 6th grade buddies in Mr. Kolden's class to hear their superhero stories.
2. In math we started Unit 8, Perimeter and Area. By the end of this unit, 4th graders will know how to find the perimeters and areas of a variety of shapes.
3. After lunch we studied the prefixes re- and pre-. Prefixes are a group of letters that change the meaning of a root word. The prefix re- means "again". If you were to redo your spelling homework, it means you would do your spelling homework again. The prefix pre- means "before". Many of you attended preschool before attending Brimhall. This is the school you attended before elementary school.
4. We started to prepare for our student-led conferences that are taking place on February 21st and 23rd. We look forward to sharing all of our 4th grade accomplishments with our families.
HOMEWORK: StudyLink 8.1 (remember, it's in your new math packet). Spelling sentences due on Wednesday.
1. This morning we played around with probability. Students completed lesson 7.12 in their math book.
2. We enjoyed the 6th graders musical performance this morning. What a talented group of kids! We also had our first engineering lesson with Mrs. Brown.
3. After lunch we read to Chapter 4 in Hatchet. Students are having a great time discussing possible names for the different chapters. We also had some time to work on our biome research projects. Tomorrow you will have the chance to present your biome to the class.
4. In literacy I had the chance to meet with several groups. One group is working on a creative writing piece that tells the moral "Don't judge a book by its cover." Students will be presenting their stories next week. The Joey Pigza group celebrated Jack Gantos' 2012 Newbery medal and worked on using context clues to decide the meaning of new words. Hurricane at the Zoo reviewed important vocabulary words and discussed all of the things you would have to protect animals from a hurricane.
Homework: RAZ Kids (if you have an account), StudyLinks 7.12, and READ for 30 minutes.