This week in Language Arts, our spelling words focused on ‘r blends’, such as ‘crab’ and ’trim’. We practiced a new sound <ie> that sounds like long /i/, as in ‘pie’ and ‘lie’. During Literacy Stations, we built sight words with pattern blocks and stamps, and we built sentences and wrote them. On Friday, we had a Pajama Day to celebrate filling our ‘Caring Container’. We brought books to read and enjoyed read alouds and story time while cuddling with our stuffed animals.
We began a new class incentive, using a 100 Chart to acknowledge when we are caring and principled!
In Math, we practiced ‘doubles’, such as 4 + 4 and 6 + 6 and represented doubles using dots and ten-frames. We noticed patterns in doubles and marked them on a Hundreds Chart. We marked our 60th day of school and used the opportunity to count unifix cubes by 5s and 10s. Then we made one group of 60 connected cubes and broke it into two groups, modeling making a number sentence to represent how it broke. We also measured ourselves with the 60-long tower and noted if we were “taller than, shorter than, or equal height” 60 cubes.
In Science, we are learning about engineering and using the design process: 1. Find a problem, 2. Plan and Build, 3. Test and Improve, 4. Redesign, 5. Communicate. Next week we will be engaging with the design process more, using materials to design something that will hold a text book.
In Social Studies, we have continued to talk about our feelings and sorting feelings into the 4 zones (blue, green, yellow, and red). We are practicing making facial expressions to show our feelings. We learned two strategies for helping calm our bodies when we feel ourselves moving toward the yellow or red zone: breathing up and down your fingers and mindfully noticing your body.
This week in the third grade we finished researching various elements of ecosystems and biomes for our projects. Next week, the students will complete their museum exhibits using various art materials. To do this, they will need a shoebox (one per pair).
Math: In Math we practiced rounding to the nearest 10s, 100s and 1000s. We have also learnt multiplying 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number and practiced division. The students have solved a lot of word problems and multiplied amounts of money (decimal numbers).
We have also been preparing for Thanksgiving! We are practicing our reader’s theater for the upcoming celebration. We have read many Native American legends through a play format. The students continued comprehension activities regarding Native Americans in the Northwest of the USA, and read multiple texts in order to compare sources. Students in projects have been creating their own Thanksgiving meal, complete with a menu, table settings, and an invitation. The students disguised turkeys in order to save them from being eaten on Thanksgiving. They wrote short persuasive pieces on why their disguise will work. We finished our week with a genre escape room in order to review the concept!
This week in language arts the fourth graders continued working on persuasive writing. We also reviewed genres with an escape room activity. Next week, the students will be writing persuasive pieces in 30-40 minutes.
Science: In science we talked about different ways in which plants can be pollinated. Then we talked about animal reproductions and cycles of life. The students learnt the difference between a complete and incomplete metamorphosis that insects undergo. Finally we started discussing different physical adaptations that help plants and animals survive in their environment. Monday Dec 2nd: end of chapter test
Social Studies: On Tuesday Dec 3rd there will be a test about the early history of America: the Native Americans, Christopher Columbus’s expedition and the interchange of goods that followed, the revolution.
English: In English, we have been working with the sound d, and learning concept words (gym, mall, movie theater, restaurant, supermarket, zoo).
Science: In Science, We have continued with reviewing the basic needs of people.
Social studies: In Social Studies, we have continued reviewing wants and needs and my community.
Math: In math, we have continued counting numbers 1-10 and learning positions where is it located and creating solid shapes.
As always have a great week