Friday, August 19, 2016

Week In Review

We made it through our first full week of 4th grade! We've got some exciting things happening in our room, check out our Week in Review!

Are you following our class Facebook page? We'll be sharing pictures and other fun stuff over there!

Writer's Workshop
"Building a Community of Writers"

This week students studied punctuation in writing along with learning 4th grade "non-negotiables". We set up our Google Classroom and students completed their first writing pre-assessment online. Near the end of the week students were tested on 4th grade accountable words. A list of words will be coming home next week for your child to work on. 

"Structures of Life"

We began reviewing our Experimental Design Diagram where students refreshed their understanding of independent and dependent variables, constant conditions, and writing a hypothesis. Students learned more about how science classify animals. Our crayfish also arrived on Friday, we'll be learning more about them next week!

"Building a Community of Readers"

Students learned that different text bands (levels of books) will have different characteristics. We started by looking at the NOPQ text band and read Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. Together, we worked to identify traits of a book in the NOPQ text band. 

Next, we studied the characteristics of the RST text band. We began reading Tiger Rising by Katie DiCamillo and taking notes about the characteristics of an RST book in our class notebook.

For more information on reading level expectations click here. Still have questions, let me know!

"Addition, Subtraction & Place Value"

On Monday students took the first Math Benchmark of the year. These assessments are designed to show growth through the year as they test students on end of year expectations. Students will take another benchmark in the winter and again in the spring. 

Next we began talking about the Math Practice Standards, these are things mathematicians will do all year long as they work to solve problems.

Finally, we learned how to play "Close to 1,000" and spent some time working on our Moby Max accounts.


  • Be sure to check the class calendar, located here on the blog.
  • If you haven't sent in $2 for your child's student planner please do so next week.
  • Send in your Orchestra Registration Form if you haven't already.
  • Curriculum night is Wednesday, August 24th.
  • Scholastic Book orders are coming home this weekend! You can shop online by clicking HERE and entering our class code - M97HD.

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