This Friday will be the end of our First Quarter in Fourth Grade! It was wonderful seeing you all at Open House last week! I hope you enjoyed seeing your students' hard work and presentations.
This week we are finishing our Personal Narratives and will do a narrative prompt. Wednesday will be the Reading Assessment that will discuss inferences (using context clues and background knowledge) and supporting story elements with evidence from the text. We've been practicing for a few weeks now, so they've been growing! I'm excited to see what they can do!
Math: We're still working on different strategies for multiplication. Today we worked on partial product and they did great! Keep encouraging your student to persevere and do their best. I love how proactive they are in trying new things!
Math Facts: Still working on fact fluency! Fluency is accuracy and speed. Some students asked for flash cards (some for only certain multiplication fact families). Here is the document for the flash cards that I printed (they are accurate if you print them front/back)!
We're starting in a different direction this week with Science and Social Studies! Tomorrow we'll start practicing reading maps - specifically Missouri Maps. Regions of Missouri, major Missouri cities, and landforms.
If you have not signed up for a conference yet, please contact me about filling one of the available places on this document.
Friday will be the Fall Party! Please contact me if you are willing to come help! We have a room mom that has organized the activities, but any parent is welcome to come celebrate with us (just PLEASE let me know if you're coming so that I know to expect you)! The party is scheduled for 10:30-11:30 with a normal lunch at 11:30. School will let out at 12:30. Please plan accordingly!
It's the first week of October! We have only 2 weeks until the Quarter ends, which means Open House, Fall Party, and Fall Conferences are on the way!
From the Classroom:
Time flies when you're having fun! We've been working hard and having fun in our classroom!
* Reading: We've been studying characters through the stories they've been reading and in our class read aloud. Holes has kept us busy and intrigued as we piece together the story of Stanley Yelnats! Reading 20 minutes or more at home will keep their minds sharp and a Reading Log filled out each day will earn DOJO points in class. The Pizza Hut Book It program will be sent home this week, so recording what they read at home will also earn them personal pizza at Pizza Hut (make sure to read how the program works - their reading log for class will not be what earns them the Book It coupon).
*Writing: For the past couple weeks we've been working on brainstorming and observing author moves from authors of small moments. The students are excited to start using their sense words, showing not telling, and memory moments to craft their stories! We've also started Spelling Tests. We'll work on the word lists on Spelling City throughout the week and test on Friday. These lists focus on a spelling pattern that they'll use as they spell in their daily writing. This week will be 'Sounds of i Week 5.'
* Math: Friday I sent home the Reteaching page from Topic 2 for students to show you what they know about multi-digit adding and subtracting
I hope you had an incredible Labor Day weekend!
For these first couple of weeks we've been reviewing daily routines, talking about quality character and choices, and getting back into the grove of school!
In Reading we've been working on Daily 5 routines and choosing good fit books. I've been conferencing with students and checking their understanding! Keep up the good work! Also reading at home is important. They have a reading log on the back of their agenda each day to be filled out.
Writing about memories, emotions, school times, history of a name, and other topics/prompts has kept us jogging our brains on stories to share. Tomorrow we'll be starting our Personal Narrative unit. Personal Narratives are short stories about a moment in our lives. Students have been asked to bring a picture or drawing of a significant moment to school tomorrow to start the writing process. This photo or drawing will stay with us for the duration of the unit, then will be sent home. If you would like it home quicker, please let me know and we can make alternate arrangements.
With the Topic 1 Place Value assessment complete in Math, we will be moving on with Topic 2. They worked so hard during Topic 1 that I'm sure I will see amazing things in our Multidigit Addition and Subtraction unit! With addition and subtraction comes the need to know our addition and subtraction facts well. We are working in class to make these facts second nature with Rocketship Math, but any additional practice at home would be beneficial as well! Online tools are nearly endless, and flashcards are never a bad idea. **Below is a photo of our Brain Break just before the Place Value test!**
We have a new math curriculum this year, and we're all working very hard to ensure that this is a smooth and effective transition. We are discovering new tools and information day by day, so please watch for more information to come your way in your student's folder. Graded papers will also come home for you to look over with them. With workbooks as our main media of independent work, less papers may be coming home than in years past. This workbooks is acting as a math journal and storing their work. Times may arise when students need extra practice on a skill or redo work--I will notify you if this is the case. I'm excited that enVisions has student access to online tools and assignments. In the future, students will get a login code to work on at school as well as at home.
Ecosystems and Animal Adaptations will keep us busy during the next couple weeks in Science. We will be making Ecosystem shoe boxes soon, so we will be needing shoe boxes sent to school! Please send them no later than next Friday with your student's name on the box.
Sorry for being long-winded! Le's have a great week! Please feel free to contact me about any question you may have!
We're off to a great start! These kiddos come in ready to learn and are ready for whatever adventure their teacher has in store! As a teacher, this pumps me up for the day.
This week we've been working on building reading stamina in the classroom and have worked up to 25 minutes of independent reading! I've been having to stop them so we can move into other subjects! Note: each night students will bring their Agenda folder home with our daily agenda and a reading log. The reading log will be their only consistent "homework." I will be sending home a chart tomorrow that shows the difference in students who read for 20+ minutes at home and those that read 5 or less. It's quite significant! Please make sure that you take time to look through the folder with them each night and send it back in the morning. This will be worth DOJO points for being responsible about their job as a Fourth Grader.
In Writing we've been working on building stamina to write on brainstorming topics in their "Writer's Field Journal." We're calling it something a little different because I'm wanting them to know that this is a place to try out stories and strategies without being graded. They've loved sharing their stories!
We're starting a new Math series and these students are working hard at being problem solvers in every math problem they come across! This week we've focused on some key Math Practices that will be woven in with the work we do along the way.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
I have no doubt, this year will be incredible! You'll find here an array of class information...eventually. Keep checking in and you'll see weekly blog updates as a substitute for a paper newsletter. We'll also house important links for the students as well as for you. Stay tuned! Updates are coming!
Together, we'll make this year the best yet!
Miss Kayla Bobeen
I love learning and am always looking for a new adventure! My favorite adventures are in great books and with family and friends.