Mrs. Wright's Fourth Grade Class
Learning and Growing Each Day!
Another Two Weeks FLIES By!
We have been very busy!
In math we have been working on addition, subtraction, estimation and word problems. The students are very good problem solvers overall and Ive been able to really challenge them throughout this unit. We will also revisit all the skills taught in the first nine weeks before the last week of the quarter when the students will take an end of quarter test on our online testing system, Illuminate. The students have done well on each skill taught so I know after some review they will be ready for the end of quarter test! Expect that grade to come home in the blue Friday folder at the end of the month!
VA Studies has begun and is in full swing! Your students know the states that border Virginia, the 5 regions of Virginia, the major bodies of water that border Virginia and the major rivers in the state! Phew! They have been able to practice nonfiction reading skills as well as our VA studies quizzes are all open book in order to practice that very important skill of looking back for answers. By the end of the quarter the students will be able to do some VA studies projects to show what they know! We will wrap up our unit on Virginia soon before revisiting science, but for now we are enjoying our time learning about our state!
In the next few weeks keep looking for those blue Friday folders with grades as the quarter is coming to an end quickly! We have begun online testing in all subjects now and grades are sent in the blue folder on the signature page. Please keep the signature page in the folder. A few friends did return the folder with no signed paper. I have explained to the students how overly verbal I become on the phone and how getting the sheet signed would probably be much easier on them than a phone call home to check in :) though I am always happy to chat about students I am hoping the signature page becomes a habit and is signed weekly to cut down on the calling, messages, emails and such that I will have to send to follow up. Please ask your student for that folder weekly! I will never take that signature sheet out either- if there was no online test it may be blank but wont be absent. So if its not in the folder please ask your student for it! Thanks for helping me keep you informed. Its better than being surprised when report cards come out. As always, please keep checking parent portal so you are fully informed.
From new playground equipment to a special visitor these past two weeks have been great! Your students have really settled into fourth grade. They are becoming a community of learners who work together, share and really listen to one another. They are growing so much and Im so proud of them. The first quarter is really flying by! I cant wait to see what the next quarter brings!
Reading and Math!
In order to really challenge the students in math I have been calling them to the table in small groups and asking them to complete multi-step (difficult) word problems! They have been very committed to their work and are determined to do anything that is considered a "challenge"!
Writing, writing, writing!
Music and Specials!
In PE this week your students ran the mile this week! I was so proud to hear that Angelina broke the record for our female runners completing her mile at 6 minute and 13 seconds. Go Angelina!! I am proud of all my students who complete the mile- its not an easy task. I am always very impressed with our PE program. I am coming from a district that offered PE only once a week. The four days/week PE program here in ACPS is rigorous and student centered. Your students work hard, play hard and get a lot of exercise each day! We have had a few conversations about how lucky we are to have that opportunity! Ask your students about their specials at school!! They are an important part of our school day!
Virginia Studies Partner Work!
Virginia Studies White Board Practice!
Our New Playground!
Our day at camp Albemarle!
I did not get to take pictures of them at all their stations because I was teaching sign language but I loved seeing them at my station and found them to be the most pleasant and well behaved students all day :)
We Haven't Forgotten About Our 7 Habits!
Today I taught a quick lesson on habit #1- Be Proactive. Specifically I want the students to be aware of what it means to be the opposite of proactive- reactive. As a group we really need to work on not being reactive. I used a power point and some real life examples to help the kids identify what it means to be proactive vs. reaction and what that truly looks like. We related it to being a motor boat (proactive, in control of ourselves) or a row boat with no oars (being pushed whichever way the world moves us, not in control) and talked extensively about how to be a "motor boat" at school. Ask your student about the lesson and what they know about being proactive vs. reactive. Everyone could use a reminder but Id like to think that we can work on a few of the things that make school days a bit rougher. We are going to be responsible and in control of our own emotions/attitudes this year!
A Special Visitor!
Monday, Oct. 24th, 2:30-6pm
2740 Proffit Road
Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 2:45-4pm
2740 Proffit Road
Reminders and Info...
Dont Forget Homework!
Just Some Cuteness From My World to Yours...
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." Lily Tomlin