The Ritenour Review
2017 - 2018 Fourth Grade Weekly News
Veterans's Day Celebration
Thank you to all that are serving or have served. As the wife of a veteran, I know the toll it takes on men and women. We were honored to celebrate your day with such enthusiasm from the students. Thank you for all you have given and continue to give.
Kiddos, It's Cold Outside
Brrr!!! The cold weather has returned! Please remember, we will go outside for recess if it is above 10 degrees. I know you cannot control second for your child's morning, but please remind them to dress warmly.
This last week was a lot of fun. We put our nose to the ground and got to work! I have loved seeing their independence take off and they are thriving because of this drive!
In math, we are probably spending the most time learning how to use our brain and not become reliant upon manipulatives and physical tools. Our tools are great and very helpful for building out concepts and now we are becoming reading to look for systems, patterns and rules to apply to our understanding of fractions. We are putting in a lot of mental effort, and I am seeing results daily! Their confidence is blossoming! Please, continue working on those skills at home, too, if you notice your child is not feeling complete confidence. Confidence is truly the key right now!
In reading, we are master navigators when it comes to non-fiction texts. We have talked a lot about how a non-fiction read can be structured: cause/effect, problem/soluation, chronologically, compare/contrast, description. The class dives into texts daily and looks for the structure to better help them process the information in the text. Along with this unit, we are reading Ugly, a memoir about a man's life and how he was born with birth defects that affected his physical features. We are LOVING this book and how it ties in beautifully with Wonder and the themes/main ideas we can take away from these topics.
In science, we are working on Motion and Design. We have LOTS of K'Nex in the classroom and each group is testing design theories and how their designs will affect the overall motion of the vehicle. This past week, we looked at technical drawings and how those are vital to the reproduction phase of models. The mental wheels are turning much quicker than our vehicle wheels at the moment ;)
Coming up next!
- Math: We continue on with fractions and decimals!
- Reading: We will learn to read informational texts with vigor and depth.
- Science: We will continue building in our Motion and Design unit.
- Writing: We will look at our freewriting from last week and 'mine' for concepts we can build upon.
November 22nd-24th - Thanksgiving break
November 29th -STEM Night - Inquiry-Based Learning Night
December 14th - Boone Meadow Voices concert in the BME cafe at 7:00 PM
December 25th-January 5th - School closed for winter break