Fourth Grade News
Mrs. Combi, Mrs. DeGrendel, and Mrs. Gates
Mrs. Skinner's Newest Addition
Digital Book Club
The students complete a complex word problem independently upon entering the classroom. After a classroom discussion about the problem, we move on to a mini-lesson. That mini-lesson lasts anywhere from 5-15 minutes focusing on one math standard. For example, today we focused on finding equivalent fractions when they do not start with like denominators. After the mini-lesson, they students break into groups, based on their academic needs to complete 1 or 2 stations. After the stations, we try to have a quick wrap up to make sure they have a firm understanding of the standard.
Switching to this format gives me the opportunity to give your much more small group instruction and one-on-one instruction. Once we master the routine of math workshop, I will be pulling individuals and small groups to focus on intervention and enrichment,
We are really excited about the transformation. When the students were surveyed, 100% of students preferred our new math workshop format, versus our previous math instruction.
Please let me know if you ever need additional math resources or practice for your children at home!
Today was our third and final government vocab test! We will finish up this unit the week of March 17 when we return to social studies. The final government test is scheduled for March 21. You may have seen that the kids had social studies homework! After all the grumbles, they actually do seem excited to survey their parents and other family members! :) This is due March 17 to give your child plenty of time to call/email relatives, if needed.
Next week we kick off with our Magnetism and Electricity unit. This one is a lot of fun! Monday we'll be exploring the properties of magnets.
The final test grades for the Properties and Changes in Matter test are posted in Synergy. Because this is a district test the kids won't be bringing it home with them.