The Kaubin Chronicle
Elizabeth Haddon School - Haddonfield, NJ
Fourth graders learned and practiced a very important Common Core skill called R.A.C.E. The R.A.C.E strategy will help students to answer questions that ask them to respond to a text. We learned a cool cheer to remember R.A.C.E. Ask your student to share this cheer with you!
R - Restate the question.
A - Answer the question.
C - Cite evidence from the text.
E - Explain your answer.
Writer's recently endured Essay Boot Camp! We learned the basics of essay writing, which we refer to as "Boxes and Bullets". We developed a class thesis statement and three supporting reasons. Students learned the template for a good essay and wrote a flash-draft based on our class discussions. Ask your student about Boxes and Bullets!
Mathletes were introduced to multiplication and a little division, Fourth Grade style! We reviewed multiplication tricks and tips, division shortcuts, and fact families. We identified new symbols for multiplication and division including (*) and (/). Your student understands that learning their Math Facts is critical to their success in Math. Please support your son or daughter in mastering their facts this year.
Students also practiced strategies for solving Word Problems or Number Stories. We learned that math can get crazy in fourth grade... For example, when you're solving a word problem where you need to figure out an unknown, instead of putting a question mark in the unknown spot, you can add a LETTER. Isn't that just nuts?! Some students caught on that this was the beginning of Algebra, and therefore, feel very mature and special! Well done, 4K!
We went outside to play a fourth-grade-favorite tag game called, "I Will Survive" to illustrate the necessary balance to a food chain. Students played the role of a grasshopper, frog, or hawk. Cheerios acted as producers. The video below illustrates how the grasshoppers were sent in to the ecosystem first to collect food, followed by the frogs which ate the grasshoppers, and the hawks which ate the frogs. We played a few rounds and students were stunned by how nature is able to balance itself out so living things can survive.
Our Walking Trip to Borough Hall
Things to Note
Next Week's Highlights
- Day 6: Chorus, Art
- Day 1: PE, Health
- Day 2: Library, *Orchestra*
- Day 3: Spanish, PE,*Band*
- Day 4: Music
Reading Retreat, November 26
Early Dismissal, November 26
Thanksgiving Break, November 27 & 28
Holiday Shop, December 2-4
Barnes and Noble Fundraiser, December 6
Evening Conferences, December 11
Morning Conferences - No School, December 12
Evening Conferences - Early Dismissal, December 15
4K is in need of the following supplies:
- Paper Towels
- Ziploc baggies of all shapes and sizes
We would sincerely appreciate all donations. Thank you!