Where 4th graders learn and grow!
October 12th, 2018
We had a productive week of learning in the classroom. We did a lot of math center work. The first unit test will be Monday, October 15th. Please see that your child reviews the study guide over the weekend.
In reading we started book partnerships where students are reading the same book as a partner and sharing their thinking as we learn new strategies for analyzing characters.
In science we worked on creating a summary table of all the work we have been doing in science to answer the focus questions: How can the truck be stopped safely and without damage? We also did an experiment using washers to see how energy is transferred.
In spelling, we started lesson 5 and made flashcards. In writing we are working our way through our rough drafts of stories.
And in social studies we started learning about geographers and Mr. Help; The five themes of geography: Movement, region, human-environmental interaction, location and place.
Hopefully you've had a chance to read what I included in last week's newsletter on regulation. Some parents have given me a lot of positive feedback and found it useful. This is the final year of elementary school. I see 4th grade as a final year of training for the big leagues when students start to receive letter grades. I see this year as a time to continue to develop and refine executive functioning skills. These skills include organization, following directions, being mindful of what they need to be doing at the moment, being able to stay on task or pull oneself back on task when the mind wanders or when silly behavior takes over. If you find that you need to remind your child each morning to do a list of routines or homework, then your child may need more development of executive function skills. I am here to help with this at school. Many of the report card grades reflect all of these skills, so it is important for me to help your child develop them along with your support at home.