During this week, the scientists have been reviewing addition strategies, learning all about rounding to the nearest ten and hundred, estimating, and understanding addition properties. We have been working in math centers, playing different games, and working in a small group with me to practice more in depth learning. During Language Arts, the scientists have been reading and writing about about the books, and many scientists have finished or are about to finish their first ten books and getting their first prize. We have also started our vocabulary journals, following the story " El Coleccionista de Palabras" by Peter H. Reynolds. Whenever we come across a new interesting vocabulary word in our read aloud session, we discuss the word, learn its meaning and when the scientists choose that word to write sentences with it, they get the word in a sticker to collect on their notebooks, and will get a prize after 25 words collected! Finally, during Social Studies, we have continued with our Third Grade Collab time on Thursday mornings to work on projects related to the Massachusetts symbols.
On a different note, our scientists have been also celebrating the Hello Week reading about and practicing kindness, with the book "A little spot of kindness!" by Diane Alber, and creating encouraging messages for our second grade buddies.
Isn't all this a great way to spend time in school?
Eleven days into the school year, our scientists are in complete working mode. In the lab we have learned how to work with the "scientist safety checklist", and collaborate with our team of scientists to keep our working area organized and safe from dangerous viruses (a.k.a chaos). In math we completed the week of inspirational math, like we did last year, to remind us of how real mathematicians work through problems and what real math looks like. We reviewed the topics of thinking deeply, looking for patterns, using images and manipulatives, and making tons of mistakes in order to make our brains build new pathways between our neurons. We have also started our number talks, and math routines, as well as the math chapter on properties of addition. This year we have started our "diario trasto" or junk journal, to create a space every day for free, creative writing in Spanish, where our ideas and sentences are not judged, but rather serve as a way of practicing our written Spanish while we talk about our favorite things, events in our lives, and other topics, and we also get creative decorating the journal with pockets, tags, pop-ups and tons of washi tape! In reading we have started our reading challenges: for every 10 books the scientists read and write about in their reading passport, they get a prize! The enthusiasm for reading and writing is skyrocketing! We have also started with reading mini lessons to talk about informational and non fiction narrative, and have reviewed the strategies "asking questions", and "sequence". And finally, during Social Studies, we have learned about the Massachusetts symbols, and have started a collaborative work with the rest of the third graders, and the scientists have had a chance to get grouped and work with other teachers on different activities related to the symbols, like creating a song, cooking, making a 3D model, and creating a digital book. What an amazing start, isn't it?
Hello! My name is Esther Willinski, and I am a fourth grade teacher in Massachusetts. Join us in our journey through 4th grade!