Just take a look at these fantastic teachers! Students worked with kindergarteners in Sra. Ibañez's class today on composing and decomposing numbers. The patience, dedication, preparation and care that they have shown is fantastic. The kindergarteners were completely engaged with the activities and listened to their personal tutor ask them questions in Spanish. What a beautiful collaboration and a great opportunity for my students to see things from the point of view of a teacher. Sra. Ibañez, Sra. Camara, Elba and I were delighted to see the amazing work they were doing. Enjoy the slideshow and have a great Thanksgiving break!
These two weeks in our classroom, the students have been busy building and sketching multiplication arrays, playing multiplication and division games, adding more cups to a gallon, counting elapsed time, and building ratio tables to practice multiplication of two digits by one and by two digits, and multiplications with multiples of 10. Additionally, students have continued their practice in STMath, and started another journey in a different digital platform called Xtramath, where they drill their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.
During Reading Workshop, the students have continued learning about informational texts, making a list of their interests and discovering the hidden treasures of our classroom library, determining the main idea and important details to understand the author's message, and comparing two informational texts on the same topic to increase their learning. They have participated in guided group reading, partner and independent reading throughout the week.
During Writing Workshop, the students have considered all the facts surrounding their informational piece to deliver accurate information to their readers, they have also considered the specific vocabulary related to their topic of choice, and how to include the definition of that new vocabulary in their pieces, so that readers get complete understanding of their topic.
During Science, students have been learning all about the nervous system, how the body receives information, and how the information reaches the brain and it is processed, checking their reflexes with a few fun activities.
During Social Studies, the students have been coloring the different countries of the continent of America.
And during Growth Mindset and Mindfulness practice time, the students have learned about the messages that we give ourselves that show a fixed mindset, how we all have a mix of growth and fixed mindset, and how it is important to become aware of that without judgment. We have read a couple of fun picture books to illustrate the topic.
I don't have many pictures of these two weeks, but here are the few I took.
Have a great and restful weekend!
This week in our classroom...
During regular math time, the students have been learning about the metric system, using base ten pieces to create arrays and find the area of rectangles. During Number Corner, the students have been reviewing elapsed time to the 5 minutes, and investigating about liquid capacity with cups, quarts and gallons. They have also worked with additions using the number line, and have created numbers in the ten thousands using 5 digits and comparing their numbers with their partner's.
During reading, the students have been reviewing the different vocabulary words in Spanish for informational features, as well as what they are for and where to find them in their expository books. They have also been comparing two different informational books on the same topic to find commonalities and differences between them.
During writing, The students have started building up slideshows for their informational pieces, creating the title page and the table of contents, and narrowing their topic.
During our mindfulness practice, the students have been learning the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, and have been looking at the different areas where our mindsets are one or the other.
And finally, during social studies, the students have started creating a map of North and South America, and marking the areas of Natural features.
Take a look at this week's highlights.
Have a great weekend!
Hello! My name is Esther Willinski, and I am a fourth grade teacher in Massachusetts. Join us in our journey through 4th grade!