February 17th, 2023
These past two weeks have been filled with fun, collaboration and learning. In Math, we have finished the unit on fractions and decimals, and during Inspired Learning Day, the students were able to figure out the missing fractions under the Splats, or spots of "black ink" over a collection of fractions, where the students knew the final whole number and that under each splat there was the same amount. During our literacy block, we completed our group work and wrapped it up with an independent assessment on main idea and details, text structure and context clues. During writing, we have continued our trickster tale series with two more sessions with our writer in residence Motoko, and students have been able to add additional descriptive details, learning about the protagonist and antagonist, and how to defeat the antagonist using non-violent action, like using words, a potion or a game. During science, students have learned about sedimentary rocks and fossils, understanding how the earth has changed throughout different eras. These two weeks we have also enjoyed a day of Inspired Learning where students were able to collaborate with others and practice the Portrait of a Learner competencies. Students have shown how effective collaborators, solution seekers, and mindful learners they can be, helping JiJi engineer a Zip Line to go down a mountain and learning from the POL superheroes. Finally, during Valentine's Day, students exchanged valentines and enjoyed some extra snack time.
Take a look at these weeks' slide show.
Have a great February break!
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Hello! My name is Esther Willinski, and I am a fourth grade teacher in Massachusetts. Join us in our journey through 4th grade!