This week in our class, the students have been busy catching up and finishing up work. In math, we have finished the chapter on fractions and decimals, and today they have been working with a partner on a pre-assessment to analyze the results next week before the independent post-assessment. That way the students will have a chance to understand their successes and areas of challenge, and learn what they can do to overcome those little gaps in their learning. During reading, we have finished learning about personal narrative in Spanish, and alternatively, we have been working on reading all about volcanoes in small guided reading groups and as a whole group class, learning important vocabulary like "cenizas", "polvo", "laderas", "erupcionar", to have a deeper comprehension during our science practice in the afternoon. Since Mystery Science has created the choice of listening to the videos in Spanish, we have increased our time in Spanish as well. But that hasn't been the only fun part, check out the slide show to see your children experimenting with two different types of "lava", thick and thin lava, learning about which one comes from a cone volcano, and which one from a shield volcano. This week we have also made the connection to the anchor lesson that we started a few weeks ago, to figure out how a group of prehistoric animals died, and how their body structures were preserved in the form or fossils. Also, the students have been sharpening their multiplication facts with Xtra math, and kept on getting more puzzles in STMath. And finally, I am happy to announce that some students have published their personal narrative pieces, that you can access in the "author's showcase" page of this website. The rest of the pieces will be published soon, so stay tuned!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Hello! My name is Esther Willinski, and I am a fourth grade teacher in Massachusetts. Join us in our journey through 4th grade!