Things are almost back to normal! We got a lot done this week, and if we can dodge any more bad weather next week we just might get a full five days in. Don't forget that book fair is next Thursday at 8:20, and don't forget that Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are half days.
We're reading informational text right now, mostly about economics. While reading, the kids look for details that add to their understanding of the main idea. While they find them, they also sort them into categories of important or interesting. This helps them to sort information in their mind and store what is most useful.
We are done with opinion papers and are now starting the 4th grade biography! The class will choose their subjects next week.
We spent most of the last two weeks learning how to solve the dreaded story problem! It helps to take a systematic approach to solving them, and the kids have shown some good progress.
The class took a comprehensive assessment on our energy unit this week, and so for I've been impressed with the kids' results. We'll take a quick break from science to do geometry, but then we'll be on to Earth science.
Economics is still our focus here, and this week we specifically concentrated on the ideas of price, supply, and demand.
We've finally had sort of a full week, and we made some good progress! Things being back to normal means we can get back to learning at full speed.
I sent home information in the Friday Folder about our party, but feel free to email me any questions you might have.
To get back in the swing of things, the class went back to a familiar, though still very important, skill for reading this week. The kids read their books and were looking specifically for cause and effect, a skill imperative to reading and comprehending.
The opinion papers we started last month are shaping up nicely. We used this week to write an introduction and we've started the process of revision, review, and publishing.
Algebra has been the focus this week, with the aim of making the kids better solvers of word problems.
Our energy unit is coming to a close with light energy, which we finished this week. Next week the kids will take a big end of unit test together with a partner.
Economics and economic choices were the focus this week. The kids learned that scarcity is what drives and economy and learned about how and why that happens and what it means for them.
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