We've had yet another great week in 4th grade!
Book fair is next week! We will go on Thursday at 8:00. Don't forget that next week we have three half days for conferences. I look forward to seeing everyone then.
We are finally done practicing routines and finding reading levels. Every student knows their reading level and I've put them in groups of similar levels. Next week we will begin small group guided reading, which should really get them started. I am excited to see the growth they all make in reading this year.
The class has been learning how a writer writes a fiction story. They have chosen a story idea, a main character, and a conflict. Next week we will start coming up with a plot and writing the story. Most of them will be typing their rough drafts on their laptop, so you can check their progress if they bring it home.
We finally got the independent spelling time routines down, and the class did a good job doing all of the possible activities. We did not have a spelling test because we had to finish the DRA test that gives me their reading level.
We spent more time practicing subtraction this week, it proved sticky for more than a few of us! We are on track now, and will be finishing up unit 1 this week. We will be reviewing most of next week, with a math test on Friday.
The kids got to play with circuit designs this week, and learned about making series and parallel circuits. Most of them discovered these on their own before I showed them what they were. We will continue some circuit experiments next week.
This week, the class learned all about economics. We discussed economic activities in Michigan and read a story in order to find examples of our economic vocabulary. Next week we finish up our introduction unit with political science. Because of the short week we will not have a test on Friday, it will be on the 19th instead.
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