Yet another good week is behind us here in 4th grade.
Our Jonathan Rand assembly is coming up! The author will be visiting on Wednesday, October 17th.
This week was all about metacognition. It's a big word, but your kids should know what it means, so ask them! It means thinking about our thinking, and it's how I'll be teaching kids how to think about reading this year. Good readers think about what they read, and we have to be able to think about that thinking in order to get better. Ask them to show you how it works, and see if they can explain what a Real Reading Salad is.
We continued writing our plan for a fiction story this week, developing a story map and a main character. We will start planning the plot, talking about rising and falling action and conflict, next week.
The class finished Unit 1 this week and took a test on Friday. I will be saying goodbye to many of them soon, because we are splitting all of them into classes where they will work with other students with similar learning styles and speeds as them. Next week we start multiplication, which will be a pretty long unit.
We didn't have a lot of time for science with all these half days, but the kids did have a class challenge to build a string of lights, and they did a really great job. As a class, they built both a series and a parallel circuit that could light five lights at the same time. Ask them about what they learned, there were some pretty cool observations going on.
We started political science this week, though it is just an overview and we will be spending a lot more time on it later in the year. We focus mainly on the rights and responsibility of citizens as well as a basic overview of how our government is structured.
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