We're back from Thanksgiving break and still going strong. I'm super proud of the kids and all the work that they are doing.
I am still looking for volunteers to help with the Christmas Celebration. I like that one to be pretty relaxed and fun, with a focus on crafts and games. It will be on the last half day before Christmas break. If you are interested in coordinating that, please let me know! Ideally, I'd like to have one volunteer in charge of coordinating the party. Once I have a coordinator, I'll send a note home asking for volunteers to be in charge of crafts, games, and breakfast and direct parents to email the coordinator. Parent who don't want to volunteer are still welcome to come and join the fun on the day of the party.
We finished up the last of our 7 reading strategies this week with synthesizing. Synthesizing is the act of growing our thoughts, adding information to our brains. The entire goal of education is synthesizing, and they did a great job with it this week. Next week we move from reading strategies to comprehension strategies, where we will use what we have learned to start better picking apart and understanding what we read.
The class is learning how to write dialogue and quotes. We are in the process of transcribing a comic strip and turning it into paragraph from.
What has three eyes and scares the daylights out of fourth graders? Division! We've been dividing this week, and the kids are off to a good start. We haven't yet started the dreaded long division, but the kids are working very hard and I'm confident that they'll hit it at full speed and have an easy time learning it.
Last week we made electromagnets, and this week we turned those into working telegraphs. The kids learned about sending long distance signals and even practiced sending codes to each other over a long distance.
The class is studying movement in social studies right now, looking at things like push and pull factors as well as examining the reasons people moved historically to where they live today.
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