As we approach the interim of Q1, I'd like to take this time to give some updates on what's going on in our classroom.
In fourth grade reading we are taking charge of ourselves as independent readers. We have been determining the theme of a stories, and poems from details in the text. We've also been summarizing the text.
During our practice literature circles last week students engaged effectively in groups and teacher-led discussions with diverse partners and building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. Students are expected to come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material. They are to follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
We have practiced referring to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
In writing, we have begun to write narratives developing real experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences using a variety of transitional words and phrases. We hae practiced including dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
In science, we have been studying and designing mockrocks to help us understand the composition and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change or interaction. Next week we will begin to compare the physical properties minerals: (strength, hardness, flexibility, ability to be attracted by magnets). We will also explain how minerals are identified using tests for the physical properties of hardness, color, luster, cleavage and streak.
Some upcoming dates to remember:
Friday, September 27--Q1 interims AND early release
Monday, September 30--picture day
Saturday, October 5
Friday, October 11--I-Night
Mrs. Ana Rhyne
I teach 4th grade math and science at Weatherstone Elementary School. I graduated from Meredith College with a BA in Spanish and K-6 licensure.