It really has been a great trimester. We had a small celebration at the end of the day, along with a big cubby and classroom clean out. We are putting world geography on the back burner and moving on to the USA. We discussed that geography is not only defined as the study of the physical features of the earth but how people affect those features and how they are affected by them. Our physical maps are divided into my regions as well.
We have started reading, Maniac Magee, which I’m happy to say is awash with similes, metaphors and plenty of challenging vocabulary.
In Math, the kids have been working on a Prime Climb game. Effortful but some of the best fun in math class so far. Please ask them how it works and what they think they learned from doing it. We will start tackling double-digit division next week.
I was delighted the EVERYONE had snow pants the other day. Hallelujah! Could you also send in a bag with a set of dry clothes as well, despite best efforts, wet clothes can really ruin a school day.
Also, please don’t let the students do their homework in pen. Pencils only, please.
The slideshow below includes some shots from our trip to the Colonial, working to complete our last World Geography maps, some collaborative work on the Prime Climb game, a few shots from Thanksgiving Soup and a new arrangement for the categories “Instead of” and “Try Thinking” from our Growth Mindset poster.
By kallentuck|2018-11-30T15:47:27+00:00November 30th, 2018|Categories: Grade 4|Comments Off on 4th grade bids adieu to their 1st trimester
Grades 4 & 5 French PenPal project continues!
Bonjour à tous!
Today I received a lovely package in the mail containing the first responses from our French PenPals in France! I’m looking forward to sharing the letters, drawings, and photos with the class tomorrow.
The school that we are exchanging letters with this year is located in Uzès, France. It is a smaller school than BCD, started just three years ago. There are two classes; elementary age from 6-10 with 10 students and the middle school class with 20 students.
This is the first year where they have introduced English language studies into their curriculum.
Here is a link to the school’s website:
At the moment they are learning about the first human beings and mushrooms, so have included some of that in their letters – my idea for our next letter to them is to on the theme of the end of the year holidays in the United States. I will encourage each student to write about how they celebrate with their family and friends.
We will also write to them about Thanksgiving and our special tradition of ‘Soup’ at BCD.
The Head of their school has asked if with our next letter each student could include a photo of themselves? If you would like your child to send a photo with their next letter, please send one into school with them next week.
We will have our second letters in the mail by Friday, December 7th, so that they arrive in France before the students leave for the holiday break.
I look forward to the evolution of our PenPal exchange with the French students this year, and to the evolution of our own student’s skills in writing, reading and understanding French!
***Please visit the French 2018-2019 photo album for pictures from class!
By Mary Daire|2018-11-29T11:43:33+00:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Grade 4, Grade 5|Comments Off on Grades 4 & 5 French PenPal project continues!
Gleaning and other purposeful work in Grade 4
As part of our Service Learning program, the class had a wonderful, cold, rainy, memorable morning gleaning bok choy and turnips at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent last Monday. Jill Duffy helped organize the trip, joined us and, along with Declan, welcomed us up to their home with an outside fire and some of their home-pressed cider. Many thanks to them both. Both Senor Silva and I were pleased to see how fully the class embraced the experience and showed how resilient and engaged they can be.
Inside the classroom we are learning as well! As some of the classroom photos below illustrate, in Social Studies we are working in groups looking for the main idea. Identifying the main idea of a passage can improve comprehension of all related topics and is a valuable skill that needs to be taught and practiced. We are finishing up our World Maps and getting ready to start our study of US geography. Prime Meridian, International Date Line, hemispheres, physical maps, cardinal directions, Tropic of Capricorn and parallels are some of the new words and concepts that have been discussed in this first trimester.
In Math, Fibonacci numbers, exploring factors, reviewing place value and rounding are laying the groundwork for our current emphasis and practice of multiplication of both 1 and 2 digit numbers.
Before we begin our first novel in ELA class we are working to identify the many Elements of Writing and Literature that form the foundation on which all good writing is built. Everything comes from somewhere, good writing included. Protagonist, theme, simile, and foreshadowing are some of the terms in our notes this week.
The 3rd grade will join next Wednesday for a trip to the Colonial Theatre to see a production of, The Phantom Tollbooth. We will take a bus up to Pittsfield at 9:15 and will be back in time for lunch and recess at school.
Also, try not to forget that we have a lunch bunch, thank you Jen Glockner, on Tuesday of next week (11/13) when we get back to school. It’s hard to remember them at the start of a week and there’s nothing worse than packing a lunch on those days!
As you can see from the photos, Halloween was a blast – thank you to all of you that sent in goodies and treats and to Dan and Lyndsey for organizing it.
Also, thank you to all who made time to come in for conferences last week. It’s so helpful when we’re all on the same page about strengths, weaknesses, where we can hold them up and where we can let them go.
I hope the slideshows below give you a better sense of how busy and hardworking we have been.
I will check in before Thanksgiving Soup, a week from next Tuesday! Enjoy the long weekend.