In writing the fourth grade completed their five paragraph essays on a hero of their choice, describing three character traits that person has(d) that contributed to them becoming heroes. They also practiced their presentation skills by presenting their essays to their classmates and receiving feedback and questions from them.
In reading we completed "The Tiger Rising" by Kate DiCamillo. The class focused on reading intently to figure out the meaning of all an author includes to develop the theme of the story, such as character traits, recurring objects, words and actions. We analyzed the big life issues that DiCamillo included in this story, and what we can learn from the character's experience. To end the unit we discussed how every book we read changes us and becomes part of us. The girls created book marks depicting themes, quotes, life lessons and illustrations from the books that they read over the last 2 years that have made an impact on them in some way.
|A group of students discussing how the main character Rob dealt with losing a loved one.|
|Examples of Bookmarks|
This month we multiplied 2 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers using different strategies to multiply big numbers, such as area models, the distributive property and the standard algorithm. We also began our division unit and divided numbers using basic facts, compatible numbers to estimate quotients and practiced the standard algorithm to divide two and three digit numbers by a one digit number. We continue to tackle and persevere through multi-step word problems using all the math skills covered since September. They are excited to learn new math and are doing a great job!
In December we began Unit 3, Growth and Development. In this unit we learned about the Life Cycles of plants and animals such as the frog and butterfly. We also learned about the different way animals grow, such as metamorphosis, shedding an exoskeleton or growing their bones like we do. The girls had a great time illustrating the different Life Cycles and learning the different stages through music. Frog Life Cycle song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrXww4oZrsI and the Butterfly Life Cycle song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rvGUevGxDk
We completed out Native American unit in December. The girls wrote a research report on the Longhouse and the Native Americans that built them. They also used technology to research how they are built and engineering skills to build longhouses in the classroom in groups. The girls are looking forward to presenting them to their parents and other students in the school. Even the classroom elf loved them because we found her inside one!
Leigha and Kaitlin received their Pen Awards this month for writing neatly on an ongoing basis.
Christmas Show and Celebrations!