September 22nd, 2006
Spelling: We reviewed words that have silent letters, and practiced finding the silent letters. A spelling test is scheduled for Wednesday; the skill test will assess long and short vowels.
Cursive: The cursive worksheet was checked today. Look for a cursive quiz soon. One idea to help students prepare at home for the cursive quiz is to write practice sentences in cursive.
Reading: Today we finished our house-shaped organizer that we used to compare two stories.
Math: None today.
Science Inquiry: Science on Friday is called Science Inquiry. Here, we focus on asking testable questions and designing tests to make discoveries. Today, students studied a strange, unknown object and completed a question search. Students named the object, described it, made a labeled sketch, created questions and thought of places to find the information.
Social Studies: None today.
Treasure Maps: Tuesday was International Speak Like a Pirate Day (believe it!). In honor of such an important holiday and respected holiday, we made treasure maps! First, we determined what our fourth grade treasure was: Honor Roll, good grades, being team captain, etc. Then we thought about what we would have to do to reach the treasure: not move our magnets, listen, work hard, do homework, follow the High Fives, etc. Students made their own treasure maps that will lead them to their fourth grade treasure.
- Yellows: 3 magnets
- Oranges: 3 magnets
- Reds: none
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- The Question Search was a hit! Thanks for sending in a “weird object.”
- We are looking for donations of cardboard tubes (toilet tissue, paper towel, wrapping paper) for class projects. The tubes can be sent in any time during the year; this project will be on-going. Thanks for any help you can give!
- The deadline for having poly envelopes (I have them for $0.50 each) is Monday. Students will not be able to take home their science book without a poly envelope to protect it. See the schools supplies page for more information.
- Our Room 130 Pride board is about half full. Some students have yet to bring in three “objects” that show who they are, and that can be put on display for all to see. We are looking for things like photos, postcards, papers, medals, or little trickets that can be put in bags and hung on the board. The only limitation is size, and being able to be attached somehow to a bulletin board. These objects can remain with us the whole year, or rotated out whenever the student wants.