What a GREAT week back we had!! The students came in focused, re-energized, mature, and ready to learn. Our progress was impressive in all curricular areas!
During Reader’s Workshop, the students are LOVING our author study of Chris Van Allsburg, and are learning to become very careful readers as they discover the many “layers” of his stories. Inferences, judgments, and conclusions are being made throughout our investigation of each mysterious character and plot…all of which will lead up to some very powerful responses to literature!! Ask your child which Van Allsburg story is their favorite so far!
In social studies, we’ve wrapped up our study of California’s first explorers, and Mission Projects will be due next Tuesday!! Students will be randomly drawn throughout the day (and throughout next week) to give their presentations! Be on the lookout for the presentation rubric that will come home in your child’s homework folder – it describes the criteria for a solid oral performance!
We’ll begin working with our second set of WordMasters cards in class this week. Please make sure your student has completed his/her set. Also, remind your child to locate and study the words from our last challenge – some will appear on challenge #2 as well!
For math, we’ve already taken the dive into the world of fractions, and the students are doing really well. That work should take us through most of the 3rd quarter, as we look closely at equivalence, simplest form, as well as mixed numbers and improper fractions.
Folk dancing with Evo Blustein will begin this Friday afternoon for us, and despite whatever your students tell you about the experience…it will be one of the HIGHLIGHTS of their 4th grade year! Please remind your child to be polite, courteous, and respectful at all times…..and SAVE THE DATE of January 25th for this year’s barn dance, so we can show off our newly-acquired skills!!
Finally, information regarding band and Peach Blossom went home with interested students last week. Please review it with your student and have them return the permission slips ASAP. Have a great week!!
**SAVE THE DATES!
1/22 - Mission Projects Due 1/22 - Extra Credit Galleons Due 2/8 - Rancho Fiesta (volunteers needed - more information to come) 2/14 - Spring/Valentine's Craft Day 4/12 - Study Trip to Mariposa 4/25 - Study Trip to Sacramento 6/1 - Optional Trip to California Adventure