I hope that you had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. We are now on the downhill slide to wrap up 2018. Sometime in the next three weeks we will be taking the Reading Inventory (RI) and Math Inventory (MI) which is something that all Cobb elementary students take on the computer. There is nothing to study for this test, and this is not included in the students grades.
In Science we have been studying ecosystems - specifically food chains and food webs. We will continue to study them this coming week and will have a test on Friday, 12/8. (Remember, if we ever move a test it will never be moved to an earlier date, only a later date.) After completing this test I hope to return to Social Studies to discuss what happened after the American Revolution.
Every fourth grade class in Cobb Schools is scheduled during the year to have a lesson presented by the folks from the Fire Safety Village. This year is no different and they will be coming to our class on Monday, 12/3 and we will get to go to the Village on Monday, 12/10. The highlight of this trip in fourth grade is that students get to drive the "go carts." Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we get to this year. No matter what, there is a lot of time that we will spend outside. Students need to dress accordingly. There is no cost for this trip. If you have not sent in your permission slip, please do so as soon as possible.
Speaking of the weather, we are in the middle of crazy Georgia weather. The fourth grade teachers work together and if the temperature is not to cold we make every attempt to let the children go out for recess. However, if they are not dressed appropriately they will stay inside and participate in indoor recess.
This afternnon Mrs. Gerber, Mrs. Tansill, and half of Mrs. Bocarro went to the Youth Museum. The kids acted out history from the start of the American Revolution through the writing of the Constitution. I think a grand time was had.
NOTICE: This is NOT for all 4th grade students. This is only for Mrs. Tansill's AC Math class.
We will be having a test over the Order of Operations on Friday, November 9. Below are some online games that students can play to practice.
Order of Operations Millionaire
Operation Order www.funbrain.com/games/operation-order
Link #1: www.ducksters.com/history/american_revolution/battles_of_saratoga.php
Link #2: Interactive site (Be sure to READ what each page says before you click away!)
Link #3: Video from class and more information
Link #4: www.ushistory.org/us/11g.asp
Link #5: www.saratoga.com/aboutsaratoga/battle-of-saratoga/
Yesterday students were to write in their agendas that we will be having a social studies test on Thursday, 11/8. This test will cover the battles of the American Revolution (Lexington & Concord, Sarasota, and Yorktown) as well as the Declaration of Independence. No, they do not have to memorize the Declaration. All of the notes that they will need to study can be found inside of their Social Studies journal. We are still covering information and will continue to add to the journal.
Life happens. Things have gotten crazy busy and I haven't updated in a while. Here's the latest in a nutshell.
* We survived the first nine weeks of fourth grade together. (YEAH!)
* The Star Lab (a mobile planetarium) came to visit and we learned about constellations, moon phases, and the planets.
* Our second early release/STEM day was a success. (Pictures to follow.) Students had to create spider cages to hold 10 spiders. (You should have seen their faces when I told them Mrs. Gerber and I had been up collecting real spiders for hours the night before.)
* Intervention Fridays are going well. We pretest the students on a topic (this time was multiplication facts) and break them into groups based on what they know. Different groups focus on different lessons related to multiplication. Some focus on tricks to help learn the facts, some start getting a jump on how to use the area model & partial products to solve larger multiplication problems, and others apply what they know to practice through games. No matter which group kids are in, they ALL need to know their multiplication facts without hesitation.
Moving forward into the new nine weeks we will be officially starting multiplication and division (no "old school" ways here.) This includes word problems, factors & multiples, and multiplicative comparison (sounds harder than it is!) We will continue with science for another week or so focusing on space before turning back to Social Studies and some of the battles of the American Revolution.
STEM Day #2 - Create a spider cage
Students had to create a cage that would hold 10 spiders, have a viewing window, and a latch to open and close the container. Many different shapes were constructed, a few of which didn't work.
This week we will continue to discuss causes of the Revolutionary War (including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.) We will have several different reading passages throughout the week that will be coming home for HW, discussed in class and used to create a journal entry, and finally used to answer questions for a grade. I anticipate 3 more secondary grades this week before we have our culminating test over the causes of the war on Friday. The test information will include information about the French & Indian War up to the Boston Tea Party. Everything can be found in your child's SS journal.
I understand that the SS Weekly link on the side didn't work on Tuesday and it wasn't a problem for just us. Please give it another shot and let me know if you are unable to get in. As I said before, there is a lot of great information there. I have spoken to the students about not just "clicking around" and actually reading the passages or watching some of the videos. They can test their own knowledge with the 3 questions that are located after the bonus features.
For the SS Weekly, your user name is your school ID number.