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.
Addison is trying something new this year. For each one of our early release days we are going to be tackling a STEM project. This first one was an introduction to the engineering process and our task was to build a bridge out of nothing but index cards. Teams were given 50 index cards that they could cut, fold, or tear, but could not use tape or staples to hold them together. In the end we were trying to find the bridge that could hold the most weight (the most pennies.) Below are some pictures from the day.
There is a new button on the side of the webpage! I have included a link to the Social Studies Weekly in hopes that I can get more students interested in using this online resource. I am well aware that not everyone has access to a computer, but for those that do here are some readings to get you ahead of the game (or avoid reading a worksheet and earn Rev coins in the process!) Be sure to check out the purple button that says BONUS SOURCES for some really cool stuff with each article.
Tuesday, 9/4: Read the article George vs. George vs. George and be prepared to answer the following questions.
1. Which of the Georges was right?
2. What is one right which was extremely important to George Washington? What evidence do you have to support this claim?
3. What might Great Britain have done to try to avoid going to war with the colonists?
We made it through the week unscathed. This week we are finishing up place value, estimation, and rounding. The AC Math class will be taking their test on the Tuesday after Labor Day and Mrs. Gerber's math class will be taking it on Wednesday. Math will be looking at estimation and using the addition and subtraction algorithm (and using word problems to practice.) In Social Studies we are looking at causes for the American Revolution. The Social Studies Weekly that we use in class has an online component that is amazing! I would like to encourage the students to www.clever.com and sign in to read through some of the articles and watch videos. There is a lot of great information in there!
While I do some reteaching on latitude & longitude (some didn't study for their quiz today!), others will have the opportunity to find states and capitals by their latitude and longitude as well as play some online games to practice.
Friday was our first visit to the science lab. (Thanks to all of you that help support Foundation which pays for the lab!) We learned the rules of the lab - what is right and wrong and then got to do a STEM activity. Students had to create a tower using only 5 sheets of paper and masking tape to hold up a t-ball for 20 seconds. The second part of the challenge was to build the tallest tower. Mrs. Gerber's class built a 19 inch tower and Mrs. Tansill's class just barely surpassed them with a 20 inch tower.
We are knee deep into 4th grade at this point. Mrs. Weston (guidance counselor) is coming for her second lesson on Monday and we went to see Mrs. Nelson in the Learning Commons to check out and have our first lesson. For math we are studying place value and powers of 10 with rounding on the horizon. We have also been using our problem solving journals to solve word problems and explain how we solved them.
In Social Studies we have been studying maps and locating places using latitude and longitude. We have our first assessment on Monday (8/20). Students should bring home their journals to study. Below is a great video that we watched in class.
I hope that everyone had a great first few days back. It has been hard getting back in the swing of getting to bed early (while the sun is still up) and waking up in the dark, but we all survived the first week and even have had perfect attendance all year! For those of you that already know, I'm not necessarily the best at keeping up with the blog, unless it involves pictures from the science lab. So, here are some pictures from the first day!
Most of the kids already know each other, but we do have 2 students that are new to Addison and the class has embraced them immediately. I have also been getting to know them personally and starting on Monday I will really get to know them academically. As a class we have created classroom rules, worked on our class mission statement, taken a few different pre-tests, and done lots of 'get to know you' activities. With all of the rain that we have had we were unable to make it outside for recess. Instead we opened up the doors and Mrs. Shore, Gerber, and Tansill all came together to visit, play games, and use the computers or I pads.
Be sure to go and check out the calendar tab on the website. This Thursday we will be having Open House. This is different from Meet & Greet and Mrs. Gerber and I will present together everything you need to know to help make this a successful year for your fourth grader as well as to answer any questions you may have.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email us! Here's to the best fourth grade year ever!
For the SS Weekly, your user name is your school ID number.