Fabulous Fourth Grade Updates from room 319
This year we were lucky enough to have Mrs. Traykovski help us plant our lettuce in early Fall. Mrs. Heywood then volunteered to come in and help us harvest for a garden party! We learned about aphids, slugs and the life cycle of plants while we harvested We also had many families send in items to add to our salad station- Thank you! The students were able to check out veggies, learn to clean lettuce properly, and even safe cutting techniques
We were able to donate 16 quart size bags of lettuce to the Service Center!!!
The United States separated our government into 3 branches- like a triangle- so that no 1 branch had more power than the other 2 branches of government. This system also has what we call ‘checks and balances’. Each of the branches makes sure that the other branches aren’t abusing their powers.
If I was going to build a tree house using 3 large branches on my tree, I would need each one of them to create a strong enough support for my treehouse (which is like the country). If one of my branches fell off the tree my treehouse would not be a sturdy as it had been before. Imagine if 2 branches fell off!!! That would be disastrous!
Watch the video below and complete the assigned questions throughout the video
Computers, iPads, tablets and such are an AMAZING way to quickly connect students to new learning environments, get them working collaboratively with others, take ‘field trips’, research, create projects that connect learning to life and SO MUCH MORE! Below are the apps we are utilizing in class. We do share the iPads with Mrs. Quidley’s 2nd graders so there are a few that are intended more for them To learn more about an app, and to see what is comparable on your device platform, I suggest ‘googling’ it so you can see the full description. We ABSOLUTELY do NOT require that you purchase any paid apps. I would ask however that you please download the free apps so your child can get the most out of the BYOD experience.
Again, those using android and kindle devices – there is a bit of leg work. It would be awesome if you could find math games, grammar games, word activities and a presentation creator so that your child can access these things using their devices. It does not always have to be the exact same app, as long as it produces similar results
spelling city- we will be loading our new spelling program on shortly and it’s a great way for them to easily access words for practice.
kidblog- it’s amazing what they’ll write in cyberspace! This gives them easy access to their accounts and they can blog whenever the mood strikes them
sushi monster- great math fact practice
khan academy- FANTASTIC practice/review of common core concepts with videos
google drive- they will be using their google docs accounts frequently so this is a very needed app
QR reader- we will be integrating scans into a wide variety of activities please download a free reader app
4th reading- great passages with reading comprehension questions
math slide- they love this multiplayer (up to 4 players) math practice- it has a variety of modes and levels
math code squad- another multiplayer (or single) player fact practice game
divisibility dash- great for practicing long division
US Geography with Flat Stanley- integrates with our Flat Stanley project
thinking blocks- addition/sub, mult/div, ratios- bar models in their hands
Rube Works- we will use it extensively with STEAM integration and simple machines
4th social studies- great review
Explain everything- our publishing app- we use this for most of our projects in class so its a ‘must have’
Chicktionary- GREAT word work game
When we come across word problems that are multi-layered, comparing items or have several unknown variables- bar modeling is going to help us create a picture to identify the known parts and determine the unknown variables. This picture will then help us to solve complex word problems in a jiffy Below are 2 examples of bar models we have completed in class. Use these as a review for your upcoming Unit 3 math test.
Thank you so much to #’S 14 & 20 for presenting our Friday ‘Fun’ Music selection on the announcements today!
Our song selection was ‘The World Can Be Better’
The Kid President song The World Can Be Better is Horton’s Herons official class anthem. It is an inspirational song about working together, AT ANY AGE, to make the world a better place. The song gives us hope that we can do things we didn’t think we could do if we just keep believing in ourselves. In fourth grade we face many challenges and believing in ourselves will help us to make our classroom, and other communities a better place to live and go to school. Even when things don’t go your way you can always look on the bright side and remember, it WILL get better if you ‘don’t stop believing’. How will YOU make the world a better place today???
Sometimes as a learner you have to step outside the classroom walls to become reinvigorated with new ideas and applications for your learning. As a teacher I am a learner EVERYDAY! My students teach me each and every day- even when they have no idea they’re doing it But sometimes we need to venture off to conferences and other professional development to learn about new ideas that will push our classrooms to the next level of learning while having F-U-N!!!
Yesterday I was blessed to be a presenter at MassCue2014. With this opportunity I was able to hear AMAZING TED Talks from: Asheley Olafsen- A Senior at Hopington High School; Peter Reynolds- The creator of Fablevision and the -ish books; Dr. Edwards- Superintendent of the Year for NC Schools and Sara Wilkie- a professional coach and mentor from MI. Then it was off to class. I was able to see Fablevisions newest products and learn how to integrate them into STEAM education in our school!!! I also learned AMAZING new tips and tricks for keeping my class engaged
During a short bit of ‘down time’ we walked through the vendor booths to see all of the ways technology is being supported in schools. 3-D printers had to be my favorite exhibit! Mashpee even had kids coming in to showcase how they have been successfully using them in their classrooms
The end of the day came quickly as I prepared to give my workshop of QR coding in the classroom. Despite it being the last session on the ‘dark side’, during a storm… it was GREAT! So many smiling faces and great energy as I went through my presentation. We had a chance to create QR codes and get feedback from others who were already using them in their classes as well
A great day of learning was had by all… I hope and pray our next duty station leads us to a place with a great CUE program so I can attend theirs next year!
As our year began we worked on writing expository pieces about events from our summer. Many students wrote about visiting a Cape Cod beach and all of the exciting things that would await you there. We then took our ideas and turned them into persuasive ads that would encourage someone to want to come and explore the same ideas we find so fun in the summer! Check them out!
Today we began to work with dividing LARGE numbers! With this we introduced our friend ‘Division Man’. He helps us to remember when to divide, multiply, subtract, and bring down before starting back at the top- with each division problem.
Introducing Division Man:
Practicing Long Division: