Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week of October 24

Thank you to all the parents who took time to meet during parent teacher conferences! It came up in a couple of meetings that it would be good to have printed out copies of students' vocabulary lists for the week so students could study them at home.  I have printed out two copies of each student's list so they can have a hard copy here at school and one for their homework folder.  It is most important for students to understand the meanings of these words, but in some of the program practice they also have to spell the word.  So if you want to challenge them to spell the words, as well as know the definition, you can.

This week we will have make up times for the students who missed Star 360 testing.  Students will take a Number Corner Check Up 1 assessment to see what kind of growth they are showing in what they have learned in Number Corner. (This is the supplemental part of Grade 4 math that I teach them.) They took a baseline assessment earlier in the year, so this will show how they are progressing.

Also, the fourth graders have had fun learning how to make graphs using Microsoft Excel.  They will all be printed out this week and added to their science notebooks.  We will use the graphs to interpret our scientific experiment and results. Our bubble unit will conclude this week and we will be beginning our Light unit on Thursday.  This upcoming unit will be filled with science and engineering concepts.  The first time I taught this unit, it was eye-opening how many misconceptions children of this age have about light.  It is thrilling to have them discover concepts about the behavior of light and how it all works!

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