I can't believe Spring is just around the corner! I don't know about you but I am MORE than ready for warmer weather.
We have been very busy in fourth grade. I apologize for getting behind on our page. I have posted a few pictures with a brief description of what your child has been learning.
Getting ready to launch ping pong balls from student created simple machines.
As you may have guessed, we do a great deal of reading in and out of class.
Each day during snack, I read aloud to the students. Presently I am reading third installment in the Pseudonymous Bosch series entitled This Book is Not Good For You. Reading aloud has so many benefits including helping students master the art of public reading/speaking, building listening skills, developing creativity and imagination, and critical thinking skills through class discussions. We have been so honored to have been featured on Pseudonymous Bosch's blog with our student created humunculi and writings. I am also thrilled that we have had correspondence with this "unknown" author through email.
www.thenameofthiswebsiteissecret.com/pseudo-blog You can view our creations and comments by clicking on this link.
You can check out this book as well as others in the series by clicking on the link below
In addition to the read aloud, students are assigned a trade book. As we read this book together and independently, students are also learning the benefits of literature circles and elements of a strong reader including journaling, interpreting, defining, predicting, character analysis, and main ideas.
We are starting a new book entitled The 68 Rooms by Maryanne Malone
You can see the book trailer for this reader by clicking on the link below
In addition to all the reading in class, I encourage students to read independently outside of class. Each month I will send home a book order form from Scholastic. With each order, our class earns bonus points redeemable for new books and materials. Parents can submit the order in class or place order online. Simply click on the link below, sign is as parent and apply our class code: L9ZY7