Another week has come and gone. It was full of dancing, dragons, and possibly a stomachache from eating too many moon cakes.
I was amazed by the 4th grade performance at our Moon Festival ceremony on Thursday. The students put so much hard work into learning their routine, and I’m happy to report that their performance was one of the favorites for the audience. Here are some still shots from the day. I will post the video of the performance as soon as I can get it off of my camera phone. :/
The lion dance on the MSHS soccer field thrilled students of all ages. Our class up close and personal, at times to their own detriment. 🙂
It wasn’t all fun and festivities, though. We also had to make time for serious learning.
In ELA this week, we’ve been doing some pre-writing in preparation for the writing of personal narratives. Students analyzed how authors of personal narratives use feelings and emotions when writing about their experiences and memories that are close to their hearts. That got us thinking about our own memories, and all the different feelings we experienced in those moments. Students planted those seeds of thought in their writing notebook. We’ll come back to them next week to start outlining our personal narrative stories.
In math, students have continued work with place value and got practice writing numbers in expanded form. Today, they got a sweet treat to help motivate them to estimate, collect sets of numerical data, and recognize the “landmarks” of that data, which are minimum, maximum, range, mode, mean, and median. It’s a lot to remember, so I’ve asked them to get extra practice on IXL over the weekend.
Sunny counts and re-counts her Fruit Loops to check how close she was to her estimate.
In science, students are working with more collection of data and the study of inheritance. They’re finding out what influences our physical traits, and how some traits can give living things an advantage over others and therefore become more common. They surveyed each other to find out how common or rare it is to have curly hair, a cleft chin, or the ability to roll one’s own tongue. It was a pretty fun way to find out how we have our own special set of characteristics.
In social studies, we’ve continued work with maps. Students got a lot of practice identifying the continents, oceans, and hemispheres of the earth. We learned about the global grid that’s made up of lines of latitude and longitude, and how we can use that to find exact locations around the globe. It was a challenge for many students, but they can get extra practice with this game and others online.
Overall, it was another challenging but fun week, and we’re really starting to see progress and learning in all of the students. We hope everyone has a restful and happy weekend, and look forward to week 7.
Signing off…. Ms. Corie