It’s been another great week for 4a. Our students started off the week very calmly and were uncharacteristically well-behaved and almost TOO quiet. It seems they are really beginning to get used to expectations of the classroom. We’ve also been talking a lot about respect in and out of the classroom, and students have been reminded of how to respect their learning environment for the benefit of all.
Which brings us to what we’ve been learning:
ELA – Students continue to pre-write for their traditional tale. So far, students have planned for their main character/s, the moral of their story, possible problems and solutions that might teach that moral, and they’ve begun to plan for and sequence their main events. Next week, we will begin drafting the stories. In the meantime, we continue to enjoy reading and discussing different traditional tales together and individually in class. To strengthen our grammar, students have begun to review the parts of speech. To practice this, they are learning to diagram sentences, which looks something like this:
It’s pretty tricky business, but we hope students will better recognize parts of speech and learn how to put together more sophisticated sentences through practicing this every day.
Math – Students have continued work with Unit 4 : Decimals and Metric Measurement. We have been figuring out how to determine the value of a decimal by using base ten blocks. We’re also learning how to add and subtract money and have practiced balancing a bank account for real-world practice.
Science – For our Earth Science Unit, students have been working through various mysteries to understand how our rock cycle works. They’ve mapped out volcanoes around the world to predict whether one could pop up in their own neighborhood. They’ve learned about different types of lava. This week, they investigated how weathering works, and concluded that mountains will not last forever. Next week, we’ll consider engineering practices to help people avoid landslides.
Social Studies – We’ve wrapped up our unit on culture. This week, students figured out how norms and taboos of different cultures may make them feel uncomfortable, but should still be respected. In a sense, they’re beginning to understand some basics of cultural relativism, but they were given a chance to discuss their own perceptions of different cultural practices. Next, we’ll look more closely at why it’s important for social scientists to study history.
It’s been a busy week with Thanksgiving and the November Respect Assembly. Next week should be calmer, but we’re also gearing up towards the end of the first term and the winter holidays. Christmas is just around the corner!
In the meantime, a belated Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday to all!