Today, students in 4A put into practice the traditional scientific method. Their task was to determine which surfaces were the bounciest. We’ll try to keep science as hands-on as possible this year to ensure that scientific principles and vocabulary really stick.
To reinforce our ESLR (Expected Schoolwide Learning Results) “Altruism”, student groups planned, directed, rehearsed, and performed skits which demonstrated how they might be altruistic in different settings. This group was given the setting “in the street”. They showed how one might approach defending someone, befriending them, and asking forgiveness all in about 30 seconds. It was heart-warming to see.
Hello 4A Families!
Welcome to the 2017/2018 EduBlog for Class 4A. My name is Ms. Corie, and I’m so happy to be getting to know your children. We have been having a lot of fun so far, and I have witnessed many moments of success in our class. The best part is…It’s only DAY 13 of school.
What have we been learning this week:
ELA – Students are getting acquainted with the Reading and Writing Workshop again. Every class at TAS has their own style of approaching the workshops, but overall, our goal is to get students to enjoy reading and writing. We hope to build stamina and engage students in finding meaning in what they read and creating engaging texts for others to read. So far this year, students have been reading from books of their choice. We have also begun to read the book Holes by Louis Sachar together as a class.
In spelling, we’ve been focusing on grade-level words with first short and then long vowel sounds.
In grammar, we are looking at different types of sentences and their corresponding punctuation.
Math – Students have been learning all the many facets of geometry. There is a lot of tricky vocabulary, but many of our learning activities have been hands-on, so we hope that students are able to remember all of the names and properties for all the shapes in the world around us.
Science – We’re just getting started with science, so we want review the basics. We’re asking students what a scientist is, and what makes a good scientific question? We’re also becoming familiar with some of the tools that scientists use. Next week, we will make sure we learn how to safely use them.
Social Studies – This month, we will focus on our 4 major ESLRs : Academics, Athletics, Altruism, and Aesthetics. This week, we looked at ways to take care of our mental and physical health. We learned some ways to deal with stress and resolve simple and serious conflicts. Next week, we will examine what it means to be altruistic. This ESLR is very important here at TAS, and many of our monthly ESLRs fall into this category.
We’ve also made some time for songs, dancing, and games. We wrapped up this Friday with a dance and song about not reading like a robot, some Tai Chi, and a final meditation to end the day.
I hope this helped to send students off on the right foot for the weekend.
Until next week…. Ms. Corie