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The weeks are flying by, but they have been extremely fun-filled! In social studies, the 3rd and 4th graders have been hard at work on researching information about their colonies. They have discovered so much, and even completed detailed maps on what their colonies looked like (it included land forms, natural resources, where they want their homestead, etc). Everyone is improving on their research skills! In writing, we completed our very first informational text! The students were extremely independent with their work, and did all of the research themselves. This was the first time we did not meet with our writing buddies to check through our work, but it went really well! We showed off our final writing pieces with a “chalk walk”. The 3rd and 4th graders went around the room and read one another’s work. Everyone had a chance to make a comment or a friendly suggestion. It was a lot of fun! In 4th grade math, we have been working on identifying shapes based on angles and numbers of sides. We talked about the different types of triangles (scalene, isosceles, and equilateral), and tried to identify lines of symmetry. We ended the week by introducing ways to find the area of a shape or surface.
Next week, the 4th graders will be looking more at the differences between area and perimeter. We will continue playing in our Work Places to review previous skills. In social studies, we will take a closer look at our colonial maps and create bird’s-eye views of the land. The first map that we will create will be zoomed in on 100 acres of land, and the 2nd map will be even more detailed; it will zoom in on 1 acre of land! We may even get the chance to start writing our informational papers about our colonies. In writing, we will continue with our focus on informational texts.