Hoping everyone has a nice weekend! We are busy in room 17 with several different activities and projects. We have combined social studies and writing together, and are working on creating a chapter book on colonial times. The 3rd and 4th graders practiced their research skills, once again, by looking up general information about the 13 colonies. The first chapter of our book will be a brief overview of the 13 colonies. We will also include our research of individual colonies in our second chapter. It will be a wonderful combination of informational writing, and historical fiction! In reading, both groups will be finishing up their books. We will have a final discussion and group meeting on both “The Winter of Red Snow” and “Smooth Stones”. Everyone seemed to enjoy the stories, and had many wonderful comments to add to our small reading groups. In math, we are digging deeper in to division and multiplication. The 4th graders learned an exciting new strategy called “doubling and halving”, and were impressed with its results. Ask your child to teach it to you, if they haven’t already!
Next week, in math, we will investigate area and perimeter with the multiplication and division strategies we have talked about this week. We will also introduce 2 new Work Place games! Our final meeting for our two books, “The Winter of Red Snow” and “Smooth Stones” will take place next week, and then we will return to a normal reading schedule. PARCC testing will also take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The tests will take place in the morning, so our schedules may be switched around a bit. We will be working our academics around PARCC testing so that we can get everything done. There will be no spelling next week.
ALSO: “The Lion King” will be performed next week by the students. They will have a nighttime performance, as well. Come see it! Our classroom has earned another Hawk’s Ticket party. The party will be on Friday afternoon. Students can wear their PJ’s, and we will be watching a movie together.