A special shout out goes out to everyone involved in The Lion King performance! It was spectacular, and you should be proud!
It is Spring Break! Yay! Everyone has been excited to take a break and (hopefully) enjoy the spring weather a bit more. This week, we added more to our colonial books, and tried to finish it before break. Some of us were unable to meet the deadline (with PARCC testing and other events), but NO BIG DEAL. We will work on it after break, if needed. Both “Winter of Red Snow” and “Smooth Stones” finished up the books and the small group discussions. It seems that, overall, everyone enjoyed their books and get a better understanding of life in colonial times. As colonists, we are now officially free from King George! We learned about the Declaration of Independence and celebrated our victory with our fellow Bostonians. In math, the 4th graders worked on a variety of strategies to figure out perimeter and area. They seemed to enjoy using manipulatives to identify the solution to each math problem. We enjoyed World Water Day by switching to different classrooms and completing a variety of activities to help make us more water-aware. See PCCS’s facebook page for pictures!
After Spring Break, we will learn a few new games for Work Places and continue to look at different ways to solve for area and perimeter. This will also help prepare students for pre-algebra skills! In writing, we will take a look back and writing personal narratives. This was something that was taught at the beginning of the year, and we want to touch on this type of writing again to make sure it is well understood. We will also be reading several mentor texts in class to give us a better idea of a personal narrative. Small reading groups and spelling will return to normal after break, as well. Our colonial unit is over, so we will be moving back to science. The unit that we will start on is all about motion and matter. It seems like the students are looking forward to getting back to doing labs and experiments!