Friday, September 20, 2013

Around the World

This week, we had a guided discovery on globes.  The globes fit in your hand.  Using a mini magnifying glass we had to look for countries, cities, oceans, and states.  We learned how to think ROUND instead of flat. We also (with little attitude) learned about latitude and longitude.  We also were introduced to atlases.  Did you know, for every car in Peru, there are 56 people?
In math we TOOK A TEST on place value!!!!  We did pretty well.
We've completed NWEA testing for the fall.  Our jaws hurt because we chewed so much gum!  One of our students is even complaining about her jaw clicking.  Be sure to check your child's chops!
Next week we have our FIRST Four Winds lesson!  We are also trying to head to the Kilton Library.
Have a GREAT weekend.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome Parents!

Dear Parents,
Welcome to class!  We're so excited to tell you about fourth grade!  Did you know, we have read 14 books in 8 days?  Our favorites include A Bad Case of Stripes, The Dot, and Spud Murphy.  In addition to reading lots of books we've set our goals, made rules, and created classroom jobs.
Ms. Allen loves art.  We have participated in three art projects.  They are displayed on the walls.  Can you find your kid on the bulletin board titled, "Guess Who?"
In math, we are studying place value up to the ten thousands place.  We can write numbers in three ways. standard form, word form, and expanded form. Can you?
Social studies has been all about us!  We read the book Me on the Map and are making our own Me on the Map books!
In Daily 5, we have learned about word work, read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, and work on writing.  We've been working on building stamina in reading and sitting properly when reading with a peer.
Want to know what's really fun (and not so fun) about this class?  OCASSIONALLY, we get treats, our teacher yodels, Ms. Allen is loud and CRAZY, we have eleven girls and only four boys, we play fun games, we have a lot of homework, we eat lunch in our classroom, we get to go on fun field trips, pick THREE books from the library, and walk to the Kilton Library to pick books.
We hope you enjoy the meeting.
The Dots

Monday, September 9, 2013

Day 5

Today is day 5 of 180.  We've been very busy!  Today we worked on our self-portraits, we wrote about a shoe on the side of the road, we took a math pre-test, we learned about and practiced read to someone, and had a lesson on short and long vowels.  The best part of our day?  CUPCAKES!  YUMMO!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Welcome Back!

Here are a few photos from our most recent activities...
Dum Dums from a morning meeting game.

From the book The Dot.

"Hey Ms. Allen, doesn't this look cool?"

She had the job of clean up... which required a lab coat!

Brainstorming things we could write about after reading the book Library Mouse.