Monday, May 19, 2014

It's a RACE to the FINISH LINE!

It's May 19th and it's been over a month since we've last written to inform our followers of all the GREAT things happening in Ms. Allen's grade 4.
Our American Revolution projects are well under way.  Students are working in teams of two to research the biography of a FAMOUS character from the American Revolution.  We're studying Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Benedict Arnold, Abigail Adams and more!  Stay tuned for an invitation to our presentations coming up in June.  Students can get extra credit for dressing as their character on the day of their presentation.
On Friday, we'll head over to Great Brook at Goodwin Park to participate in the 8th Annual Lebanon Student Watershed Congress.  This is an all day event that corresponds with our science curriculum based on environmental stewardship.
After 3/4 of a year piloting two math texts, the district has decided to go with Envision Math.  This was a long process, but with a good outcome.  We'll finish out our year teaching the Math in Focus text and next year, students will be taught from Envision Math.
Speaking of math, we'll be starting the next unit in math.  The topic is Adding and Subtracting Decimals.
Daily 5 has been filled with projects!  We're reading the book Fever 1793 as an independent study.  We're also making trout life cycle mini books.
There are many exciting upcoming events. Here are a few:
5/20  - Kilton Visit
5/21 - Chorus Concert @ LOH
5/23 - Watershed Congress
5/26 - No School - Memorial Day
6/19 - 4th grade step-up day
6/20 - New Principal Sing
6/24 - 4th grade recognition @ 8:15-9:30, 11:30 cookout, 1:00 early release