Our students are well into our foray into writing fiction. We use the Lucy Caulkins model. Briefly, her philosophy follows the idea that students are instructed through a mini lesson and then work at their own pace to accomplish their writing goals.
Below is an excerpt from her program:
The Writing Process Workshop is an instructional model that views
writing as an ongoing process in which students follow a given set of
procedures for planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
their writing. It allows students to be at various stages of the writing
process at one time. Collaboration with peers and teacher is inherent
in this model. Process writing focuses primarily on what children want
to communicate. Student choice is important.
Some parents have been asking about our Integrated Support block. Integrated Support is a cross-curricula pilot that is being done in the third and fourth grade this year. The fourth grade has been working in unison with specialists Mr. Donohue and Ms. Stevens to enhance student learning. Our block has included "First six weeks" protocols with the specialists "pushing into" our classrooms as we developed our "Me" newspapers, as well as establishing our class guiding principles. The children have worked on deeper understandings in social studies, (state symbols); science, (states of matter); cooperative games (responsive classroom); mathematics, (patterns and what's my rule) as well as a few other activities. The students have an even richer experience as we all work to implement different learning styles. In the coming weeks we will be working on reading fluency through a play on states of matter, math facts and other integral parts of the fourth grade curriculum. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Laura Smith or Lindsey Bickford, as we would love to share more about the program.
Notes from Miss Bickford
This upcoming week...
Math- We are finishing Unit 10 which continues to focus on division. We have learned multiple ways to divide (drawing models, using manipulatives, and repeated subtraction). We have also been focusing on long division with 2 and 3 digit dividends. We will have our Unit 10 assessment on Monday. We will then move on to Unit 11 which focuses on factors, multiples, and fractions.
Reading-We have been working through social studies, particularly the Abenaki and their way of life. Students will have a quiz on Chapter 3 this week. Next, we will focus on Explorers and Settlers. This is all in preparation for our April field trip.
Writing-We are almost finished our fiction stories. We have finished revising and have moved on to editing. The next step will be writing the final draft.
Social Studies-See "reading"
Integrated Support-Students are working on creating an artistic piece to match the sub genres of fiction.
Win-Students are working on comprehension strategies to find the main idea.
Word- Students are learning the "short o" in our 11th unit. A spelling list went home on Monday to help your child study.
**Spelling tests went home on Monday. The white sheet is their pre-test and will not count towards their grade. The yellow sheet is their post-test and will count towards their grade**
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-Your child will be coming home with their homework, Daily Common Core Review, and Quick Check that I have corrected. This is a great time to review the mistakes and correct answers with your child. Send me an e-mail if you, personally, would rather have me identify incorrect answers, but let your child correct on their own.
Notes from Mrs. Smith
Math We are well into Unit 10 which continues to focus on division. We have learned multiple ways to divide (drawing models, using manipulatives, and repeated subtraction). We have also been focusing on long division with 2 and 3 digit dividends. We plan on having our math assessment on Friday.
Topic 9 division lessons focused mainly on estimating and mental math.
Understanding that 540/9=60 (Because we know that 54/9=6)
Also, estimating and using multiples to solve division problems
336/5 is about...
Look at the multiples of 5: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 35 ...it took us 7 multiples to come close to 33 (in the 336 number)which we rounded to 35, thus
350/5 = 70
Topic 10 division is using standard algorithm when dividing 3 or 4 digit numbers by a 1 digit number.
Remember to emphasize to your student the importance of doing the math homework in a timely manner, as it supports the work that we do in class!
Writing Students will be editing their fiction stories. They have been working on developing characters, setting and writing a lead to their story.
Social Studies This week we begin our study of the Abenaki tribe and the early New Hampshire Settlers
Word/Integrated Support Spelling
In WIN group we are working on finding the main idea in a work of fiction.
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Envisions Math overview:
Lesson Page-The lesson page is a double-sided page with the lesson number on top (1-4, 1-5, etc.) (This replaces the Math Journal) This is given to students after the day's math lesson to access their skills. The majority of the work on the lesson pages is completed independently and with help from the teacher.
Quick Check-The Quick Check can be thought of Everyday Math's RSA. The Quick Check is given at the end of the lesson without any teacher help. The purpose of the Quick Check is to get an accurate view of the ability to apply the skills learned in the day's lesson.
Practice-The practice page is the homework which directly relates to the day's lesson. (This replaces the Everyday Math Study Links.)
See the back to school supplies list here: http://pittsfield-nh.com/pes/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/gr-4.pdf