|These cute little tags were tied to bags of Goldfish crackers, welcoming my class on the first day of school.|
Here are some of the activities we did during the first week:
- Scavenger Hunt, which helped students learn how our room is organized.
- Time Capsule, with our current favorites listed, along with our height, hand and foot tracings, cursive sample, first timed test, and predictions for World Series, Super Bowl, and Stanley Cup
|Learning How to Measure Height Accurately!|
- The M & M Game, which helped us get to know each other better as we answered questions according to what color M & M we drew.
|"If there were 5 cats, 3 dogs, and 4 birds in the yard, how many legs would that be?"|
In math, we have begun the year with a unit on data and probability. We began by predicting and then collecting data on how many raising were in a mini snack box.
We made a line plot and found the range, mode, and outliers.
Next, we started looking at how tall 4th graders were, giving our measurement skills a workout. Students worked with a partner to make a line plot of the data.
This week, we will be comparing this data with the heights of first graders and looking at the median and mean of the data, in addition to the range, mode, and outlier.
Students also took their first multiplication timed tests. The expectation is that they can do 100 facts in 5 minutes by the end of the year. Please help your child practice at home. It is the single most important way you can support his/her progress in math. So much of what we do depends on being fluent with facts up to 12 x 12!
In reading we have been building our stamina for Read-to-Self. I am amazed with how focused everyone is during Read-to-Self Time! You can see from our stamina graph that we are already up to over 20 minutes of focused reading. Research shows that the single most important factor in reading achievement, is the amount of time spent reading. to that end, your child will be coming home with a reading log this week along with their homework. The expectation is for a minimum of 100 minutes of at-home reading each week. Reading logs are due on Fridays.
We have also talked about how important it is to choose a "Just-Right" book. Here are the charts that we used.
And finally, we are a class of Bucket Fillers! I read two books about bucket-filling, and we discussed the kinds of things that fill our buckets, and the kinds of things that dip into them.
Every day, students have the opportunity to write a bucket note to a classmate. This is a much looked-forward to time at the end of the day. Ask your child to tell you more about bucket-filling!
This is a wonderful group of students and we are off to a fabulous start in our year together!