February 12 is also the day of the History Fair. It will be in the gym from 1:00-3:00. We would love to have you stop in a take a look at the exhibits! The kids have been working very hard on their projects!
It just occurred to me that I have not done a wrap-up in a very long time. Oops! I'm going to blame it on the holidays! Anyway, we are busy as ever in the third and fourth grades. Here are a few of the highlights from this week.
We have been having so much fun researching, learning, and writing in our language time! The students have been hard at work learning all about their History Day topics! All of the students have completed a thesis statement and are in the process of assembling their research into displays, websites, or skits. I think they are going to be so awesome. I was going to post some pictures of their work so far, but I think I'll wait. You are all going to LOVE what they've done! If you would like to come to the actual History Day Fair, it will be on February 12. I'll also have the projects on display in the hallway for a few days after that.
We've had a tough few weeks in math. We've been working on double digit multiplication with the third grade and long division with the fourth grade which have been very hard for a lot of the students. I'm happy to report, however, that almost everyone has either mastered their skill, or is well on their way to mastery! If they're not quite there yet, it's okay. We're still working on these tasks. These are REALLY important skills, so I want to make sure everyone has them down pat before we move on.
The third graders are continuing their studies into the explorers, missionaries, and early European settlers of Michigan. This is one of my favorite parts of Michigan History and I have some fun surprises for next couple of weeks. Here's a hint to the first surprise: someone is turning 178 years old on Monday!
The fourth graders just wrapped up their study of the Midwest (FINALLY) with the conclusion of our study of the Plains States. With the holidays and snow days and interruptions, it seems like this unit really been dragged out. There will be a study guide going home on Monday and the test will be on February 2. After that, we will be moving on to the Eastern Region. Hooray!
While the fourth graders were working on displays showcasing their science projects from last marking period, the third graders focused their energy learning about light energy. We learned about reflection, refraction, transparency, opacity, sonic booms, and how light acts like waves and particles. We did a fun experiment with some instruments and found some neat videos showing how light travels so much faster than sound. Check out our favorite:
If you haven't checked the photo page yet, head over and check out some of the new pictures that have been posted.
Today we had a lot of fun playing some "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" games for dividing and multiplication. If you want to play at home, you can find a list of them here:
Sunday, January 25
For carnival this year, each class has been asked to put together a basket to raffle off. With so many Minecraft fans in our class, I thought that would be a fun theme. We have a big group, so we decided to do 2 different projects – a quilt and a gift basket. The students all signed up for an item to bring; the list is here. If you are having difficulty finding the item your child signed up for, let me know. The fabric can have a print or design, but it should be all green or black depending on what your child signed up for (for example, a green and white striped fabric would not work, but a fabric with several shades of green would be okay). If you would rather have me pick up the fabric, you can send in $5 with your child. I wasn't sure what the best way to do this would be, but either way works for me.
Please turn in the quilt materials by February 6th so that we will have time to put it together. I’m going to bring my sewing machine to school so I think the kids will have fun helping with that. All of the other items can be turned in any time before March 1st.
Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what we’re doing.
We're continuing our work with coding today! I tested out today's activity and my light show will go LIVE on the Michigan Christmas tree outside the White at 4:03 pm TODAY! Check out what my tree will look like:
Christmas is quickly approaching and the plans have been made for our class Christmas party! The party will be held on December 19th in our classroom. The party will be from 1:00-2:00 (tentatively) and parents are welcome to attend! The students have signed up to bring the party supplies, but if you cannot bring what your child signed up for, please let me know.
The students will also be taking part in a gift exchange. Rather than buying gifts, your child will need to MAKE a gift for a child of the same gender, so girls will make a gift for a girl and boys will make a gift for a boy. The students will not know who will get the gift, so please remind them not to personalize the gifts with another student’s name. The students can wrap their gifts and bring them in any time before the 19th.