- No School/Homeschool: Mon, Jan 16 for MLK Jr. Day
- Enrichment begins Mon, Jan. 23
- FAN WINTER JUBILEE: Tue, Jan. 24 5-7pm Come back to celebrate with DVIA families! Look in the Sunday newsletter for more info
- PIZZA/PJ DAY: Thu, Jan. 26 & Fri, Jan.27 Wear your pajamas to school. Students are welcomed to wear their slippers in class, but they need closed toe shoes for outside play. Remember to pack a water bottle and snacks for their breaks.
We begun our persuasive unit by having an impromptu debate. Then, we watched a Brainpop video to learn what is a debate. After watching the video, students used the "Think-Pair-Share" strategy to list what a debate IS and what a debate IS NOT. Finally, students used the "Think-Pair-Share" strategy again to discuss and create Debate Agreements so that everyone knows the expectations when debating.
Next week, we will discuss the difference between an argument, a fight, and a debate. Students will create debate topics and teams to research and prepare for a mock debate.
Fourth graders also reviewed multiplication and division by looking at valid equalities and were introduced to PEMDAS, an acronym to help them remember the order of operations when given with a multi-step problem. Students worked in groups to solve multi-step problems using the RDW strategy (read, draw, write) to encourage them to show their thinking.
Using Edmodo before project time, students took a poll that I created asking if they would read a book that was banned from all public libraries. Surprisingly, 85% of the class said no and 15% of the class said yes they would read a banned book. The next day, students used Edmodo to write what we know and wonder about climate change. Then students explored the NASA Climate Kids website with games and information about climate change. climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/play/