- Personalizing Writing Journals: We will be personalizing writing journals this Thursday and Friday. Please help your student find photos, words, phrases, quotes, or pictures of things/people who matter the most in their lives. We are not decorating our journals...we are adding pieces that will inspire their writing like family outings, pets, friends, sports, or interests. Please have your student bring these items on Thu., Aug. 25 & Fri., Aug. 26. Note: These items will be glued or taped to the journal.
- Home Connection Folder: Students will begin using a calendar to write upcoming events and reminders for class. On the back of that calendar, we can communicate notes to each other as well. So, ask to see this calendar when they get home.
- PEC #1: Wednesday, August 31 @ Hawthorne Memorial Center from 9:15-2:15 Bring something to take notes, a water bottle, and lunch.
- Birthday Policy: I know many birthdays are approaching, so please make sure you read the Birthday Policy in the Parent Handbook or on the Back to School Powerpoint, located on Work Journal 1.
- Enrichment Classes begin this week! Please review your student's schedule so they aren't surprised that you signed them up for a class that they didn't know about. It can be a very emotional time to think you're going home at the end of the day and discover you have another class.
- No School/Homeschool/Enrichment: September 5- Labor Day
Writing: Stretching Your Rubberband-Students stretched and discussed similarities and differences between the sizes and durability of rubberbands. In small groups, students shared experiences of when they were stretched to the most possible limit; when they had to put on "thick skin" to accomplish a task or get through a situation; and when they were at their breaking point because a situation was just so challenging.
Then, we related their experiences to writing. How can they "Stretch their Rubberband" this year in writing.
We discussed what is narrative writing and then students began writing about their summer vacation. This is just a snapshot of their writing that I will use to determine what skills students have as writers and what skills I need to introduce or refine.
How can YOU help stretch your student's rubberband and Your rubberband at home? Have a conversation and together, create a list of ways to stretch your learning in all areas of homeschooling.
Art with Cordula: Cordula shared with students what their semester long project will be: Illustrating Aesop Fables and creating an illustrated book. Students watched a video about Aesop Fables and learned that we don't really know what Aesop really looked like. Students reviewed symmetry and lines. Then, they sketched what they think Aesop's portrait could look like. Students will not be taking home their art because they are compiling it into a book.
We watched a Brainpop video on Main Idea. We learned that identifying the main idea helps us summarize and check ourselves for understanding. We practiced identifying the main idea by:
- Looking at book titles and pictures
- Reading the first paragraph or first two pages to find the main idea either in the first sentence or last sentence
- We looked for words that are repeated throughout the text
- We read the synopsis on the back cover to give us an idea of what the story will be about
- We looked for supporting words
- We looked for key words, such as mostly about, main purpose, most important, more importantly, etc...
Then students paired up, chose a Science article, and began reading together. They used 3 sticky notes to write: the topic, the main idea, and supporting words. On Thursday, they will share their article with the class.
Go to this link to get FREE Main Idea Posters: www.teacherkarma.com/2015/03/free-resources-for-main-idea-and-topic.html
Fourth graders took a math survey, collaborated with a partner to play ‘backwards math’, got to know each other by playing a math ask/answer dice game, began creating All About Me posters using math sentences, and reviewed place value by playing a ‘minute to win it’ place value challenge.
Please have a conversation with your student about how can they stretch their rubberband with math this year.
We discussed how many of the letters begin like "Magic C" and when you connect one letter with another, you slide up and over like Magic C, but go back on the line to make an a. We also discussed posture and how to slant your page/paper if left or right handed and what to do with the hand that's not writing...it holds the paper down.
Practice c and a at home!
- History through clothing
- Migration through the lens of food
- Greek Mythology
- US Gov't and Election
- History of Women
- Comparing how babies are born (human, mammal, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, etc...)
- Fieldtrips-Irvine Heritage Museum (Gold Rush and Migration to West)
- Middle Ages/Medieval Times
- Ancient Civilization