Greetings 210 Families!
I hope you are enjoying our warm fall weather! As for our 210 classroom, we have quickly gotten to work and just got warmed up! We are excited and ready to learn.
Our first quarter reading unit concentrates on Perspectives. This concentrates on the perspectives of the characters in the texts we read as well as the perspectives we develop and we read our picture books, short stories and chapter books. Last week we read the myth Daedalus & Icarus which examined two different viewpoints of the main characters. This week we will begin our novel study of Frindle. During this unit we will be examine challenging vocabulary words, examine character development, analyze the main characters' points-of-view, and strengthen our comprehension skills.
This year your child has a Spellingcity.com account. Your child can access this at home, school or library. Each student is asked to complete 3-4 activities per week in order to practice his/her spelling words. This week we will look at commonly misspelled 4th grade words.
We will begin our narrative writing unit, each student will select a "seed" moment that they will develop into a complete essay. They will be evaluated on the organization, word choice, conventions and editing from their first draft. Our class will also continue mastering the parts of speech. We have already reviewed nouns and this week we will begin a more in-depth study of verbs.
In science we are investigating chemical properties of five unknown substances. These substances share similar attributes but will react differently when mixed with several different liquids. The students will be completing investigation logs and exit slips to demonstrate their understanding of these chemical or physical reactions.
In preparation for our field trip to Naper Settlement on October 10th, we are reading about the history of Illinois and what life was like during the 1800's. We have read about how the glaciers have created fertile farmland, Native American tribes (especially the Illinois Confederacy), and early French settlements. Additionally, we have completed several Illinois map activities.
The second unit in math focuses on adding and subtracting numbers (mentally and computationally) as well as rounding numbers in order to assist with in mental math. All three math classrooms have set up Pearsonrealize.com accounts. These accounts provide access for your child with electronic journal pages and homework assignments. In 210 math, we are working on mastery of addition and subtraction facts. Each week we will track progress using the mathquiz.biz site.
Our specials for the week-
Wednesday- Lit. Lab
Continue to sign your child's reading logs and Friday Folders. Please email me if you have any additional questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week- Mr. Rosenstiel