grade math we spent time learning about RAYS, POINTS, LINE SEGMENTS, LINES,
RIGHT ANGLES, PARALLEL LINES, PERPENDICULAR LINES, INTERSECTING LINES, OBTUSE
ANGLES, and ACUTE ANGLES.The best
part?Ask them to SHOW you.They have a slew of things to SHOW you using
their arms (and voices!).
grade, we continued to spend time learning about VOLUME.There are so many great lessons that involve
volume.We were able to visualize a
cubic yard, along with a cubic inch, foot and centimeter.We even used a Sharpie marker on a floor tile
to remind ourselves the difference between AREA and VOLUME.
Scholastic book order arrived!It’s
thrilling to get book orders!Kids are
SO excited to crack open their new books and are eager to see what our library
will get on Monday.The new books are
being checked in and processed (by our amazing classroom library team) and will
be available on Monday.SO.MANY.BOOKS.And, there’s more to come!There is a second order on the way!
learning how to use sticky notes while we are reading. We had a TON of fun practicing using them and
sharing what we tagged. Learning to slow
down while reading is a big part of both 4th and 5th
grades. Sticky notes offers a way for
kids to practice slowing down and writing about things they notice as they
read. I start this process early in the
year because we will use them a LOT during our reading groups. Graphic novels are very popular right now – which is GREAT – but they also tend to make kids
read even faster. This skill will
especially benefit them as they read a graphic novel.
words are EVERYWHERE!I had them tell me
words they had been learning about in both PLTW and Math.Kids were able to give a TON of words with very
little effort.When asked to give me
words in the books they were reading, it was a lot harder.When we took the time to really LOOK at the
words we were reading, we found a lot of great words.We read the book The Boy Who Loved Words and
used STICKY NOTES for the first time.Talk
to your kids about words at home too.Notice interesting words together.It’s not always about unknown words, it can also be about words you
think are interesting and want to use in our own writing.WORDS are amazing!