October 4th, 2012
There’s so many great things happening in 4C. Reading groups are under way and students are improving their observations skills in thinking like scientists. We have also focused on giving each other effective feedback and using that feedback to improve our work. This helps us think like an engineer. With the fall weather beginning to cool off, please make sure you child is dressed for the weather! Happy Fall!
· Habit 4 – Think Win-Win and Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand and then Be Understood
· Reading – Prefixes and Comprehension strategy of Monitoring Comprehension
· Math – Data!!! Collection, Graphs, Landmarks (median, mode, range)
· Measuring matter in all different states (solids, liquids, and gases)
Mark Your Calendars…
· October 5th: Homecoming – 12:30 Dismissal
· October 12th: Scholastic Book Orders due
You can also order online by going to https://orders.scholastic.com/HJWZH
· Oct. 15 – 16th: Conferences 3:00 – 7:00 pm
· Oct. 17th: No School
Conferences 7:45 am– noon
· Oct. 18th – 19th: No School: MEA Break
Nice to Know…
We have some guests joining our room over the next 2 months. Brenda Bohnsack and Sarah Hess, two students from Mankato State University, will be joining us for a field experience during October and November. They will be here on Wednesdays in October and every day in November. They will begin with mainly observing and will slowly begin teaching a daily lesson. We are excited to have them join 4C and know we can learn a lot from them!
Student-Led Conferences Around the Corner
The year is off to a great start and it’s hard to believe but it’s already TIME FOR CONFERENCES! If you signed up for conferences on Home-Child-School Day, a conference letter with your time on it will be coming home today (Thursday). If you have a preference on time, please contact me on Friday, otherwise I will pick a time that I have open and send your letter home on Monday. Please confirm this time and sign and return the bottom portion of the letter by next Wednesday (10/10). Students should plan on attending conferences with parents as they will be the leaders of much of the data sharing and goal setting at conferences. Looking forward to sharing where we are so far with you!
November 20th, 2012
Nice to Know…
4th Grade Students worked hard to put together and present a 7 Habits Assembly to our school on Friday, November 9th. We taught students about Habit 3: Put First Things First and showcased student and adult leaders in our school. All 4th graders were involved in at least one part by either helping plan, prepare, or present. The assembly turned out great and we received lots of compliments from other people around the school. If you would like to see a video of our assembly, I uploaded it on to my website. Click on the “Links” on the bottom of my homepage and look for “7 Habits Assembly: Habit 3.” Thanks for your hard work and leadership 4th Graders! You may also click on the link below:
· Review and practice of all the Habits
· Reading – Questioning
· Math – Decimals
· Investigations – Geography and Landforms of North America & MAPS!
Mark Your Calendars…
· November 22nd-23rd: No School – Thanksgiving
· November 29th: End of 1st Trimester
· November 30th: No School – Teacher Work Day
· December 3rd: 2-Hour Late Start
4C High Points… Here are the things 4C students said were the high points of 4th Grade so far…
· Slime Stations
· Math (Games, Math is easier, songs, fun)
· Small Group Reading
· Meeting New Friends
· World Passport
· Fun new activities
· All our teachers (Mrs. Demmer, Mrs. S., Miss Hess, Miss Bohnsack, Angie)
· Brain Break
· Team Building in P.E.