Building a Learning Environment

Our focus in 4C this week was setting up an environment that is effective for learning.

Math:

In Math we participated in Stanford’s Week of Inspirational Math during which the students completed number challenges which reinforced the Eight Mathematical Practices 8-math-practices-sm

Literacy:

In Literacy we set the stage for our reading program. We identified the types of thinking  good readers do as we read and  wrote reading response letters in which students described their thinking.

In writing we are getting ready to write memoirs. This week we drew maps of our neighborhood and identified what stories we would be able to tell from our own life.

UOI:

In UOI we are focusing on the Central Idea: “Identity is Expressed in many ways”  Students are working to describe their own identity in various ways.

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Buddy Time:

This week we also began buddy time.  Our class is buddies with K2C. Throughout the year we will be working with our buddies every other week.  We will be reading together as well as sharing our learning with each other.

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Notices:

Next week students will be participating in the NWEA Maps Assessment  This will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The start of something great

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The first day back from school is always a mix of emotions for students and sometimes parents as well.  With that in mind, I am happy to report that the students had a great first day.  We spent our day getting to know each other and setting up classroom routines and expectations. Creating a positive and safe learning environment is always very important to helping students learn. The kids have already set the tone for such a class.  They have been helpful and positive with each other which is great to see on the first day.  Over the coming weeks we will continue to build the foundation for a positive learning community.  It is going to be a great year.

Where to find Information:

News and upcoming events- Grade 4 blog or  Tin Tuc

Bi-weekly updates on what is happening in class- 4C class blog

Portfolio of student work- Student blogs

Real time photos and updates of what is happening in class-Twitter #4C

 Schedule:

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