It was wonderful to see everyone at conference time. It is always great to hear how everyone is doing and reflect on the progress and effort of our fourth graders.
We have completed our study of Beavers and have moved into a six-week focus on Watershed. This week we will do some tests to explore the cohesive properties of water and understand surface tension. Other objectives include understanding the paths that water takes in its cycle, topography and how water drains through different landforms, and we will make river models in sand and conduct experiments to observe, record data, and simulate geologic events. Next week we will go to the headwaters of Sacketts Brook and get a close look at the watershed features right here in our back yard.
In Math we have moved into Unit 3 and students are working hard to improve their mastery of the basic multiplication facts through 12. Each student has a goal to improve his/her skills this week and get fluent with knowing the multiples (skip counting) and factors of numbers. We will be doing activities, games, timed tests, using number triangles (flash cards) to meet this goal. It would be helpful to practice the 12 facts and any other facts your child is working on.
I am so sad to finish The Sign of the Beaver because it has been such a wonderful shared reading experience. Yesterday, we discussed the pros and cons of a very difficult decision our main character had to make. Literature discussions have been a favorite part of the day as this book has led us to think about history, native culture, conflict, character growth, survival and how to be resourceful.
Next week we will be writing fiction ourselves about a character that has to endure a difficult survival situation. I will teach a lesson about how to “slow down the moment” and write in a way that shows a character in a struggle of some sort.
PSD has changed to a focus on fitness and strength training. Students are pushing themselves to experience their personal best in cardio and strength challenges. As the weather is getting cooler it feels good to move and work hard.
Our Maasai study is underway and every Wednesday students are doing activities in multi-age groups.
Thank you for all your support and your commitment to TGS. Our school works in partnership with parents and I see this partnership occurring daily in so many ways.