We have lots to be thankful for this month. I’ve been very impressed by the strong sense of community and compassion in our classroom. The students were excited to collect $195.44 through Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. They also did an amazing job of sharing a poem during our school’s Veterans Day program.
Several other opportunities to support others are developing. Ms. Alma, who works with our students in the cafeteria and after school, is experiencing a significant health crisis in her immediate family. A Go Fund Me account has been set up by a fourth-grade parent: http://www.gofundme.com/uz8k2was
Donations of non-perishable food items that are Thanksgiving related are being accepted through next Monday. Students may leave their contributions in boxes inside our main entrance.
Here's what's keeping us busy in the classroom:
Reading: This month’s book project has been changed to the fantasy selection The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The entire fourth grade is reading this novel and will participate in a gradewide activity next month. A description/rubric for the project is posted in the handouts section. In class, we’re reading Trouble River as well as revisiting nonfiction and poetry.
Writing: We continue to work on sentence types and variety and are about to tackle another expository essay.
Science: We'll carry our exploration of energy forward with a look at force and motion.
Social studies: We're finishing exploration and will shift our attention to early missions and settlements,
Math: We’re beginning to explore multiplication strategies and will eventually extend that to division.
Social Emotional: We'll revisit joining in conversations and activities plus are taking a closer look at how we can embody NED’s principles: Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.