I am so glad that the sun will be shining for us once again. We have been quite busy since we have returned from vacation. Upcoming events include going to Greenport School on Friday, May 5th to see a program, “Stories and Songs of Latin America.” On the 9th of May we will head to Peconic Landing to put on our Spring concert for the residents. Our Spring concert is on May 11th. The NYS Math Assessments will take place starting on Tuesday, May 2nd.
Reading: Realistic fiction is our newest genre for guided reading. The children are also working on identifying main idea and details in their reading groups as well as working in their New York Progress books. In these books the children are going back to the text to locate sentences/parts that answer specific questions.
Writing/Grammar: Identifying adverbs that tell how, when, how often, and where was covered this week. My goal is for the children to incorporate adverbs into their writing in order to tell add more detail about the action in the sentence. This would be similar to dressing up nouns, now they are dressing up the verb. Also, we are working on short writes, making sure we work on writing with correct mechanics and sentence structure.
Math: Tuesday begins our NY State Math Assessments. The children have been reviewing what they have learned this year. The fourth graders have benefitted from extra practice on their long division and multiplication.
Social Studies: The new destination is Japan. First we looked at Japan’s geography and how being an island nation makes fishing one of the important parts of its economy. After reading several books to them, the children are now seeing how technology is the strongest part of their economy, and how fine arts are very diverse there.
Science: What is a structure and what makes it stable was the essential question asked to the children. Two groups of children formed a human table , one group was of the same height and strength and the other was of differing heights and strengths. The children analyzed why one group’s table was more stable, and what parts of the human table identified compression and tension.
Upcoming events: Missoula, May 15-19