Friday, October 1, 2010

October Already?

Wow, I can't believe it is already October 1st. I would say we are well into the school year now and our routines are established. You might say this was the week of tests. A Spelling test, Social Studies test, and a Science test were all given today. I have to say, I didn't intend for that to happen, but I am sure the 4th graders studied very well at home this week. With tests, comes review of information. This week we were able to review for Science using Classroom Jeopardy. It looks like the real game that is on t.v. and is a great way for us to review information we need to remember. Another great way to review was using Glogster. Students used Glogster to review the 3 Branches of government. Glogster is a web 2.0 tool that students use online to share information about a topic or about something they are interested in themselves. I can't believe the great interest outside of school with some of the 4th graders. I can only say, well, Awesome! I was excited to hear how many of them worked on Glogster at home on our project and also on their own projects. Here are a few of their projects:
A'lia's Glog
Dylan's Glog
Madison's Glog
Have your child show you at home this great tool for sharing information and being just plain creative.
Overall, we had a good week! Remember to have your child read at home 15-20 minutes every night and practice those math facts as well! We will be starting a whole school reading incentive in the next two weeks. Stay tuned... It takes a village to educate our kids which means it takes all of us to do our part and help our kids to be successful in school. Please remember to help keep your child on track when it comes to bringing homework back to school. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Cooler weather is definitely on the way.

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