Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saying Goodbye

We have had a busy week in fourth grade! We continue to work on responsibility in fourth grade. Taking homework home and returning it to school the the next day may not seem like a big thing, but it is a major step in building responsibility for a fourth graders' future character. It is important for the fourth graders to do their spelling homework and their math homework on the night it will be turned in.
Another note on Reading at Home! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Encourage your child to read at least 5 nights a week for 15-25 minutes. It is so important to build a love of reading and getting to the point where you don't have to set a timer anymore.
This week we each planted a few seeds in our pop bottle. We will continue to observe and journal about our plants for ten school days! We planted Lady Lavendar, radishes, carrots, and chives. It has been interesting to see whose seeds germinated faster. (Radishes came up right away!)
In Social Studies we learned about Regions this week. This is a great introduction to the rest of our school year as we study all the regions of the United States. We will begin our study of The Northeast this week.
This week we focused on the genre, Mysteries. I am excited for students to share their mysteries with the rest of the class.
We will be finishing Unit 2 in math and moving on to Unit 3 where we will be doing more multiplication. Keep working on facts at home as this will help in the classroom as well. Please look for the Unit 3 Family Letter to come home this week and keep it as it has the answers for all the homework.
Sadly this week we lost a student! Cierra and her family are moving to a new town with a new school, new teacher, and new friends. We wish her the best but we will really miss her and hope she will be able to come back and visit sometime this year.
Although we had a sad end to our week, a new week is upon us with new challenges and great learning! Thank you again for giving me the privilege to teach your children everyday! I have the best job in the world!

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