Sunday, December 12, 2010

Give me that Holiday spirit!

Happy December!
We are getting closer and closer to our Winter Vacation. We have a lot to accomplish before vacation begins!
I hope all the students brought home their slips about our gift exchange. We will do a cute little story game where the students will pass around a gift. When the story is over, whatever gift they have is the one they get. Therefore, each student needs to bring a gift that is between $3-5 dollars that could be for a boy or a girl. It's a fun game and we want everyone to be a part of the fun!
In Reading this week, we will be taking a break from our reading book and learning about different holiday traditions around the world. We will be learning how other countries celebrate Christmas.
We continue to work on mulitiplication facts in Math. We have begun multiplying with bigger numbers. It is important that everyone continues working on their basic facts so that our math doesn't get harder!
In Social Studies, we will be working on our big maps doing the Northeast and Southeast states. This is a year long project that we will complete when we get near the end of learning about the regions.
In Science this week, we will be working on The Water Cycle as part of our Environmental Issues Instruction unit we are doing on Rain, Run-off, and Rivers.
I will have the students give their impressions of our work this week later on in the week or next week before vacation! Stay tuned...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Interesting Events, People, and Books!

"Tree"Mendous Books
By Austin A.

In our class we are doing something called tree mendous books. First you read a chapter book. Then when you are done, you fill out a paper about your book. Finally, you get an ornament for your tree on the closet door. You can earn at four ornaments. If you earn at least three ornaments in December, we are going to decorate sugar cookies in the classroom.


By Steven E.

Sequoyah created the syllabary for the Cherokee People. It was a written language so they would not lose their history. As he was working on his written language, his daughter helped him and was one of the first Cherokee people to read and write using the syllabary Sequoyah created.

Pajama Party
By Carson C.

In our 4th grade, we have been doing something called the marble jar. See, if we do good stuff in the classroom, we get a marble and if we fill it up we get a party. This Friday everybody wore their pajamas because we decided to have a P.J. Party We watched The Lorax. We ate our lunch in the classroom.

The Lorax
By Clayton D.

What our class is doing for Science is "The Lorax". First we listened to the story and then we choral read the story. Next week, we are going to act out the story for another classroom. We also watched the movie and compared it to the book. We are learning what an environmental issue is and this story helped us to understand it better.

January Excitement
By Mia E. and Maddie K.

In Mrs. Kurth's 4th grade, our reading incentive is, in the weeks leading up to vacation, each student has to read at least 120 minutes at home during the week. If you do this then in January, we get to pick our seats. So we all can sit by our BFFs! We will have fun with that. But, if you don't read 120 minutes or more, you don't get to pick your seat. That's what's happening in fourth grade!