After lunch we were about to read Edward Tulane but, we were interrupted by a loud bell for a practice fire drill. Meanwhile we did our third paragraph of our autobiography. And that wraps it up for the day.
In math, we learned that an equation needs to have an equal sign. If it has no equal sign, then it is just an expression. When working with an equation or expression, parentheses always come first.
After lunch, we read two books, Edward Tulane and The Color of Us. The Color of Us showed us that everyone has a different color skin, even our family members. This made us realize that life would be boring if everyone had the same color skin.
We ended our day by once again rewriting our autobiographies. Mr. Kootman apologized for misguiding us in our first paragraph.
The first thing we did today was take our Chapter 3 math test. We learned that we still need to practice regrouping and carrying. Also, estimation is a skill we will need to use for the rest of our lives.
Before lunch, we reread Sarah, Plain and Tall and then did a quickwrite about the story. Michaela asked why the story did not have a happy ending. This is because we only read a small part of a larger book.
During science time, the class learned about the processes of erosion and weathering. Weathering breaks down landforms and rock formations. Erosion carries away the small pieces of rock and soil.
Tomorrow, our plan is to earn more marbles than today. Devyn suggested paying attention and following directions. Let’s see if we can do it!
After math, we went to yoga in the cafeteria. Ms. Swanlund taught us several new poses, including The Warrior and Downward Facing Dog.
During language arts time, we began Sara, Plain and Tall. This story is about a family on the plains that gets a new mom from Maine. Practicing pronouns was also an interesting activity we did today.
After lunch we continued reading Edward Tulane and began the second paragraph is our autobiography.
Today, we started the day by reviewing for our math test. It will be on rounding and comparing numbers. For rounding, Michael told us that “Five or above, give it a shove. Four and below, let it go.” This will help us remember whether the round up or down.
In language arts, we reread Toto while listening to the CD. We then made a Venn diagram about the main characters. In yoga, about 60% of the class now has mats. People are learning how to do yoga quietly.
Before lunch, we started our autobiography. An autobiography is an informative essay about ourselves. This began by making a web that included our family, friends, favorite sports, appearance and more. Soon, we will turn the web into paragraphs.
This morning, we gained a lot of marbles. Unfortunately, after lunch was not as good. If we get over the red line, we earn P.A.T. This is Preferred Activity Time. Sometimes, we play educational games or the class chooses fun activities. Things are looking good this week!
In math, we practiced rounding. Many more people are catching on. We started rounding in third grade, but it takes a lot of time to get it right.
At the end of the day, we went out for physical education. We had fun playing dodgeball. Today was a perfect day for dodgeball because it was not as hot as last week.
We started the day by learning about charts in math. We continued to compare large numbers also.
After that, we did handing off about Mrs. Frisby and the Crow. This helped us think about the whole story before taking the test. We also took our spelling test and most people did really well.
After lunch, we were joined by five new students and then we reorganized the room. Things got pretty chaotic for a while, but we are all settled in for Monday.
Students in Room 40 have been drinking a ton of water lately! This means we have also had a lot of people paying the treasurer to use the bathroom. This is very similar to how we are learning about cause and effect. When you drink a lot of water, your body needs to flush itself out.
We started the day by doing greater than and less than in math. After that, we went to the cafeteria to do yoga. A lot more people brought mats today. In reading, we read Mrs. Frisby and the Crow while listening to the book on CD.
Today was the first time we used our Spelling and Vocabulary Book. Half the class thought it was easy and half the class thought it was difficult. At lunch, they served us Sour Puss Juice Pops. They made our faces turn red like tomatoes.
After lunch, we continued to read Edward Tulane. In the story today, his pocket watch got sucked into the vacuum cleaner. Finally, in social studies, we plotted the absolute locations of many cities on a map.
It was extraordinarily hot today, as it has been since we started school. Today got up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in Fallbrook! First we took our chapter one math test about place value. Mr. Kootman and our parents prepared us well for the test.
After the test, we continued to type up our interviews. Next, we reread Mrs. Frisby and the Crow. Then, we studied cause and effect together as a class. We also discussed different types of nouns.
After lunch, we started the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We are all curious to see what happens to the rabbit in the book. We ended by beginning our social studies lesson on hemispheres.
The first day of September ended our first week of school. During math time, we continued with place value and we even made our own class graph. Following that, we read about Rosa Parks and how she stood up for her rights.
When we finished that, some of us typed our interviews. Before lunch, we started painting our California Regions Map. Afterwards, we labeled it.
Finally, H.O.T time was stupendous! We all played outside with our friends. That wraps up our first week in fourth grade.