This was our second coffee hour. Today we read our novels instead of reading Scholastic News. Each novel group met and discussed last night's reading assignment and then set a goal for the day. Then we found a spot in the room and started reading.
So far we have completed five lessons out of 70 in our math notebook. It is a lot easier to take notes than what we thought it was going to be. One nice thing about it is that the notes are in order and you can find what you need quicker and easier.
In art class, we began a surfboard project. This project started out with drawing a rough draft. In the draft we drew 2 surfboards and designed them but in a smaller scale. Then we traced a surfboard onto construction paper and copied one of our designs onto that. After tracing we colored the surfboards. We are at that stage of the process now.
In science this week we studied the skills of estimating and measuring. We played a game where we had to guess how many jelly beans were in the jar. It was fun to do but we were not very good at it. On Friday, we did an activity where we estimated how many raisins were in a box of Raisin Bran.
We also talked about the skill of inferring. We practiced making inferences by going to some websites and looking ads. We tried to figure out what the ads were trying to tell us about the products.
We learned about the 6 traits involved in good writing: ideas, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions, and organization. We did our first prewriting and first draft of a how to article.
It was a fun week and we learned a lot. But, we are all looking forward to the long weekend!
Coffee Hour: Coffee Hour was our time on Friday morning to read the Scholastic News and drink our "coffee." (Coffee being our milk.) We got to kick and put our feet up on the desks, lay on the floors, crash on the couch, and generally kick back and read about the presidential election and putting advertisements on school buses. We also learned about poisonous frogs and some very old statues.
Science: We began studying the scientific method this week. We learned about how scientists use the skills of observation and classifying quite often in their investigations. We practiced those skills by classifying different types of candy, writing utensils, books, and misc. classroom items. It was fun especially when we got to eat a piece of candy at the end of the activity.
In music class we got to play different instruments to practice rhythms.
We were very busy this week. We finished our novel, Chocolate Fever, took our first 2 minute time test, and played around with Smart Notebook. From these activities we set some goals for the weekend and next week. First, we need to practice our multiplication facts. Otherwise our homework assignments will take a long time in the future. Second, we need good listening ears in the the computer lab because Mrs. Linstead gives a lot of directions. Third, we can't wait to start our next novel on Monday.
We had a lot fun on our second day of 4th grade. It was a really sunny day and the weather was quite nice.
We think that we can survive in Mrs. Linstead's class for the year. She isn't as bad as people say. HA HA HA!!!
We did our first math note taking session and it was awesome. It wasn't as hard as we thought it would be. We will finish the assignment on Monday.
As a class we went to the library. We checked out AR books and started reading them. Mrs. Linstead said that we should only check out 2 chapter books at a time. And we should only read one so we can keep track of the story. The second is our back-up book. We will take our STARS test on Monday.