Thursday, January 20, 2011

Grossed Out!

 Today we finished off reading "Sewed Up His Heart!" The students were suitable disgusted by the details of heart surgery and serious infections. Fourth graders like to be disgusted.... I added details about how surgeons back then learned medicine by dissecting bodies and how sometimes people dug up bodies from graves to sell them to medical schools to make make them cry, "Gross!" We did some focused revision during writing time. This is an activity where the students are given an actual piece of pretty sorry student writing (not from our class or school) and the students make it better.

After recess, the students worked on an art project which helped them to both review polygons and the difference between primary and secondary colors:

They had a chance to start on some of the Language Arts homework after they finished the art project.

After lunch, we tested objects to see which ones were insulators and which were conductors. Students had fun with this, as you can guess.

We also read some of Oliver! and worked on circles in math.

 Homework:  (1) Write spelling words 11, 12, 18, 19, 20 ten times each in cursive. Also write one sentence for each. (2) Finish the "Using Reading Strategies" page including the summary. (3) Do the study guide for "Sewed Up His Heart!". Skip the tree map on page 24 of the packet. (4) Do the crossword puzzle. The definitions are straight from the dictionary, so use the number of letters and the other clues to help figure these out. Skip the wordsearch. (5) Do "Circles," pages 204-205 in the Math book, plus "Circles in the Air" on the back of the answer sheet.

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