Today we started work on our new reading series, "California Treasures." It is not that much different from our old Open Court series, so it should not be too hard an adjustment for either the teacher or the students.
In Science today we planted our terrariums. Students placed the potting soil in the containers and then planted rows of corn, peas, barley, radish, and clover. We'll be monitoring their growth over the next couple weeks as well as discussing the environmental factors which affect their growth. They had fun doing it today!
Today we also started our afternoon mixing program. All the fourth grade students will be receiving two sessions of physical education each week and one lesson each of drama and music. The classes are all mixed up so that students can have the experience of working with students from other classes. It will take a while for everybody to get used to it, but I think it will be great!
We finished the day with a celebration of Chuseok, the Korean harvest festival. Students from room 16 made a presentation to us.
They explained the traditions associated with the holiday and also fed us songpyeon, the traditional rice cakes. They were delicious!
Homework: (1) Do “Comparing and Ordering Numbers,” pages 11-13 in the math book. Try “Follow the Leader” on the back if you can. Don't worry about this one if it seems too hard. (2) Do “Addition with Regrouping” worksheet. (3) Do the spelling scramble. (4) Do the cursive review sheet.