Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Real Day of School

The second day of school is the first day in so many ways. This is when the students start using the textbooks; this is when the real work of fourth grade begins.

We had a pretty good “real first day.” We started working on Thinking Maps. These are graphics which help students become aware of 8 essential thinking skills and to use these cognitive skills throughout the curriculum. Today we worked on the Circle Map. This helps students work on brainstorming. We used it to help write a paragraph called “All About Me”. As we do each of the eight maps, students will complete some short writing assignments. These will be compiled into a book the students will proudly show their parents at Back to School Breakfast next month.

We also worked on an art project dealing with different types of lines. After looking at the work of a couple contemporary American artists and discussing how they used lines in their paintings, we practiced making the five different types of line – horizontal, vertical, diagonal, zigzag, and curved. The students were then challenged to create posters for a favorite cause and to use as many of these types of lines as they could in their drawings. Here are a couple examples.



We also began reading Island of the Blue Dolphins. and looked at the thousands period in numeration in math.

Homework:  (1) Do the letter C and letter D cursive review sheets. Letters should be written 9 more times, sentences 5 more time. (2) Do the Island of the Blue Dolphins study sheet. Please put answers on a separate sheet of paper. (3) Do “Thousands” on pages 5-7 of the math book, and “Changing Places” on the back of the answer sheet. (4) Practice the multiplication and division facts on the sheet. Remember, this is the same paper that will be given as a quiz on Friday.

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