Saturday, August 22, 2015

August 17 -21

This week we continued to focus on understanding the plot of a story. The concept can be confusing because the students want to retell rather than focus on specific events. The students partner read passages and used a variety of organizers to model their understanding.Working together and discussing helps them to build upon ideas, together is better! I am proud of their progress with this difficult standard.

 







Watermelon story or seed story?? What a strange question. The class is learning how to narrow a broad topic to give their writing more purpose. They have a moment circle map to complete this weekend which they will use for their individual writing topic.We will begin with developing a strong hook ( Question, Quotation, Dialogue, Dramatic effect and Funnel) to lead their introduction paragraph.

What does it say? What does it mean? Students will be reading to understand a text through close reading strategies. Many students have been introduced to these strategies but have forgotten how to apply them effectively. This coming week, we will be modeling them daily when reading about certain landforms in the United States.

First in Math is a fantastic resource for your child to build their math skills. Students have their log in information in the front of their agenda.

Please consider joining our Foundation,if you haven't already.

This coming week:
  Thursday- Spelling homework is due. Spelling test given.
                     Media center- Online encyclopedia lesson to support our social studies  focus.
  Friday- Field trip to the Fire Safety Village! Remember to pack a sack lunch in paper or plastic, no     lunch bags/boxes.


Monday, August 3, 2015

First Day

      It was a fabulous first day in fourth grade! 
The students worked in groups to collaborate what
it means to BE Respectful, BE Responsible, Be Safe and Be Helpful. They rotated around to all charts and worked as teams.












They also tossed a snowball." What ? "you say. Each student wrote a sentence about how they are unique, special, different or just something they wanted to share. Then tossed their snowball. Everyone picked up a snowball and one at a time read aloud. We guessed who it could be. I really enjoyed learning a little something special about my students through this activity.









Please read and complete the Cobb County folder that was sent home today in your child's Gator notebook. This is their "homework" and communication notebook.



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Welcome Back

Meet and Greet was so exciting for me! It was great to see some familiar faces and new faces. I am looking forward to an awesome 
year collaborating with you and your child.

Here is our "tentative"class schedule. Please note the change in lunch time. This was necessary to change so the students could have time for recess! 



This week we will be settling into our routine and expectations for the year. Please check your child's agenda for important communication.

If you have any questions or concerns please send me an email at
jennifer.gerber@cobbk12.org.