Main Ideas, Synonyms…and Our First Math Test!

This week we had a few big topics to study.  Our theme during Reading this week was Main Idea & Details.  To help get the hang of this concept, we did a few different activities during our centers time.

For one activity, the students read a fact card about an animal of their choosing.  Then, they created a “table” where the table top was the main idea of their fact card, and all of the supporting legs were details from their fact card.  These turned out really neat, and most of them stood on their own!  🙂

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All of the completed tables

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A few close ups of the tables

The other Main Idea & Detail activity that we did was a sorting activity.  The students were given 2 main ideas, and 10 details.  They had to decide which details went best with which main idea, and then cut out and glue the pieces onto an ice cream cone.

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The main idea is on the cone, and the details are on the scoops.  Some of the details were tricky to match to their main idea, so this activity took longer than many students thought it would at first!

In English this week, we talked about complete sentences and synonyms.  We made “helping hands” to help us remember the different parts of a complete sentence (5 parts/5 fingers: capital letter, end mark, subject, verb, makes sense) and taped them to each student’s desk to help with future writing activities.  We also made “synonym rolls” to help explore the world of words beyond “big”, “small”, “happy”, and “sad.”  We were hungry for vocabulary!

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Close up of a “roll”: the word they started with went in the middle, and the synonyms went around the swirl.  (This one even has some frosting!)

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Cooking up some delicious adjectives.  Yum!

Finally, this week was our first Math test.  To help review, we had some volunteers help out by becoming large numbers for us.  Those in their seats had to write the different numbers in word form, expanded form, find the place and value of certain digits, and round the numbers.

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(They were having more fun than it appears…I caught them off-guard.)

Another fun week in 4R!

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Author’s Purpose

Phwew!  We made it through our first full week of school!

So far this week we’ve been studying the beginnings of Indiana History, what scientists do, punctuation and capitalization rules, place value, and for reading this week: Author’s Purpose.

When an author writes, they usually write with a purpose in mind.  The most common author’s purposes are to either persuade, inform, or entertain.  We studied this a bit this week during Reading class.

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Mmm…pie!  🙂

To get a better handle on what types of books are out there, and for what kinds of different purposes they were written, we cut apart some leftover book orders and sorted books by their author’s purpose.

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A great first week in 4R!  Stay tuned for more updates this year about what we’re up to in 4th grade!!  🙂

1st Day of School!!

Today was our first day of school!  We had a great day!  We started out our morning with chapel, and in 4th grade we get to be the older chapel buddies for the first time!  We were very excited about this new responsibility.

The rest of our day was spent talking about routines, rules, and getting to know each other.  There are so many things to talk about at the beginning of the year!  Good thing we have a class of great listeners.

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This is the list of rules that our class came up with together.  (I added the last 4, but the rest was all the kiddos!)  I’d say that’s a pretty great list, wouldn’t you?

And now, some photos from our class photo shoot today.  Image

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We ended our day with some creative cup stacking.  The objective was to build a cup stacking tower, but you weren’t allowed to touch the cups with your hands.  You could only use what was given in the bag with your cups.  It was a good time.

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Looking forward to a great year!

Classroom Makeover-Finished!

After a few weeks of work- taping, painting, moving furniture, arranging, organizing, shopping, more organizing- our 4th grade classroom makeover is finally complete!!  🙂

You’ll remember the “before” pictures…

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…and the “after” pictures…

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…but now, here is the fully finished room, all decked out in a safari theme!  🙂

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“Safari” means “Journey” in Swahili.  I think it’s a very appropriate word for a classroom, as we’ll be going on quite the journey together this year, learning and growing in Christ.  Here’s to a great year!

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