Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thrilling Thursday - Last FULL Day

This morning the children tried to solve the last installment of our weekly puzzles.  Then, after the announcements, we played the social studies Kahoots, created by students in our class, about the Southern Region.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Then we worked on a Challenge 24 that NONE of us could solve...even after 30 ,minutes.  Finally, we enjoyed some Tootsie Roll lollipops and played Kahoot or Prodigy.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

When they returned to class, we switched some students with Mrs. Bigelow's class and then continued sharing our Genius Hour presentations.

When we switched back to homerooms, the class voted to continue sharing their presentations...so, that's what we did!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday -Fly Up Day

The students spent the first part of the morning working on their ABC's of Fourth Grade presentations.  Then we went over to the fifth grade classes to learn about next year and ask questions.  After that, the children continued putting the final touches on their presentations.

Next, the students enjoyed lunch and recess.

When they returned to class, the third grade students came to visit us to learn about fourth grade.  The current fourth graders shared their ABC's of Fourth Grade presentations with them.

After the third graders left, we had art with Mr. Cosgrove, and the students made slime!!

Finally, the students received their yearbooks (if they ordered one) and they spent what little time was left completing their Genius Hour presentation, looking through the yearbook, or visiting a web site we have used in class this year.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

This morning, the children created place mats and decorations for the Volunteer Breakfast tomorrow morning.  Then they used both print and non-print resources to complete either a flip book or a Kahoot to represent the Southern Region of the original 13 colonies.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Then we worked on a brain teaser warm up.  After that, the children took their final math formative covering angle measurement, triangles, and multi-step word problems.  These have been graded and returned to students.  Please look for them in your child's home folder this evening.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and recess.  Then they went to PE with Mrs. Smith.

When the students returned to class, we began presenting the Genius Hour projects.  Some of the students went to Mrs. Bigelow's class and some of her class came to ours.  Then, students got to share their presentations.  As each student shared their final project, the audience wrote one thing they learned and one compliment, on a sticky note, to give to the presenter.

After that, the children worked on their ABC's of Fourth Grade.  These are the Google Slides presentations they will be sharing with the third graders, tomorrow afternoon, during Fly Up Day.

We ended the day with an earthquake DRILL to practice Drop, Cover, Hold On.

And...no more HOMEWORK this year!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Marvelous Monday

It is so hard to believe that the last week of school is hear.  It is definitely bittersweet.

This morning, the students worked on their Genius Hour presentations or the ABC's of Fourth Grade presentations for Fly Up Day.  Then, after the announcements, we began our social studies lesson.

Today, we focused on the Southern Region of the original 13 colonies.  The children were given a bunch of online and print resources to use.  Then they chose whether to create a Kahoot or complete a flip book focusing on the states, the main settlements, and the economy of the region.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that, we did a Challenge 24 warm up.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group rotation, we practiced using a protractor to draw and measure the angles in an obtuse and a right triangle.  During math with a partner, the students wrote equations, using a variable to represent the unknown, and solved for it, to determine the correct answers for multi-step word problems.  Those who finished early played Multiplication War to work on basic fact fluency.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched two Learn Zillion lessons and then practiced solving word problems using Thinking Blocks.

We will have our last formative tomorrow.  It will cover drawing and measuring the angles in a triangle, and multi-step word problems.

HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.

When we returned to class, we began our literacy block.  The students worked on their Genius Hour presentations and the ABC's of Fourth Grade, to share with third graders on Fly Up Day.  I worked with students who needed help with their Genius Hour Presentation.  We did take a break around 2:00 to play a fun Kahoot about movies and TV shows.

PLEASE make sure your child reads for at least 20 minutes tonight.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fabulous Friday

This morning the children got to choose which skill they worked on for morning work since it is Free Choice Friday.  Then they went to music with Ms. Thomson.  When they returned to class we watched the morning announcements and reviewed the answers to this week's puzzles.

Next, we went to math and did a Go Noodle brain break.  After that, we did two Challenge 24 problems for our math warm up.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group lesson, we began where we left off yesterday, by using a protractor to draw triangles and measure their angles.  During math with a parnter, the students completed some multi-step word problems.  IF they finished early, they played Multiplication War to practice their basic fact fluency.  FInally, during the technology rotation, the students finished viewing the Khan Academy lessons from yesterday and competing the practice activities.  ANy students who finished early used XTra Math to practice their basic fact fluency.

After math., the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

When they returned to class, we began our literacy block.  The entire afternoon focused on the Genius Hour project.  A few students finished their dictionaries and informational paragraphs.  The majority worked on their presentations.  Some even published them and shared the links in GC - Genius Hour.

Those who have completed their Genius Hour projects began working on a Google Slides presentation, called the AMC's of Fourth grade, to share with third graders on Fly Up Day, next Wednesday.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thrilling Thursday

Since it is Thursday, that means the students worked to figure out our weekly puzzles this morning.  Then, after the announcements, the continued using non-fiction text, and Internet links to complete the flip book about the Middle Region of the original 13 colonies.

As the children worked, I continued meeting with students to complete the monthly informal reading assessments for May.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that, we did a Challenge 24 warm up.  Then we began our rotations.

During the small group lesson, we practiced drawing triangles using specific properties and then measuring the angles using a protractor.  During math with a partner the children worked on basic facts fluency by playing Multiplication War.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched 3 Khan Academy lessons about classifying triangles according th=o their angles.  Then, if they had time, they completed 2 follow up activities.

For HOMEWORK the students need to use the link on GC - Holman's Homework to practice identifying and classifying triangles.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

When we returned to class we turned our attention to our Genius Hour projects.  First, we reviewed the organization of my model informational paragraphs.  Then, the students pulled up their paragraphs, on their Chrome Books, and using my model paragraphs, we reviewed the criteria for the various sentences.  As we did this, the children had the opportunity to read sentences out loud, as I provided feedback.  Next, the students  met with their writing partners and worked together to revise and edit their paragraphs.

Once they were done the continued working on their Genius Hour presentations.  

During this time I completed my informal reading assessments for May...which then concluded all reading testing for this year!!!

HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning the students worked on their Writing Wednesday stories.  Then, after the announcements, we began our social studies lesson.  First, we reviewed the main reasons for creating new colonies in the New England region, as well as, their primary sources to support the economy.  Then, the student worked independently to identify the states, settlements, and economic sources for the Middle region.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Then, we completed 3 statements about triangles identifying properties that are ALWAYS, SOMETIMES, and NEVER true, to warm up our math brains.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we practiced sorting triangles based on side lengths and angle measurements.  During math with a partner, the children practiced drawing right angles, measuring the second and third angles for each, and writing an equation showing that all three angles equal 180 degrees.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students used a virtual Geoboard to create the 6 different types of triangles.  Then they took a screenshot of each, and imported it, and a definition, into a Google Slides presentation.

For HOMEWORK the students need to use the link provided on GC - Holman's Homework, to practice classifying triangles.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and recess.

They spent the afternoon working with a substitute, Mrs. Tanzi.  I had to attend an event at my son's school.

First, they used the RACER organization method to write two informational paragraphs answering their Genius Hour question with the research the found.  Then, they worked on their presentations.

Reading HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.

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