Thank-you to all the families who donated items to Inn from the Cold for our “Spirit of Giving” campaign this week—your generosity is greatly appreciated! We enjoyed the Winter Concert this morning and all the wonderful performances including 4A and 4F. We've also enjoyed getting to know a special visitor to 4A this week. Brownie Snowball the reindeer has been a guest in our classroom since Tuesday when he showed up sitting in our tree with a note saying he was here to spread some Kodiak spirit! Brownie kindly decorated our lockers this morning—we’ll see what he has in store for us next week. December Letters went home today as well so please take time to read about your child’s learning this month.
Next week will be Kodiak Spirit Week and there will be daily activities to lead us into Winter Break on Friday. Tuesday is Santa Hat day, Wednesday is PJ Day, and Thursday is the Dance/Activity afternoon. Other activities next week will include:
Monday: Hot chocolate ($1) and caroling in the gym at lunch – 12:25
Tuesday: Rice Krispies ($1) and caroling in the gym at lunch – 12:45
Wednesday: Christmas Cookies ($1-2) and caroling in the gym at lunch – 12:45
Thursday: Stocking Probability in the main foyer ($1)…more details in class about this next Monday
** all proceeds go to the ChooseKind Project and Inn from the Cold.
In math, we continued to review addition strategies and practice estimating sums. Students last week learned left-to-right addition (starting with the highest place value) where there is often little to no regrouping involved. This week students learned right-to-left addition (starting with the smallest place value). Right-to-left addition requires much more regrouping and therefore an understanding of how to do this process is necessary. About half the students in both 4A and 4C liked left-to-right addition and the rest liked the other strategy--some liked both! Students are encouraged to utilize the strategy that they understand and appeals to them most. We finished our Mad Minute booklets for addition this week as well and started our new booklets for subtraction. We played two games in class this week called “Race to 1 500” and “Biggest Addition Nerdo.” We finished off the week by students going on laptops and having the choice to play subtraction games to work on their basic facts; go on “Hour of Code” activities; or to play on the website “Prodigy” where they were assigned review questions on addition and subtraction.
In science, students studied what lenses are, what they do, and objects that contain lenses. Students learned that a lens is a piece of glass or other clear material that has smoothly curved sides. Refraction causes light to bend when it passes through a lens. We then conducted an experiment in class using water in a clear plastic cup as their lens. They noticed when they looked at an arrow pointing right through the lens, it was now suddenly pointing left! We discussed how this was an example of a convex lens which bends light inward causing objects to appear magnified close-up, and also makes images that seem to be turned around or upside down when the light rays cross. We also looked at concave lenses, which bends light outward making objects appear smaller or further away. Students were able to look through both a convex and concave lens in their table groups and talk about their observations. We then discussed objects that contain lenses such as eye glasses, cameras, telescopes, binoculars, microscopes, and magnifying glasses. Even our eyes contain a lens!! We watched some BrainPop videos to see how these objects work.
Have a great weekend!
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Need extra practice? Below are math printable e-books for extra practice at home:
Patterns and Algebra
Reading and Representing Whole Numbers
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Length, Perimeter & Area
“Math Makes Sense” Practice and Homework Book:
Can be found at the Virtual Learning Commons under “Student Links”:
Practice Problem Solving Questions
Multiplication Interactive Games
Hour of Code
Math Facts Games
Math Fact Fluency Activities & Games
Plant Growth & Changes:
Plant Growth and Changes Glossary of Important Terms
Plants for Kids
Easy Science for Kids
Plants Elementary Science
Wheels & Levers Resources:
Wheel and Levers Glossary of Important Terms
Simple Machine Facts
Simple Machines Interactive Sites
Light & Shadows Resources:
Light and Shadows Glossary of Important Terms
BBC Light & Shadows
How We See Things
Light & Shadow Activities
Waste & our World Resources:
Waste and our World Glossary of Important Terms
Recycle City Game