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Friday, September 26, 2014

Experiments, Multiplication, and More

  What a busy week it has been. One of the highlights came when the fourth graders completed their first science inquiry experiment. They came up with the focusing question: Do crayfish prefer open water or rock caves? Then the students wrote the protocol, completed the experiment, and collected data. Surprisingly our data didn't match our prediction. Be sure to ask your child about the results. 

  In Math class, we have shifted entirely to multiplication. Students have been manipulating larger numbers and have been reviewing strategies to use with the basic facts. It is important that they have skills to use to figure out the answers, but memorization of the facts is vital at this point as well. Students will be getting flash cards soon to begin studying each week. 

  In writing, students are learning to use details that show the reader rather than tell them. I've seen great growth this week. I definitely have a classroom filled with writers!

Here are a few photos from the week. 
  

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