Some things will change a bit the third trimester. Reading journals will no longer be required, but will be but one option on a menu of options for reading homework. You will see that on Monday.
For fourth graders, AR will now be 1/3 their grade. They will be tested this next week and given new goals. As usual I will send those home for you to review.
Also this final trimester will involve the speeches, the fourth grade play, field trips for both groups, informational reports for both groups, and, of course, the state testing. The fourth graders will take a writing test this year for the state, on March first. The fifth graders will take a science test this year, during the regular testing week.
As for the coming week, speeches will be passed out this Monday for both groups. The fourths are doing informational and the fifths are doing persuasive. The fourths will give their speeches, in class, on Monday, March 7, and the 5ths on Monday March 14.
The fourth graders have a test on Tuesday of next week on chapter 10, Geometry. The fifths will begin work on Chapter 8, Algebra, Ratios, and Functions.
The fourth graders are currently working on an extension project for mathematics, creating four toy cars, using geometric solids and a box to put them in. This is happening in class. The fifths will begin a new mathematic extension project this week, called "Dream Vacation". They will be given one million dollars to spend and will plan and budget a "Dream Vacation".
The students, fourth and fifth, have begun studying "Romeo and Juliet". I am reading a version to the students (a bit easier to understand), but am giving them the opportunity to read and speak much of the verse themsleves. We will be discussing foreshadowing, and irony, as well as discussing the element of "Change" and how that is represented in the story.
Both groups are continuing to work on individualized projects, they choose, to extend their thinking of literature. For these activities (we call them "tic-tac-toes") the students use the literature from their grade level text and choose from a menu of objectives to extend their learning in a way that is motivational to them.
Have a great week everyone.