We're continuing to work on writing stories collaboratively with our 1st grade buddies in Ms. Teske's class. #wearecreative #welearneverywhere #welearntogether
QAE alum, William (aka Lucy's brother) came in last Friday to show us a mag-lev model train he built. We were fascinated to hear him explain the "floating train" and the science behind it. We're working on wrapping up our Forces unit in science this week, and this guest speaker really contributed to our understanding of the phenomenon we've been investigating.
We've begun a writing unit on Expository Nonfiction. We've been reading short books about countries and noticing how the books are structured and which text features the author includes to make the books informative and interesting. Students brainstormed a list of countries they're interested in learning more about and then chose one to research and write a report/book about.
In this unit we'll be learning about:
Here are the countries being researched:
We recorded our latest Skype video to our friends in Finland today:
Many thanks to Jana, Melanthia, Anne Marie, Carol, Ben, Juli, Maria, Hillary, Annlee, Mindy & everyone else that helped make our party so fun!
Today we had math buddy time with Ms. Teske's 1st graders. Fourth graders were charged with devising strategies for teaching their buddies ways to make 10 & 20 (number bonds), and counting by 5s. They came up with super creative, multi-sensory approaches to meeting these objectives. #welearneverywherewelearntogether #wearecreative #weencourageeachothertothinkcriticallyandlearnmore #mathonthemove
listening to them talk about this sub, who in many schools would be lauded by 4th graders as a dream sub, made me want to run to all of their previous teachers and thank them for helping to create a culture of critical thinking and collaboration at our school.
Here's what I want you to know: This sub was a good sub, by any measure–– a retired 3rd grade teacher with substantial classroom experience. Although I did not know her prior to her picking up my posting, I did meet her Thursday morning briefly. I'm guessing she opted to give candy, show a movie and have 1.5 hours of choice time because she thought they had "earned" it with their good behavior, and she wanted them to like her (it's hard out there for a sub). What she didn't realize is that these QAE explorers have great integrity and are passionately motivated to learn. Yes, some friends were using iPads to search things not connected to learning (e.g. Minions & Minecraft), and some clearly were stoked about the candy. But the overall thinking was that this sub did not understand that they come to school each day to learn; that they are concerned, confident, compassionate citizens of the world; that they are kind, brave and awesome human beings that have collaborated to build this thinking classroom of ours and are invested in learning & exploring & creating. All. The. Time. To my mind this speaks to their integrity and heart in the clearest of ways. I am profoundly impressed by them (& you for raising them), and proud of them. It's only mid-October & I'm stunned by how solid this group is.
4th graders ran hard at this year's Jog-a-thon. They ran in the rain, with determination and comradeship. Many thanks to all who were on hand to help with this very well organized event, and to cheer us on!
Home Learning Extensions
Week of Nov. 13-17
(click here for a copy of the log)
1. Read a minimum of 30 minutes outside of school
a. Fill in the Multiplication Chart
b. Play either Multiplication War or Multiple Madness with someone in your family
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Dates to Note
Mon-Wed, Nov. 20-22
Thurs-Fri, Nov. 23-24
Thurs, Nov. 30 9:40am
Roosevelt High School
Thurs, Dec. 7
QAE PBL Exhibition
Fri, Dec. 8
Hour of Code
Dec. 16-Jan. 2
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