Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's Happening in Fourth Grade?

Here is an update from Ms. Avera. Mr. Pahl's update will come early next week.

Reading: We are continuing to work on determining the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details and summarizing the text.  Our metacognitive strategy is determining text importance.  Our comprehension strategy is: identifying sequence of events.  We are continuing, and will throughout the year, to use Readabout and Smartfiles which are non-fiction text.

We are continuing our study of Leonardo Da Vinci and finishing his biography.  Students are asking questions and writing responses about his inventions and art work.  Students are continuing to use their listening and speaking skills to have discussions around their written responses.

Writing: We have completed our “Spooky Stories” that included: strong verbs, adjectives and transitions.  We are now working on another imaginative narrative piece to solidify their understanding of sequence of events, opening hook and closing.

After Thanksgiving Break the students will be writing a personal narrative about their Thanksgiving experience and from this writing narrow the topic.  This skill or “a moment in time” will help students focus their writing.

Social Studies: We are continuing with geography and using Time Lines to understand the sequence of history.

Art:  We completed a painting of Birch Trees in the fall by using negative space and wet on wet watercolor technique.  The students ripped pieces of tape and placed them on the watercolor paper then put a layer of water down with a wide brush.  Students then dropped in analogous colors and let the paper dry.  The colors blended together to create leave patterns.  Once the paper was dry we peeled off the tape and drew the lines and knots onto the tree trunk.  When that was complete we added a shadow on one side of the trunk by mixing colors and then adding water to soften the edge.  

The students will be drawing a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables using colored pencils.  In this lesson students will be learning more about shading and proportion.   

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