How quickly this September has gone! Sweet and cool air from the small meadow just outside our classroom window fills our room daily and reminds us that the seasons are changing.
Fourth graders should be very proud of their work in Math. Nearly everyone has memorized the multiplication table up to 9X9. This is a critically important skill because the math curriculum later this year will require them to multiply and divide two and three digit numbers with carrying and re-grouping. For now, we will continue to work on this skill and dive into pattern analysis and place value in October.
In Language Arts, we will finish the novel, Ben and Me and start a new novel, George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff. In this book, five modern American children experience the American Revolution firsthand by way of a mysterious rowboat which takes them back in time to the eve of the Battle of Trenton in 1776 -1777. This novel will support our study of Pennsylvania history and specifically colonial Pennsylvania history. As for writing, fourth graders will continue to practice writing strong and organized paragraphs. Additionally, we will learn how to write a personal narrative and then have the opportunity to interview first generation immigrants who live at Bellingham retirement center and write a personal narrative about that person’s immigration story. How fun.
Very soon we will wrap up immigration study in Social Studies and begin our formal study of Pennsylvania. Appropriately, we will start with the person at the beginning of this story, a Quaker named William Penn. Fourth graders will not only have the opportunity to learn some of the highlights of his interesting life, but also what else was going on in the rest of the world while he lived. Students will briefly research one contemporary of William Penn and make a flip book of that person's life. Plans are underway to take a classroom field trip to the Chester County Historical Society to partake in a program titled "Growing up in Colonial Chester County."
Science work will focus on inventors and inventions in October. One highlight of this unit will be to meet an inventor who holds a real life patent from the US patent office. Charles Robertson will give the children an opportunity to learn about the evolution in the technology of timekeeping pieces when he shares his collection of them with the children. By the end of the month, we will start a new unit on simple machines which will give the children an opportunity to build their own machines using specialized Legos.
Before we know it, the first frost will be upon us. Enjoy these last glorious days of this beautiful season.
Goshen teachers are not married to “Teaching to the Test.” They tailor their teaching style to the needs of each class. The freedom to be flexible allows each teacher to discover and address the strengths and weaknesses of each boy and girl.