Wednesday, August 31, 2011

3 weeks...

Welcome to room 1!

3 weeks into the school year and our routines are becoming second nature. The kids are learning expectations quickly and have adjusted very nicely to 4th grade.
I teach Math, Science, and Social Studies to two groups. My homeroom is taught these subjects in the morning and then I teach Mrs. Shepherd's homeroom after lunch.

In the morning, students work on Mountain Math problems. They answer questions to practice skills throughout the year.

Every week, Thinking Maps are incorporated into the lesson. These graphic organizers allow students to visually organize their thoughts about a skill. Each map addresses a different process. For example, we can show the life cycle of a frog using a flow map. Or, we can compare similar fractions, decimals, and percents using a bridge map. Also, we can compare and contrast various map types using a double bubble map. I LOVE thinking maps and more importantly, so do my students!

These past 3 weeks have been a joy, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

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