Fourth Graders start the morning by planning for a successful day, writing down homework and getting materials organized for the morning. There is then a Responsive Classroom morning meeting.
After morning meeting it is time for math. The students grab a white board for a singapore math lesson in fractions or decimals.
After math is a welcome break for snack and outdoor morning recess!
The kids come back indoors after recess and settle into class for a quick spelling lesson on prefixes, suffixes, homophones, spelling patterns.
After spelling is guided reading with a small group, or sharing a whole group read in a juicy book (Long Walk to Water, Liberation of Gabriel King, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Midnight Magic for some book examples).
In thematic studies in world geography the kids take a trip around the seven continents, learning about the land, people, animals, and culture. The fourth graders engage in independent research projects on X Marks the Spot, choosing a topic of interest from each continent and designing a project to present their research to their classmates.
After that, fourth graders work on creative writing skills. They might create stories about Monsters that eat their homework, a day of one emotion, discovering super powers, or a dream vacation.
The students begin the day by checking the warm up board and solving the equations to see how much of each activity they must do. After warm ups the students each grab a badminton racket and practice hitting the birdie back and forth with a partner. They are then divided into teams and given the options of playing a game against their opponents or they can just volley back and forth if they want. Every 5 minutes they switch partners and opponents. There is also a sign up list for those who would like to play 1v1 against a friend or the teacher.
We review reading music, and apply it into singing and playing instruments. Recorders are used to reinforce pitch and drums to reinforce rhythm.