Our class had a very exciting week! We had color crew on Monday, A band concert on Wednesday, and a Suzuki concert on Thursday.
We recently did our pre assessment, which is about geometry, and angles. And we also did our post assessment from the unit we just did. Then we started our geometry and angles unit. We learned our benchmark angles, which are, 30 degrees, 60 degrees, 90 degrees, 120 degrees, and 150 degrees. After that we learned how to measure angles with a protractor.
We we just finished up our unit on light. Our last experiment that we did was make some light mazes. In the light mazes we had cardboard walls and mirrors inside, then we would shine a flashlight through the maze, and try to get the light to travel to the end of the maze by bouncing off of the mirrors.
All of the fourth grade classes split up into topics. Mr. Howe’s topic is how technology is changing our world, Ms.Michael’s room is doing a United Nations meet about climate change, Mrs. Forrests room is doing endangered animals, and Ms. Bierbower room is also doing endangered animals. We each filled out a form that told the teachers which topic we would prefer to work on, and we got put in classrooms depending on which topics we prefered. Now, we are working on our topics.
We have started an author study, Roald Dahl! The books that we had to choose from are The BFG, George’s Marvelous Medicine, James And The Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Boy, and Fantastic MR. Fox. We got to pick the book that we wanted to do, we read the book, and we answer the questions.
We are still working on our literary essays. Our essays are about either the character Fox, or Magpie. We picked one character trait that we thought belonged to that character that we chose, and wrote an essay about that.
This week our color crew, went outside onto the field and around the playground, and picked up trash. There were special kids who would carry the trash bags, and the trash cans. Now outside our school looks spotless!
This week we had a band concert. Only fourth and fifth graders played in the concert but it was mostly fourth graders. The instruments that they played were, trumpet, corenet (kind of like a small trumpet), claranet, and one Jiwoo played the saxophone.
This week, second through fifth graders had their Suzuki concert. They were amazing! Some of the songs that they played were, Hot Cross Buns, Disco Twinkle (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star), Perpetual Motion, and Allegro.
This week was our last week of IAR testing. We are so thankful it is over! But we still had a great week, besides testing.
This was our last week of IAR testing. In all, we did two ELA tests, and three math tests. The tests were SUPER long. The ELA tests were an hour and a half! The math tests were not so bad, they were only an hour. In the ELA tests we had to write an essay! And finish all of the questions! In the math tests we just had to answer the questions, but for some of the questions we had to explain why we thought that our answer was correct.
Our class did an experiment. Ms. Bierbower shone a flashlight into two mini mirrors, and we clapped our hands while they had cornstarch on them. We got to see the cornstarch leave our hands like a wave! It was so cool!!!
We have not been doing reading that much since we had the IAR testing. But Ms. Bierbower is still reading Running Out Of Time to us for read aloud.
This week our class had some very special visitors! Ms. Bierbower’s sister came to our classroom with baby Anna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was so CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ms. Bierbower’s sister read us the books Iggy Peck Architect, and Young Frank Architect. Ms. Stone took a picture of our class, Ms. Bierbower, Ms.Bierbowers sister, and three month old baby Anna! You can see that picture below.
So this week was exciting. We had some special visitors, and we survived testing! Next week will also be exciting though. Because we have color crew, and we have a band concert.
This week our class has been doing IAR ELA testing on Thursday and Friday.
Iar is a test just like map testing but it has les questions. Lately we have been doing reading. We did two tests this week one on thursday and the other on friday next week we have our math tests
This week we haven’t done that much stuff reading this week unless you would count the ELA testing. But We have still been reading Running Out Of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
We haven’t been doing as much math this week either, since the testing has cut into it too much. But next week will make up for that time because we have three math tests next week
Recently we watched a video in science class we learned about sound waves and how they are different from each other low pitched and high picked also we have been working on light also.
We have been working on our fox essays.
Next Friday we do not have school. So catch up on classroom news next Thursday!
Spring break just ended, and everyone is getting used to the cold weather, and the normal routine.
In reading our class just finished reading the phantom tollbooth in read aloud! Now during reading we are doing practice IAR tests. We are practicing pacing ourselves by trying to finish all of the questions, and the essay in ninety minutes. Our new read aloud book is Running Out Of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
In writing everyone in our class got an essay grading rubric and we are grading IAR essays. The IAR essays are essays that kids from different schools have done during the tests in the past. (the tests are already graded by professionals, of course.) We hold up the number grade on our fingers that we think was their score, and then Ms. Bierbower told us the real grade. (but we never knew the person’s name!)
In science we are taking the information from the decibel reader, and seeing what makes the sound louder, and what makes the sound softer. We took the instruments clarinet, viola, violin, trumpet and saxophone, and learned how you can play them softer and louder. We also learned how they make high and low pitches. But some of the days we just did the practice tests or did read aloud.
In math our class has been rotating around to different teachers. In Ms. Michael’s classroom, we have been doing Geometry. In Mrs. Anshell’s classroom, we have been doing story problems. In Mr. Howe’s classroom, we have been doing measurement. And in Miss. Bierbower’s classroom we learned tricks for division.
Our class got a curveball getting used to school after spring break, but we had a great week!