As we head into the New Year, it is important to reflect upon all of the tremendous growth the 4th grade class has made since September. I am so proud of their hard work, caring ways, and most of all their enjoyment of life and each other and look forward to the remainder of the school year.
In Math, the 4th graders are not only becoming more fluent with their multiplication facts, but they can demonstrate their understanding of higher level 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication. They can describe multiplication problems by using arrays, place value blocks, partial products and the standard algorithm. They understand and can verbalize what is really happening with the numbers, not just the method.
In Reading, the class has worked extremely hard on Reading Intensely. They are learning how to read slowly and methodically for authors choose their words carefully for meaning and effect. For example, last week we read and analyzed the poem below by Robert Frost.
Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I rued
Here is a comment one 4th grade student shared as we discussed the poem:
“I believe the character in the poem is an optimist for even when he is having a bad day he can find something positive in the world to change his spirits. He notices a bird brushing snow to the ground off of a tree, he sees the beauty of nature and knows the world is a beautiful place. This beauty he sees lifts his spirits and changes his ruined day”.
I look to 2017 with great excitement for we have much to learn and experience together.