This week your students were introduced to the use of the ipads, netbooks, ipad cart, and the school network. We practiced procedures for checking out, holding, walking with, cleaning, and use of all devices in our room.
Students had lessons in signing on, saving passwords, opening and navigating through Microsoft Word. Getting across the idea that we as the user tell the computer where we want it to go and how we want to save it. Students practiced saving to their student # and to their flash drive. If your child does not have a flash drive pick one up as typing will be done at home on various activities and will need to be brought back to school. However, soon we will have google docs and students will be able to use their wcpss accounts to work collaboratively at home without flash drives.
Ask your child how confident they feel about logging on, navigating to their Bio Poem they typed up and saving to both the student # and flash drive. We practiced three times this week in the media center computer zone.
If your child is not done with their Bio Poem it will be HW on Monday and Tuesday night and due Wednesday.
We will finish up reading assessments this week and reading interviews will continue for the next three weeks. We are starting a class Read Aloud on Stone Fox and your child will have a Discovery Education HW assignment Monday night using the internet. You can access Discovery education (DE) through the TCE student web links or here at Discovery Education. Your child's login is wcp+Student ID # and password is Student ID#.
Investigating our fabulous base 10 number system has been our focus these first few weeks in math. Students are learning about how understanding our number system can provide the base for many different ways to manipulate numbers. We can decompose or compose a value to help us problem solve! We took our first assessment last week and a few students will need to complete this week.
Heads up - next, we are going to investigate adding/subtracting multi-digit numbers, how we compose values in addition and decompose in order to subtract in our base ten system.
Parents, please be patient as we explore place value conceptually - it's amazing what we don't know about numbers and when we are given the opportunity to investigate and manipulate them, problem solving will become fun!!
We've completed an introductory unit on study skills in fourth grade. We are providing students with some great strategies to become independent scholars. Organization, study strategies, how to work in collaborative groups, planning for long term projects and having a positive attitude are a few of the lessons we've worked on. Parents, let's work together this year to continue to support your children in these areas !