Hello everyone and Happy New Year from Mrs. Opgenorth's 4th graders!
This year seems to be flying by as we looked back to see what we learned in 2016. We wanted to share with you some of the highlights.
-We finished our first novel, Love That Dog. Although it had quiet a sad ending (as most dog books do) we really enjoyed gettting to know the main character Jack, and following his journey through poetry.
-We participated in a "Socratic Seminar," and boy were we excited to participate in a "very middle school" activity! In our Socratic Seminar we had to prepare notes and talking points for the discussion.
-We've been rocking the Newsela this year and love competing for the weekly and monthly awards. We made a lot of progress towards the end of 2016. Five of us moved up a reading level, and one of us even moved up two! We can't wait to see what 2017 brings!
-We are not afraid to admit that Math become a struggle for us by Thanksgiving break, when the terrifying, gut wrenching, long division problems made their debut in our books. Although it took us some time to fully understand and remember all the steps, we made it through and are becoming better and better each day.
-We had a lot of fun with our Friday Math projects as well. Some of our favorites included, Indian Corn Decimals, Fractions, and Percentages and Gingerbread Glyphs. We just started our Geometry Dream House Project so stay tuned for an update on that!
-After Thanksgiving break we were introduced to our new iReady math program. This program is awesome! At first we had to take a test to see what areas we needed help in. Once the test was complete the program took our results and set up a curriculum just for us! While we are on iReady we get to learn Math through games and real life scenarios. Every time we pass a lesson we earn these gold coins that we can use to "buy" things in the arcade like games and wallpapers.
-We learned a lot of new things in writiing towards the end of the year. We learned how to plan and write quality paragraphs, topic sentences, conclusion sentences, and various types of poetry.
-Our favorite writing project was creating our concrete poems. Our class had so many different topics, it was crazy! We had everything from sushi, houses, tiered cakes, to PS4s, and animals.
-In Science we learned about making the perfect paper airplane, how wing shapes affect how a plane flys, the scientific method, and how technology has improved our world.
-We did a lot of cool experiments and took a trip to Urban Ecology to learn about animal adaptations.
-We have been very busy learning about the history of this wonderful state we call home. We learned that WI is just a small place compared to the bigger world we belong to. We also learned about how the landforms in our state were formed and why they are so important.
-Our favorite activity was our 5 Region presentations. We each picked a region and were able to create a poster all about that region and then present it to the class.
We can't wait to see what 2017 has in store and all of the cool new things we will learn! Stay tuned!