Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Math Daily 3-Day 3

Students in 4S have done a great job building stamina as they work independently during Math Daily 3.  Today Mrs. Sunderman began meeting with groups.  It is so much fun to see the independence the students are showing!

Tribes Presentation

Tribes are communities of learners that work together.  Our class is divided into 6 tribes.  Each tribe produced a google presentation to introduce their tribe to the class.  Below are the pictures of the tribes as they are getting ready to present their slideshow.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Punctuation- The Yield and Stop Signs in our Writing!

  During English today we reviewed punctuation marks by reviewing what kinds there are and when to use them.  Then we went back to our persuasive letter and read through it keeping an eye out for missing or incorrect punctuation. 

Math Daily 3- Day 2

    In math we are studying patterns and applying our knowledge of them to help us understand input, output tables. During our Daily 3 rotation we increased our stamina or the time we were able to work independently and Mrs. Sunderman is looking forward to work with small groups during this time. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Launching Math Daily 3!

           Math Daily 3 is a system used to organize math instruction so that teachers are able to work with small groups while the rest of the students work on meaningful, independent math tasks.  We are beginning with math writing.  In math writing students write and work with numbers through word problems and a number of the day task.  Today we reviewed what the student do during math writing.  They write about math the whole time, work quietly, start right away, stay in one spot, and build stamina.  Building stamina means that students learn to be able to perform the expected behaviors for a longer period of time.  We also reviewed what the teacher does during math writing.  The teacher works with small groups and individual students to help them improve their math skills. 

Transition Time!

Today in English we worked on adding transition words to our persuasive letter outlines.  Transition words are used to connect one idea to the next or to move the reader from one event to the next.  Words like first, second, next, last, also, then, furthermore, and therefore are just a few examples.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Get Ready to Be Persuaded!

Students in 4S (a.k.a. 4th Grade Mrs. Sunderman's class) are studying persuasive writing.  To learn about persuasive writing we have been studying children's literature to help us figure out how writer's attempt to persuade their audience.  We have read Click, Clack Moo Cows That Type, Dear Mrs. LaRue, My Teacher for President, and lots of other stories.  We have learned that authors use opinions backed by facts to try and persuade their audience.  We know they use phrases like: I would, I promise, I believe, you should, and you could to try to persuade their audience.  

Now the students are beginning to write their own persuasive letters.  They have chosen a topic and audience to persuade.  They have brainstormed reasons to help convince their audience to believe as they believe or do as they want them to do.  

Check back next week to see how their letters are coming along!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Birds Eye View of the Weather

The 3rd and 4th Graders at Garfield were treated to an assembly by Catherine Zapotocny from the National Weather Service in Valley, Nebraska.  Catherine talked to the students about weather balloons, different types of clouds, and weather safety. Students were able to touch and see the different parts of a weather balloon. You can check out the National Weather Service at

Field Trip to Durham Museum

   Fourth graders at Garfield enjoyed their trip to Durham Museum on Wed., April 16.  We ate lunch in the museum's great room, toured a one-room school house, a Plains Indian Lodge, and a passenger train.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Check It Out!

   Our Kindergarten buddies have a blog.  Make sure you check out the link below. If you take a minute to look through some of the older posts, you will see some familiar faces.

C&P Happenings

  In C&P we are studying fractions.  We have been learning to compare fractions, make equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions.  We have a test coming up.  4S will test on May 1st, 4M on May 5th, and 4A on May 6th.  The following links are videos we have watched in class that would help students review some of the things we have studied.  



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