Two weeks from today is the science fair. I still have my Science Fair page with a downloadable copy of the science fair guide if anyone happens to need another one.
In literacy, we are learning about primary source documents and how they help historians learn more about the past. Primary source documents are things written or made (drawings, carvings, etc.) in the time period and are what is left over and available. I showed the classes two different primary source documents and they had to answer (orally) the five questions at the side.
Since all we have to go on are the documents (or artifacts) themselves (explicit text) and our own knowledge, researching history requires a lot of inference, which is exactly the skill 4th graders have been learning about all year thus far.
During WIN Time (What I Need) our focus has now shifted to math. Since students are still on multiplication of multi-digit numbers using area modeling, I did a mini-lesson on it while other students finished up their assignments from math or the test from last week. Please believe me when I say that I had no complaints about teaching the math! :-)
To do area models, a grid is drawn. The numbers are then broken down into expanded form. See the example below of 42 x 57:
In science, we began the Energy: Conservation and Transfer unit. We started out with a warm up.
Then, I had the students begin copying the following down in their science notebooks: