On this last school day of April, our week draws to a close. Also, we are in the time of the school year that I refer to as "lasts." May is the last "normal" month in the school year. Why? It is the final month that is devoted to teaching (science, at least) and in the sense that there aren't many distractions. It is also the last full month. Once we enter June, it will be about last minute review, testing, and the closing out of the year.
The last two weeks have been devoted heavily to a literacy focus and content review by using the STEMscopes books that we are piloting. Today I decided to not do the STEMscopes writing activity. We started off with a warm-up after independent reading.
Today's focus shifted towards the social studies aspect. I gave the class time to finish their pirate projects and assigned a page in the book. While we will be doing notes and science next week, there are still some social studies assignments that I need to get in before grades get turned in for the progress reports that go out next Friday.
Today was also the 4th grade performance. I have to say, they did a fabulous job (like they did with everything else this year!) and made me proud! It also made me sad too because my time with this wonderful group of kids is coming to an end before long. I also have to say, I was pretty impressed with their impression of Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
The weekly parent email was sent out today. In it, I mentioned that the online practice test for the ecosystems unit test (Tuesday, May 10th) will go live on Monday. It will again be set up to where they can take it as many times as needed and should be able to review their answers too.