We end the first full and normal week of January, which also happens to be the last week of January as next week ushers in February. On Wednesday, February 1st, the 4th graders will be taking the math section of the MAP test. This is the second of two sessions with the third and final sometime in the spring. It is not a test of proficiency but more about growth.
The weekly parent email has gone out. I have updated the Important Dates and Events section at the bottom to include known dates through Spring Break (April 7-16, including weekends).
In math we covered adding and subtracting fractions with an emphasis on problem solving. With my second block, I covered adding fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.
In science I did a demonstration to show that shadows are longest at sunrise and sunset and shortest around noon. When the sun is low on the horizon, it is at a 90° (perpendicular) angle to an object. When the sun is directly overhead around noon, the shadows are either shortest or nonexistent depending upon the angle.
I used a black light flashlight and the object was coated in UV reactive paint to make it look better in a darkened room. Glow in the dark paint and black light makes it a lot more interesting vs. using just a regular flashlight!