I started passing out the first issue of Storyworks from Scholastic which parents paid for. I was short 4 copies so I am in the process of tracking them down to make sure each student gets one. I also gave them an assignment that required them to read one of the stories and answer questions.
In math, we began the first day of our three day focus on patterns. As I have noticed in years past, this is by far the easiest concept in 4th grade math. Monday will likely be a mixed lesson of patterns and multiplication since I am more than ready to move on to that material.
In science, we used STEMscopes to review for Monday's quiz. I had the students take the practice quiz online.
Below is a video of the day's lesson and a downloadable copy of the in-class activity.
I did an impromptu demonstration on density in science to give my class a better example and understanding. I had two steel spheres. One had a diameter of about 4 inches but was hollow on the inside and one with a 1 inch diameter that was solid. After asking the class for a prediction (hypothesis) on one of the three (will both float; will one float; will both sink?) I demonstrated that the small one sunk because it was very solid and dense while the large one floated because it was hollow. Size doesn't always matter; or, volume (the amount of three dimensional space an object occupies) doesn't always matter since small objects that are more dense will sink while larger objects with less density than a liquid will float.