February in 4th Grade

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It’s hard to believe it’s already almost the end of February!

This month, students learned various strategies in math to multiply numbers together, to add and subtract fractions as well as to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. We’re going to be reviewing long division strategies this week. 4th graders are adding so many tools to their mathematical tool belts. We also created multiplication string art this month, played multiplication twister and manipulated fraction magnets.

4th graders also continued their study of European exploration and colonization in Texas. As students continued to write journal entries from the perspective of a European explorer to Texas, we learned about the relationships between the Spanish and Native Americans in Texas. This led us to learn about life in a Spanish mission. We then created our own mission in our classroom, Mission La Rosa Amarilla de Texas. Students moved around all of our furniture in the classroom to create 7 distinct “rooms” that would have been in a mission. These included a room to learn Spanish, a kitchen where students ground corn with a rock, a room for prayer, a room to cultivate and plant seeds, a room for sorting seeds, a room that held cleaning supplies and a dormitory. Once we had the mission set-up, students took a vow of silence and for 42 minutes were completely silent as they rotated from “room” to “room.” This month, 4th graders also particularly enjoyed watching a 3D game that demonstrated what life was like in colonial Texas. We also read two books this month that tied into our social studies curriculum, Blood on the River and A Paradise Called Texas.

Another project students are working on this month in both General Studies and Jewish Studies is a Texas/Israel comparison project. Working in a group, they were assigned to pick a region of Texas and a region of Israel and compare and contrast them in a variety of ways (plants, animals, resources, points of interest, government, water, landforms, climate, size, language, money and food.) Students have completed their research and are working on their visual representation of their findings.

Our class read aloud is a memoir by Robert Hoge called Ugly. Robert was born with a facial deformity and the book tells stories of his life growing up “ugly.” While the book can be sad at times, Hoge is also a very funny storyteller. We’ve also been regularly doing class meditations using an app called Insight Timer. We meditate for about 5 minutes at a time.

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