Interesting notes, thoughts, and experiences from Miss Stewart's fourth grade classroom at Louise White School
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wow for the week, and welcome weekend!
We are full on into the school year, and though we're still working on establishing routines, we're getting a lot of work done. Your children are working hard each day, and I could be more proud of them.
This week, we talked about reading strategies, and we created a bulletin board "We do good readers do?" Each T-shirt advertises a good reading strategy.
We also finished something we started the very first day of school when I read aloud The Big Orange Splot.
The kids drew pictures of their dream houses, and then they wrote descriptive paragraphs about them. It's their first 4th grade writing sample.
We're already on lesson 1-6 in math, and we ended our week trying out compasses the first time. I was worried about this because I remember trying to use a compass when I was in fourth grade, and the results were not good. But our kids did great! On Tuesday, we'll do more. We're going to make inscribed squares. Yep, I'm learning a few moments ahead of them and sometimes right with them!
You might wonder just what these kids are all looking at...It's a book! Every child has his own/her own independent reading goals now, and these boys were discussing a book one of them had checked out. I know it's not a great photo, but, hey they're gathered around a book, and that's exciting for this teacher!
We worked hard this five day week, and we're ready for the weekend! Bring it! Byyyyeeee...
*This is my fifth (and a half) year teaching fourth grade. *I'm married, but I don't use my married name (it's Seaman). *I have a 28-year-old son, Mac. He lives in Louisiana. *I live in Aurora. *I have two dogs, Skipper Roo Seaman and Gilly Crew Seaman, they are both females. *I love to read. *I don't have one favorite book. That would be like saying I have one favorite student!
*Taking care of the Earth is important to me, so this year I decided to start thrift shopping. My goal is purchase 80% of my clothing from thrift stores over the next year.
*I'm an official volunteer for Operation Christmas Child. *I do not like to cook, but I do like to bake. *I watch television, too. *I love to walk--fast! *I enjoy riding my bike. *The White Sox are my favorite team, the Cubs are my least favorite. *I still love many Cub fans! *I'm not a big football fan, but in the fall I root for the Bears, the Colts, and the LSU Tigers. *I enjoy Charlie Brown and his friends, they teach important lessons. *Red Vines are one of my favorite candies, but I don't eat it much (especially now that I have braces). *I have three big brothers and one "little" sister--they are all taller than I am! *My mom and dad are in heaven, and I miss them everyday. *I like to vacuum. *My birthday is in October. *I love keeping in touch with my former students. *What else would you like to know?