Thursday, June 30, 2016

June and Summer is Here!

Now that I have had a week or so to refresh, I want to take a moment to recap the last month of Fourth Grade.  I am so proud of all the fourth graders for their hard work and perseverance this year, and I can promise I will miss each and every one.  

June was filled with lots of assessments, but it is never too late to try a new way to engage students.  Here you see the beginning of our poetry "chalk talk".  I wrote two questions on the board and students responded using only the white board markers, no talking!  Honestly, knowing this group and how chatty they can be, I wasn't sure how this would go, (but I didn't let them know that!)  I just set them to task and they truly stepped up and produced a board full of great thoughts and connections.

We even had a poetry vocabulary scavenger hunt.  Students worked in teams to learn some poetry vocab terms, then put their new understandings to task, finding examples of the poetry terms in the packet of poems they were given.  Rhyme was easy to find and understand?  but how about simile or stanza?  

The end of the year went out with a blast with some great events, including our field day!  Thank you parents and volunteers for making this day special!  

My hopes and dreams for the summer are to spend some time with family and friends, preferably near water.  Also, I hope you kids will email me or share a google doc with me ( with a story or poem to tell me how your summer is going!  I will bet your stories and poems will be as unique as each of you!