Perseverance is one of the habits of scholarship that we work on school wide. We help students develop perseverance across all content areas. This week the students worked on perseverance during a lesson in PE that required them to follow multiple steps to stack the cups in different ways. It took many tries to get it just right. It was no easy task!
In Reading Workshop we have started our unit on reading nonfiction texts. This week the students worked in partnerships to identify text structures in nonfiction passages. Nonfiction writers use different text structures to organize their ideas. For example, a writer might use a chronological structure when explaining the life cycle of an animal or when writing a biography about a person's life. A writer might use a compare and contrast structure to tell about the similarities and differences between two habitats. Understanding the structure of a text guides a reader's comprehension because readers who are familiar with text structures expect the information to unfold a certain way. They approach the text with a plan in their mind, which ultimately increases comprehension of nonfiction texts.
The nonfiction text structures hunt was a challenging task, but the students definitely rose to the challenge. It required them to read nonfiction passages, identify the organizational structure, and post their ideas to Padlet. Perseverance was a key component to being successful with this task.
We are wrapping up our multiplication and division unit by studying the concept of area. Today the students played a game called Mowing for Money. They rolled dice to determine the length and width of a lawn and used graph paper and their knowledge of multiplication strategies to find the area of each lawn. The goal of the game is to mow the lawns with the most area in order to earn the most money.
Fact practice has been an important component of the multiplication and division unit. Students are still working on mastering their facts and improving their fact fluency. Please continue to work on this skill at home as it is critical for students to begin fourth grade knowing all of their facts. This will be another great lesson in perseverance. Students will bring home more information and resources about math fact practice next week.