What a blast it has been getting to know our new Fourth Graders! Throughout the month of August, I quickly learned that these students are a vivacious and affectionate bunch! While in September, the students went full speed ahead with their learning. Here’s a rundown of what we have been up to in ELA and Social Studies!
The students have been busy learning different strategies to help them best understand the various texts they read. As if we were detectives/investigators the students and I looked at whole slew of stories from different perspectives. We learned the importance of identifying the author’s purpose, by asking questions such as is the author writing to entertain, inform or persuade me of something? We also realized that by identifying the author’s purpose it can help us to better understand why and who authors are truly writing for. Furthermore, we learned that in many of the stories we read, author’s try to teach readers lessons/morals that can be applied to our own lives. One of most memorable lessons we learned was that we can achieve more when we work together! Finally, students have had the opportunity to take a closer look at the main characters of stories. Through the use of book clubs, students had the chance to read picture books that allowed students to practice reading fluently and accurately, while also giving them a chance to read a full story within our ELA block. Here are some pictures of students in their book clubs!
In Social Studies, the students traveled back in time where we focused on the ancient Indian civlization. It was interesting to see how advanced the first inhabitants of ancient India were, the Harappan civilization. We were able to closely inspect photos of the famous cities of the Harappans, Harappa and Mohenjo Daro. We were able to take note of “advanced” technology they had at the time such as paved streets, indoor plumbing and the Great Bath! However, the true highlight of learning about the Harappan civilization is being able to recreate important tools/artifacts or scenes of everyday using modelling clay. Below are some photos of the students hard at work.