Fourth graders had such a fabulous time going to Berkeley and seeing “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” What a wonderful opportunity, as they prepare for their own play to be inspired by a live performance. The play also tied in with their class novel, “The Earth Dragon Awakes” and students were able to draw many text to play similarities!
Fourth graders each finished their own mystery novel and presented a plot diagram poster to the class. Learning the parts to a piece of fiction is a perfect foundation for them as they begin to write their spooky personal narratives. Students are finding that not all novels are alike. Some authors really make good word choices that paint a picture in the reader’s mind. We want to read those types of books and also write with that quality in mind!
In Ms. Burton’s class, it is not uncommon to see students teaching students. It is helpful for students to see what strategies others use for math… and to hear their thinking out loud! It takes a lot of courage to come and model math at the board. Taking that time to develop a safe atmosphere where kids are willing to take risks and make mistakes is the only way this is possible!