Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Peek At My Week and Classroom Pictures Part Two

I am back to share part two of my classroom pictures, but first I want to link up with Jennifer at Mrs. Laffin’s Laughings for her linky A Peek At My Week.
Math We will continue working with place value to 1,000,000.  This week’s big focus will be rounding numbers to a quick review on comparing whole numbers.  My students have done a great job with their interactive notebooks and have begun picking up speed with the cutting and gluing that is involved.  Math rotations are going well and will continue this week.
Reading For the next two weeks, the focus during reading will be drawing conclusions.  Chris Van Allsburg’s picture books lend themselves well to drawing conclusions.  Not only are his books well written and illustrated, both the girls and boys love reading and hearing his books.  I will be reading 7 of his books to my class over the next couple of weeks.  We will also complete an author study on him.  Look for a blog post at the end of the month to see how this evolved in my room.  Since testing has ended, I will also begin pulling guided reading groups.
Word Study Last week we worked on closed syllable words and this week the focus will be on open syllable words.  My students will recite, write, break apart, and complete speed drills on 20 open syllable words throughout the week.
Writing/Grammar We will discuss sentence fluency and word choice.  My students will revise a rough draft from last week with making at least 5 revisions based on sentence fluency and word choice.  We will also identify simple and compound sentences in their writing and in the books they are reading.
Social Studies Do you know about the neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.?  My fourth graders will know about them by Friday.  They will also study a historical map of the nation’s capital.
Now for more classroom pictures.  If you missed part one, it can be found HERE.  Here are a few pictures of my CAFE board. 
Under it you will find picture books that I have used during the week for read-alouds (The books below were used for making predictions.), the reading responses file holder, and a book of nonfiction text features. (I also have a box of tissues, hand sanitizer, and hand wipes in this corner.  You will find these items in each corner of my classroom.)
The reading responses holder contains hanging files of the most commonly used book reports, reading reflection sheets, reading logs for our classroom and at home, and reading most frequently used graphic organizers.
In the corner of my classroom you will find our Smarty Pants.  I saw this on Pinterest about 3 summers ago and my students love it each year.
I will be posting the last of them tomorrow, so I hope you will return.  As always, thank you for stopping by today!
I look forward to reading and responding to your comments. 


  1. I love reading Chris Van Allsburg's books to my class. I look forward to reading more about how you used his books in your classroom.

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