START OF THE DAY
Each morning, 4th graders begin with a live morning meeting. We review a daily agenda, which consists of what the expectations are for learning in various content areas. This meeting also includes direct instruction, read-aloud story-time, and/or “social time” for the students to interact with one another online. This may include time for students to say hello, tell a joke, do a show-and-tell, or play a friendly game of Four Corners.
Language arts lessons include novel studies, reading comprehension work, and other story elements skill work. Spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and writing lessons are assigned throughout the week. Supplemental resources such as Scholastic Storyworks, Study Ladder, and Quizlet are used to maintain study skills and reinforce content.
Math instruction follows our Envision math curriculum and closely models what was being done in our live classrooms. Students review basic skills and practicing new ones through direct instruction. Teachers use document cameras to model the algorithms of multiplication, division, fractions, and decimal skills (to name a few) and use Google Forms and other Google Classroom tools to check for mastery of the material. Supplemental programs such as IXL and Khan Academy reinforce 4th grade math skills.
Our Social Studies work continues to concentrate on our study of the states through projects and map work. Students present what they are learning to their peers through filmed videos and live presentations. Teachers differentiate lessons through small-group, whole-group, and 1:1 meetings to ensure as much “face time” with the students as possible.