December Break

The fourth graders have accomplished a lot of their first of the year goals.  They did 1,000 extra math problems to raise money for the Texarkana Alzheimer Alliance.  At a penny a problem, they raised over $100.  

They set a goal to earn marbles for good behavior in art.  They earned enough that they were allowed out of homework in December.  We worked the spelling and Wordly WIse assignments into group work during the school days.  We decided to give all of our marbles back and start collecting more, so that the other classes wouldn’t feel like they can’t win.  Now, some of the other classes have a head start on us.  We think we can still beat them by the end of the year.

The class did so well in music, that they are going to start learning the jimbe drums.  They had to accomplish a set of lessons before they would be allowed to start, and they did them quickly, correctly, and in a well behaved manner. 

I am very proud of all of their hard work and good behavior.  

We are still working on our “life skill” goals of 1. listening to and / or reading directions carefully; 2. following directions carefully; 3. staying on task; and 4. completing our assignments in a timely fashion.  If they can obtain and maintain these skills, it will make  their lives a lot easier.  

Pictured above : We are working on equivalent fractions.  We play a game that requires students to match equivalent fractions from the board.  Once we get the concept, we will work on speed.  The winner gets some extra credit math points.  

Pat Wagy