Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Day in Fourth Grade

Often I post different snap-shots of life in fourth grade, so I thought it would be fun to give a glimpse of what a day in fourth grade is like. Not that there is a normal day...I have students who leave early different times of the week, students who have Czech at different times, and some subjects (like history) that we only have 3 times during the week. But, here it is, a "typical" day in fourth grade:

When students arrive, they work on morning work after they've unpacked. This typically includes handwriting practice, a math page, and sentence corrections.

After going over sentence correction together, we have devotions. This year, I'm using the book Jesus Calling with my kiddos. We'll read the devotion for the day, as well as verses that go with it, and then we'll pray. This year, I'm continuing to the ACTS prayer method with them. (Mondays-Adoration, praising God; Tuesdays-Confession, talking to God quietly; Wednesdays- Thanksgiving, praises; Thursday- Supplication, prayer requests; Fridays- we're praying for countries in Operation World) 

Next, we move on to math. This typically includes a lesson, some hands on activity, and independent practice. The math program we use uses a lot of games, so they'll have a game as part of their math lesson at least once a week.

Playing a game during math class

Next, we have a bathroom break and snack. After that, we'll move on to Language Arts. This is divided between four subject areas: Grammar, Spelling, Literature, and Writer's Workshop. Alas, due to students' scheduling, I don't have as much time to devote to my Language Arts block as I would like, since I have to have my math and Language Arts finished before lunch.
Trying to decide how to draw a neighborhood map using three countries
Reading Because of Winn-Dixie during Literature
Reading Because of Winn-Dixie

Next we have lunch and recess. Every afternoon, we have some type of special--whether it's music, art, library, or PE. Three days a week, we also have Bible. On Wednesdays, we have chapel. Three afternoons a week also find us studying science and history.
Water Drop Race Experiment during Science Class

Illustrating one of the 7 Sacraments while studying the Catholic Church in History Class

Illustrating one of the 7 Sacraments
  After this, it's time to write down homework, pack up, and head home! So, there you have it--Life in Fourth Grade.

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