Everyone in Fourth Grade got some much-needed time off to recharge the batteries, but all of us were ready to roll once the holidays were over. Based off of the stories that were shared, it seems like everyone had a wonderful break. It's so nice to see all of our friends again!
Now that we're back on our schedule, we reviewed some things we learned before the break, and added a couple of new things. Fourth Graders at Rohan Woods take notes on the books we read together as a class. With the new year came a new book for all of us to read. "The Family Under the Bridge" is a Newberry Award-winning book by Natalie Savage Carlson. It's a wonderful story about a hobo in Paris who befriends a family who is hard on their luck. The hobo, Armand, quickly finds out that you can become part of a family anytime, anywhere.
In their reading notes this year, students have been look for the following things: Characters, Settings, Unfamiliar Vocabulary, Schemas (various ways for them to connect to the book), and a Chapter Summary. To start off 2018, the Fourth Graders were introduced to figurative language. They learned about personification, similes, and metaphors. In order to help differentiate between similes and metaphors, the class was given the lyrics to "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." As the song was played they highlighted the similes with one color and metaphors with another. The song is loaded with figurative language, and it was a ton of fun!
There's much more to come in 2018, but we're off to a great start so far!