Our math workshop is up and running. Students are used to this model and it makes math such a fun time of our day. The image below shows the components of math workshop.
We are learning how to monitor our comprehension as we read using the "check for understanding" strategy. Students stop and jot the "who" and the "what" as they read. Reading responses are a big focus in fourth grade. Right now I'm modeling responses for them and having them try them out on their own during their independent reading.
Reading assessments are almost done, giving us a better picture of each reader's strengths and challenges. We'll begin a modified version of guided reading in class very soon.
As we practice comprehension strategies, we are also exploring the structure of fictional texts. We use this "story mountain" to keep track of the fictional elements:
Place value is our focus during math workshop right now. Children are reviewing how to compare and order numbers up to the millions place. They are working to understand how the "place" of a digit affects its value. Next we'll be moving our focus to rounding numbers. This is always a tricky skill for students as we start to round within a number.
For example: Round this number to the nearest thousand
Students have to understand that they will be looking at the hundreds place to round up accurately.
Take a peek into our math workshop: