Students have begun Writers Workshop once again and they sure are experts at the workshop model! September was a busy month as we reviewed expectations and routines. We began by having an author ceremony as students received their 4th grade writing journals. They began writing personal narratives from their summer experiences. We are currently working on “The Arc of the Story”, as they have begun drafting a realistic fiction piece. Students have enjoyed creating new characters and story arcs as they have planned their story. They are excitedly waiting to begin the publishing process of their writing using the computers and google classroom. This month we focused on a map skills review during social studies. Current events lead our discussion about natural disasters in science. We learned all about hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanoes. We completed two engineering challenges too. During the first days of school, we designed and tested rollercoasters. We ended the month creating earthquake proof buildings. As Fourth Grade Mathematicians, students have been developing their place value skills. Addition and subtraction with regrouping, relationships between operations have been the major area of focus. They are collaborating; thinking, talking, and modeling their strategies. Students are engaged, reflecting on their Mathematical Practices. Students can be seen self-selecting and using tools, and solving problems without giving up. Fourth graders are loving reading and discussing characters in their books. Our first unit includes developing theories about characters and supporting our ideas with specific, relevant text evidence. WOW! Our students are enthusiastic learners!