January 16 – January 19, 2018

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Math

  • NEW: All students have received a division fact packet in their “Friday Folder.”  Students are to practice their division facts.  A “base line” test will be given next Friday (1-26-18).  If a student scores a 95 % or better, they will not have to take the timed test again.  All students will have 3 times to take the test. The best score will be recorded.                                                                                                       
  • NEW: All students have a topic 7 test next Wednesday (1-24-18).  For extra practice, I communicated to all students to work on the practice test (pages 403 & 404).  The test will cover factors, prime & composite numbers, & multiples.
  • NEW:The students will continue to be assessed on double digit x double-digit multiplication problems and the long division problems.  It has been communicated to all students that they should be practicing at least 1 or 2 problems of each kind once a night. 

 

  • NEW:  ALL students will be receiving the second part of the Pearson Math series.  The second section starts with topic 8 (Extend Understanding of Fraction Equivalence and Ordering).                                                                                                                                                             
  • NEW: If your child is struggling with some of the material (multiplication, division, or the word problems), please encourage them to communicate this to me.  I have been trying different strategies to empower the students to work alongside their peers on these assignments.  I make myself available for small group or individual help/tutoring during my lunch period.  I recognize that some students truly work better alone rather than in groups.

                       

  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto topic 8 lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.                                                                                                                 
  •   ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                                                                 

Science

NEW: We will be wrapping up the volcano flip booklets.  All materials are provided.  Students have been encouraged to add their own little bit of extra attention to detail to this assignment.  We will continue to work on this assignment next week.

The students have also started work on their “Invention Convention” group activity.  We will also be starting our land form research paper.  The students will be working on this paper during part of their language arts and science periods.

**FYI: All students are to have headphones for integrated technology.  Mrs. Johnston does not have anymore extra headphones for the students.  Please communicate with your child and see if they have headphones of their own.  If they do not have headphones they will not be able to participate in the activities that are conducted during integrated technology time.**

December 11 – December 15, 2017

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Math

  • NEW: Any student that received a 6 out of 10 or less on the math quiz from Friday (12-15-17) will receive additional help on Monday (12-18-17) during their recess time.  On Wednesday of next week (12-20-17), these students will then take one more quiz on 2-digit x 2-digit numbers before the end of the quarter.  All students that have shown fluency with 2-digit x 2-digit numbers will be exempt.                                                                                                       
  • NEW: We will be going over topic 5 lesson 2 & 3 next week.

 

  • NEW:  ALL students have a division packet that was handed out to them the week of November 27 – December 1.  In this packet, there are several practice division problems for the students to complete.  All students will be working on this packet at school and are to also be working on these division problems at home.  Students have solved some some division problems using the “repeated subtraction” and “base ten blocks” to solve these problems.  All students will need to know how to solve these division problems using the standard algorithm otherwise known as long division.  Their packet that they have has good information on these types of problems.                                                                                                                                                                   
  • NEW: Students that are struggling on the long division problems    are encouraged to continue to work on the problems in their packet.  All students that need assistance have been getting the necessary help with these problems.  All students understand that in order to get better at these problems it is their responsibility to practice at home.  Please assist your child when needed.  In addition to this packet, I have offered some challenging long division problems to those students that have a good understanding of how to do the ones in the packet.  Please communicate with your child and have them complete a few practice problems in front of you.                             
  • If your child is struggling with some of the material, please encourage them to communicate this to me.  I have been trying different strategies to empower the students to work alongside their peers on these assignments.  I recognize that some students truly work better alone rather than in groups.
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto topic 5 lessons 4, 5, 8, & 9.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.                                                                                                                 
  •   ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                               
  • NEW: The final date for the third  multiplication timed test.  It will be given on Monday (12-18-17).                                                                                                                                                        

Science

NEW: In class, the students started work on their volcano flip booklets.  The students have a rubric to work from.  All materials are provided.  Students have been encouraged to add their own little bit of extra attention to detail to this assignment.  We will continue to work on this assignment next week.

**FYI: All students are to have headphones for integrated technology.  Mrs. Johnston does not have anymore extra headphones for the students.  Please communicate with your child and see if they have headphones of their own.  If they do not have headphones they will not be able to participate in the activities that are conducted during integrated technology time.**

 

 

December 4 – December 8, 2017

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Math

  • NEW: On Wednesday of next week (12-13-17), the students will have a 10 point multiplication quiz.  The students will be solving double digit x double digit problems (34 x 62 =).  The students can either use the Expanded Algorithm or the Standard Algorithm to solve the problems.  All “Dog Work” will be shown on the quiz.  We have been practicing these types of problems daily.  I am noticing that many students do not know their basic facts.  It is Imperative that all students know their basic facts.                                                                                                             
  • NEW: All students are now done with topic 4.  We have moved into topic 5 (Use Strategies and Properties to Divide by 1-Digit Numbers).  All students are to have lesson 1 completed.  In topic 5 lesson 2, the book uses the word “estimate” to help find the quotient.  By using the word “estimate,” they want the students to find either a “compatible number” or a “basic fact” to help find a quotient that is “about” the same or close to the original quotient.

Please see EXAMPLE

(The problem is 430 ÷ 9 =                                                                          43 is close to 45, which is a multiple of 9;                                               so instead of 430 ÷ 9, divide 450 ÷ 9 = 50;                                              so 430 ÷ 9 is about 50)

  • NEW:  ALL students have a division packet that was handed out to them the week of November 27 – December 1.  In this packet there are several practice division problems for the students to complete.  All students will be working on this packet at school and are to also be working on these division problems at home.  Students have solved some some division problems using the “repeated subtraction” and “base ten blocks” to solve these problems.  All students will need to know how to solve these division problems using the standard algorithm otherwise known as long division.  Their packet that they have has good information on these types of problems.

 

  • NEW: In lessons 5-1 through 5-3 the students will be using various strategies on how to use estimation to find the quotient to a division problem.  Some of these strategies may be foreign to some of the parents.  Please understand that the standard algorithm, which is long division is the same method that you & I used & learned in grade school.  This is the model that all students will need to master.                                                                                            
  • NEW: After lesson 3, the students can continue work on lessons 4, 5, 8, & 9.  Some of the other lessons are redundant.                                                                                                                                                 
  •  If your child is struggling with some of the material, please encourage them to communicate this to me.  I have been trying different strategies to empower the students to work alongside their peers on these assignments.  I recognize that some students truly work better alone rather than in groups.
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto lessons 9 &10.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.                                                                                                                 
  •   ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                               
  • NEW: I have changed the date for the third and final multiplication test.  It will be given on Friday (12-15-17).                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Below I have attached 2 short videos introducing division,  1 video explaining the use of the bar diagram for dividing, and 1 video on dividing numbers that are multiples of 10, 100, & 1,000.

 

 

 

Science

NEW: The students have received new notes for science.  These notes cover new information about mountain building, earthquakes, and the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens.  From the old science notes, students are to complete the pages labeled “Solid to the Core” & “Ring of Fire.”  No book is necessary to complete these pages.  All students have had ample time to complete these 2 pages from their old science notes.

**FYI: All students are to have headphones for integrated technology.  Mrs. Johnston does not have anymore extra headphones for the students.  Please communicate with your child and see if they have headphones of their own.  If they do not have headphones they will not be able to participate in the activities that are conducted during integrated technology time.**

 

 

November 13 – November 17, 2017

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Math

  • NEW: The students will wrap up topic 4 the week we come back from Thanksgiving break.  During the Thanksgiving break, students should practice their multiplication facts.
  • NEW: On Tuesday on next week (11-21-17), the students will have a 10 point multiplication quiz.  The students will be solving double digit x double digit problems (34 x 62 =).  The students can either use the Expanded Algorithm or the Standard Algorithm to solve the problems.  All “Dog Work” will be shown on the quiz.  We have been practicing these types of problems daily.  It is Imperative that all students know their basic facts.                                                                                                             
  • NEW: Students can work on lessons 7 & 8.  Lesson 4-7 is due Monday (11-20-17) and lesson 4-8 will be due on Tuesday (11-21-17).  When we return from break, we will be having our topic 4 test on Wednesday (11-29-30).  The Topic 4 Reteach on pages 239, 240, 241, & 242 is a great study guide for the upcoming topic 4 test.  All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto lessons 9 &10.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.                                                                                                                 
  •   ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                               
  • NEW: The second timed multiplication test (100 basic facts/5 minutes) was given today (11-17-17).  The scores have been recorded into infinite campus.  As the student scores change, I will change the score in infinite campus.  This way parents can see their child’s score.  The third and final multiplication test will be given in 3 weeks (12-8-17).                                                              
  •  NEW:  Students should begin reviewing and practicing their division basic facts.  Topic 5 (Use Strategies &Properties to Divide by 1-Digit Numbers) is about basic division facts.  The students will model different ways on how to solve division problems.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Below I have attached 2 short videos introducing division,  1 video explaining the use of the bar diagram for dividing, and 1 video on dividing numbers that are multiples of 10, 100, & 1,000.

 

 

 

NEW: The students are currently working on science notes for volcanoes and earthquakes.  On Friday, (11-17-17) the students used the chrome books and viewed some short videos on convection currents and subduction.  After viewing, the students illustrated, labeled, and colored what each of these forces do to the plate tectonics in regards to the movement of the Earth’s crust.   

 

 

 

November 6 – November 10, 2017

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Math

  • NEW: The students have wrapped up topic 3.  The students will be working on Topic 4: (Use Strategies & Properties to Multiply by 2-Digit Numbers).  This topic is a review of multiplying by 10s, 100s, & 1,000s (See pages 172 & 173 for examples).  The students will continue to use “area models”, “bar diagrams”, & “base 10 place value blocks” (See pages 178, 179, & 181 for examples). to help solve problems.  Estimating and using “compatible numbers” (Friendly numbers) will be used in lessons 4-3 & 4-4.  The students will also begin working on solving double digit x double digit problems (34 x 62 =).  It is Imperative that all students know their basic facts.                                                                                                             
  • NEW: Students can work on lessons 4 & 5.  Lesson 4-4 is due Tuesday (11-14-17).  All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto lessons 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.                                                                                                                 
  •   ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                               
  • NEW: The first timed multiplication test (100 basic facts/5 minutes) was given on Friday (11-3-17).  The scores for the first timed test have been recorded into infinite campus.  As the student scores change, I will change the score in infinite campus.  This way parents can see their child’s score.  The second timed test will be given in 2 weeks (11-17-17).  I have also issued a 2nd multiplication practice packet out to those students that wanted one.  If your child didn’t get one, they either have already passed the test, they have a current unused practice packet at home that has not been used, or they felt that they did not need the practice.  Either way, please speak with  your child about this.                          
  • NEW: The students took a short 10 multiplication quiz today.  The test will be coming home on Monday (11-13-17).  The students used any strategy that we have been using in class to help solve 2-digit x 1-digit, 3-digit x 1-digit, & 4-digit x 1-digit multiplication problems. Some of the students need to practice their basic facts/ fluency.  There will be another short quiz next Thursday (11-16-17).                                    
  • Below I have attached 1 short video explaining multiplying by using compatible numbers,  2 videos explaining multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using standard algorithms, & 1 video modeling multiplication by using place value blocks.         

Science

NEW: Tuesday – Friday of this past week (11-6 / 11-10) the students have been working on their land form foldable assignment.  The students have had ample classroom time to complete this assignment.  They have a rubric and know exactly how it will be graded.  The “land form foldables.” are due on Tuesday (11-14-17).   

Our next science unit is on volcanoes & earthquakes. The students have received their science packets.  They will not be using their current science book for this lesson.  Instead, both science classes will be using the same book.  Because of this, we will be doing most of our science work in the classroom.

 

 

October 30 – November 3, 2017

 

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Math

  • NEW: The students have wrapped up topic 3.  The students will be working on Topic 4: (Use Strategies & Properties to Multiply by 2-Digit Numbers).  This topic is a review of multiplying by 10s, 100s, & 1,000s (See pages 172 & 173 for examples).  The students will continue to use “area models”, “bar diagrams”, & “base 10 place value blocks” (See pages 178, 179, & 181 for examples). to help solve problems.  Estimating and using “compatible numbers” (Friendly numbers) will be used in lessons 4-3 & 4-4.  The students will also begin working on solving double digit x double digit problems (34 x 62 =).  It is Imperative that all students know their basic facts.                                                                                                             
  • NEW: Students can work on lessons 1 & 2.  Lesson 4-1 is due Tuesday (11-7-17).  All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto lessons 1, 2, 3, & 4.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.                                                                                                                 
  •   ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                               
  • NEW: The first timed multiplication test (100 basic facts/5 minutes) was given on Friday (11-3-17).  The students will get their scores next week.  I will be recording this grade into infinite campus.  As the student scores change, I will change the score in infinite campus.  This way parents can see their child’s score.  The second timed test will be given in 2 weeks (11-17-17).                                                                             
  • Some of the students in the classroom have been researching different math web sites that can benefit the 4th grade students in both math classes.  One specific site that can truly benefit all students is called Math Papa.  The address is (www.mathpapa.com).  This web site would be a good one to use at home.  It is free, but I would encourage the students to  sign-up at home and then it can be accessed from school.  If you sign-up  for it, make sure your child knows the username, email address, and password.  The students can keep this information in their assignment folder.  This site has lessons, tutorials, and practice activities.  This is a good site to help students reinforce and practice current and future standards that will be taught in the classroom.
  • Below I have attached 3 short videos explaining multiplying by using area models,  1 video explaining multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using standard algorithms.         

Science

NEW: This upcoming week, we will be working on our “land form foldables.”  Our next science unit will be on volcanoes & earthquakes. The students will be receiving their science packets this upcoming week.

FYI: It is the students responsibility to clean out and organize their 10 pocket folder.  If a student does not know whether or not to keep a paper, packet, etc. then they are to communicate this information to their peers or the teacher.  10 pocket folders should be organized and maintained weekly.  

 

 

October 23 – October 27, 2017

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Math

  • NEW: The students are wrapping up topic 3.  We are in the process of going over the topic 3 “practice test” assessment on pages 161-164 problems 1-20.  This “practice test” is a great study guide to use in preparation for the upcoming topic 3 test, which will be next Thursday (11-2-17).  As a class, we will be wrapping up lessons 3-7 through 3-10 together.  The students are well versed with using many different strategies to help solve multiplication problems.  Please ask your child to use one of their strategies to solve this problem…7 x 368 =.                                                                                                                
  • NEW: Students can begin work on topic 4 (Use Strategies & Properties to Multiply by 2-Digit Numbers) lesson 1 & 2.  Lesson 4-1 should be a review for the students.  The problems deal with multiplying by multiples of 10s.  All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto lessons 1, 2, 3, & 4.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.
  • ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                  
  • FYI– Here is a compiled list of some math apps that the students have been using at home to practice facts and other math concepts.  (Math Drills lite, Math Matter, Math blasters, math cards, Math, Math bingo, 24, mathematics, zombie math, math fact blasters, Xtra Math, & 24 GAMES).  I hope that these can be useful.Please also visit the KIS homepage for more links to helpful math & science sights.
    • Scroll down to “student resources” found on the left side of the page.
    • Click “student resource links
    • Click “4th grade students” and browse some of the math &  science links that can help support child with the science &    math curriculum.                                                                               
  • NEW: The first timed multiplication test (100 basic facts/5 minutes) will be given on Friday (11-3-17).  All students have been given practice packets & have their baseline test results.  Any student that scored a 95 % or better on the baseline or the upcoming timed test does & will not need to take the test again.                                                                             
  • Some of the students in the classroom have been researching different math web sites that can benefit the 4th grade students in both math classes.  One specific site that can truly benefit all students is called Math Papa.  The address is (www.mathpapa.com).  This web site would be a good one to use at home.  It is free, but I would encourage the students to  sign-up at home and then it can be accessed from school.  If you sign-up  for it, make sure your child knows the username, email address, and password.  The students can keep this information in their assignment folder.  This site has lessons, tutorials, and practice activities.  This is a good site to help students reinforce and practice current and future standards that will be taught in the classroom.
  • Below I have attached 1 web site and 2 short videos explaining standard algorithms.         

https://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching/md/multiplication_algorithm.php

 

 

Science

NEW: We continue to look at glaciers and sand dunes.  On Wednesday (11-1-17), the students have their science review due.  The review can be found on the last 3 pages of the current science packet.  The students will be taking a quiz on (Friday 11-3-17) over science pages A20-24.  The quiz will cover content related to the formation of sand dunes & on the movement of glaciers and what they leave behind.  We will review the notes and the science review questions that are located at the back of their current science packet.  Some science terms that will be used on this quiz are… (erosion, glacier grooves, glaciers, gravity, sand dunes, weathering, windbreaks, sediments, wind erosion, & buttes).

On Friday (10-27-17), we completed an interesting activity using glaciers & the sand tables.  Please engage your child & have them highlight some of the activity for you.

FYI: It is the students responsibility to clean out and organize their 10 pocket folder.  If a student does not know whether or not to keep a paper, packet, etc. then they are to communicate this information to their peers or the teacher.  10 pocket folders should be organized and maintained weekly.  Both classes took the time today (10-27-17) to clean out and organize their math and science pocket of their “10 pocket folder.” 

FYI: Report card envelopes come back to the school & teacher.  The report card does not get returned.

 

October 17 – October 20, 2017

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Math

  • NEW:  On Tuesday (10-24-17), the students are to have topic 3 lesson 5 completed/ pages 122-124 (Using Partial Products & Place Value Blocks). The students have been working on using a variety of strategies to help solve some multiplication problems.  In lesson 5 the students will be finding the “partial products & using place value blocks” to help solve the multiplication problems.  The students should be using the “Visual Learning Bridge” at the top of pages 120, 121, & 123 to help model how to use these strategies to solve multiplication problems.  We will be modeling this strategies next week.
  • Students continue to work on topic 3 (Use Strategies & Properties to Multiply by 1-Digit Numbers) lesson 1-3.  All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto lessons 4, 5, 6, & 7.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.
  • ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                  
  • FYI– Here is a compiled list of some math apps that the students have been using at home to practice facts and other math concepts.  (Math Drills lite, Math Matter, Math blasters, math cards, Math, Math bingo, 24, mathematics, zombie math, math fact blasters, Xtra Math, & 24 GAMES).  I hope that these can be useful.Please also visit the KIS homepage for more links to helpful math & science sights.
    • Scroll down to “student resources” found on the left side of the page.
    • Click “student resource links
    • Click “4th grade students” and browse some of the math &  science links that can help support child with the science &    math curriculum.                                                                               
  • NEW: The base line multiplication timed test has been given.  The baseline score is coming home in their “Friday Folders.”  All students have gotten their papers back.  There are 11 students who received a 95% or higher on the baseline.  I kept their papers and have displayed them on the “Math Masters” board.  Also coming home in the “Friday Folder” is a practice packet of multiplication facts that the students can use.  The fact test that I used for the baseline will be used for the next timed test.  I will administer that test in 2 weeks.  The baseline was not taken for a grade.  Only those that scored a 95% or higher were recorded.
  • Some of the students in the classroom have been researching different math web sites that can benefit the 4th grade students in both math classes.  One specific site that can truly benefit all students is called Math Papa.  The address is (www.mathpapa.com).  This web site would be a good one to use at home.  It is free, but I would encourage the students to  sign-up at home and then it can be accessed from school.  If you sign-up  for it, make sure your child knows the username, email address, and password.  The students can keep this information in their assignment folder.  This site has lessons, tutorials, and practice activities.  This is a good site to help students reinforce and practice current and future standards that will be taught in the classroom.
  • Below I have attached 7short videos explaining partial products of multiplication,  area model multiplication, lattice multiplication, & multiplication using base ten blocks.         

Science

In science, we’re continuing with our unit on landforms (A16 -A25 sand dunes and glaciers).  A science vocabulary quiz will be on Tuesday (10-24-17).  The new vocabulary consist of (sand dunes,weathering, glaciers, glacier grooves, windbreaks, moraine, terminal moraine, butte, erratics, erosion, & wind).  The students will have their new list in their new science packet.  Just like on the first vocabulary quiz, the students will be provided with a picture of the word that will be projected onto the smart board screen along with the definition.

Using their sand tables, the students will  be modeling how a glacier carves, cuts, creates, & reshapes the land forms and landscape around them.  At the bottom of this post, I have attached a power point presentation that we used in class discussing sand dunes and glaciers.

FYI: It is the students responsibility to clean out and organize their 10 pocket folder.  If a student does not know whether or not to keep a paper, packet, etc. then they are to communicate this information to their peers or the teacher.  10 pocket folders should be organized and maintained weekly.

FYI: Report card envelopes come back to the school & teacher.  The report card does not get returned.

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October 9 – October 13, 2017

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Math

  • NEW:  On Tuesday (10-17-17), the students will begin work on topic 3 lesson 3 (The Distributive Property).  I have many examples to share with the students on how the distributive property is used.  The book models for the students 1 specific way to show the distributive property.  The students should be using the “Visual Learning Bridge” at the top of pages 108 & 111 to help model how the distributive property can be used as a strategy to solve multiplication problems.  We will be modeling this strategy next week.
  • NEW  Students continue to work on topic 3 (Use Strategies & Properties to Multiply by 1-Digit Numbers) lesson 1-3.  All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto lessons 4, 5, 6, & beyond.  If a student comes to a question that they don’t understand, they can ask at home, they can simply mark the problem and when we come to that lesson then we can revisit that problem they were struggling with, or they can come to me during class when the students have time to work independently on the current lesson we are working on.
  • NEW ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                  
  • FYI– Here is a compiled list of some math apps that the students have been using at home to practice facts and other math concepts.  (Math Drills lite, Math Matter, Math blasters, math cards, Math, Math bingo, 24, mathematics, zombie math, math fact blasters, Xtra Math, & 24 GAMES).  I hope that these can be useful.Please also visit the KIS homepage for more links to helpful math & science sights.
    • Scroll down to “student resources” found on the left side of the page.
    • Click “student resource links
    • Click “4th grade students” and browse some of the math &  science links that can help support child with the science &    math curriculum.                  
  • The base line multiplication timed test will be given next Thursday (10-19-17).  This baseline will give me an idea of who knows their basic facts and who doesn’t.  It is not for a grade.
  •  NEW Some of the students in the classroom have been researching different math web sites that can benefit the 4th grade students in both math classes.  One specific site that can truly benefit all students is called Math Papa.  The address is (www.mathpapa.com).  This web site would be a good one to use at home.  It is free, but I would encourage the students to  sign-up at home and then it can be accessed from school.  If you sign-up  for it, make sure your child knows the username, email address, and password.  The students can keep this information in their assignment folder.  This site has lessons, tutorials, and practice activities.  This is a good site to help students reinforce and practice current and future standards that will be taught in the classroom.
  • Below I have attached 7short videos explaining break apart method multiplication,  multiplying by 10s, 100s, & 1,000s, Associative Property of Multiplication,  Commutative Property of Multiplication & Distributive Property of Multiplication.         

 

 

 

 

Science

In science, we’re continuing with our unit on landforms (A16 -A25 sand dunes and glaciers).  The students have received a new science packet.  I will ask the students to take the vocabulary pages from their old packet out and staple them to their new packet or they can keep them separate in their science pocket.  This new packet works in the same manner as the last science packet did.  At the end of the students science packet (the last 3 pages), there is a science review of the chapter.  The review questions can help the students prepare for their next quiz.  The students are using the chrome books to research each word and view an image or short video segment that tells a little more about the science term.  A science vocabulary quiz will be on Tuesday (10-24-17).  The new vocabulary consist of (sand dunes,weathering, glaciers, glacier grooves, windbreaks, moraine, terminal moraine, butte, erratics, erosion, & wind).  The students will have their new list in their new science packet.  Just like on the first vocabulary quiz, the students will be provided with a picture of the word that will be projected onto the smart board screen along with the definition.

FYI: It is the students responsibility to clean out and organize their 10 pocket folder.  If a student does not know whether or not to keep a paper, packet, etc. then they are to communicate this information to their peers or the teacher.  10 pocket folders should be organized and maintained weekly.

October 2 – October 6, 2017

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Math

  • NEW:  On Tuesday (10-10-17), the third and final addition and subtraction timed test will be given.  Not all the students needed to take it.  Many of the students have shown great fluency with their basic facts.  All students should proceed on with practicing multiplication and division facts.
  • NEW All students have begun work on topic 3 (Use Strategies & Properties to Multiply by 1-Digit Numbers) lesson 1.  Students will find products of multiples of 10, 100, & 1,000 using mental math & place value strategies.  Students are working on the “Solve & Share” and pages 98, 99. & 100.  All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.
  • NEW I am reposting the break down of each math lesson and the student’s responsibility.  the students will complete each lesson in the following manner (Let’s use lesson 3-1 page 95 as an example). In cooperative groups, the students will complete the Solve & Share (pg.95) problem together.  We will then review problem.  Next, It will be the teacher’s discretion on how to solve the Look Back! (pg.95).  The Convince Me! (pg.96) problem will be used to see if a student understands the concept and the standard for that specific lesson.  The Guided Practice (Do You Understand & the Do You Know How? sections pg.97) will be completed together as a class during classroom time.  For the Independent Practice section (pg.97), If the last problem in this section is an even number, then the students will work on answering the even problems in this section.  Vice versa if the last problem is an odd number.  On the Independent Practice section (pg.97), Students will model to the teacher using the dry erase boards their understanding of these problems during classroom time.  The teacher then can give quick feedback to each student.  Once a student has correctly modeled their understanding of these problems from this section, the student can then move onto the next section (Math Practices and Problem Solving).  On the section of Math Practices and Problem Solving section (pg.98).  If the last problem in this section is an even number, then the students will work on answering the even problems in this section.  Vice versa if the last problem is an odd number. Students can either work independently or cooperatively during classroom time on these problems.  ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                           
  • The above sections will all be completed during classroom time.  The sections that should come home as part of your child’s homework will be the Homework & Practice section (pages 99 & 100).  If the last problem on page 99 is an even number, then the students will work cooperatively and independently during classroom time answering the even problems in this section. The same directions should be followed for the word problems on page 100.  If the last problem on page 100 is an even number, then the students will work cooperatively and independently during classroom time answering the even problems in this section.  ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.  These problems from pages 99 & 100 may come home as homework.                                 
  • FYI– Here is a compiled list of some math apps that the students have been using at home to practice facts and other math concepts.  (Math Drills lite, Math Matter, Math blasters, math cards, Math, Math bingo, 24, mathematics, zombie math, math fact blasters, Xtra Math, & 24 GAMES).  I hope that these can be useful.Please also visit the KIS homepage for more links to helpful math & science sights.
    • Scroll down to “student resources” found on the left side of the page.
    • Click “student resource links
    • Click “4th grade students” and browse some of the math & science links that can help support child with the science & math curriculum.                                                                        
    • Below I have attached 2 short videos explaining break apart method multiplication,  multiplying by 10s, 100s, & 1,000s, Associative Property of Multiplication, & Commutative Property of Multiplication.                   

 

Science

In science, the students have been working on illustrating some key science terms (Jetty, headlands, weathering, river system, bays, etc.).  Please ask them to show these illustrations to you.  Our focus on this current chapter, has been about erosion and weathering.  Weathering is the breaking  down of rock, erosion is the movement of those sediments, and deposition is the depositing of those sediments that help create new land forms.  The students have review questions in the back of their science packet (last 4 pages).  These questions will be due on Tuesday (10-10-17).  The students have been given ample time to complete some if not all the questions during class time (If students have budget their time).  The quiz for pages A10-A15 will be on Wednesday (10-11-17).

At the end of the students science packet (the last 4 pages), there is the science review.  If the students are able to complete question # 9 at home, they can bring their final results back to the classroom (2 week window to complete & return for extra credit).  I ask that the can is in a plastic zip lock (no cuts/injuries).  If you can thaw & drain the contents of the can before the students bring them back, it would be appreciated.  If the child is unable to conduct the experiment at home, it is quite alright.  For those that can conduct this experiment, bring your results back in and record your data (bullet point format, neatly recorded, & using good scientific vocabulary) & you can receive 5 extra bonus points for science (3 pts. for the can & 2 pts. for the neat recording of their observations).  You don’t have to wait for this review to be assigned in class to get started on it.  The “ready learner” knows they can work ahead.

FYI: It is the students responsibility to clean out and organize their 10 pocket folder.  If a student does not know whether or not to keep a paper, packet, etc. then they are to communicate this information to their peers or the teacher.  10 pocket folders should be organized and maintained weekly.