February 20, 2019

Today, I collected the Iditarod Parent Letter and I also grabbed the Reading Logs. This is really for protection from the kiddos. They are really tempted to start the Reading Log already even when we have talked for hours it seems about Friday afternoon at 3:30 being the start date! They will get theirs back on Friday on the way out the door most likely! In Math, we are done reviewing the basics of fractions and we are heading straight into new waters. We are really looking at understanding what fractions are rather than simply adding, subtracting, and multiplying them. Fourth grade delves into looking at fractions more deeply. Today, we colored and cut fraction bars so we always have a visual representation of fractions when we are working with anything new or difficult. They can always be brought out at school or at home to help solve something! We looked at using 3/6 and then finding other fractions that were equal to it with our pieces. We continued to practice that and then we started to look at the 3/6 and 4/8 or 1/2. These were all answers to the question – What other fractions are the same size. We looked at patterns within the numbers of numerators and denominators. This is the fourth grade hurtle- looking at things mathematically after we confirm with visuals. Seeing that the numerators are all half of the denominators helps us use Math instead of visuals if I give them the denominator of 100. They will know that half of 100 is 50 and that should be the numerator. If the kids had to create 100ths and then cut out 100 teeny tiny pieces, I would be 80 years old and kn a wheelchair!! The kids have 3 questions for homework tonight that we went over extensively. In ELA, we are wrapping up our book groups on our biographies. Our focus next week will be on mini lessons on Summarizing smaller texts before we go into another book group. Important Note: Our attention to our lessons have been slacking off lately- especially in Math. I know it is in the morning but that is when we are at our best. Many kids are not paying attention to directions, important elements of the lesson and then are surprised that they do the wrong task, it’s incomplete, they have to redo it or it is simply wrong, or they have no idea how to do it in the first place. Fourth grade is soon becoming more like 5th grade in the expectations and the students really need to buckle down and put forth their best effort!! We have talked and talked and talked about this in class and I am at the point where I don’t restate instructions anymore and if they miss it, they have to figure it out on their own time but the rest of the class is moving on. Hopefully they figure out that attention and time on task is important to learning! Fingers crossed!!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes

Social Studies- European Settlers and Revolutionary War test tomorrow

Math- Fraction worksheet-use fraction bars in baggie. all is in HW folder.

About chris.fogel@kenstonlocal.org

I am currently a fourth grade teacher at Kenston Intermediate School and have been for the past 10 years. I grew up in Bainbridge and graduated from Kenston High School. I attended Kent State University and received my Bachelors of Science in Education and have a Masters of Reading and a Reading Endorsement as well. I enjoy gardening, reading and hanging out with my three boys, chickens and my dog.
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