September 4 – September 7, 2018

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Math

NEW: The first timed test (+ & -) will be on Friday (9-14-18).  The students will have an opportunity to take this timed test 2x.  The students will have 5 minutes to complete 50 problems.  The timed test will consist of both addition & subtraction basic facts.  The best score will be what is recorded in the grade book.  I’m sending home a practice worksheet that has facts on both sides.  I will be using “Basic Facts Timed Test #2” for my test on Friday.     

NEW: Topic 1 TEST will be on Tuesday (9-11-18). In order to study and be prepared for the test, students should practice the topic 1 assessment that is on pages 39 & 40.  As a class, we will review these pages and questions.                    

  •  I attached the math address below to math playground & interactive sites to education.  The students can explore these sites and work on some of their place value skills along with practicing their (x, +, -, & ÷ ) math facts, and working on other math skills.  I have encouraged all students to explore different math sites and share the ones that they find most helpful to them.  I would enjoy hearing some feedback from the students about which websites they have found to be helpful to them.

http://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/place-value.html   

  • NEW Below I have attached 2 short videos explaining Rounding

 

  • NEW: All students know that they can move onto Topic 2 lesson 1 & 2.  “Ready Learners” understand that they can work ahead.  

Science

NEW: In science class this past week, the students have been working in cooperative groups.  In their lab, the students finished up their lollipop lab.  Again using the scientific method, the students made predictions about how many licks it would take on their “dum dum” lollipop to get to the stick.  We discussed and recorded many variables that would’ve needed to be controlled so that everyone could have a more precise result

  • FYI: I will be using the “remind” app more and more throughout the school year.  I will be moving away from using the word press sight.  If you don’t see information on my word press sight, it is because I want to solely use the “remind” app.  

 

 

 

August 21 – August 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

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Parents,

My complete open house smart board presentation  Copy of 4th Grade Parent Orientation 201819 is now available for your viewing.  Please use any of the information to help inform your son or daughter about their classroom.  Also, the students are doing a wonderful job getting acclimated to the building, classrooms, and their routines.  Remember to join the classroom on the “REMIND” app.

Math

  • NEW: The students will complete each lesson in the following manner (Let’s use lesson 1-1 as an example). In cooperative groups the students will complete the Solve & Share(pg.5) problem together.  We will then review problem.  Next, It will be the teacher’s discretion on how to solve the Look Back! (pg.5) and the Convince Me!(pg.6) problems (Sometimes together, cooperatively, or independently).  The Guided Practice(pg.7) section will be completed together as a class during classroom time.  For the Independent Practice (pg.7) section, If the last problem in this section is an even number, then the students will work  during classroom time answering the even problems in this section.  Vice versa if the last problem is an odd number.  The Math Practices and Problem Solving(pg.8) all problems will be completed.  
  • The above sections will all be completed during classroom time.    
  • The sections that may come home as part of your child’s homework will be the Homework & Practice (pg.9) section.  If the last problem in this section is an even number, then the students will work  independently during classroom time answering the even problems in this section.  Some of these questions may come home as homework.  All the word problems from page 10 will be completed.  A homework grade will sometimes be taken on the last 2 pages of each math lesson. 
  • NEW: I attached the math address below to math playground.  The students can explore this site and work on some of their place value skills along with practicing their (x, +, -, & ÷ ) math facts.  I have encouraged all students to explore different math sites and share the ones that they find most helpful to them.

http://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

  • NEW: I also attached this math address below to interactive sites to education.  The students can explore this site and work on more specific place value skills.  The students and I explored some of the activities and they can directly impact what we are doing in class.

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/place-value.htm

  • NEW:  For topic 1, the students need to work on be able to read numbers through the one million’s place, be able to use & create a place value chart, identify & write numbers using number names (written form), standard form, & expanded form.  In topic 1 lesson 2, the students need to identify the “relationship” between numbers.  In lessons 1-3 & 1-4, the students are using various strategies to compare and round numbers.  I have attached a video to help students with relationships between numbers & place value.

May 14 – May 18, 2018

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Math

  • NEW: On Wednesday, May 23, 2018 the students will be playing their board games that they have been working on.  We will continue to work on them on Monday & Tuesday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • No math videos for this week

Science        

  •  The students have started on their next chapter on fossils.

FYI: This upcoming week ALL students will need to bring in 3-4 plastic or paper bags.  Tote bags would be a great choice to bring in too.  The students will be cleaning out their lockers, desk, & taking home art projects.  They need the bags to carry home their projects & supplies.  If you would like to donate some bags to the classroom, it would be greatly appreciated.  We will be cleaning & reorganizing on Tuesday afternoon,      

 

May 7 – May 11, 2018

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Math

  • NEW: Students will be participating in the “24” tournament.  Please speak to your child to find out more information about the game “24.”
  • NEW: Next week, students will continue work on topic 13 (Measurement” Find Equivalence in Units of Measure) lessons (1-6).
  •   All students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is an even or an odd problem.                                                                                         
  •  NEW: There will be a 10 point retake quiz on determining angles with a protractor.  If your child received a 10 out of 10 on the first quiz, they will not have to be concerned with the retake.  Anyone that got a 9 out of 10 or lower has an opportunity to retake the quiz.  The best score will then be recorded.                                                                                                                                   
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  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.                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • No videos for this week

Science        

  •  The students have started on their next chapter on fossils.

FYI: This Wednesday (5-16-18) is the fourth grades field day.  Students should dress appropriately for the weather.  Sun screen, sunglasses, hats, WATER, socks, & gym shoes would be some items that are good choices for the students to have.  The students will be outside (weather permitting) for most of the day.    

 

April 30 – May 4, 2018

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Math

  • NEW: There will be a topic 15 (Geometric Measurement: Understand the Concept of Angles and Angle Measurement) test on Thursday, May 10, 2018.  On Monday, the students will work on problems from math book pages 811 & 812.  Other pages that will help the students review for Thursday’s test are pages 809 & 810.
  • NEW: Currently the students are working on topic 12 (Understand & Compare Decimals) lessons (1-5) & topic 13 (Measurement” Find Equivalence in Units of Measure) lessons (1-6).  For topic 12, the students should finish up lesson 5 (Solve World Problems Using Money). by Tuesday (5-8-18).
  •   All students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is an even or an odd problem.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  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: All students are currently working on a math assignment (Mine Craft).  The students have all the materials to complete this assignment.  Ample classroom time has been given to all students to ask questions & work on this assignment in class.  The assignment focuses on perimeter & area.  There will be some class time next week that the students will have to work on this assignment.  This assignment will be due on Friday, May 11, 2018.                                                                                                            
  • The videos below go along with the lessons for topic 15.

Science        

  •  The students will continue with their science notes on pages 11-16 of their science packet.  Class time will be provided to the students to complete this work.  Responses for the notes and questions that are in the packet can be found in the science book.  After these notes, the students can complete science notes on pages 17-20.  During this upcoming week, we will be starting our next chapter on fossils.

 

April 9 – April 13, 2018

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Math

  • NEW: The final math timed fact test will be given this quarter.  The facts will be a mix of multiplication & division problems.  I will be giving this timed test 3 times throughout this last quarter.  There will be no baseline test given.  The second time I will give it is on Thursday, April 19, 2018.  I will be giving the students 6 minutes to complete.
  • New/ Revision:  We will be wrapping up topic 15 on Tuesday (4-17-18).  After topic 15, the students have been instructed to move onto  topic 16/ lessons 1-4 (Lines, Angles, & Shapes).
  •   All students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is an even or an odd problem.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto topic 12 (Understand & Compare Decimals)/ lesson 1-5 after the completion of topic 16 (Lines, Angles, & Shapes).  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: Friday (4-20-18) the students will have a test on Topic 11 (Represent & Interpret Data on Line Plots).  Pages 617 & 618 plus pages 619 & 620 are good review pages.
  • The videos below go along with the lessons for topic 16.

Science

  • There will be a quiz over chapter 5 lessons 1 & 2 on Friday (4-20-18).  The students will be permitted to use their science notes.          
  •  The science ecosystems that the students have been working on are to be turned in on Friday (4-20-18).  The students have had 2 weeks to complete this assignment.  The students have been in the computer lab several times researching their ecosystems & copying and pasting both biotic & abiotic factors that are found in the ecosystems they chose.   The students can hand their ecosystems in earlier if they have it completed.  Please have a discussion with you child to see where they are at on the completion of this assignment.

 

April 3 – April 6, 2018

 

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Math

  • Revision: The final math timed fact test will be given this quarter.  The facts will be a mix of multiplication & division problems.  I will be giving this timed test 3 times throughout this last quarter.  There will be no baseline test given.  The first time I will give it is on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  I will be giving the students 6 minutes to complete.  Two weeks ago all students received a copy of the test  in their “Friday folders.”

 

  • New/ Revision:  After topic 11, the students have been instructed to move onto  topic 15/ lessons 1-5 (Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts of Angles and Angle Measurement).  All students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is an even or an odd problem.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto topic 16/ lesson 1-4 (Lines, Angles, & Shapes) after the completion of topic 15/ lessons 1-5 (Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts of Angles and Angle Measurement).  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

  • Science notes, pages 6-10 are due on Wednesday.  After chapter 5 lesson 2 What Are Living Parts of Ecosystems? (pages B10-B17), the students can read chapter 7 lesson 1 How Are Organisms Adapted to Survive? (pages B60-B65).   
  • New: in order to complete our science lesson on fossils, all students will need to bring in a small container of Play-Doh or another version of Play-Doh.  Each student only needs to bring in 1 container.  Dollar General & the Dollar Store have these items.  All students should have 1 container by next Friday (4-13-18). 
  •  are currently working on researching an ecosystem of their choice.  The students will then be illustrating that ecosystem.  All students have received a handout with an attached rubric that details what needs to be in their illustration of the ecosystem they chose to research.

 

 

March 19 – March 23, 2018

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Math

  • NEW: The final math timed fact test will be given this quarter.  The facts will be a mix of multiplication & division problems.  I will be giving this timed test 3 times throughout this last quarter.  There will be no baseline test given.  The first time I will give it is on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  I will be giving the students 6 minutes to complete.  They will receive a copy of the test next Friday, March 23 in their “Friday folders.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto topic 11 (Represent & Interpret Data on Line Plots). lessons 1, 2, & 3.  We are not completing lesson 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.  After topic 11 (Represent & Interpret Data on Line Plots), the students have been instructed to move onto topic 12 (Understand & Compare Decimals) and topic 13 (Measurement: Find Equivalence in Units of Measure).                                                                                                  
  • NEW:  The topic 10 test ( Extend Multiplication Concepts to Fractions) we be on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.  The topic 10 “reteaching” on pages 581 & 582 are pages that the students can use for a review.  The topic 10 “Assessment” on pages 583 & 584 are also good pages to review.

ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                                                                

Science

  • The students will continue with their science notes pages 6-10.  After chapter 5 lesson 2 What Are Living Parts of Ecosystems? (pages B10-B17), the students can read chapter 7 lesson 1 How Are Organisms Adapted to Survive? (pages B60-B65).    

 

March 13 – March 16, 2018

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Math

  • NEW: The final math timed fact test will be given this quarter.  The facts will be a mix of multiplication & division problems.  I will be giving this timed test 3 times throughout this last quarter.  There will be no baseline test given.  The first time I will give it is on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  I will be giving the students 6 minutes to complete.  They will receive a copy of the test next Friday, March 23 in their “friday folders.”                                                                                                             
  • NEW:  All students are currently working on Topic 10. (Extend Multiplication Concepts to Fractions).  We have finished and gone over lesson 1 & 2.  Lesson 3 is due on Tuesday 3-20-18, lesson 4 is due on Wednesday 3-21-18, & 5 is due 3-22-18. We are not completing lesson 6.  Many students have already   completed many of the above lessons.                                                                                                                                          
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto topic 11 (Represent & Interpret Data on Line Plots). lessons 1, 2, & 3.  We are not completing lesson 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.                                            
  • NEW:  For topic 10, the students need to work on be able to multiply whole numbers and fractions together using “unit fractions.”  Below are some videos that may help with some further explanation on how to multiply fractions.

 

ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                                                                

Science

  • The students are wrapping their “Invention Convention” group activity.  On Monday, 3-19-18 all hand drawn prototypes will be due.  Each student will be drawing an illustration of what they think the prototype will look like that will help solve the problem that the class has voted on.  Please talk to your child about the problem that their peers voted on to be the classes problem that they would solve.  Some students have already completed this assignment and have handed in their prototypes.
  • All land form research papers have been graded.
  • Students have started work on the new science topic of ecosystems.  All students received a new science book and notes.  Our discussion this week has been about abiotic and biotic factors of an ecosystem.  Please feel free to ask your child about both of these factors and how they impact an ecosystem.

 

February 20 – February 23, 2018

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Math

  • NEW: The second division fact timed test has been graded and is going home in the “Friday Folder.”  If your child does not have theirs, it most likely is on the “Math Master’s” wall.  I have recorded the grade and it is on infinite campus.  The 3rd and final division timed test will be on Thursday (3-8-18).  The best score out of the 3x the students have taken the timed test will be recorded.  If the student scored a 95 % or better on the “baseline,” they do not have to take the timed test.                                                                                                              
  • NEW:  All students are currently working on Topic 9. (Understand Addition and Subtraction of Fractions).  We have finished and gone over lesson 1-3.  Lesson 4 is due on Monday 2-26-18, lesson 5 is due on Tuesday 2-27-18, 6 is due 2-28-17. 7 is due 3-1-18, & 8 is due 3-2-18.  Many students have already in advance completed many of the above lessons already.                                                                                                                                          
  • All “ready learners” know & understand that they can work ahead on upcoming lessons.  That means that they can move onto topic 9 (Understand Addition and Subtraction of Fractions). lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 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.                                            
  • NEW:  For topic 9, the students need to work on be able to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa topic 9-8.  Students will also need to know how to add and subtract mixed numbers topic 9-9.  Below are some videos that may help with some further explanation to mixed numbers and improper fractions.

ALL students are encouraged to try the “Higher Order Thinking” problem regardless if it is even or odd.                                                                                                                

Science

  • The students continue to work on their “Invention Convention” group activity.  Each student will be drawing an illustration of what they think the prototype will look like that will help solve the problem that the class has voted on.  Please talk to your child about the problem that their peers voted on to be the classes problem that they would solve.
  • The students  are continuing their work on their land form research paper.  They can access the paper on line through google classroom.  The due date for the land form research paper is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  That means all papers are to be sent to either Mrs. Krisfalusy or Mr. Rosko through google classroom.
  • Students have started work on the new science topic of ecosystems.  All students received a new science book and notes.