updated for April 2, 2020
(link updated for 4-1)
Writing to Persuade
This week we begin our unit on persuasive writing. Fourth graders already write to persuade. You may remember their paragraphs persuading their wagon train family to use an ox or a mule, a prairie schooner or modified farm wagon, to include an item in the packing list or a rule in our train constitution. This will be a longer writing unit with drafts and revisions based on self-selected topics. This week students will brainstorm topics they feel passionately about and write opinion statements. These have two parts: statements about big issues and the exact thing being argued. Next week we state reasons, asking, “How is this a good thing?” and provide evidence to support each reason. Later we write leads that capture the audience, write anecdotes to use as evidence and conclusions that restate opinions and urge action.
I was hopeful for our class Zoom meetings last week. I hoped that five or six students would attend. WOW! That first meeting had over 24 participants. I then thought, “Well, the attendance will drop off.” Nope. Our numbers stayed in the twenties all week long. We will continue at this same 8:30 AM- 9:00 AM time slot, Monday – Friday. This is a recurring meeting, using the same url code.
Our Zooms serve many needs. First, we just like to see each other. Next, I am able to share my desktop and go over the daily checklist and bring up pdfs or links in an attempt to make assignments clear. Also, students are able to share accomplishments and work (such as the Oregon Trail posters and acts of kindness). Finally, I am able to respond to questions (such as “How can I show a mixed number using a google.doc?”)
Yes, there are bumps along the way. The first time I shared my screen I had no idea how to unshare it. Students accidently shared their screens and were similarly stuck. It took me a full session to figure out how to keep participants from unmuting themselves… and it is really hard for folks when the technology doesn’t work as we hoped (video off, microphone not working). I can tell you from a teacher’s perspective, the real lesson comes from how we handle these challenges. We can model calmness and good humor when things go wrong, all the while affirming the struggle.
If possible, please help your child join the meeting using the url https://zoom.us/j/472197431
I will continue to send out this weekly newsletter. As always, it serves to update my OLG website classroom page. Now, instead of hard copy, it is sent as a pdf via email. With parents on the front lines of your child’s daily academics, it is vital that I hear from you too. Feel free to email me at any time. You can expect a prompt response during regular school hours (8:30 – 3:00). I appreciate those who have told me “too confusing, like the videos, need student email, getting better, not going to happen, login not working, too much work, not enough work, turning in work is a pain, help me prioritize, love the zoom”.
This last week I’ve been able to reach out to some students 1:1. It is completely appropriate for you to ask for a phone call or facetime. (I prefer facetime as my hearing is not so great.) Sometimes a 10 minute conversation can set a new tone. Be sure to email first, so we can agree on a time and number.
I will continue the routine set last week with the daily checklist with links as an updated pdf, posted on the top of my classroom webpage each and every day. Previous days will stay on the page for the week they are posted. This requires no email access whatsoever. Walk your child through the process of finding the OLG classroom webpage and clicking on the link that says, “Checklist with links for….”
Finally, I’ve been doing more and more videos, realizing that for some students hearing the teacher voice is vital for better understanding. They also serve as an archive for this remote learning journey.
Dates to Remember
Pet Supply Drive, March 9-20
Care Kit Supply Drive thru March 27
Friday, 4/10: Good Friday
Step 1: Go to www.kidsa-z.com
Step 2: Enter or choose the teacher’s username, cwilson329
Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart, same username as used for MathWhizz
Step 4: Your child enters his or her password, GUAD4green, same password as used for MathWhizz
User Name: OLG4Science
Producers, Consumers, Decomposers
Cursive Writing Resources
To see the animation, move your mouse over a letter. Lowercase
To see the animation, move your mouse over a letter. Uppercase
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for cursive letter animation video clips for each letter.
Continuous video clip, capital letters first, then lower case… not exactly how OLG teaches them, but clear and concise.
One of several free apps… Try them and share your experience with the rest of us.
clips to help learn punctuating dialogue
Video clips about timelines
Video clip explaining the challenge of showing the world on a flat map
Youtube clip guides you to create a map of Washington State. We call the “Puget Sound Lowlands” the “Western Lowlands”. Otherwise, this is perfect for helping us learn our state’s geography.
Video clip showing timeline and explaining BC/AD
Check out this website for online spelling practice…. Enter our list each week! http://www.spellingcity.com/
fractions on a number line
adding and subtracting fractions
shows mixed numbers, represented with visual aids, then shown as an improper fraction, finally shows the multiplication and addition “short cut”
shows improper fraction, represented with visual aids, then shown as a mixed number, finally shows the division “short cut”
Explains how to find a fraction of a set using visuals, using division and multiplication and multiplying fractions
Shows Math in Focus method one, subtracting fractions from a whole number
Longer video, also shows Math in Focus method two, subtracting fractions from a whole number
Very quick, shows adding and subtracting whole numbers and fractions
Bar model example, division
Bar model example, multiplication
Bar model example, multiplication, before and after model
Division, Math in Focus method
Division, Concrete to Pictorial, Math in Focus method
Links to websites for division lessons and practice
Reminder, multiplying multiples of 10
Double digit X double digit multiplication using an area model.
Double digit X double digit multiplication showing partial products.
(No time is spent on this in Math In Focus, lesson 3.2, but I think it’s a good bridge between area model and the standard method that is taught next.)
Double digit X double digit multiplication, standard method
Multiplication using an Area Model
Multiplication using a Place Value Chart
Multiplication breaking apart larger factor into place value parts and adding partial products
Multiplication using place value method showing partial products
Multiplication, double digit X double digit, using an Area Model
Estimation and Number Sense Video Clips
Chapter 2, Math In Focus
Estimating sums using rounding.
Estimating differences using rounding.
Estimating products using rounding
Estimating quotients using compatible numbers
Front end estimation.
Factors, Prime and Composite Numbers
Finding the Greatest Common Factor using Math In Focus method
Factors, Multiples and Prime Numbers easily explained.
Multiples, Common Multiples, Least Common Multiples
Finding the Least Common Multiple using the Math In Focus method
Using an array model to solve multiplication problems
Using an array model to solve multiplication problems, shading ones and tens in a similar way to Math In Focus
Using an area model to solve multiplication problems
Chapter 1, Place Value Websites
Play the Place Value Puzzler.
Play the Place Value Game. http://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/3_Place_Value/index.html
Listen to the online lesson.
Play Place Value Pirates.
Create a Place Value Birthday Cake for five different ages.
Basic Fact Multiplication Websites
Twenty-eight online games listed, I haven’t played them all
Fast paced game
Play the ice cream scoop game
Select the multiplication flashcards
Play the multiplication game
Play the hidden picture multiplication game
Play multiplication concentration
Challenge yourself with this game of multiples
Create a holiday picture as you practice basic facts
Annoying to some, fun for others…
Video clip showing patterns for the 2s and 8s
This website helps explain the concept of multiplication – and then gives strategies for helping to master the basics.
his website provides several links to other multiplication games recommended by math teachers.