updated February 24, 2020
Mass, Grace, Lent
Fourth graders who participate in 4th/5th grade Chorus are part of music ministry. I am so thankful for them each time we have an all school mass. Their voices, raised in praise, inspire me. Last Thursday all fourth graders inspired as they served in some way during the all school at mass. Our theme was grace. Fourth graders already know that grace is God’s power, in us. From the welcome, beautifully read by Ella, “Because God is love, grace is a gift of love that calls us into relationship with God. God created us out of love, for love, and in order to love us. Think about it. God’s love/power is in us. God’s love/power is in the person sitting next you. God’s love/power is in your friends. God’s love/power is in your enemies. And that changes everything.”
This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, another opportunity for growth and grace. We’ve got 40 days of “giving something up” or committing to a new habit. While this journey is typically a personal one, I invite you to consider a family action. One year my daughters and I walked to school/work each day of Lent. Another year we managed to eat as a family at the dinner table, each and every night. When Easter came we really did feel we’d changed, grown closer to God and each other as well.
Science, Environments Unit Continues:
If you’ve walked the upper floor hallway recently, you might have noticed large boxes stacked outside the fourth grade classroom. These are the next FOSS units for fourth grade science. FOSS stands for Full Option Science System. This year all grades received updated FOSS kits, in line with Next Generation Science Standards. https://www.nextgenscience.org Fourth graders are still working with the Environments Unit. Energy will follow.
I love this system that guides our inquiry, hands-on and multisensory activities, student-to-student interaction, reflective thinking, reading and research. In the final weeks of our Environments study we return to the desert and rain forest environments we studied in September and engage with the phenomenon that different plants survive in each environment. Fourth graders will set up and monitor controlled experiments to determine the range of tolerance of water for germination of four kinds of seeds: corn, pea, barley, and radish. In a second experiment, students test the effect of salinity on these seeds. We will then study local plants by mapping neighborhood plants and relate plant distribution to environmental factors. Finally we’ll look at plant adaptations that allow organisms to thrive in dry desert environments and wet tropical environments.
Math Camp Opportunity for Girls:
STEM camp – Girls Rock Math
This is open for girls in grades 1-6. There are a variety of themed camps to match your daughter’s interest. Hurry! Registration increases March 1st. Scholarships are also available, but must apply by March 1st. Please let Mrs. Lawler know if you have any questions. Check out
Northwest Explorers rap (Cameron’s request)
Dates to Remember
Saturday, 2/29: OLG Auction. See you there!
Wednesday, 3/4: State of the School
Wednesday, 3/11, 11:15-2:15: Service Trip, VA Hospital (ten students attend)
Thursday, 3/12: 4th attends daily mass, all blues, π Day activities in the afternoon.
Friday, 3/13: No school, teacher in-service
Saturday, 3/28: OLG Day of Service
Monday: Read for 20 minutes
Spelling worksheet – Do one side, read the flip side.
Writing and Religion assignment, Lenten goal
Tuesday: Read for 20 minutes
Read spelling sheet out loud. Practice fluency.
Wednesday: Read for 20 minutes
Read spelling sheet out loud.
Try to sound like a news reporter on TV.
Social Studies assignment
Thursday: Read for 20 minutes
Be ready to read spelling sheet out loud
Have spelling worksheet from Monday, ready to turn in on Friday
Study for spelling test and weekly quiz
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.