updated January 13, 2020
Special Person’s Day – Planning Required
This week OLG families receive invitations to send to their special people, confirming their invitation to coffee, treats and mass at school, Thursday 1/30. Notice how I worded that? Most of you are veterans at this, so you know the need to call or email your special people now to see if they can join us, and send the invitation as verification. Students will bring their special person to school at 8:30. We’ll have light food, fellowship and mass. We often have guests in need of students; so if the special people in your life can’t make January 30, please let me know. We’ll pair your child up with an adult who needs a host.
Special Person’s Day is part of a week full of celebration. I have a fun project to complete with your children that requires glass jars with their lids. Please save, clean and send in used sauce or pickle jars. I need 29 by 1/27! Jars should be at least one quart with a wide mouth. Larger is fine. Thank you!
Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science:
This moment in our year brings a wonderful convergence of skill and content. From the start of our year, our reading focus has been strategies for reading and understanding informational text. We’ve read books about Northwest Tribes and books about the Corps of Discovery. Students reviewed active reading strategies and learned to identify main idea and supporting details. They also learned a strategy called “Chunking”. This involves reading a text (often above grade level) and asking, “What is this trying to tell me?” This is a useful strategy as students encounter text not geared toward their specific reading level. We will practice these comprehension strategies in Science as we read about brine shrimp and the ecosystem of Mono Lake. Later we’ll use them as we study the Westward Movement, our next topic in social studies.
In writing fourth graders are starting to write informational articles of our own. This week students will identify their expert topics – activities they do a lot, places, people or animals they know about or things they do well. Next week we will brainstorm what we know and use a graphic organizer to structure our ideas. Later we will do brief research online, write a rough draft essay in class and then spend several weeks revising and editing. By now it’s clear, fourth graders use their reading and writing skills across all subjects, especially Social Studies and Science.
Fourth graders have very different comfort levels with dividing larger numbers. We will continue to reteach and practice as we move forward with real world problems. My experience helps me anticipate some parent stress over next week’s homework. To respond, I offer parent support (answers) via email and on the OLG 4th grade classroom page.
Dates to Remember
Monday, 1/20: MLK Day, No School
Thursday, 1/23: 4th attends daily mass, all blues
Friday 1/24: WA State Family Map Project due, Half Day
1/26 – 1/31: Catholic Schools Week
Sunday, 1/26: Open House
Thursday, 1/30: Special Person’s Day
Wednesday, 2/12: students welcome to bring in Valentines and treats for an extended snack, if you bring for one, bring for all, no party
Half Day, Winter Conferences
Thursday, 2/13: Winter Conferences
Friday, 2/14: No School, Winter Break
Monday, 2/17: No School, President’s Day
Monday: Read for 20 minutes
Spelling worksheet – Do one side, read the flip side.
Writing (and Social Studies) assignment
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, time to work on family map
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/
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.