updated for March 5, 2021
Lewis and Clark, Corps of Discovery, Sacajawea
Fourth grade study of Washington State History includes a focus on exploration, Lewis and Clark and the fur trade. My read aloud book is Sacajawea by Joseph Bruchac. Each chapter alternates in voice from William Clark to Sacajawea. In reading class last week each fourth grader had their own informational text about the Corps of Discovery. Students documented their active reading strategies: making connections, asking questions, finding the very important parts, new learning and shocking bits. Being aware of our thinking helps us remember and understand what we read. We continue to work in our textbook, practicing another reading strategy to help us understand, SQR3. Again, reading with a question in mind helps us remember and understand. This week we will watch several videos that focus on the journey of Lewis and Clark. My favorite is “The Spirit of Sacajawea” by Naka Productions. Was she Hidatsa or Shoshone? How long did she live? Where is she buried? “The Spirit of Sacajawea” examines these questions through the eyes of her ancestors. The majority of the interviews are with Native American people from across the United States. We learn about what she meant to their culture, how her tribes lived 200 years ago and how they’ve survived one challenge after another, from smallpox to relocation to the destruction of native lands and sacred sites. Multiple voices, many ways to learn.
Fourth graders are working diligently to fully understand fractions in a deeper level. This week finish review of third grade material and spend more time on expressing fractions in their simplest form. This concept is important in the immediate future as the Math in Focus assessments will show all multiple choice responses in simplest form. I’ve seen students successfully complete multi step problems only to get stuck when their answer is 75/100s. We must help them see ¾s as a choice.
We move forward to the fourth grade textbook, Chapter 6, Fractions and Mixed Numbers. In this chapter, your child will learn about computing with fractions and mixed numbers. Some of the skills include adding and subtracting fractions, converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, finding a fraction of a set and solving real-world problems.
Finding the fraction of a set or a number is a useful skill with many applications in everyday life. Look out for opportunities to help your child practice this skill. While traveling by bus or car, tell your child that the distance between two points, say your home and school, is 4 kilometers. Ask your child to calculate the distance between the school and another place, say the library, which is half-way between school and home. ½ X 4 = 2 kilometers. I appreciate all the fraction support at home.
Dates to Remember:
Monday, 3-1: Drop off, Pick up for at home learners
Tuesday, 3-9: End of Trimester 2
Friday, 3-12: No School, Teacher In-Service
Thursday, 3-18: School Mass, sponsored by 4th grade. More information to come!
Friday, 4-2: noon dismissal, Good Friday
Spring Break from April 5 – April 9
Monday, April 12: Back to school
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Scholastic Book Club Orders!
Thank you to Alexandra Thompson for organizing book purchases.
Order books online by next Monday, March 8. Use classroom code H8V76.
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User Name: OLG4Science
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.
Video clips about timelines
Video clip showing timeline and explaining BC/AD
Usernames and passwords sent home week of September 1
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
Math, Chapter 1
page 2, Recall prior knowledge
Recalling prior knowledge, Survey textbook pages 1-38, Word Form, Standard Form, Expanded Form, Concrete representation, Count by ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, Value of each digit
page 3, Recall prior knowledge
Comparing numbers using a place-value chart, Completing a pattern by finding the rule, Concrete ways to show numbers… I ran out of time! Stay tuned.
Math in Focus, Dots on a Place Value Chart
This video introduces the concrete/visual representation of larger numbers used by Math in Focus at the fourth grade level. We use these dots on a place value chart all year long.
Math in Focus, pages 5-8
Practicing larger numbers, standard form, word form, expanded form… catch my mistake in this video (you have to watch to the end).
Math in Focus, pages 10-11
Showing the value of each digit, Expanded form
Math in Focus, Workbook A, pages 3,4,5
“the digit _______ stands for ________.” “the value of the digit _______ is __________ .”
Math in Focus, pages 14, 15
Comparing and Ordering larger numbers
Math in Focus, page 16
Comparing larger numbers… can you find my mistake?
Math in Focus, page 20
Adding larger numbers with regrouping, visual representation, then traditional algorithm
Math in Focus, page 25, Subtracting with regrouping
We use both visual (concrete) representation and then the traditional algorithm.
Math in Focus, page 29, Subtracting larger numbers, regrouping across 0s
We start with the concrete/visual and also use the traditional algorithm to represent subtracting larger numbers across 0s.
Math in Focus, Chapter One, Common Hiccup
How many tens are in 43,860? Not 6!
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.