updated April 16, 2018
We Are All
More Than Who We Are
This week fourth graders will begin reading the book Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. The story takes place in the fictional town of Two Mills, a town divided into the East End and West End, black and white. As part of our discussion of setting we will read the picture book freedom summer by Deborah Wiles to inform our understanding of segregation and the civil rights movement. In my experience the typical fourth grader is uncomfortable with identifying characters as “black” or “white. We will discuss and affirm. I’ll propose the topic of hair color to discuss differences. You see, growing up my hair was as red as red can be. I still think of myself as a redhead. Fourth graders might be surprised. They see brown and grey, but no red. I’ll tell them, “To see me and not see my red hair is to not see me.” This is just part of our discussion on ethnicity, culture and differences. I hope your children take away the simple truth, “It’s complicated.”
I’ll give students the introduction I often give when folks assume they know me. I’ll say, “I’m Portuguese from Hawaii, the daughter of an English immigrant, born and raised in California, now living in West Seattle… and I’m Catholic.” Sure, go ahead and classify me as you please. Just know there’s more to it than that. We are all more than who we are. This is a recurring theme in Maniac Magee.
I encourage you to talk to your children about your family identity. They are eager to understand their history and willing to create their own particular way of identifying themselves as they grow into adulthood.
Social Studies Research and Presentation:
By the time students reach fourth grade at OLG they have had several opportunities to do research and give presentations in front of a group. South American projects in second grade, Saints projects in third…the fourth grade projects join a long-standing tradition. Fourth graders research and present on a person, group or organization significant to the economics, politics or history of Washington State. This week’s task is to select a specific topic. Please help your child propose a topic they are interested in and can easily research. You’ll see suggested topics list coming home today. Feel free to expand this list. I love to learn about people and groups who have impacted our community. I will do my best to assign the right topic for each student and also prevent twenty presentations on Bill Gates. Look to this newsletter for more explanation to help guide your children in the weeks ahead.
Dates to Remember
Thursday, 4/19: All school mass, all blues
Friday, 4/20: noon dismissal
Saturday, 4-21: OLG Day of Service
Tuesday, 4/24: Service trip to VA hospital
Thursday, 5/3: 4th attends daily mass, all blues
Friday, 5/4: Jog-a-thon, noon dismissal
Wednesday, 5/16: Service trip to VA hospital
Thursday, 5/17: All school mass, all blues
Wednesday, 5/23: Spring Concert
Friday, 5/25: Talent Show
Monday, 5/28: Memorial Day, No School
Thursday, 5/31: 4th attends daily mass, all blues
Wednesday 6/6: All school mass, all blues
Friday, 6/15: Last Day, noon dismissal, all school mass, 9:00 AM
Monday: Read for 20 minutes
Spelling worksheet (complete one side, read flip side, practice fluency), Work on Oral Presentation Project
Give newsletter to parents.
Tuesday: Read for 20 minutes
Math worksheet, Reading assignment
Wednesday: Read for 20 minutes
Math worksheet, Oral Presentation Project topic choice due Thursday
Thursday: Read for 20 minutes
Study for spelling test and weekly quiz on Friday
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.
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/
Introduction to decimals
Expanded form, decimals
How to read decimals
Friday and Monday of next week lessons
Decimals, Math in Focus, Lesson 7.2, Now hundredths
Decimals, Math in Focus, Lesson 7.2 Day 2
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
Chapter 3, Math in Focus
Multiplying larger numbers
Multiplication, double digit X double digit, using an Area Model
Multiplication using place value method showing partial products
Multiplication breaking apart larger factor into place value parts and adding partial products
Multiplication using a Place Value Chart
Multiplication using an Area Model
Double digit X double digit multiplication, standard method
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 using an area model.
multiplying multiples of 10
Traditional algorithm for multiplying double digit numbers
Dividing larger numbers
Links to websites for division lessons and practice
Division, Concrete to Pictorial, Math in Focus method
Division, Math in Focus method
Solving real world problems, using bar model
Bar model example, multiplication, before and after model
Bar model example, multiplication
Bar model example, division
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 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.