updated October 14, 2019
Fourth graders are studying forms of prayer and ways to pray. This week we start to learn one of the prayers designated for memorization in 4th grade, the Memorare. No action needed at home. We’ll approach this task together as a class.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
This month fourth graders will be asked to solve problems like
84 ÷ 3 as part of their work with factors. They haven’t yet learned long division. Seems like a dirty rotten trick, right? At this moment the teacher text prompts me to guide students toward what they DO know to solve this problem.
The prompting might sound like this: “How can we figure out if 3 is a factor of 84? How many groups of 3 are in 84? Is there a remainder?” Some students immediately start making 84 careful lines on the page and then circle groups of 3. Ouch.
“Can we use our basic facts to help us? 3 X 12 = 36 Let’s double that… 36+36 is 72. We skip count from there 75, 78, 81, 84. Okay 12 and 12 are 24. From there we skip counted four more times… 28. 84 ÷ 3 = 28”
When our students have spent more time looking at ways to decompose numbers, they’ll see 84 as 30 + 30 + 24. From there they can approach 84 ÷ 3 as 10 + 10 + 8 with no frustration (as long as they know their basic facts).
Another approach…if you know 9 ÷ 3 = 3 you know 9 tens ÷ 3 = 3 tens, 90 ÷ 3 = 30. We can skip count backwards from 90. 87, 84. That’s two skip counts back. 30 -2 = 28. Do you see other strategies?
Math in Focus does have students learn the traditional algorithm for long division, just not quite yet. At this moment our children may not see all the possible ways to approach a problem. I have faith I can guide them toward deeper thinking and you can too.
Several years ago at Math In Focus parent information night the trainer told parents math homework would be assigned only when students could complete a task independently. I must be honest. That’s not the case right now. Our children will need coaching as they attempt new ways of thinking, beyond 84 tallies on a page. Thank you for your support and understanding as I maneuver through the best ways to tap into home support (that’s teacher talk for assign meaningful, reasonable homework that supports growth).
Dates to Remember
Thursday, 10/17: All school mass, all blues
Monday, 10-21, 6:30-7:30 PM: Altar Server Training, in the church (choose one of two)
Wednesday, 10/23: Picture Retakes
Saturday, 10/26, 10:00-11:00 AM: Altar Server Training, in the church (choose one of two)
Friday, 10/25: Half Day
Saturday, 10/26: Halloween Carnival
Friday, 11/1: All Saints Day, All school mass, all blues
Wednesday, 11/6: Half Day
Thursday/Friday, 11/7, 11/8: Fall Conferences, No school
Monday, 11/11: No School, Veteran’s Day
Thursday, 11/14: 4th attends daily mass, all blues
This week Science assignments assess student learning in the first of four sections in our Environments Unit. Some of these assessments will be done as homework, others in class. As this unit is new to OLG, I may treat these “assessments” as assignments, not quizzes. Regardless, they inform my instruction.
Monday: Read for 20 minutes
Spelling worksheet – Complete one side. Silently read the flip side.
Writing/Science assignment, Open Response Question
Tuesday: Read for 20 minutes
Read spelling article out loud. Ask an adult to help you pronounce any words you don’t know.
Reading assignment (and social studies)
Wednesday: Read for 20 minutes
Science assignment, Investigation Check
Thursday: Read for 20 minutes
Read spelling out loud. Be ready to read a portion of this to Mrs. Wilson. Have spelling to turn in.
Study for spelling test and weekly quiz.
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 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/
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.