updated December 9, 2019
Veterans, Essays and Service
Congratulations to fourth graders Alison Nojaim, Ella Ward and Esme Reeves and fifth grader Evolette La Blanc for winning entries in the VFW Patriotism Essay Contest. I know our local VFW representatives are very grateful for your children’s thoughtfulness. I am so pleased with our fourth grade participation and strong parent support.
Thank you to our service coordinator, Joseph Ross. We’ve set six dates for service trips to the VA Medical Center in Beacon Hill (see flip side of newsletter). We will have lunch (students will bring their own) pass out thank you cards and play BINGO in the long-term care facility. Each and every student will go twice. If your child is sick on their scheduled week, please hold them back. They can easily switch to a later date. Thank you, parents, for your ongoing commitment to service.
These service trips make me hopeful. I believe our students are challenged and grow when their service involves human interaction. That’s not to downplay the importance of writing letters or collecting donations. All OLG classroom service projects aim to be both age appropriate and helpful to the community. In the future, your students will serve meals (fifth grade Over 65 Dinner and seventh grade Angeline’s Center for Women), pull weeds (sixth grade restoration work) and be ongoing participants in Mount St. Vincent’s recreational therapy (eight grade). Lifelong lessons will come from meeting people, being present, listening and serving.
Fourth graders have broken open a new chapter in Math, “Whole Number Multiplication and Division”. In this chapter, your child will study multiplication and division of whole numbers. Some skills include multiplying and dividing larger numbers with regrouping, estimating larger products and quotients and solving real-world problems using the bar model method. Look to my classroom webpage for links to video clips showing teachers and students practicing strategies we use in class. Fluency with basic multiplication facts is vital, so keep that basic fact practice routine going!
Last week we took a huge step forward, double-digit X double-digit multiplication. This week we continued with more practice. Next week, if all goes as planned, we begin our in depth study of division. Again, look to links on our classroom webpage to video clips of teachers from all over, eager to explain various methods to support understanding “long division”. Know that we eventually reach the traditional algorithm, very similar to what you and I learned back in fourth and fifth grade.
Writing homework, dialogue:
Fourth graders have written dialogue in whole group, partners and individually. We’ve watched youtube videos explaining, looked at books discussed and practiced. Tonight’s homework is to write a short dialogue (punctuated correctly) that can go into the personal narratives being written in class. Feel free to remind your fourth grader to drop a line and indent with each new speaker.
Dates to Remember
Wednesday, 12/11, 11:15- 2:15: Service Trip, VA Hospital (ten students attend)
Thursday, 12/12: All School Mass (OLG Feast Day) All blues
Friday, 12/20: Half Day, Break begins
12/23-1/3: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
Wednesday, 1/8, 11:15-2:15: Service Trip, VA Hospital (ten students attend)
Thursday, 1/9: All school mass, all blues
Friday, 1/10: OLG Spirit Dress Day
Thursday, 1/23: 4th attends daily mass, all blues
Friday 1/24: Half Day
1/26 – 1/31: Catholic Schools Week
Sunday, 1/26: Open House
Thursday, 1/30: Special Person’s Day
Monday: Read for 20 minutes
Spelling worksheet – Do one side, read the flip side.
Tuesday: Read for 20 minutes
Read spelling sheet out loud. Practice fluency.
Reading/Social Studies assignment
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 weekly quiz and spelling test.
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.