updated December 10, 2018
At first it was just one cabin, then another. Later still, three cabins appeared in our frieze. Then we received notice from settlers advising us to leave the forest so they could clear land for their homes and farms. Finally, we noticed stumps where trees once stood. Some students wanted to protest. For others, peaceful protest was not enough. Next we received an abbreviated copy of the Medicine Creek Treaty. Our chief, Garry, took this home and came back with a counter offer. He explained his goals, “Don’t make them mad because they have more weapons. Keep my people alive for the future.”
Our StoryPath discussion was influenced by a famous speech attributed to Chief Sealth http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/chiefsea.html and our growing understanding of how some early tribes viewed personal property. We discussed what a treaty is and many of the stipulations of the Medicine Creek Treaty, signed in 1854. Fourth graders are able to experience the complexity of issues, both in the past and present day…. deep learning. During snack time read aloud, I am reading the novel Spirit Quest by Susan Sharpe. This realistic fiction takes place in modern times on a reservation on the Northwest Coast. It is important to show that despite injustices, native tribes exist in our world today.
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!
Two weeks ago we took a huge step forward, double-digit X double-digit multiplication. Last week we continued with more practice and began our in depth study of division. I’ve added 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. This week we continue our division practice, becoming more comfortable with larger numbers, quotients that include a “0” and quotients with remainders and estimation. Fluency with basic multiplication facts is vital, so keep that basic fact practice routine going!
Dates to Remember
12/2 – 12/24 Canned Food Drive
Wednesday, 12/12: OLG Feast Day All School Mass, all blues
Wednesday, 12/19: Christmas colors free dress, Santa pictures (full class photo)
Friday, 12/21: Half Day, Christmas Break begins
Monday, 1/7: Back to School
Service Trip Dates, VA Medical Center:
11:15 AM – 2:15 PM
Thursday, 1/ 24, Thursday, 2/ 28, Thursday, 3/ 21, Thursday, 4/ 11, Thursday, 5/16
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.
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.
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/
Chapter 3, Math in Focus
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.