updated June 11, 2018
School-Wide Learning Expectations — SLEs
This week fourth graders will update their SLE binders. These portfolios compile samples of each student’s work to document effort and growth toward Our Lady of Guadalupe School’s exit goals. They begin the first year a student joins our school. Every grade level updates with assignments that speak to a particular SLE and passes them along to the next teacher. Parents, you won’t see these binders until your child graduates. At that time you receive work that can span ten years.
A writing and religion assignment from first trimester asked students to write a description of one form of prayer with an example from their own experience. This assignment will be filed under the tab “…a faith-inspired Catholic who seeks communion with God in the ongoing process of personal faith development.” Reflection on their experiences with our fourth grade service project, supporting veterans and active duty military, works toward the SLE “… a faith – inspired Catholic who recognizes the document on Catholic Social Teaching as a resource for responsible citizenship, as experienced through servant leadership.”
When one piece speaks to multiple SLEs, students get the final decision as to where to place it. Most students choose to file their picture of their family map of Washington State under “a life-long learner who experiences and incorporates the arts into his or her school life.” (Although I will try to encourage them to place it behind “… a life –long learner who understands integrates and applies knowledge in all academic subject areas.”) Written self reflections of their goals from fall conferences will be filed under “… a confident and resilient individual who evaluates personal strengths and weaknesses.” or “… demonstrates honesty and integrity with regard to self and others.”
Yes, our almost fifth graders are well on their way to becoming OLG graduates who epitomize our OLG mission and School-Wide Learning Expectations. Great times ahead.
Wow! I am so thankful to you for sending your children to OLG. What a blessing to be their teacher this year.
I have felt your support time and time again. Special thanks to our parent volunteers: Room Parent Mary Long, Service Project Parents, Paul Van Zwalenburg Auction Parent, Lisa Booth, Parent Org Rep, Heather Owens and Art helper, Chatrice Beza.
Please bring in a paper bag and/or garbage bag and an abrasive sponge to help with classroom clean up. (We’ll be cleaning Wednesday and Thursday this week).
Pirates from Grammar Island
Fourth Grade Class Presents
The musical production of
Pirates from Grammar Island
First Performance, Tuesday, June 12, 2:15 PM
Final Performance, Wednesday, June 13, 8:45 AM (parents welcome)
in the Fourth Grade Classroom, OLG
Grandparents also welcome
Dates to Remember
Tuesday, 6/12, 2:15 PM: Pirates of Grammar Island, performed in the fourth grade classroom
Wednesday, 6/13, 8:45 AM: Pirates of Grammar Island, performed in the classroom
Friday, 6/15: Last Day, noon dismissal, all school mass, all blues, 9:00 AM
Read for 20 minutes, Give newsletter to parents.
Writing assignment due Tuesday
Spelling worksheet due Thursday
Study for Spelling test on Friday
Continue to read all summer long.
Practice your typing. Keep a journal.
Play games that make you think.
Be kind and helpful to others. Have fun!
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
Decimals on a number line
Converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions
decimals to fractions simply explained
decimals to fractions explained by adding all parts
shows fractions to decimals explaining fractions as division
fractions to decimals
song with fractions to decimals
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.