updated June 12, 2017
School-Wide Learning Expectations
Last week fourth graders updated 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 second trimester asked students to write a letter to an imaginary OLG graduate explaining how to make moral decisions. This assignment was filed under the tab “…a faith-inspired Catholic who examines the Catholic faith, traditions and doctrine and is able to articulate that knowledge.” 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 chose 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 tried 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 were 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 Parents Kristi Edwards & Allie Schellong, Service Project Parents, Kristi Edwards & Kristina Udall, Auction Parents, Steve Zang & Johanna Rundquist, Parent Org Rep, Dani Flanagan and Scholastic Books Coordinator, Lori Webb.
Dates to Remember
Monday, 6/12: 2:00 PM Fourth grade Performance, Bee Gov Musical, Students come in uniform and have Bee Gov costumes to change into later.
Tuesday, 6/13: Half Day, Last Day of School, All School Mass, all blues, Report cards sent home
Monday: Read for 20 minutes
Give newsletter to parents.
Continue to read all summer long.
Practice your typing.
Keep a journal.
Play games that make you think.
Be kind and helpful to others.
Fourth Grade Class Covenant
We will remember our special sauce:
Everyone is included
A sprinkle of kindness.
We will be respectful by not talking when others are talking.
We will be honest.
We will keep our desks clear of mess and not fool around
with little paper thingies and pencil shavings.
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/
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, Whole Number Multiplication and Division, 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
Chapter 2, Math In Focus, Estimation and Number Sense
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
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.