updated for June 12, 2020
(link updated for 4-28)
Wow. Thank you for teaching your children for the last 12 weeks. Thank you for being role models for our future citizens. Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your tech support. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your good humor. Special shout outs to our parent org rep, Luz Iniquez, our service coordinator, Joe Ross, our auction parent, Cassie Jenkins and our room parent, Aileen Angelo.
Mathwhizz, ExtraMath, A-Z Reading and online science resources (FOSS) continue. Another skill for summer practic, typing skills. All fourth graders have accounts at https://www.typing.com (I avoided this focus during distance learning to avoid digital overload).
The hard copy summer math packet will be ready for pick up on Friday.
From Mrs. Lawler’s webpage:
Students in grades 2-4 will receive a math packet and are encouraged to read 20-30 minutes a day. Kids A-Z reading resources will also be available. We highly encourage you to keep your student on the suggested schedule so they can maintain the skills they have learned this year!
Math Whizz and XtraMath will be available to your students throughout the summer. We recommend that you continue to use these resources as well! For optimal results use Math Whizz for 45 minutes a week and XtraMath 3-5 times a week.
Resources for Family Discussion:
I spent some time this week gathering resources and consulting with other teachers about books, videos and lessons that can spark discussions on race and activism with our children. Many of the books are designated for children ages 4 to 8 but not every child has the capacity to handle super difficult topics. You know your child best. View these first before sharing with the young person in your life.
I wanted a manageable list but then realized our needs are as diverse as our community. I’ll put the start of the list in the body of this newsletter. The entire document is a second page in the Newsletter Archives Tab.
https://www.embracerace.org/resources/highlight-resistance-efforts Things to consider before discussion
Animation Series: Something Happened in Our Town
Not My Idea – A Book About Whiteness
A Padlet Library with YouTube read alouds created by a teacher at St. George School
Dates to Remember
Monday, 6-8: OLG Office open 8AM-4PM and M-F by appointment, Fourth Grade “Party in a Bag” ready for pick up.
On Wednesday evening, Mrs. Wilson will deliver bags to families who can’t pick up, so fourth graders will have their bags for the class zoom on Thursday morning.
OLG Spirit Week!
Monday: Show Us Your Talent
Post a pic of your artwork, a song, playing an instrument, reading poetry or an original story!
Tuesday: Jump In Day! Mr. Casey joins the 4th grade zoom to talk about next year.
Keep on Moving
Post a pic or a video of how you are staying
active. Walking your dog, doing exercises,
going on a walk with your family, riding your bike
Wednesday: Are You Reading Wednesday
Post a Pic of your favorite book you have read or will read during this season
Thursday: End of year “Zoom Party” We’ll have an extended Zoom to celebrate. Have your “Party in a Bag” ready! Kindness Day
Send a card to an essential worker, share a note or give a call to someone who might need some encouragement.
Friday, 6-12: Last Day of Classes, 9:00 AM, End of Year Mass (link TBA)
Laptop, science supplies and textbook return to OLG with assigned pick up times
Monday, 6-15: Continued Laptop, science supplies and textbook return to OLG with assigned pick up times
Use Google Chrome as your browser. Safari does not fully support Kids A-Z
Step 1: Go to www.kidsa-z.com
Step 2: Enter or choose the teacher’s username, cwilson329
Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart
Step 4: Your child enters his or her password, GUAD4green
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/
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
Multiplication and Division
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
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.