4th Grade Home

updated May 22, 2017

Fourth Grade Class Presents

The musical production of

Government and Citizenship: Democracy and a Beehive

Dress Rehearsal

Friday, June 9, 9:00 AM

(parents welcome)

Final Performance

Monday, June 12, 2:00 PM

(parents welcome)

All Performances

in the Fourth Grade Classroom, OLG

Grandparents also welcome!

Science:

What’s the difference between a series circuit and a parallel circuit? Your children know this! Fourth graders are ready for a unit test in magnetism and electricity. Look for study notes coming home today. Test questions on Friday will be very familiar… taken from past weekly quizzes.

 

Presentation Schedule:

See the flip side of this newsletter for the revised presentation schedule. Students have several options for accessing their visuals. If they have been working from their Office 365 accounts, they can simply access these from school. Otherwise, students should either email presentations or bring in via flash-drive one day before they are scheduled to present. Please save in a format that Office 2011 or earlier can read (.pptx). This allows for some problem solving if links aren’t working or features change in transfer.

 

Social Studies:

Civic participation, levels of government, branches of government, Constitution, Bill of Rights…. Our musical production is coupled with classroom lessons designed to introduce and discuss how government works. While our fourth grade focus is Washington State, we will discuss foundational documents that impact our entire nation AND local government concerns in our city and county. Two phrases I use in class: “Why might someone have a different opinion (think differently)?” and “Now, go home and discuss this with your parents. How does your family respond to this issue?” Have fun!

 

Dates to Remember

 

Wednesday, 5/24: Spring Concert

Friday, 5/26: Talent Show

Monday, 5/29: Memorial Day, No School

Wednesday, 5/31: All School Mass, all blues

Friday, 6/2: Field Day

Wednesday, 6/7: Graduation, All School Mass, all blues

Thursday, 6/8: Fourth attends daily mass, all blues

Friday, 6/9: Fourth grade dress rehearsal, Bee Gov Musical (more information to come)

Monday, 6/12: Fourth grade Performance, Bee Gov Musical (more information to come)

Tuesday, 6/13: Half Day, Last Day of School, All School Mass

Homework

 

 

Monday: Read for 20 minutes

Spelling worksheet (complete one side, read flip side, practice fluency)

Writing assignment

Study for Science test (test Friday)

Give newsletter to parents.

 

Tuesday: Read for 20 minutes

Practice fluency with spelling sheet

Math worksheet, Reading assignment

 

Wednesday: Read for 20 minutes

No homework, Spring Concert

 

Thursday: Read for 20 minutes

Practice fluency with spelling sheet

Study for spelling and science test and weekly quiz on Friday.

Fourth Grade Class Covenant

We will remember our special sauce:

Everyone participates

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.

 

Helpful Websites

Cursive Writing Resources

http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/cursive/animation/lowercase.htm

To see the animation, move your mouse over a letter. Lowercase

http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/cursive/animation/uppercase.htm

To see the animation, move your mouse over a letter. Uppercase

http://www.donnayoung.org/penmanship/cursive-animations.htm

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for cursive letter animation video clips for each letter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PBUYzWXEIQ

Continuous video clip, capital letters first, then lower case… not exactly how OLG teaches them, but clear and concise.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cursiva-lite/id976052613?mt=8

One of several free apps… Try them and share your experience with the rest of us.

Social Studies

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFu-zMjGJJA

Typing Website

http://www.typing.com

Spelling Website

Check out this website for online spelling practice…. Enter our list each week! http://www.spellingcity.com/

Math

Fractions

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_comparefractions.html

Comparing Fractions

 

http://www.mathplayground.com/fractions_compare.html

Comparing Fractions

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5C5PdZ_Yys

fractions on a number line

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEn8AfqemvM

equivalent fractions

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as7ioM80K38

simplifying fractions

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9me_tSRN2Z8

comparing fractions

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJIqhDSrYB4

ordering fractions

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=017cdlI36JE

adding and subtracting fractions

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkg7370cpjs

shows mixed numbers, represented with visual aids, then shown as an improper fraction, finally shows the multiplication and addition “short cut”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4mqPMdyUYg

shows improper fraction, represented with visual aids, then shown as a mixed number, finally shows the division “short cut”

 

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_fractionofanumber.html

Explains how to find a fraction of a set using visuals, using division and multiplication and multiplying fractions

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNRmxDG2jVk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlxIzuIYcRs

Shows Math in Focus method one, subtracting fractions from a whole number

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpdTfe30N1s

Longer video, also shows Math in Focus method two, subtracting fractions from a whole number

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27yggOZ6ODc

Very quick, shows adding and subtracting whole numbers and fractions

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3, Whole Number Multiplication and Division, Math in Focus

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyWYQYqBbMg

Bar model example, division

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyvgHvDXStQ&list=PLCrYL64JQwDyAtX_ukOBiLJgEf8ri-u2T&index=1

Bar model example, multiplication

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyyw1gnGAhE&list=PLCrYL64JQwDyAtX_ukOBiLJgEf8ri-u2T&index=7

Bar model example, multiplication, before and after model

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUetnxoI2pE

Division, Math in Focus method

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asX8f0UFmgA

Division, Concrete to Pictorial, Math in Focus method

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skill_builders/division_math_fourth_4th_grade.htm

Links to websites for division lessons and practice

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qhw6Tv8780

Reminder, multiplying multiples of 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QZnVBlMhNs

Double digit X double digit multiplication using an area model.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xmsEtyOB10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVUfkN3TImI

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.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD3YsWbOeA8

Double digit X double digit multiplication, standard method

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXdzUlf5fEk

Multiplication using an Area Model

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_xZfYtk0do

Multiplication using a Place Value Chart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzupp6Q3epA

Multiplication breaking apart larger factor into place value parts and adding partial products

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhLAe-_D1_o

Multiplication using place value method showing partial products

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QZnVBlMhNs

Multiplication, double digit X double digit, using an Area Model

Chapter 2, Math In Focus, Estimation and Number Sense

 

Estimating sums using rounding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr-xHNNrZeA

 

Estimating differences using rounding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mqFzPCWXYY

 

Estimating products using rounding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHcv7_bf8XQ

 

Estimating quotients using compatible numbers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI290ZVrHbU

 

Front end estimation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4GSf5u80S4

 

Factors, Prime and Composite Numbers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSKfTReVa-g

 

Finding the Greatest Common Factor using Math In Focus method

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD5jLpSsN00

 

Factors, Multiples and Prime Numbers easily explained.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tifyIMpyLYw

 

Multiples, Common Multiples, Least Common Multiples

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxPZGv0mLiI

 

Finding the Least Common Multiple using the Math In Focus method

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGLpBe46wIY

 

Using an array model to solve multiplication problems

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDXH9tfVqAI

 

Using an array model to solve multiplication problems, shading ones and tens in a similar way to Math In Focus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t40_Hkf5rj8

 

Using an area model to solve multiplication problems

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdYV6i-kXcA

Place Value Websites

http://www.funbrain.com/cgi-bin/tens.cgi?A1=s&A2=1

Play the Place Value Puzzler.

http://education.jlab.org/placevalue/index.html

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.

http://www.mrnussbaum.com/placevaluepirates1.htm

Play Place Value Pirates.

http://www.mathcats.com/explore/age/cake.html

Create a Place Value Birthday Cake for five different ages.

Basic Fact Multiplication Websites

Create your own checkpoints
Lessons and worksheets, every topic
Check out the  Five Minute Frenzy activities

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skill_builders/multiplication_math_fourth_4th_grade.htm

Twenty-eight online games listed, I haven’t played them all

http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/Tunnel/multiplyFrame.htm

Fast paced game

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/ConeCrazyLevels.htm

Play the ice cream scoop game

http://www.ausmath.com/Flashcards/multiplication.html

Select the multiplication flashcards

http://www.aplusmath.com/games/matho/MultMatho.html

Play the multiplication game

http://www.aplusmath.com/games/picture/MultPicture.html

Play the hidden picture multiplication game

http://www.aplusmath.com/Games/Concentration/Multiplication_Concentration.html

Play multiplication concentration

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/EggStaticDrop.htm

Challenge yourself with this game of multiples

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/HolidayPractice.htm

Create a holiday picture as you practice basic facts

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/edgemoor.htm

Annoying to some, fun for others…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlN14fxE3-A&feature=PlayList&p=64675BF803F0DB83&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=2

 

Video clip showing patterns for the 2s and 8s

www.funbrain.com

 

This website helps explain the concept of multiplication – and then gives strategies for helping to master the basics.

http://del.icio.us/bobstegner/Math-Multiplication T

his website provides several links to other multiplication games recommended by math teachers.