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updated November 20, 2017

Forced Family Fun: Timeline

My family Thanksgivings involve lots of board and card games.   My teenagers now call this “forced family fun”. One of my favorites is a card game called “Timeline” by Asmodee. When my daughter Eleanor introduced it to me a few years back I thought of fourth grade and how we might use this game to help us understand events that impact the history of Washington State. After a little research and help from students… ready by Wednesday, coming home in time for Thanksgiving. In Washington State Timeline, your objective is to correctly place events in chronological order. This involves asking yourself questions like, “Did Mother Joseph come to the Northwest before or after Gold was found in California?” Yeah. Not so easy. Washington State Timeline includes 40 or so Washington State-themed cards. Feel free to add cards as your family desires. Designed for 2-8 players ages 8 and up.


Set Up: Shuffle the 40 cards, deal three to each player, place the deck in the middle of the table and use the top card to begin the “timeline”.


Gameplay: The premise of Timeline is so simple: place a card from your hand into the correct position of cards forming the play area in the center of the table. This central play area grows during the game, but it is merely a line of cards ordered according to the year of occurrence of the event depicted on it. BC events are noted with a – sign before the year.


Each card is two-sided: on one side is the name of an event and on the other the event and perhaps a detail but with a year on it. Players may only look at the non-yeared side of the cards in their hands. You select where you want to play it in the timeline, then flip it over to see if it’s in the correct position.


If you were right you do nothing… your hand just got 1 card smaller. If incorrect, the card is discarded and you have to draw a card from the central deck into your hand, which stays the same size.


The first player to run out of cards wins! Wishing you forced family fun throughout the holidays.

Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Gzxq2cQhQ


Math Support:

Twice a week our classroom has a special guest, Mrs. Lawler. She quietly takes her spot at the back table and calls one to four students to her side. Then, she coaches, explains, probes and corrects. Students think, try, revise, explain and learn.


Fourth graders complete math checkpoints as part of their morning “Do Now”. Math content from the weekly quizzes is also considered a checkpoint. This is independent work, done without help, designed to measure a specific skill that has been recently or previously taught. Data from checkpoints and chapter tests informs instruction and intervention. That’s a fancy way of saying that I look at how well students do on their checkpoints and act accordingly. Sometimes I reteach a skill to the entire class. Other times I realize more practice is needed. Most often I identify one or two students who seem confused. These students then get small group or one on one targeted coaching, from 8:30 to 8:50, two mornings a week as scheduling allows. Groups change each day, reflecting the topic and those in need.


I appreciate Mrs. Lawler’s coaching. She listens to students. She has years of teaching experience, is aware of our Math In Focus approach, and reinforces persistence and understanding. Students get to hear yet another voice of thinking and encouragement. Thank you, Mrs. Lawler, and parents, for your ongoing support.


Dates to Remember


11/20-12/13 Item and Dollar Drive, St. V de P

Wednesday, 11/22: Noon dismissal, Thanksgiving

Thursday-Friday, 11/23-11/24: No School

Thursday, 11/30: Fourth attends daily mass, all blues

Friday, 12/1: Spirit Wear Dress, Family Auction Procurement due, Light-up-the-night.

Sunday, 12/3: First Sunday of Advent!

Friday, 12/8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, mass, all blues

Tuesday, 12/12: OLG Feast Day, mass, all blues

Wednesday, 12/13: Christmas Sing Along

Friday, 12/15: Blue Friday, half day, Start Break


Notes for this week’s science test went home last Friday. The actual test is Wednesday.


Monday: No homework… none at all



Read for 20 minutes

Study for Science Unit Test, Metric Measurement


No spelling test. No weekly Quiz.


Helpful Websites

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.

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


Typing Website


Spelling Website

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


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



Factor Game




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

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


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.

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

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