updated May 22, 2017
Fourth Grade Class Presents
The musical production of
Government and Citizenship: Democracy and a Beehive
Friday, June 9, 9:00 AM
Monday, June 12, 2:00 PM
in the Fourth Grade Classroom, OLG
Grandparents also welcome!
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.
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.
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
Monday: Read for 20 minutes
Spelling worksheet (complete one side, read flip side, practice fluency)
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 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.