4th Grade Home

updated April 16, 2018

We Are All

More Than Who We Are

This week fourth graders will begin reading the book Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. The story takes place in the fictional town of Two Mills, a town divided into the East End and West End, black and white. As part of our discussion of setting we will read the picture book freedom summer by Deborah Wiles to inform our understanding of segregation and the civil rights movement. In my experience the typical fourth grader is uncomfortable with identifying characters as “black” or “white. We will discuss and affirm. I’ll propose the topic of hair color to discuss differences. You see, growing up my hair was as red as red can be. I still think of myself as a redhead. Fourth graders might be surprised. They see brown and grey, but no red. I’ll tell them, “To see me and not see my red hair is to not see me.” This is just part of our discussion on ethnicity, culture and differences. I hope your children take away the simple truth, “It’s complicated.”

 

I’ll give students the introduction I often give when folks assume they know me. I’ll say, “I’m Portuguese from Hawaii, the daughter of an English immigrant, born and raised in California, now living in West Seattle… and I’m Catholic.” Sure, go ahead and classify me as you please. Just know there’s more to it than that. We are all more than who we are. This is a recurring theme in Maniac Magee.

 

I encourage you to talk to your children about your family identity. They are eager to understand their history and willing to create their own particular way of identifying themselves as they grow into adulthood.

 

Social Studies Research and Presentation:

By the time students reach fourth grade at OLG they have had several opportunities to do research and give presentations in front of a group. South American projects in second grade, Saints projects in third…the fourth grade projects join a long-standing tradition. Fourth graders research and present on a person, group or organization significant to the economics, politics or history of Washington State. This week’s task is to select a specific topic. Please help your child propose a topic they are interested in and can easily research. You’ll see suggested topics list coming home today. Feel free to expand this list. I love to learn about people and groups who have impacted our community. I will do my best to assign the right topic for each student and also prevent twenty presentations on Bill Gates. Look to this newsletter for more explanation to help guide your children in the weeks ahead.

 

 

Dates to Remember

 

Thursday, 4/19: All school mass, all blues

Friday, 4/20: noon dismissal

Saturday, 4-21: OLG Day of Service

Tuesday, 4/24: Service trip to VA hospital

Thursday, 5/3: 4th attends daily mass, all blues

Friday, 5/4: Jog-a-thon, noon dismissal

Wednesday, 5/16: Service trip to VA hospital

Thursday, 5/17: All school mass, all blues

Wednesday, 5/23: Spring Concert

Friday, 5/25: Talent Show

Monday, 5/28: Memorial Day, No School

Thursday, 5/31: 4th attends daily mass, all blues

Wednesday 6/6: All school mass, all blues

Friday, 6/15: Last Day, noon dismissal, all school mass, 9:00 AM

 

 

Homework

Monday: Read for 20 minutes

Spelling worksheet (complete one side, read flip side, practice fluency), Work on Oral Presentation Project

Give newsletter to parents.

 

Tuesday: Read for 20 minutes

Math worksheet, Reading assignment

 

Wednesday: Read for 20 minutes

Math worksheet, Oral Presentation Project topic choice due Thursday

 

Thursday: Read for 20 minutes

Study for spelling test and weekly quiz on Friday

 

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

Decimals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FH6YiLWIuE

Introduction to decimals

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4glHJqLmwAA

Expanded form, decimals

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ4YaNkA7_4

How to read decimals

 

Friday and Monday of next week lessons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ8SfJe4lus

Decimals, Math in Focus, Lesson 7.2, Now hundredths

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM8zAqec-Js

Decimals, Math in Focus, Lesson 7.2 Day 2

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, Math in Focus

Multiplying larger numbers

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

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

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

Multiplication using place value method showing partial products

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=3_xZfYtk0do

Multiplication using a Place Value Chart

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

Multiplication using an Area Model

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

Double digit X double digit multiplication, standard method

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=5QZnVBlMhNs

Double digit X double digit multiplication using an area model.

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

multiplying multiples of 10

Traditional algorithm for multiplying double digit numbers

Dividing larger numbers

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=asX8f0UFmgA

Division, Concrete to Pictorial, Math in Focus method

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

Division, Math in Focus method

Solving real world problems, using bar model

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=OyvgHvDXStQ&list=PLCrYL64JQwDyAtX_ukOBiLJgEf8ri-u2T&index=1

Bar model example, multiplication

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

Bar model example, division

Estimation and Number Sense Video Clips

Chapter 2, Math In Focus

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

 

Factor Game

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va0rw5PQ6Ac

 

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

 

Using an area model to solve multiplication problems

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

Chapter 1, 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.