# Weekly News

## The field trip to Gemology Institute is today!

We leave campus at 9:25 and return for lunch.

## NO HOMEWORK ON MONDAY, SEPT. 28. IT'S FAMILY DAY! :)

Hectic work schedule? Swimming in after-school activities? Do outside influences interfere with your family's dinnertime? Family Day™ (September 28, 2015) is a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and other risky behaviors, as research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use illegal drugs.

This September 28, Informed Families invites you to spend time with the original social network (your family at the dinner table!) and join us in standing up for sitting down to dinner.

## Metric Conversions

In Topic A, students review place value concepts while building fluency with decomposing, or converting from larger to smaller units (4.MD.1).

They learn the relative sizes of measurement units, building off prior knowledge of grams and kilograms from Grade 3 (3.MD.2) and meters and centimeters from Grade 2 (2.MD.3).

Conversions between the units are recorded in a two-column table. Single-step problems involving addition and subtraction of metric units provide an opportunity to practice mental math calculations as well as the addition and subtraction algorithms established in Module 1.

Students reason by choosing to convert between mixed and single units before or after the computation (4.MD.2).

Connecting their familiarity with both metric units and place value, the module moves swiftly through each unit of conversion, spending only one day on each type.

This initial understanding of unit conversions allows for further application and practice, such as multiplying and dividing metric units, throughout subsequent modules.

IXL for this week:

Measurement

N.1

N.2

N.3

## Language Arts

Writing: Precise paragraph writing

Grammar skill: Common nouns, proper nouns, and sequence of events

Spelling: Long and short /o/ sounds

## Book Reports (Due on Wednesday)

Book Reports with presentation are due on September 30. Please encourage your child to be proactive in setting aside time to complete the reading, project completion, and presentation practice.

## Social Studies/ Science

We wrap up on unit on geography. We visit the Gemology Institute to support of learning of rocks and minerals. We continue this unit in class and with Ms. Palmer during Science

## Begin with the End in Mind

We spend the next few weeks discussing, modeling, and role playing habit #2: Begin with the end in mind.

## Coming Up

Sept. 28 Gemology Institute Field Trip

Sept. 28- Oct.2 Red Ribbon Week

Sept. 30 Bag Book Reports Due

Oct. 12-15 Fall Goal Setting Conference

~ Mrs. Jones