# Mr. Korn's 3rd/4th grade class 2015

## Changing Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions

Dear parents/guardians,

We are moving into the final four units in fractions during math. These upcoming units will focus on operations of fractions. They include changing mixed numbers to improper fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and multiplying fractions. For the upcoming week our class will be focusing on changing mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice-versa.

I look forward to an engaging week with your students as I have hands on activities that students will want to join in on the fun. One activity will include your student working with others to try and physically represent what an improper fraction and mixed number are. I will also be teaching an easy way to help students convert mixed numbers to improper fractions through the MAD method. I will be using manipulatives in the classroom such as pattern blocks to help them learn the concepts.

During the week students will take home a simple recipe, such as chocolate chip cookies, and they will visually represent each cup and other ingredients that mix into the recipe.Throughout the week I will be assigning homework where the students need to solve for the answer and they will have a chance to create a color quilt. As always, students will be needing to work at least 40 minutes a week on fact fluency through educational websites.

The family project: On the first day of the unit I will introduce "Fractions in the working world". This project is for students to gain interviewing skills and start thinking about their future careers. This assignment will also need to be typed and neatly formated. Students this year will be taking the SBAC test which is on the computer. They will gain gain practice for the typing section of the test on this assignment.

For their project, your student will design four questions around how you as parents/guardians use fractions in everyday use. We will be working together as a class on possible interview questions that will guide them in their interview with you.After they have completed the conference, your child will think of a future career that they are interested in and write about how they will use fractions at their future jobs. The final task of this project is to type up the questions and responses.

-If you need special accommodations feel free to email or call me at school an time.

-Mr. Korn

## Meet Mr. Korn

Hello,

My name is Mr. Korn and I am excited to be teaching in a 3rd/4th grade split classroom. This is one of my first years teaching and I am looking forward to the upcoming year with your child. I will be graduating from Seattle University in june where I received a Masters in Teaching degree. I have gained experience through the years volunteering, planning, and teaching in classrooms.

Before I became a teacher I worked at many fortune 500 companies, these include, Disney and Google. I attended Central Washington University where I majored in Geography and before that I attended Green River Community College where I received a Geographic Information Systems certificate. This allowed me to make scientific maps and learn about our world. I am looking forward to the Spring Season when I teach what I am most passionate about, earth science.

My roots are located in the Pacific Northwest and I was raised in the Auburn area. I spent the summers out on Lake Tapps where I have developed an interest in water sports. A recent hobby of mine is to restore classic muscle cars. My father and I have been restoring a 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible and when the summer time hits, I take it for a ride around town.

I am available to answer any questions you may have about the upcoming year or questions regarding your child. Below is my contact information.

Ryan Korn