# Best Foot Foward Bulletin

## Important Info:

Dec. 11 Dr. Kaboom Play @ Schauer Arts (4th grade only)

Dec. 11 Fair Park PTO Movie Night @ 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 Holiday Program WBHS Silver Lining Stage @ 6 p.m.

Please remind….ask all your students to bring in a white sock to roll up and use as a snowball for their song. Please have them bring it this week asap.

They will NOT get it back…Once thrown, I cannot guarantee they get their sock back….it will be a donation!

## ELA (English-Language Arts)

Students are beginning another reading unit. The comprehension strategy that we are working on is being able to identify stated main idea and supporting details. We are also focusing on asking questions (meta-cognitive strategy). All reading strategies are to get our kiddos to better understand the text that they are reading. Our next writing topic will be science fiction. Finally, if your child wants a break from reading a book, www.newsela.com is a great website to read current events.

## Spelling Pattern: Schwa + r spelled er, ir, and ur

birdbath, birthday, circuit, nervous, merchant, version, murmur, furnish

## Eureka Math (Mr. Sternig & Mrs. Riffel)

In this 43 -day module, students use place value understanding and visual representations to solve multiplication and division problems with multi-digit numbers. As a key area of focus for Grade 4 , this module moves slowly but comprehensively to develop students’ ability to reason about the methods and models chosen to solve problems with multi-digit factors and dividends.

Students begin in Topic A by investigating the formulas for area and perimeter. They then solve multiplicative comparison problems including the language of times as much as with a focus on problems using area and perimeter as a context (e.g., “A field is 9 feet wide. It is 4 times as long as it is wide. What is the perimeter of the field?”). Students create diagrams to represent these problems as well as write equations with symbols for the unknown quantities. This is foundational for understanding multiplication as scaling in Grade 5 and sets the stage for proportional reasoning in Grade 6 . This Grade 4 module, beginning with area and perimeter, allows for new and interesting word problems as students learn to calculate with larger numbers and interpret more complex problems.

## Bridges Math (Mrs. Anderson)

In this module (Unit 3, Module 1), students will review fraction skills and concepts from third grade and extend their understandings to mixed numbers, improper fractions, and more sophisticated strategies for generating equivalent fractions. We will begin by exploring a fair-sharing situation in which the idea of fractions as quotients is developed. Then the students will fold and cut paper strips to model and investigate the relationship between mixed numbers and improper fractions.

Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child at home. Knowing the facts accurately is critical to solving math equations efficiently. Flashcards, apps, and websites are all great ways to practice.

## Science

In the Magnetism and Electricity Module, the focus will consist of five sequential investigations, each designed to introduce or reinforce concepts in physical science. The investigations provide opportunities for students to explore the natural and human-made worlds by observing and manipulating materials in focused settings using simple tools.

Enduring Understandings

The student will understand the properties of magnets and the effects they have on various objects.

The student will understand that electricity flows only if a circuit is complete.

The student will understand that electromagnetism is the combination of electricity and magnets.

Essential Questions

How do the properties of permanent magnets impact their interaction with various objects?

How do the properties of conductors and insulators impact their interaction with various objects?

How can the components of a circuit be assembled to make it complete?