4C News

Sunday, November 5th, 2017


Mrs. Close's Class ~ We have spent this week multiplying! The kids have practiced the partial-products method and the traditional algorithm. Both are acceptable ways to show work when multiplying. We'll also practice the area model. Many students do not have their basic multiplication facts memorized which causes errors when multiplying multi-digit numbers. This weakness will also carry over into division. Flashcards can offer the necessary repeated practice. There are also many websites that can be helpful. You'll find two corrected topic quizzes and many exit tickets in your child's Friday Folder. Exit Ticket #1 was the only time I was flexible with area and perimeter labels. Just a reminder that kids have one opportunity to submit corrections to better their grade per exit ticket.

Mr. Hart's Class ~ Since the last issue we have completed module 2 and the tests came home with your child last week. Last week we also began Module 3. This module teaches the kids how to multiply and divide larger numbers. This is a longer module and will take us past the holiday break. I anticipate that we will finish the module in early January. I will teach the kids a couple of different ways to multiply and divide, but will also show them the traditional method that most of us learned growing up. I will encourage the kids to use the method they feel most comfortable using. This past week we began the module by learning about area and perimeter, and how to apply the formulas to solve for the area and perimeter of rectangles.

Ms. Gleason's Class ~ We have been working on area and perimeter. The students are able to find the area and perimeter of given rectangles. It's more of a challenge when the formulas are applied to problem solving. There is a quiz in your child's Friday Folder for that part of the module. We have moved on to multiplication. The students have been multiplying by 10, 100 and 1,000. They are doing well with that. Next week we start multiplication of 2-3 digit numbers by a 1-digit number. The students will be taught a few different strategies to multiply. The first ones they learn help them understand the values of the numbers they are multiplying. Eventually they will learn the traditional method. Students may use any method that clicks for them. My goal is that when they multiply, it's mathematically sound and correct! Please set up a practice routine of multiplication facts at home. 5-10 minutes is all that is needed each night.

Band & Orchestra

This is the big week! Kids will need to bring their instruments on Tuesday(11/7) for lessons and on Thursday(11/9) for their first ensemble rehearsal.

November Special Events

Veterans Day - On November 9th, the 4th and 5th graders will take part in a special assembly to honor our veterans. Always a special day. If possible, please have your child plan to wear red, white, and blue!

Thanksgiving - On November 20th, we'll celebrate Thanksgiving with the Feast of Favorites. For the last 16 years, my class has had this celebration. The feast is a smorgasbord of foods that don't necessarily go together and aren't necessarily traditional Thanksgiving foods. We now we have to be a bit creative because of the District food policy. All foods that we have as part of our feast have to be store purchased. I do have access to a microwave to warm foods. Be on the look out next week for a Signup Genius invite to take part in this fun celebration! If your child has food allergies, I will be in direct contact with you. :)

Spelling Bee

Tuesday, November 7th is the first step for those kids wishing to participate in the Spelling Bee! They will take a written test in the cafeteria with the rest of the interested 4th graders.

Important Dates

November 9 ~ 1st Band/Orchestra Rehearsal

November 10 ~ Veterans Day, No School

November 22-24 ~ Thanksgiving Break, No School