# Best Foot Foward Bulletin

## Winter Theme Parties

4th grade classroom parties will be taking place in the afternoon on Wednesday, December 23rd. Those that have signed up to bring goodies have been notified. Please have goodies brought in by lunchtime on Wednesday, December 23rd to allow for setup time. Thanks much!

### 205 Veterans Avenue

#### West Bend, WI

The Wisconsin History and Visual Arts Mary Nohl Adventure is an activity-based school group tour program designed to enhance 4th grade students’ education, creativity, and cultural literacy. This unique museum experience incorporates gallery tours, art-making, a live performance, and multiple activities for creating, imagining, and connecting with art and Wisconsin history.

## 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 an autobiography. Finally, if your child wants a break from reading a book, www.newsela.com is a great website to read current events.

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

In Topic B, students examine multiplication patterns when multiplying by 10 , 100 , and 1,000 . Reasoning between arrays and written numerical work allows students to see the role of place value units in multiplication (as pictured below). Students also practice the language of units to prepare them for multiplication of a single-digit factor by a factor with up to four digits. Teachers also continue using the phrase “___ is ___ times as much as ___” (e.g., 120 is 3 times as much as 40 ). This carries forward multiplicative comparison from Topic A, in the context of area, to Topic B, in the context of both calculations and word problems.

## Bridges Math (Mrs. Anderson)

In this module (Unit 3, Module 2) the geoboard is assigned a value of 1. Students name fractional parts of the geoboard and describe the parts' relationships to one another. Their observations are then extended into comparing fractions with unlike numerators and denominators, and adding fractions with like denominators. The last three sessions in the module feature an extended problem-solving opportunity. Students will learn two new Work Places that provide practice with composing and decomposing 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?