# Our Week in 4th Grade

## This Week in Math

Unit 4: Fractions and Decimals

Students will continue to focus on decimals this week. We will learn how to represent decimals using place value blocks and number lines. Students are using their previous knowledge of place value in order to better understand what decimals represent.

The district is starting to introduce a new math program called TenMarks to students. This is an additional resource that can be used both in and out of the classroom. As the teacher, I am able to assign work for the students to complete in the form of a 10 question quiz. The assignment is based on concepts that have already been taught. With every question, there are short videos available that will show the students how to solve the problems using step-by-step directions and visuals. There are also hints available that the students can use that help them get started on the problem. The program gives them instant feedback on how well they did on the problem. If they score less than a 70% they are directed to another video that guides them through how to solve the problems they had trouble with. Once the video is viewed, they can go back and answer the questions they missed now that they have had more practice. As the teacher, I am able to see how well they do and how much time they spend on each assignment. The students have really been enjoying it! Ask your student about TenMarks and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.

IXL Topics:

Topic T: Multiply Fractions

Topic U: Decimals

## This Week in Writing

Unit 4: Informational Writing

This week in writing, the students will share their Kahoot Quizzes that highlight the knowledge each student gained from their Chicago based research. Also, the students will share their published Informational Essays about Chicago with other students from their writing class.

Unit 5: Colonial America

In reading class, the students are continuing to learn about Colonial America. The students are reading wonderful literature as we progress through this unit. They are learning how to take notes to help deepen their understanding of this topic. It is important that they continue to make connections and ask themselves questions (I wonder.....) while they are reading. They are just beginning to learn about Colonial American government during the time period of 1607-1776. As we study this time in history, the students are focusing on new vocabulary. They are learning to use text features to help understand the meaning of many words.

Please continue to have your child read 35 minutes every day after school. By doing this, he/she will make their weekly and quarter reading goals. Thanks for your support!

## Daily Homework

Math: practice facts for 10 minutes, practice with TenMarks, Xtra Math, IXL and Prodigy

## Important Dates

Monday, April 11: PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the LRC

April 12-14: PARCC English/Language Arts Assessment

April 18-19, 21-22: PARCC Math Assessment