# Theodore Roosevelt School

## Important Upcoming Dates

February 17: President's Day: School Closed

February 18: President's Day: School Closed

## Spotlight on Math Classes

January may be a cold month, but third grade students are warming up their math skills. After learning the concept of perimeter, they created robots. The third graders were given specific perimeter measurements for the body parts to create the robots. Many of the students challenged themselves by using their own perimeter measurements. The completed robots were colorful, creative, and exhibited knowledge of perimeter. Next, the students are currently learning how to find the area of regular and irregular shapes using different techniques. One technique is using the formula Area = Length X Width. Did someone mention multiplication?

Learning area is quite easy because third graders have been working on Reflex Math. They are working very hard to reach the goal of 6 million completed facts. Third graders are determined to do well or even better than the other grades. Third graders believe all the grades working together can and will achieve the goal.

This month in fourth grade math we finished up our multiplication unit on multiplying multi digit numbers. Students learned how to multiply 4 digit by 1 digit numbers and 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. So much improvement has been made with multiplying multi digit numbers since students have been building fluency with their multiplication facts by practicing on Reflex Math. This month we began our Reflex Challenge to see which fourth grade class will solve the most facts over the next six weeks. So far students are off to a great start and are working hard to come in first place! Each day more students are entering the Reflex Hall of Fame outside of Ms. Kane’s room by becoming 100% fact fluent.

We recently began to review basic fraction concepts to help students recognize and generate equivalent fractions. Students are developing an understanding of how to apply what they know about multiplication and division to create equivalent fractions. We will continue to explore how fractions are used in everyday life to help students develop a greater understanding of the concepts.