February 15th

"It takes a big heart to help shape little minds."

**Supply Needs**

We are still in dire need of extra supplies. This is the time of year, we run very low on supplies. We have very few pencils, erasers, kleenex, notebook paper, and dry erase markers left to get us through the year. We are only half way through and if you would be so kind as to donate any of the supplies that would be great! Please send these in to your child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

Earbud Donations

As you know we use individualized programs on our iPads and this requires students to listen closely to their own iPad. It presents a distraction when they do not have earbuds. If you would be willing to donate any amount of new earbuds (in original packaging) we would greatly appreciate this. You may send them to your child's homeroom teacher at any time. Thank you for your help!
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This Week's Learning Topics

Math Topics

Standards: 4.NF.5 & 4.NF.6

4.NF.5 - Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100, and use this technique to add two fractions with respective denominators 10 and 100. For example, express 3/10 as 30/100, and add

3/10 + 4/100 = 34/100

4.NF.6 - Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. For example, rewrite 0.62 as 62/100; describe a length as 0.62 meters; locate 0.62 on a number line diagram.

"I Can" Statement:

I can create equivalent fractions using the denominators of 10 and 100 to add fractions.

I can rename fractions with 10 and 100 in the denominator as decimals.

What will we learn? We will learn how fractions and decimals related this week. We will also learn about the relationship between a fraction with a denominator of 10 to another fraction with a denominator of 100. A fraction can be written as a decimal and a decimal can be written as a fraction. Understanding the meaning of fractions as decimals extends students understanding of the place value system.

IXL Standards: Q.7 // U.8

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Reading Topics

Standard: RL4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

"I Can" Statement: I can determine the meanings of allusions within a text.

What will we learn? We will ask ourselves, why do authors use different language in different texts? How can background knowledge help a reader understand the language an author uses? Authors use words in different ways to convey shades of meaning. A reader must make meaning of different types of language in various ways to truly understand an author's message.

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