4th Grade with Mrs. Brigham
By the end of the year, all fourth-grade standards will be taught and students will have many opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency. I don't expect students to show proficiency in many of the standards that were addressed this term.
For example, this term, we assessed multiplication and division. We'll continue to do A LOT of work within these standards as the year progresses. So far, students have worked to multiply one-digit times two-digit numbers and two-digit times two-digit numbers. By the end of the year, all fourth-grade students will be expected to multiply two-digit numbers times two-digit numbers and one-digit numbers by numbers with as many as four digits with efficiency and accuracy. I'm really happy with the progress our students are making. As the year moves along the content will become increasingly difficult. While your student may have scored a 3 (meeting the standard) this term, don't be entirely surprised if his or her score dips to a 2 (approaching the standard) next term. The curriculum will become more rigorous and the depth of understanding demanded within each standard will increase too.
Even though our report card paints a picture of how your student is performing in relation to quite a few fourth-grade standards, the report card is a small snapshot of the standards taught in fourth grade. The report card standards represent some of the most important and most in-depth concepts taught. Remember, the report card, like iReady data, or MCAS data, is just another snapshot of how your child is performing. While I work hard to grade as objectively as possible and our new math program goes a long way in making this easier for our district's teachers, much of grading and report card assessment is subjective. Looking at all of the snapshots of your child's learning together will really give you the best picture of how your child is performing.
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The students have lots of opportunities to practice their fluency with peers, to work on responding to higher-level comprehension questions, and to respond to literature using text-based evidence and effective writing. While the work is challenging, they are truly engaged and putting tremendous effort into their work.
Please ask them about Charlotte. E.B. White also wrote Stuart Little and Trumpet of the Swan. Both are delightful. Perhaps your child would enjoy reading another E.B. White book over winter vacation? I have copies of both. Let me know if you'd like me to send a copy home with your child. Stuart Little has also been made into a movie. Sometimes the promise of seeing the movie is motivating.
A Conversation with Your Student
- We have started our first unit focusing on fractions in math class. The students made fraction models out of colored construction paper. They are beginning to move fluently from mixed numbers to fractions greater than one (improper fractions). They really are making sense of fractions in a way that I never did as a student. It is exciting to watch. We're also using an egg crate model to look at equivalent fractions. This model has amazing utility. Consider pulling out your eggs and asking your student what fraction of eggs are missing or what fraction of eggs are still in the carton. Can they name the fraction in more than one way? 2/3 is the same as 4/6 or 8/12.
- We've been studying Canada and Mexico in social studies. We've taken some virtual field trips and have been exploring and learning in cooperative groups.
- The students are studying Earth's features and its processes in science. We've looked closely at the Ring of Fire and the two different types of volcanoes. Students had a lab where they experimented with two different kinds of lava. They'll be using sugar cubes to think deeply about mountains and erosion. Root wedging and ice wedging are two forces that cause weathering and erosion. Your student should be able to explain these and show you examples of these in your own neighborhood.
What I love most about this year is that all of my students are in school. They are developing their academic skills while also working on soft skills like collaborating, sharing space and materials, and delegating tasks in small groups. Learning is hands-on again and far more engaging. Perspective is everything. I'm feeling so grateful for the opportunity to teach your children using best practices that are engaging and help to make learning meaningful.
For those of you who will be celebrating holidays over the break, I hope they are jam-packed with fun and beautiful memories made.
Happy New Year! I look forward to working with your family in 2022!