September 25, 2015
AT Math 3
-relate the area model of multiplication to number models of multiplication.
-use the algebraic notation method and the distributive property of multiplication to solve multiplication problems.
-compare methods of multiplication and number models.
- use the shortcut method to multiply.
- multiply one digit by three digit numbers using any method.
AT Math 4
-use the commutative, distributive, and associative properties to compute mentally.
-estimate decimal sums and differences.
-read and make graphs using decimal scales and numbers.
-solve real world problems and learn about AU or Astronomical Units.
-review and study for chapter 2 test.
Our Chapter 2 test will be on Monday. Students should study their packet of Chapter 2 pages and the review test to prepare.
AT Reading 3 and 4
Students in grade 4 read Elisa's Diary and read a poem called "Words Free as Confetti". Students connected the text to their own lives as they analyzed Elisa's character and assessed her "believability". They discussed how overcoming challenges in life can make you a stronger person, just like Elisa. We discussed the theme of the story and focused on sequence of events this week as well. The grammar focus for this week was on plural nouns with a focus on irregular plurals.
Both grades began to work on a "Personal Research Project" or PRP this week. We began by brainstorming a list of possible topics and worked on narrowing our focus based on the depth of the topic and the kinds of questions we want to answer. Next week, we will use the majority of our time to research our topic, write a research report and make a multimedia presentation. The student will become an "expert" on their topic and will teach it to the class at the end of the week or beginning of the following week.
3: seafaring, memorable, tidal, betrayed, foaming, condition, outcast, shortage, yearning, horrified.
4: officially, preliminary, typically, gorgeous, supposedly, brutal, sweeping, embarrassed, obvious.
Academic vocab (both): allusion, analogy, footnote, rising action, memoir