Friday, November 17th, 2017
Feast of Favorites
Mr. Hart's Class ~ We have been plugging along in our multiplication and division module. The past two weeks we have covered area and perimeter, multiplication using the place value chart, and we learned three algorithms for the kids to solve up to 4 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems. I stress to the kids that they can choose whatever method they find easier to use. The only time they have to choose one over the other is if a test or quiz asks them to show the answer using a particular algorithm. When we return from the break I will introduce a math fact website that I will ask the kids to practice at home. The name of the site is xtramath. I will send home details with the kids on how to get started using the program. My students have had success in the past using this program and I hope that it will help your child too.
Ms. Gleason's Class ~ We have practiced multiplying 2, 3 and 4-digit numbers by 1- digit. The students learned the standard algorithm very quickly and are doing great with it. We have spent the last two days solving multi-step word problems. Next week and the week following break, we will be be multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. Again the children will learn a few different methods and will be allowed to choose the one that works best for them. Keep studying those facts!
Picture Book Friday ~ Friday, December 1st will be our first Picture Book Friday. On Tuesday, I'll choose someone to get us started. That student will select a picture book, either from home or our library, and practice it all week to finally read it to the class on Friday. The kids will really enjoy this.
Unit Assessments ~ Both, mid-unit and end of unit, assessments are in Friday Folders. These assessments are tough for the beginning of 4th grade and really challenge the kids to apply many strategies. I tried to make as many comments as possible to let the kids know what they were missing if they didn't earn full credit.
November 20 ~ Feast of Favorites
November 22-24 ~ Thanksgiving Break, No School
November 27 ~ Evening Parent Conferences
December 1 ~ Early Release, Parent Conferences
December 7 ~ Evening Parent Conferences
December 8 ~ Early Release, Parent Conferences
December 18 ~ Ornament Workshop
December 25 - January 1 ~ Christmas Break, No School