Best Foot Forward Bulletin

Fair Park 4th Grade: February 22-26

Barbara Techel: Award-winning WI Author Visit on February 25th @ 1:00-1:45 p.m.

We are getting closer to our author visit with Barbara Techel on February 25th! Families are welcome to join us. If you would like to purchase a book, please bring cash. Books vary from $12.00, $20.00 to $30.00. Please note, we request you don’t take your child home after the author visit. Thanks!!

February Frenzy - Feb. 26th

This years February Frenzy will be held on Friday, February 26th. Doors will open at 6 PM. Admission is free to students. We ask for our friends and families of Fair Park to please bring a nonperishable food item, or pay $1 for admission to this years event. There will be a bake sale, student and family raffles, popcorn, and water for sale, plus Girls Scout Cookies will once again be available as you come in. At 6:30 PM the MAP singers will sing the National Anthem, and our Dodge Ball fun will begin. Each grade level will play against each other. We hope you can all come and join us for this night of fun. More information will be sent home soon!

2015-2016 Yearbook Order

If you haven't ordered your yearbook yet, you have another chance (order forms have been sent home via email). All orders are due by March 23rd. All checks should be made payable to Fair Park PTO. The cost of a yearbook is $18.
GoFundMe Outdoor Classroom

We need your help! In a push to raise money for the outdoor classroom at the WBHS a GoFundMe page has been created. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. The first priority is new tables and chairs for the classroom! Feel free to share.

ELA (English-Language Arts)

Students are beginning the next reading unit. The comprehension strategy that we are working on is being able to compare & contrast. We are also practicing how to determine text importance in a variety of texts. All reading strategies are to get our kiddos to better understand the text that they are reading. If your child wants a break from reading a book, is a great website to read current events. In writing, we will be finishing up the WI State Symbol slide presentation.

Spelling Pattern: words with ch, gh, ph, sh

alphabet, nephew, coughing, laughter, approach, champion, accomplish, shortage

Eureka Math (Mr. Sternig & Mrs. Riffel)

Decomposition and Fraction Equivalence

Topic A builds on Grade 3 work with unit fractions. Students explore fraction equivalence through the decomposition of non-unit fractions into unit fractions, as well as the decomposition of unit fractions into smaller unit fractions. They represent these decompositions, and prove equivalence, using visual models.

In Lesson 1, students use paper strips to represent the decomposition of a whole into parts. In Lessons 1 and 2, students decompose fractions as unit fractions, drawing tape diagrams to represent them as sums of fractions with the same denominator in different ways, e.g., 35=15+15+15=15+2535=15+15+15=15+25 .

In Lesson 3, students see that representing a fraction as the repeated addition of a unit fraction is the same as multiplying that unit fraction by a whole number. This is already a familiar fact in other contexts.

By introducing multiplication as a record of the decomposition of a fraction early in the module, students are accustomed to the notation by the time they work with more complex problems in Topic G.

Students continue with decomposition in Lesson 4, where they use tape diagrams to represent fractions, e.g., 1212 , 1313 , and 2323 , as the sum of smaller unit fractions. Students record the results as a number sentence, e.g., 12=14+14=(18+18)+(18+18)=48. 12=14+14=18+18+18+18=48.

In Lesson 5, this idea is further investigated as students represent the decomposition of unit fractions in area models. In Lesson 6, students use the area model for a second day, this time to represent fractions with different numerators. They explain why two different fractions represent the same portion of a whole.

Eureka Math Help

Lesson homework pages available here.

Bridges Math (Mrs. Anderson)

Unit 4 Module 1 focuses on place value to 1,000,000 and multi-digit addition strategies. Students use the Great Wall of Base Ten to develop understanding of place value to 10,000 and then build a model showing 1,000,000 units. These activities help students see patterns and relationships in the base ten counting system. Students use what they learn about place value to investigate and review addition strategies for larger numbers. They learn the standard algorithm (or the way that we were taught) for addition and compare it to other strategies they have learned. They also learn two new Work Places during the module: Target One Thousand and Add, Round, & Compare. The Module will end with a checkpoint (quiz) that addresses place value and addition.

February Number Corner will focus on lines, angles, and polygons. In Number Corner the students are very motivated to learn new ideas and look for patterns.

Social Studies

Native Americans, Explorers and Fur Traders:

In this unit, the focus will be on Native Americans being identified as the first people in Wisconsin. In the 1600's the French explorers/missionaries came to Wisconsin looking for a water route to China. They were followed by the French fur traders who came to get furs to ship to France/Europe.