# Working It Out - Weekly

### Mrs. Rouse's Class Newsletter - September 15, 2014

## Mixing Up Our Work-out!

Hi, Friends,

Third grade habits and routines are long gone and our kiddos must adjust to the new skill sets required of this grade level. __Parents, please make sure your student is practicing basic skills nightly for Math and reading over the Science packet in the Science tab of their binder. __

__If your child does not know multiplication or addition and subtraction with regrouping (ALL third grade skills) he/she will need your help to practice nightly to get over the hump. Check your student's folder for extra homework, multiplication contract or papers to rework during Monday Lab (explained in this newsletter)...These are all put in to place to help your child PRACTICE.__

Though an adjustment for some, last week was an AMAZINGLY fun week. Please take a peek at our week last week and what we have planned for next.

### MARK YOUR CALENDARS- EARLY RELEASE NEXT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th

### Wednesday, Sep. 24th 2014 at 12:30pm

### Dodd Elementary

## OUR STUDENTS ARE LEARNING THAT THEY MUST CONQUER SMALL TEDIOUS TASKS IN ORDER TO CELEBRATE THE BIG THINGS IN LIFE!

## Math, Math and More Math

**Our FIRST Unit Test is NEXT WEEK - Friday, September 26th**

Here's the types of questions are fourth graders are facing.

**4.2A - The Place of One Digit is 10 x Its Position To The Right and 1/10th It's Position To The Left**

Which of the following numbers has the digit 8 in a place-value position that is ten times the value of the digit 8 in the number 6,137,215**,8**29?

Which of the following numbers has the digit 4 in a place-value position that is one tenth the value of the digit 4 in the number **4**3,256,102?

**4.2B – Expanded notation to 100 billion**

Normal expanded notation is written in a very long number sentence. This is what is being asked of our students.

Which number sentence shows the expanded notation of 27,546,398,001?

The answer choices are not grouped largest to smallest value – For example

(3 x 100,000) + (5 x 100,000,000) + (1 x 1) + (4 x 10,000,000) + (7 x 1,000,000,000) + (9 x 10,000) + (6 x 1,000,000) + (2 x 10,000,000,000) + (8 x 1,000) =

The best strategy is to count zeros and write digits from right to left.

**ON THE HORIZON**

**Subtraction and Addition with Regrouping **- Most of our students in both classes ARE struggling with this 3rd grade skill. We will practice daily in class...those having the most trouble will work on this during intervention time and homework will be given nightly until we master this concept. (Homework will consist of 5 problems and MUST be checked and signed by a parent).

**Word Problems /Using abc strategy** - Some have forgotten this skill but I have faith that they will be on track by the end of the week. I am attaching the Power Point we will use in class.

**Rounding to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, and ten thousands** - This a 3rd grade skill has been extended to values other than tens and hundreds. We have a fabulous youtube rap to sing to help us remember the rules of rounding - **http://tinyurl.com/3ub4bz6**

## Multiplication Results

## MAD ABOUT SCIENCE

## The Let's Get Fizzy Lab Was a BIG Hit

## My Mass My Mass My Mass is INSIDE

**Our FIRST Unit Test is next Thursday, September 25th.**

Below are the concepts we are currently learning:

__The Physical Properties of Matter__

This week our students will continue to learn to determine the properties of matter and how to measure each property using 4th grade science tools. Students MUST know the purpose for each tool and how to use it to measure accurately.

**Hot Spots **

Students confuse volume (the space that matter takes up) and mass. They also confuse mass and weight. We are learning some fun songs in class to help students realize that mass has NOTHING to do with the size of an object and mass is different from weight in that weight is reliant upon gravity while the mass of an object will remain constant on Earth as well as on the moon.