# Best Foot Foward Bulletin

### 147 North Rural Street

#### Hartford, WI

The Berenstain Bears: Family Matters

Students will be completing their first ELA unit test this week on identifying sequence of events and determine importance in text. We will continue to write ESPs (8 sentence paragraphs). All students are writing their own personal narrative. Our next reading comprehension strategy will be making inferences while reading, and the metacognitive strategy will be visualizing. If your child wants a break from reading a book, www.newsela.com is a great website for your students to read current events.

## Eureka Math (Mr. Sternig & Mrs. Riffel)

Following the introduction of the standard algorithm for addition, the standard algorithm for subtraction replaces special strategies for subtraction. Moving slowly from smaller to larger minuends, students practice decomposing larger units into smaller units. First, only one decomposition is introduced, where one zero may appear in the minuend. As in Grades 2 and 3, students continue to decompose all necessary digits before performing the algorithm, allowing subtraction from left to right, or, as taught in the lessons, from right to left. Students use the algorithm to subtract numbers from 1 million allowing for multiple decompositions (4.NBT.4). The topic concludes with practicing the standard algorithm for subtraction in the context of two-step word problems where students have to assess the reasonableness of their answers by rounding (4.OA.3). When using tape diagrams to model word problems, students use a variable to represent the unknown quantity.

## Bridges Math (Mrs. Anderson)

We will finish unit 1 this week with a unit test. Later in the week, we will start unit 2. We will continue working on multiplication. Students will use base ten area pieces to investigate place value patterns, as well as model and solve single- and double-digit multiplication problems.

Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child at home. Knowing the facts accurately is critical to solving math equations efficiently. Flashcards, apps, and websites are all great ways to practice. Two great websites are: http://www.arcademics.com/ or http://www.fun4thebrain.com/

## Social Studies/ Science

Wisconsin Our Home: the focus will be on locating Wisconsin in relation to its regional, national, continental, and hemispherical boundaries. Comparing the locations of places on a map using directions (north, southwest, east, etc.) will also be discussed. Students will be locating the states and rivers that border Wisconsin as well.

Earth Materials: the focus consists of four sequential investigations dealing with observable characteristics of solid materials from the earth -- rocks and minerals. The focus is on taking materials apart to find what they are made of and putting materials together to better understand their properties. The module introduces fundamental concepts in earth science and takes advantage of the students' intrinsic interest in the subject matter and in the physical world around them.