What's Happening in 4th Grade!
October 29, 2013
Students are learning strategies for multiplying larger numbers. Arrays are still useful for some children as ways to visualize multiplication. Students are learning the partial product method for multiplying larger numbers, which involves breaking the numbers apart into smaller multiplication problems.
30 x 10 = 300
30 x 4 = 120
10 x 2 = 20
4 x 2 = 8
300 + 120 + 20 + 8 = 448
32 x 14 = 448
This method is a great strategy to use as students utilize their knowledge of patterns and learn their multiplication facts. Students will also be taught the traditional algorithm for multiplication, which is how you and I learned to multiply. Children are free to use any strategy that works for them.
Global Read Aloud - Out of My Mind
Book Character Day - Thursday, October 31
Thursday, October 31 is Book Character Day!
Students (and teachers) are encouraged to dress up as a character from a book.
Put on a flannel shirt, carry a stuffed pig, and be Fern from Charlotte's Web.
Paint your face with stripes and wearing crazy clothes and be the girl from A Bad Case of Stripes.
Dress in all black and be Viola Swamp from Miss Nelson is Missing.
Carry a pen and be Nick from Frindle.
Wear a toga and be Jack or Annie from Magic Tree House: Vacation Under the Volcano.
Students can plan with others to dress as different characters from the same book or go solo. As always, participation in these spirit days is optional, but it's more fun when more people participate. Please let us know if you have any questions!
Harvest Party - Thursday, October 31
Adams - salty snacks
Albertson - juice boxes or fruits or veggies
Hamel - sweet snacks
We could use a few donations of paper products and plastic utensils as well, but we don't need tons of these. If you would like to send in one of these items, please check with your child's teacher to see if it is still needed. We will combine and celebrate as a grade level on the afternoon of October 31.
Please keep in mind our students with peanut and tree nut allergies.
Thank you for your support!
Miller School Mentors
We are playing multiplication games with high school student volunteers from Miller School.
This carnation stem is split between the blue water and the red water. What do you think will happen? The celery is in regular water and sugar water. How will the two stalks taste different from each other?
Students are learning to multiply bigger numbers by using small and big arrays.
Miller School Mentors
October 31 - Book Character Day and Fourth Grade Harvest Party
November 4-5 - Teacher workdays
November 11-15 - Parent Conferences
November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday