# Our Week in 4th Grade

## This Week in Math

Unit 1: Numbers and Operations

The focus this week is on using area models to multiply by two-digit whole numbers. Students will also be shown how to solve problems using partial products and the more traditional short hand method that most of us were taught. We wait to teach the short hand method until students have a strong understanding of the value of the digits they are multiplying by. The students will sometimes have the choice to solve problems using any strategy and other times asked to solve using a specific strategy. This continues to strengthen their understanding of multiplication.

IXL Topics: Number Sense, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication

Learn Zillion Videos:

Use place value to multiply LZ1878,

Use an area model to multiply by a one -digit number LZ1877,

Use an area model to multiply by a two-digit number LZ1879

## This Week in Writing

Unit 1: Realistic Fiction

The students have been working very hard to add details to their writing. Students continued to strengthen their stories by looking at how to describe the setting of their story. Students are now focusing on their beginning and ending. We are working on adding action, dialogue and, or setting to draw the reader in and to have them feel as if they are right there with the character.

Unit 1: Launch

This week in reading, all the students have been so busy. They have been working on many different strategies. They learned how to use the visualization strategy, which is where they "see" what's happening in the story in their minds. They continue to use the stop and jot strategy, which is where they stop reading and jot down important information on a post-it note about what they are reading. They have been working really hard on themes, which is the lesson/moral of the story that the author wants them to understand about the story. I have met with most of the students this week to discuss their progress towards their AR goals. It is extremely important that your child reads EVERY night from their AR book for at least 35 minutes. This Thursday, the students will be taking the end of the unit assessment.