Springstroh Times

February 5, 2016

This Week's Learning

Everyday Math

Students have been working diligently on their ability to solve long division problems. They have been practicing in their math journals as well as by playing games that will help them practice the process of long division. I am very proud of my fourth grade students for working so hard on this difficult skill and taking it on with such enthusiasm.

They will be having an assessment on division and measuring angles on Monday. The study guide will be sent home today. If you have questions about the partial quotient method for division, use the link below to help your child practice.

Partial Quotients Algorithm Tutorial Video

*Ask your student to solve 163/7 and show you how to solve it.

Science and Social Studies


Students found the evidence of calcite in marble and limestone. They were also able to share their science fair projects. Thanks for all your support with that project. It was apparent that the kids loved it!

*Ask your student - How do you know that the mineral calcite is in marble and limestone.

Social Studies:

Students are working on a Native American presentation. They are supposed to work with their group to research a tribe for Wisconsin and make a Google Slides presentation of it. You will see a picture of one of the groups using technology to create their presentations!

*Ask your student - What is the Native American tribe your presentation is on?


Writer's Workshop:

Your student is continuing to create a report on a specific animal. They are really focusing on the adaptations of their animal. This week they drafted, revised, and started editing their report.

*Ask your student - What is one adaptation your animal has and why is it needed?

Reader's Workshop:

Your student has been working on close reading and close viewing these past couple of weeks. They have learned that when trying to gather information it often takes more than one read or watch to really understand the text or video and be able to go deeper. Students have been reading texts that have to do with adaptations of different animals to gain knowledge and synthesize what they already know.

*Ask your student - Why did you watch a video clip three times instead of just once? What did you learn and how did your learning of adaptations change from before you watched it?

Be Connected to the Classroom

February Conferences

I wanted to let you know that your fourth grader has been working very hard on a Google Slide Presentation to present to you during that time that is based off the work they have done this past quarter. If it is at all possible, please make sure that your child would be available during the conference time to join us.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Need a reminder of your conference time? Here's a copy of my February Conference Schedule

Science Fair Projects

Thank you so much for working with your child on their science fair projects. They did such a fantastic job and couldn't have done it without your help. When they brought them in they were beaming with excitement and so proud of what they have accomplished. Thank you for making this project a success. By next week, all science fair projects for fourth grade will be displayed in the IMC for you to view. Come in and check them out!

Field Trips

On Friday, February 12th your student has the opportunity to attend a field trip to the Veteran's Museum and the Wisconsin State Capital. The Veteran's Museum tour will focus on the Civil War and add onto the knowledge the students already have on this topic. After lunch, students will be taken on a guided tour of the State Capitol. Thank you for turning in the permission slips and money in a timely manner. It is much appreciated!

Our Physical Education teachers have planned a field trip to Rock River Lanes on Monday, February 8th. The kids are really excited for the trip! Thank you for turning in the permission slips and money. It is much appreciated!

Valentine's Day Party

Our classroom Valentine's Day party will be held at 2:15pm on Thursday, February 11th. Thank you to the families who so generously volunteered to donate items for our classroom party!

Your child may bring Valentine's to distribute to their classmates during the party, however, they must bring a Valentine for each student in our class. The list of students in our class was sent home on Friday. If you have any questions please contact me.

Important Dates to Remember

February 8th - Unit 6 Math Assessment

February 8th - Bowling Field Trip

February 9th - Parent Teacher Conferences

February 11th - Talent Show

February 12th - Field Trip to Veteran's Museum & State Capitol