## Third Quarter

We are now moving into the 3rd quarter grading period. Please remember the third quarter can often present challenges as the material becomes more difficult and lengthy. Even students who have had no trouble understanding or completing assignments may find it more difficult to continue achieving at the same level. Grades will be updated each week in Parent Portal, so remember to view those as you feel necessary. Should you have any questions during the quarter, please don't hesitate to ask.

## Supply Needs

This is the time of year, we run very low on supplies. We have very few pencils, erasers, kleenex, notebook paper, and dry erase markers left to get us through the year. We are only half way through and if you would be so kind as to donate any of the supplies that would be great! Please send these in to your child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

## Earbud Donations

As you know we use individualized programs on our iPads and this requires students to listen closely to their own iPad. It presents a distraction when they do not have earbuds. If you would be willing to donate any amount of new earbuds (in original packaging) we would greatly appreciate this. You may send them to your child's homeroom teacher at any time. Thank you for your help!

## Learning Topics

RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

This week, we will be focusing on scientific texts within this complex standard. Scientific texts consist of any nonfiction text under the umbrella of science. For example, a news article about an earthquake, or natural disaster would classify as a science text. Also, articles and texts with maps, charts, diagrams, etc. can also classify as science text. We will be digging deep to understand how to read each part of a science text, in turn we will then be able to use those skills later in life.

## Math

4.NF.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

IXL Standards This Week - Q.10, Q.11, Q.12, Q.15, Q.16

If you or your child needs additional examples of standards taught this week, IXL is a great resource. Students can work to master IXL standards at school or at home. They work on this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in class, but can always use additional practice at home. Please be sure to check out the explanation for each problem to gain more understanding of the skill.

This week we will be working on comparing and ordering fractions. There are multiple ways in which this skill is taught. We will be teaching students to utilize benchmark fractions, picture strategies, and cross multiplication in order to compare fractions.