February 22nd

"It takes a big heart to help shape little minds."

Student Rubric

For the past several weeks, we have been sending home rubrics for every student from Reading and Math. These rubrics include the work from centers during the week. As you know, centers are a great time for students to build independence in their own learning. The rubric includes all centers, including guided/teacher centers. They can receive a 1-4 in each category based on their behavior and work completed. The total from the rubric is their classwork grade for the week. Please be sure to review this rubric with your child each week. As, always, please don't hesitate to ask should you have any questions.

Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks are on sale now through March 16th and can only be purchased online. Directions on how to purchase your child's yearbook is on the flyer that went home with your child.

**Supply Needs**

We are still in dire need of extra supplies. 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.
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This Week's Learning Topics

Math Topics

Standards: 4.NF.5 & 4.NF.6

4.NF.5 - Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100, and use this technique to add two fractions with respective denominators 10 and 100. For example, express 3/10 as 30/100, and add

3/10 + 4/100 = 34/100

4.NF.6 - Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. For example, rewrite 0.62 as 62/100; describe a length as 0.62 meters; locate 0.62 on a number line diagram.

"I Can" Statement:

I can create equivalent fractions using the denominators of 10 and 100 to add fractions.

I can rename fractions with 10 and 100 in the denominator as decimals.

What will we learn? We will learn how fractions and decimals related this week. We will also learn about the relationship between a fraction with a denominator of 10 to another fraction with a denominator of 100. A fraction can be written as a decimal and a decimal can be written as a fraction. Understanding the meaning of fractions as decimals extends students understanding of the place value system.

IXL Standards: Q.7 // U.8

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Reading Topics

Standard: RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

"I Can" Statement: I can use evidence from a text to determine an author’s purpose.

What will we learn? This week, we will learn the reasons an author writes a text. Author's write for three reasons:

1) Persuade - This type of writing is usually found in a commercial, printed advertisement, or magazine article. The author is trying to give reasons why the reader should buy a product, patronize a business, or even vote. This is the least common writing students will see.

2) Inform - This type of writing is typically nonfiction and full of facts! These can be found in recipes, how-to articles, and facts about any topic. This makes up the majority of our reading text in 4th grade, and the author is helping us learn and be informed about a variety of topics.

3) Entertain - This type of writing is usually within the fiction genre, and can contain picture books, chapter books, and all sorts of other "fun" texts. This type of writing is not always funny, it can be dramatic, scary, or even based on historical events. The author wants the reader to take a "journey" by reading entertaining stories!

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