Terrific Teaching Trio

4th grade newsletter

Week of Oct. 12th-16th

Parent Conferences

If you have scheduled a meeting with us please honor that commitment! We will respect your time and keep the conference to 15 min. If you are unable to attend the time you committed to, please let us know in advance so that we can reschedule with you!

Again, if you feel the need to schedule a conference and we haven't contacted you to schedule one, please contact us to set one up!

Math

Daily Math Practice Set 8

This week we will begin making the connection between multiplication and division. We will be working on thinking about breaking a number apart to put it into groups. Please be patient with our learning. We will learn why and how dividing a number works before using the standard algorithm you know and use. We will be using number statements and pictorial representations (like arrays/rectangles) to help us see what is happening when division takes place. Rushing through this process can cause confusion and misconceptions about division.

We will also think about the remainder and how to interpret it depending on the situation.

Multiplication Test on Friday!

Keep practicing facts! Multiplication log is GREEN!
www.multiplication.com is a site we will use this year to help with practice! It can also be used nightly for multiplication log! It is so AWESOME to see scores go up as students are practicing! They should be very proud of themselves! Keep up the good work!

Additional pages from our math curriculum may be sent home for homework if needed during the week. Look for SAB U3 pg 23-24 to come home Wednesday for homework and will be due Friday.

Social Studies

Texas Regions and American Indian Projects
[ https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/texas-regions/ ]https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/texas-regions/

The students will become familiar with the 4 main regions of Texas, their resources, and how the American Indians native to Texas used those resources to meet their needs.

Extra! Extra! Extra credit!!
Have you ever heard or read a news report about a certain place and wondered where it is? Mapping the news can help. This is a fun way to learn geography and keep up with things that are going on in the world at the same time. Here's how it works: Your teacher will put a world map on a bulletin board in your classroom or in the hall. Once a week, students can bring in news articles to share with the class. (Ask your parents to help you with that part, especially if you get your news articles from the Internet. Also, do some research before you get to class to get a general idea of where the place is located.) In class, talk about each article and the place where the event happened. Find that place on the world map and mark it with a push pin or a sticker.
For example, let's say your friend brings an article about a mountain climber who reaches the top of Mount Everest on the border between Tibet and Nepal. She found out that those two countries are in south Asia. That will help you find Mount Everest more quickly.
Try mapping the news for several weeks. Then get into groups and make up a game that involves the places you mapped. Playing the game will help you remember what you learned. Have fun mapping the news!

Support Getting Every Kid in a Park!

We can't think of a better way to kick off the school year than with a free pass to visit all public lands and waters! The National Park Foundation is proud to support the White House youth initiative Every Kid in a Park to connect fourth graders to America's public lands and waters. Starting September 1, all fourth graders attending school in the United States get their very own Every Kid in a Park pass, which gets them and three adult guests into national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and more for FREE! Fourth grade students, educators, and parents can visit www.everykidinapark.gov to get their official pass and learn more about this exciting initiative.
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Reading

We are finishing Man From The Sky. It has been an exciting story! We will be writing a letter to Mrs. Peterson about our impressions of the book.

Writing

Figurative language will be introduced this week. We will begin with similes and metaphors. To start this unit we will read Quick as a Cricket!

Upcoming Events:


Oct. 12th--Early release @12:45
Oct. 14th--Picture retake day
Oct. 15th--Movin'and Groovin' with Mom 6:50am-7:15 in the gym
Oct. 20th--PTO 6:30 in Café
Oct. 21st--Early release @12:45 Homecoming Parade
Oct. 23rd--Spirit Shop, ZAP Day, Homecoming, Box Tops due, End of Q1