Best Foot Foward Bulletin
Fair Park 4th Grade: November 16-20
ELA (English-Language Arts)
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Eureka Math (Mr. Sternig & Mrs. Riffel)
In order to explore the process of working with mixed units, Module 2 focuses on length, mass, and capacity in the metric system¹, where place value serves as a natural guide for moving between larger and smaller units. Students review place value concepts while building fluency with decomposing, or converting from larger to smaller units (4.MD.1). They learn the relative sizes of measurement units, building off prior knowledge of grams and kilograms from Grade 3 (3.MD.2) and meters and centimeters from Grade 2 (2.MD.3). Conversions between the units are recorded in a two-column table, beginning in Lesson 1. Recording the unit conversions in a table allows students to notice patterns when converting from a smaller unit to a larger unit (e.g., 200 centimeters is the same as 2 meters because 1 meter is equal to 100 centimeters). Single-step problems involving addition and subtraction of metric units provide an opportunity to practice simplifying strategies (e.g., mental math strategies) as well as the addition and subtraction algorithm established in Module 1 (4.NBT.4). Students practice reasoning by choosing to convert mixed units to a single unit before or after the computation (4.MD.2).
Bridges Math (Mrs. Anderson)
Students continue to build multiplicative reasoning as they work with multi-digit multiplication and early division. Students are working with base ten area pieces to investigate place value patterns, as well as model and solve single and double-digit multiplication problems. Students are currently working to solve multi step story problems. We are continuing to identify the relationship between tile arrays and area models to numeric equations.
Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child at home. Knowing the facts accurately is critical to solving math equations efficiently. Flashcards, apps, and websites are all great ways to practice.
Earth Materials: the focus consists of four sequential investigations dealing with observable characteristics of solid materials from the earth -- rocks and minerals. The focus is on taking materials apart to find what they are made of and putting materials together to better understand their properties. The module introduces fundamental concepts in earth science and takes advantage of the students' intrinsic interest in the subject matter and in the physical world around them.