# Best Foot Foward Bulletin

## Upcoming Events

Report Cards Posted Online: November 13th

PTO Book Fair: November 16th - 19th

(open extended hours during Parent-Teacher Conferences)

Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 17th & 19th 3:30-6:30 PM

## Box Top Scramble

We've organized our school into teams, by grade, to see who can turn in the most Box Tops the fastest between now and November 30th. The winning grade will win a tag for their new Fair Park backpack tag!

## ELA (English-Language Arts)

Students are beginning another reading unit. The comprehension strategy that we are working on is being able to identify stated main idea and supporting details. We are also focusing on asking questions (meta-cognitive strategy). All reading strategies are to get our kiddos to better understand the text that they are reading. Our next writing topic will be science fiction. Finally, if your child wants a break from reading a book, www.newsela.com is a great website to read current events.

## Spelling Pattern: r-influenced o

torment, fortress, normal, portrait, restore, explore, support, afford

## 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 systemÂ¹, 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.

## Science

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.