Our math unit is centered around multiplication. In addition to memorizing our facts, we are also learning about the different models for multiplication and the properties. IXL is an excellent place for your student to practice these skills at home. I shared your child's username and password with you at conferences, but they also have it stapled inside their planner. I'm posting the standards we are focusing on right now, as well as the link to the IXL practice page. Please encourage your student to spend time on IXL at home in order to support our learning at school.
4.2.1 Apply with fluency multiplication facts to 12 times 12 and related division facts.
Multiplication: Multiplication facts to 12 (Fourth grade-D.1)
4.2.2 Apply understanding of models for multiplication (e.g., equal-sized groups, arrays, area models, equal intervals on the number line), place value, and properties of operations (commutative, associative, and distributive).
Multiplication: Multiplication patterns over increasing place values (Fourth grade-D.4)
Multiplication: Properties of multiplication (Fourth grade-D.5)
- Practice Organization In Writing Online
I've found a fun site that helps students with writing. Our class is working on the trait of Organization. This involves telling your story in sequential order using a beginning, middle and end. It also includes using transitional words like first, next, then and finally. Click on the following link to practice putting a story in order.
Sequence of Events
- Proofreading Practice Online
Conventions is an important trait score on writing assessments. We can proofread newspapers, books and even e-mails for practice with the this trait. Click here for practice with grammar and proofreading.
- Mad Libs
Mad Libs seem to be all the craze in my class right now. Here's a fun site to practice grammar and create wacky stories.
Wacky Web Stories
- Port Blakely Slide Show- Finally!
Here are some pictures from our field trip.
Port Blakely Slide Show
- Space Museum Visit
Space Museum Visit
- Stauffer Farms Movie Made By Students
When we went on our field trip, students used video cameras and digital cameras to document our trip. Ms. Kent, the district technology teacher, came along to help. Then she came to school for 3 days to help the students create a movie from their trip. It turned out amazing and really shows how much the kids learned. Click the following to see the movie.
Stauffer Farms Movie
- ESD Practice Writing Assessment This Week
Starting on Monday, my homeroom will be starting a 3-4 day writing assessment. The kids will have 3 choices to write about, and will go through the writing process to complete a piece to the best of their ability at this time. It will be scored by trained teachers throughout the county and returned to our school. It will give us some good data as to where your child is in relation to writing, and how far we need get by the February State 4th Grade Writing Assessment. In order to pass, they need to have a "4" in Ideas/Content, Organization, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. You can refer to the scoring guides I sent home on index with your child. Please remember to remind them to EDIT any and all work they do to "Get in the Habit"!
- Student Teacher
Miss Jackson will begin her 5 week student teaching experience tomorrow. With my guidance she will plan for all subjects, handle all classroom issues and practice being a teacher. I will be in the building at all times and will check in at lunch time to see how things are going. I'm fully confident she will do an amazing job with our kiddos.
- Port Blakely Field Trips Photos
We had an amazing day at Port Blakely learning about sustainable forests. Students enjoyed hunting for bugs, learning to find the age of trees and about types of animals who live in the forest. Thanks to all the parent helpers who volunteered. Here are a few pictures of our trip.
Exploring The Forest
Age of A Tree
Playing After Lunch
- SMART Goals
Each week our fourth grade team meets to work on a SMART goal for the classroom. In the past we've focused on writing goals, which are rich in data for the teacher, but take longer to score and analyze. Our most recent SMART goal is focused on multiplication fluency. We are working toward quick recall of facts because it is essential for application with higher math concepts. Our class has only been working on passing one fact family at a time. With the new SMART goal, the focus will now be to learn all of the facts together. It will be interesting to see if this increases their fluency. Please practice at home nightly and remember that multiplication facts are an essential skill for fourth graders and for the rest of their lives. Here's an excellent site to print out practice pages for use at home.
Multiplication Fact Practice Pages
- Halloween Party
I am looking for a couple of parents to organize our Halloween Party. Anyone interested in helping out please send an email. We'll need to plan for activities and snacks. Our class will also be walking to Countryside Living to sing some songs for the residents.
- Multiplication Games Online
I have found a great list of multiplication practice sites on the web. Click on the link to access these great practice sites.
Multiplication Online Practice
- USA Regions Keynote Presentations
Our 5th grade students have been studying the regions of the US. I'm attaching a couple of the completed presentations and will add the other three when they are finished.