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Date: January 18, 2020 Author: Mrs. Fraas Categories: Newsletter 0

Field Trip Thursday

Just a reminder, our class will be going to the Idaho Historical Museum this Thursday.  I need all permission slips returned in order for your child to go.  Also, I am still looking for a few volunteers.  Please email me if you are able to attend.  Also, please let me know if your child will need a lunch from the lunchroom for the field trip.  They need to know by Tuesday how many lunches they will need to prepare ahead of time.  Thank you!

 

LEGO MINDSTORM

YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY HEARD, BUT MRS. BAIR WROTE A GRANT FOR OUR CLASSROOM TO RECEIVE 6 LEGO MINDSTORMS!  SHE CAME TO ME EARLIER IN THE YEAR ASKING WHAT WE MIGHT LIKE TO HAVE TO HELP MR. FRAAS WHEN HE COMES IN TEACH THE KIDS CODING AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY TOOLS.  I ASKED FOR LEGO MINDSTORMS.  WE RECEIVED THEM LAST WEEK AND THE KIDS ARE VERY EXCITED!  WE HAVE AN AMAZING PRINCIPAL WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THE KIDS AND GIVING THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE TECHNOLOGY IN A FUN, AND EDUCATIONAL WAY!  LOOKING FORWARD TO USING THEM IN OUR CLASSROOM!

Math fact fluency
We have started multiplying multi digit numbers by single digit numbers using area models, number lines, partial products and the standard algorithm. We are ultimately working towards the most efficient method which is the standard algorithm. I cannot stress enough the importance of the students being fluent in their math facts. Some of the kids are struggling because they don’t know them. 4th grade math is hard enough without the struggle of math facts. I tell the kids it only takes 5 minutes a day to become fluent. Please make sure your child is practicing at home. I have added a multiplication fact practice set to my Quizlet account. This would be a quick and easy way for your child to practice every day. Thank you for your support at home! It makes a difference! 🙂
Quizlet link:
https://quizlet.com/_6wnv5a

ZEARN
I have given each of the students their sign in and password for Zearn. Remember, students either need to complete 1 lesson or 20 minutes on Zearn per week. They will record their time on their reading log. The class code for Zearn is XK7B4V. You will need this code the first time your child signs on. I like Zearn because it reinforces our math lessons at school.

SPELLING/VOCABULARY~ tri(three) Greek, quad/quar (four) Latinpenta/quint (five) Greek/Latin

triathlon, trilogy, trimester, trident, quadrangle, quartet, quart, pentagon, pentagram, quintuplet

Quizlet Link:

https://quizlet.com/_7tpdw3?x=1qqt&i=12ng5i

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
“The Attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them.  They don’t remember what you try to teach them.  They remember what you are.”

Jim Henson

IMPORTANT DATES
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January 20~ No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

February 10-14~ Kindness Week

February 17~ No School (Presidents’ Day)

February 28~ No School ( Teacher Collaboration Day)

March 10~ PTO Meeting (7:00)

March 12~ Spring Pictures

Spring Music Program

March 20~ No School

March 23-27~ No School (Spring Break)

NEXT WEEK’S ACADEMIC NEWS
MATH– Module 5 Lessons 11-14

Explain fraction equivalence using a tape diagram and the number line, and relate that to the use of multiplication and division. 4.NF.1, 4NF.3b

Reason using benchmarks to compare two fractions on the number line.  4NF.2

ELA~

Compare and Contrast 

Read Stormalong and Balina (Journeys book) Compare/Contrast the stories 

Students can Compare and Contrast two similar  stories (Venn Diagram)

Science~ Rock Cycle and Earth’s Processes

Mystery Science Mystery 1- Could a Volcano Pop Up Where You Live? 

Mystery 2- Why Do Volcanos Explode 

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