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# Math Update: Dec. 3 – Dec. 6

December 2, 2018 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

We made it through our first trimester and I am so proud of all my students for their hard work and dedication to finish out the trimester successfully.  I can’t wait to see how our kiddos do this next trimester.

Last week we finished up multiplying multi-digit numbers and everyone did so well.  We took our final assessments for Trimester 1 on Thursday.  This week we roll out dividing up to 4 digit numbers.  This is for sure a tricky one, but I have no doubt that the 4th graders will work hard to master this concept.  We will be using area models and partial quotient division.  Watch for a video this week on my video website to see how this works.

As far as math facts go, we had a competition with Mrs. Antoniono’s class to see who could pass the most math fact tests this trimester.  Mrs. Antoniono’s class blew us out of the water with 274 tests passed with us passing 204.  I am proud of how hard our class worked, and we will start a new competition this trimester.  Hopefully we can make it up this trimester and get a win.  Our goal is to have at least 8 math facts passed each trimester per student.  If your child is struggling with this, please reach out to me and we can find a way to help them be more successful.  Remember to work consistently on the specific fact that they want to pass using strategies we have talked about and encouraged.  We will have opportunities to pass 2 in one day if time permits.  Also, don’t forget to throw review days in every once in awhile for them to stay up on those that they have passed.

• Have them talk you through a division problem using an area model and partial quotients!
• Do they know what the quotient is?  The dividend? The divisor?

IXLs that match this week’s instruction: E.4-E.9