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# Week 13 – Nov. 12-14

November 10, 2019 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

We did it, trimester 1 is over! It has been so exciting to watch “our” children learn and grow so much this year. I am really proud of the progress they are making and appreciate the extra support they are getting from you at home!

4th Grade Math: This past week we completed our Unit 2 test that covered all four of the following operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and difficult two step problems. This was a tough test, especially with many questions using long division. On Thursday we took a trimester 1 assessment that covered all standards we have learned so far. I am looking forward to parent teacher conferences where we can chat about all of this. This week we move right into fractions. We will be working with equivalent fractions on Tuesday, comparing on Wednesday and adding and subtracting on Thursday. This will be a very full week!

3rd Grade Math: This past week we finished up learning about the concept multiplication and division and using these skill in word problems. We took a trimester 1 final assessment on Thursday. This week we will learn about multiplying a single digit by a multiple of 10 and 100 (ie 4 x 10 = 40 and 4 x 100 = 400). On Wednesday and Thursday we will multiply a single digit by a two digit number. If you would like some extra practice for your child, click on the links below.

In projects we finished our creative versions of Nevada maps. We had several challenges with this project, but persevered and completed the project. Students were awarded a group grade, as well as individual and participation grade for this assignment. Although we didn’t officially present the maps to parents or the other 4th grade class, we took the time to admire each others work (see pictures on seperate blog post).
We have moved on to our new projects unit, Human Systems and Environment. Last week we discussed the differences between rural, urban, and suburban communities. Students created a Venn diagram to showcase the similarities and differences between the communities. We also reflected back to our early Nevada settler unit to discuss the relationships between people and their environment and how people adapt and change their environment.  Students have been paired up and assigned an industry that is relevant to our Nevada environment. They will work this week to create a slideshow to describe their industry.

In writing,  students completed their final narrative masterpiece. I have high hopes for this assignment, as it will be a comprehensive look at their understanding of the writing process, their ability to narrow down a seed topic, and use details and emotions in their stories. In honor of Veterans Day, this week we will write a letter to a military member. We also have a special day planned for Thursday, November 14th. To celebrate all of the student’s hard work this last trimester, we will have a writing celebration! Our classroom will be transformed into Camp Share-a-Story. Students will take turns reading one of their previously authored narrative stories, eat a campfire treat for snack while displaying our very own “campfire.” Students will be allowed to bring 1 SMALL pillow and blanket (or sleeping bag) to enhance the ambiance. Students are really looking forward to sharing their stories with each other!
If you have any questions please let me know. We look forward to meeting with y’all on Friday.

Announcements:

• Monday, 11/11- Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
• Friday, 11/15- Parent/Teacher Conferences- please check signup genius to review or reserve your time slot. We look forward to seeing you- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a094aa4ab28a5fb6-fall
• High school and middle school student councils will be participating in the Scholastic Pajama Drive again this year. We will collect new pajamas for children in need in our area. The tags should be on. We need all sizes (infant to teens). The  drive will run from November 12-December 6. Donations can be dropped off in Mrs. O’Flaherty’s room. Our goal for this year is 150 sets of pajamas! Let’s do it!  If you have any questions please email Mrs. O’Flaherty. Thank you so much for all of your support!
• November 25-29- Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL